I gave a lunchtime talk yesterday for our acute care department on how to treat separation anxiety in children. My agency is severely understaffed for all sorts of therapists, and I am the only one who knows how to work with children. We have an abundance of people seeking therapy for their children, and I can’t see all of them. I plan to retire in two years, and it doesn’t look promising to find a replacement for me who knows how to do child therapy. I need to make myself obsolete.
The dear folks in our acute care department are good social workers and counselors, but they are unaccountably terrified of treating children. They admit they are afraid of saying the wrong thing and ruining the child for life. That is irrational thinking on the staff’s part. I decided that I need to train as many of them as I can before I leave so that they can feel comfortable treating children, and so that children’s services can continue after I leave. Separation anxiety is really easy to treat if you know how, and I thought it was a good place to start. They enjoyed the talk today, and want to know about Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct disorder next month. I can hardly wait to give them the skinny on elimination disorders.
What would you like to teach people to do or to know about?