You hear a lot about “The Process” in sports. I am familiar with the statement in relation to the Philadelphia 76ers. It has literally been there model for maybe the last four or five years. Honestly, they’ve sucked, for a while. Their reward would be an opportunity to have the highest draft pick in the next Junes draft. It was a process. The highlights of this process were young blue chip basketball players that offered hope to Philadelphia 76ers fans each year. However when the season starts, the losses begin. 76er fans would want to gain be test to trust the process.
How valuable is mental health? Unfortunately, it is the frontier that receives recognition at a school or church shooting. It is the topic that culturally many have equated to weakness. While for many physical medical necessities are top priority when it comes to wellness. Mental Health lags along in the rear car. Amazingly, many of my clients do seek Mental Health resources. Only after they have been court ordered. Which provides a sort of motivation but rarely is it intrinsic.
I equate treatment similar to the process a primary care physician would offer his patient. The primary care physician or medical practitioner will give you a set of instructions for you to follow over the next couple weeks based on your ailment or illness. This could take the form of a specific prescription regiment. It also could involve simple instructions such as rest or change in diet. After they have given you the instructions, a follow up appointment will be issued to you.
This is done to verify if the instructions that were given are working or if there are potential barriers in completing the process.
During the time between the follow up appointment the patient will carry out the directives at the expertise of the medical practitioner. It is my belief that one must utilize the same consistency in order to see results. If the prescription regimen is not working correctly, one must clarify these questions if their primary physician. This is no different than a mental health clinician. The clinician will offer his client an intervention or a plan of action in response to whatever may be ailing that person. After the client has tried the intervention is stronand awesome by the client, the client will report back to the clinician if it is worth it or if it’s not working. This process is taking place.
James Bush, LPC-MHSP-TEMP, is a professional counselor and speaker in the State of Tennessee.