- Sit in during therapy sessions - Scan workbooks, documents, patient information, etc. - Sit in during peer consultations, which is where a group of therapists meet to discuss tough cases - Organize important information through filing or making Excel or Word documents - Enter insurance information for therapists - Design and send postcards to advertise new providers - Read articles on updated information regarding new therapy techniques or advice - Meet with my supervisor weekly to ask any questions - Learn about therapy techniques - Received proper HIPAA training - Update important intake forms through the online portal - Learn how to document after a session
My greatest accomplishment during my internship experience was creating a postcard to advertise a new ARNP at the practice.
One lesson that I learned from my experience is that starting therapy will be awkward, but the client will never know if you made a mistake during an intervention; it won't harm them. Another lesson that I learned is that boundaries are extremely important as a therapist. It is ok to tell a client that they cannot have an appointment outside of your designated openings because you need time to document or time to relax.
What advice would you give?
Take the time to get experience. During my internship, I was sitting in a session with an adolescent and I left that day, saying, "This is what I want to do." It will come to you eventually.