Can We Make Patient Education Work?

November 12, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

Use examples. It’s hard for someone with alcoholism to grasp the idea that he or she can’t go back to drinking at some future point – after a year of abstinence, for instance. But the old saw that a pickle can’t go back to being a cucumber – that people seem to understand.

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I Think Maybe I Made a Mistake

November 8, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

The previous director is suddenly… nowhere to be found.

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Counselors vs Probation Officers

November 3, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

If the clinicians view the PO as an outsider with the potential to interfere with treatment, there will be inevitable conflict.

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Corporate Expectations

October 15, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

What am I supposed to do with all this information? It doesn’t bring in more patients or help me get additional staff to treat the patients I already have.

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Are Recovering Counselors Better?

October 10, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

I recall one professor airily informing his class that recovering counselors had an ‘agenda’.

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Will Spirituality Work for This Counselor?

September 23, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

I wasn’t trained in how to incorporate material about faith and God into counseling. Most of my graduate school education was on traditional social work practice.

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Is Treatment “Successful”?

September 14, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

The goal of treatment is to maximize chances for a successful outcome. But ultimately, to drink or not to drink remains the alcoholic’s choice.

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