A little birdie told me about a clinician who demonstrates positive regard and the impact it has on the therapeutic process with his Service Recipient (SR). This SR came to our clinic at the most desperate time of his life for himself and his mother. His mother was at her wits end. This mother wore her pain, concern, and worry heavily, as she witnessed her young adult son in his schizophreniform state. She had such a difficult time coaxing and getting her son to come for the intake, let alone weekly sessions. The match was expertly made with a clinician who showed deference, positive regard, and authentic caring to this young man. I observed how this clinician navigated working with stressed mom and vulnerable son on a weekly basis. The SR comes weekly, which is a victory for this young man. And that my friends, is what a birdie told me…
Why A little Birdie?
My goal for writing this blog was to highlight the remarkable work of our clinical staff. The tireless commitment to excellence from mental health providers can feel unrewarding or stagnant at times. I would send these “anonymous” shout out messages to all staff when I heard of some great and outstanding growth – the little birdie told me.. was a way to communicate this to everyone in a quick and meaningful way. Shining moments should be recognized.
Then, I realized I neglected to emphasize the courage and resiliency of our wonderful clients. The work begins with them. So, I began to write about magnificent moments of insight and daring movements of change. Our clients are remarkable.
We decided to share these little messages with you all.
So, I hope you all read through this blog with the spirit of which it was intended. To shed positive thoughts into our world.