There are a lot of factors and moving parts with what is in the best interest of the patient so it’s so helpful to have that partner to figure out where we need to go.
– Kathleen Mills, LPC-S, CEAP LifeTreeCounseling.com and PracticeMentors.us
How Did You Navigate Treatment Placements Before Working with Your Local TPS?
Because of time constraints, I would sort of have to wing it on my own and I only really had access to the local community. I was so focused on the mindset that I needed to limit my client placements to the DFW area- and that’s not the case, there are programs outside of the community.
What Difference Has Your Local Treatment Placement Specialist Made to Enhance Your Care?
Working with Chris (TPS in Dallas/Fort Worth) access to all of this knowledge that I don’t have in terms if the different types of levels of care and the programs that could truly meet the client’s needs. It helps me knowing that I have a neutral party to work with in finding placement. When I call her, she always seems to bring a different component that I didn’t think about with what would be a good fit to the client. It’s clear she’s invested in the best interest of the patient, not herself.
Another value to working with my TPS is she is so good at bringing the right people to the table. Whether that has been within a client case or a networking night to increase the amount of resources I have in the community, it’s always a good mix when she is involved.
What Would You Say to Other Practitioners Who are Not Working with their Local TPS?
I would encourage them to do that because it helps take the pressure off what the best possible answer is. My TPS is also a clinician and because of that, we can have a very in-depth conversation. I just need to say a few words about the case and she gets it and can run with it. I just really like that it can be peer review.