After re-reading my last blog post, I realized how vague I was. I have a hard time wanting to talk about work in such a public forum, because I work in a “private” profession. I also got all of my venting out of my system the first few days after leaving my job. For the sake of not leaving you hanging (I hate vauge “you’re not in the know” posts on any forum!!” this is what happened:
I was up for contract renewal at my job. The place I’m at in therapy, there is a lot of transition. Either people jump to keep you or they jump to fill your spot with new residents/externs who can boost the profit margin. I was under the impression that I was going to be staying at the practice I was at. We were about 3 weeks into contract negotiations and I had already been offered more in compensation. We were working out details of whether I would continue is an an independent agent who billed the owner of the practice or if I would become an “employee” of the practice. The owner and I felt very differently about this. It was clear that we both were not willing to budge on our stance, so we parted ways. The owner and I met again at the beginning of the month just to tie up loose ends and make a peaceful parting (that’s what therapists do!).
What I AM doing right now:
1) I have to study for the national exam which I’ll take in May. Most of my peers took the exam 2 years out of grad school and even they had plenty of studying to do. So 8 years later, I’m a little nervous about it. Who doesn’t get nervous about taking an exam that takes 1/2 a day?? Still, in practice, I realized just how AMAZING the program I graduate from is. I was definitely given a rock solid foundation in the mental health field and quite frankly it’s a little scary to see other programs pumping out ill trained professionals to help other people.
2) I always have photography to fall back on, which is wonderful. Photographing the Crazy, Sexy, Miracles event opened up some doors for me that have been beautiful!! Did I ever blog about Crazy, Sexy, Miracles? If not, that will be up next!!
3) I have a workbook in the making. My husband has been encouraging me to (FOR YEARS!!!!) to get some of my detailed treatment plans that have gotten beautiful reviews from families into a usable format for other families or practitioners. He knew there would be NO good coming out of 4 or 5 full months at home. It was evident to both of us many moons ago that I’m just not domestic enough to be at home full time. So there’s a workbook in the making.
4) Kriss Carr (Crazy, Sexy, Cancer) REALLY opened my eyes to just being OK with having an “in” year. So I’m trying to embrace that. I’ve been juicing, working out (tennis, yoga, spin) and just trying to be present with the kids and with Greg.