Interning in the mental health field is always exciting and never produces the same day twice. Mental health agencies are fast pace and always changing. As someone who is lucky enough to be on their second year of interning in the field I can say that it is a rewarding and challenging experience. It was once told to me, “this will be the hardest job you’ll ever love” and I do love every day of it.
What does a mental health intern do? A little bit of everything. There are hours of shadowing other clinicians, sitting in on sessions to learn from experienced therapists, meeting with your own clients, answering phones, and doing almost everything a licensed professional does in a safe learning environment. Interning is hundreds of hours of hands on experience that could never be taught from a book or in a classroom. Each session, observed or self-conducted, is a learning experience. Interning also involves consultation with a supervising clinician to help grow your skills and guide you on the correct path to good practice.
As a Compass Point intern, I have had the pleasure to work with a wonderful staff who have been patient and wonderful teachers. Compass Pont has a team style approach and upon stepping through the door on my first day I quickly felt that I was a part of that team. I have been given a unique learning opportunity through specialized trainings and learning from a diverse team of clinicians.
Why intern in the mental health field? If you have ever had an interest in helping others and how the brain works, working in the mental health field is a great place to be. Interning allows you to be a student of the field and learn what you may not have been able to from a professor and textbooks. The mental health field is fast growing and has lots of opportunities for those who enjoy empowering and supporting others.
Julie Arnold, LSW
I am currently an intern at Compass Point working towards my Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Cincinnati. I have also received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in Social Work. I have previous experience in working in community mental health in the home and in the school. I have worked with children, adults, and families who have experienced symptoms of depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, grief, and behavioral problems.
I take a strength based and client centered approach. I believe that each person has skills and strengths they may not know they have and I would like to be there to help you to discover them. If you would like to schedule with me please call the front office at 513-939-0300 and ask to schedule a first appointment.