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Reflecting 1yr of my work & personal growth 

Within the past  year I can confidently say I am proud of myself for the risks and challenges I’ve taken. 

Here is a quick short list of those risks and challenges: 


  •  moving to a new state (over 1000 miles away from home)
  • Moving on my own — living on my own in a apartment 
  • 11 months later deciding to buy a home uncertain of my future because at the time I still wasn’t licenced 
  • Risked driving alone to places and teaching myself how to drive in the highway 

  • Challenges
  • interact with coworkers in a personal level 
  • Challenged myself working with borderline personality disorders,  work with male clients dealing with anger , work with marriage counseling , work with children processing trauma and their parents, and challenged myself working with non complaint clients — no one in my team wanted to take them bacm because they new their history of being non complaint with therapy 
  • Challenged myslef to do meditation/yoga/ mindfulness training 
  • Challenged myself to remind my mother of respecting boundaries (on going)

I also want to mention my strengths gained. 

  • Building and establishing therapeutic relationship with new and non complaint clients 
  • Feeling more comfortable doing hospital follow ups

My struggles….. 

  • Not completing paperwork as recommended 
  • Not meeting 100hrs of face to face therapy 

Development & personal goals

  • Be certified in children trauma
  • Be certified in addictions and substance abuse 
  • First time psychosis with the youth especially for Spanish speaking families 
  • Continue to improve my expertise in emergency screening 

As you can read I have grown within the last year. I have lost clients literally and also closed cases that made me wonder what happened to them. There has bee  changes in terms of our paperwork and changes in the agency- – coworkers leaving.  Still heartbroken to say good-bye.

What I take away from this year is admiring my clients stories and acknowledging their strengths and weaknesses. Some people that I work with just need that one person to really listen to  them and tell them they are stronger than what they give themselves credit for. I sometimes wish they can write their story for someone else to read that might be dealing with something similar and can help them too. Most clients are not willing to expose the truth. 

I also see the need in the community for instance a lack transportation and lack of services. The domestic shelters is poorly managed. There are no services for the Hispanic community either because they do not have insurance or these are no Spanish speaking therapist in the county. There is much work to be done …. 

In case you wondering what  kind of people I work with….

…. everything you can imagine — I deal with : anger,  depression, anxiety, abuse, substance abuse, grief,  divorces,  people who have attempted self harm, criminals…. I work with all ages — the youngest I have is a 9yr old and oldest client is in their mid 60’s ….. 

I feel more comfortable doing my work but I still struggle with my sleep and getting work done. 

I wonder how much more I will grown within the next year.  

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Next year goals 2019 

Here are 4 goals to meet within the next year:

  • Meet 100hrs of face to face clinical hours each month  (at least 90% or higher)
  • Complete all paperwork within the time frame expexted 
  • Increase emergency services during office hours and afterhours 
  • Certify in Family & children trauma cognitive behavior therapy 

The first three are required to continue my work at my agency. The last goal I suggested it to my supervisor because it would be useful to have as I build my own expertise. 

Continuing education credits/units

Over the weekend I wanted to get a head start on my continuing education units. I find out that I cannot do much until I get that letter in the mail….so I’ll be waiting until July 21st hopefully they have my most recent address.

Based in the state that I am current living in I am required 48 hrs of continuing education for the next 2 years just to be eligible to renew my licence.

So I did some math.

48 hours in 2 years is about 24 hrs yearly, divide that per month, at least 2hrs of training at least!


3hrs must be professional ethics

20hrs can be online training within the 2 years frame.


48 hrs needed minus 20 hrs online = 28hrs outside of field of practice* (Sort of) lets just call them seminars


I have already set aside webinars that I want to do in the fall so I don’t fall behind with my counting education which we call them for short CEU = continuing education units (in case you read my blog and question what is CEU)


Perhaps when I have my official licence # I will post a schedule of my webinars, this will help me be accountable of what needs to get done.

I’m starting to gradually feel better internally doing yoga and gradually being active again.

This feels like a new book in my life,  it’s not a new chapter. It feels as if I’ve entered in a new kind of privilege and figuring out how to make it worth it for those who are disadvantaged.




Passed My Exam

I will never forget July 7. 2017.

My exam was at 8am, time lotted for 4 hrs.

Scored 100 correct out of 96 questions needed to pass the exam and used 3 hrs time to complete it.  This was not my first time taking it, so you can imagine gettin

g to the testing center and becoming anxious while you wait to get registered.

Two co-workers and the few social workers friends that I left behind in NYC suggested I celebrate. But I won’t celebrate until I have my Clinical Licence. I celebrated

yesterday by

At a nearby lake

doing yoga and mowing my lawn with an awesome electric mower!This has been by far the hardest obstacle in my starting career that I have encountered so far, it took me a year and 2 months to pass. I was stressed, exhausted, and fatigued mentally these past 14 months.

I can finally read, color, paint, return to playing my viola, and other active activities. My next goal is to get my health back in shape, I have been suffering from physical symptoms for quite some time and need to make sure I am healthy in order to start jogging 3 miles or more a day.

Exciting news, yes.  Yet, my career is never ending, I am required to take credit courses yearly to meet licensing standards. And I love it.

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Looking back

Looking back almost a year ago….

I recall being stressed out during my winter break, uncertain about my possibilities as social worker in NYC and outside of NYC.

Prior to this thought, rewind to when I was accepted to Columbia in the summer of 2014 — I had tears of joy knowing that I was going to start my dream job. Yes, my dream job as family social worker.  Who knew within a semester into the program my outlook changed from family social worker to mental health social worker.

I started researching potential jobs even before graduating and during my spring semester of my first year; I began narrowing my choices. I wasn’t sure do the clinical track or more research based. I wanted to have both skills in case I ever wanted to a change of career. I don’t regret my choices, without any guidance, I choose research over clinical.

Fast forward to 2017 almost a year later from graduating, I am proud of my work.

I received an email a week about a potential job in the town I currently live; she still remembered me. I am smiling thinking about the hard work I put into applying several jobs and being consistent with the jobs I thought will help me continue to grow.

Replying back to the job position. Definitely gearing this position as another skill to add into my personal career.