Today I have spent a lot of time thinking about what kind of career that I might launch because I really do not want to go back into Information Technology and I know I really do not want to drive for a living. Driving is okay for a short while but doing it over the long haul is a big “no thank you!” I remember really wanting to do something in the mental health field because I suffer from mental illness myself and that equips me to be empathetic, kind, compassionate, and understanding. My life is at a real crossroads right now because I know for sure what I really do not want to do. I decided to look on the website for the partial hospitalization program that I am going to be attending and I see that they are hiring a Behavioral Health Specialist. This might be just the experience that I need to evaluate whether or not a career in the mental health field is a wise move. I still would like to go back to school for a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work but I think I need to see if I like the field.
After I complete the partial hospitalization program, I think I am going to apply to become a Behavioral Health Specialist at this same hospital. I have to see if I like working in a facility such as this one. I have to see if I can really and truly make a difference in someone’s life, like professionals have made a difference in mine. I am going to apply to become a BHS and see if I honestly get actual consideration. That is the first step. If I truly enjoy working in the mental health field, then I can further my education and press onward and upward.
For now though I am still in recovery from mental health relapse. It was tough admitting that I had a relapse so soon after my most recent one at the tail end of November of last year. But I am fortunate in that I live in an area with high quality mental healthcare so I was able to get the needed care. I also have to think about it being my turn to give back to a system that has helped me tremendously. It is a lot to think about and it is something I do not take lightly. If the Behavioral Health Specialist position is open after I complete the partial program, I am going to give it the old college trial.