Friday, August 28, 2009

Week August 28th

This week has been stressful. I continued to meet with Steven to make him understand the importance of showering and change his clothes, however he did not want to listen. I even tried to use information to encourage him to maintain his hygiene. I used fear tactics. "YOU WILL BE IN PAIN" "SUFFERING!!"..nothing. Still he was not motivated to shower.
On the 27th, we had the ISP meeting with him. Steven stated that he was depressed and did not have any motivation, lost the will to do things. He blamed most of his depression from his divorce. He also said that he was afraid to make conversation with his housemates. Jamie, Chris and I did not know what to do to help him overcome his depression. I feel like I need to do a therapy type of objectives, where we would discuss the origins of his depression. Jamie was not thrilled about that. However, I hope to have a break through soon.

I also used information to try to get through Philip. I tried using fear tactics to encourage to stay out of bed and become more active Yet no progress yet.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Oder of Depression

One of my clients is in his 40s and has depression. The thing is that he used to be very successful with two jobs, one of them was a business he owed. Now, he lives in the group home and never takes a shower and or changes any of his clothes. He lies to staff all the time and says that he does change his clothes, but there is not evidence of that. I position his soaps, clothes, and towels to figure out how if he moved and used them. It never changes.
I am not sure what to do with him. He says that he is depressed and does not have the motivation to take a shower. However, when confronted, he says that he does not smell and would become agitated. I tried various of methods to motivate him, I tried to be understanding; nope, I tried to give him space; nothing..and now I am being aggressive towards him, and I am nope that works out.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I am a Counselor

I work in a group home of 12 mentally Ill adults with various of psychiatric illnesses. Most of them are high functioning. I also work with fun co-workers and share difficulties with helping our clients. In the mean time, my clients are like kids, who need assistance with helping to clean the house, cook, and integrate back into the community.