I usually try to find resources that I can learn from and hopefully pass out to my clients. Anytime I find free resources, especially mental health and substance abuse, I feel like a kid in a candy store. I want my colleagues to share in my little pot of gold. The site I have been recently searching most often is Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or SAMHSA.gov.
This site has been around for a while and it provides well written information for professionals and for clients. As a counselor who is interested in both mental health and alcohol and other drug issues, I tend to focus on a lot of prevention. I want to use as much visual information as possible to keep the attention of my clients. I have found, and I’m sure you have as well, that age doesn’t really matter when you’re bored. When I have something visual, tactile, or auditory to help me pull focus, I get excited!
One reason I like SAMHSA, and other sites in kind, is that professionals develop the material and most of the professionals have been or are currently in the field. You are able to look over the material even before you request it delivered. The resources cover all ages and are up to date, which helps me keep up to date on new issues.
My blogs are usually longer than this but I wanted to keep it brief to elicit information from your box of resources. So I put the question out to you, my fellow counselor and blog reader. What resources you do know of that that helped you the most that could benefit other counselors in the field?
Josh Andrews is a counselor at a behavioral health agency working with children, adolescents, and families. His professional interests include the spiritual side of humankind, cognitive behavior therapy, reality therapy, and advancing the knowledge and practice of professional counseling.