I think one of the most difficult challenges for me as a helper (and maybe for others of you as well) is being present when I am sitting with someone to whom I’m providing help or with whom I’m completing an assessment.  I often find that my mind is on a million different things like: “Did I get all the paperwork signed?”, “Am I late for my next appointment?”

Here at Georgia HOPE, we have really adopted the integrated care approach to providing mental health services because we believe that addressing the needs of the whole person is the best way to provide quality care.

Usually “non-compliance” has more to do with what I think my client’s unmet needs are than with what my client thinks their unmet needs are. At the risk of giving Twisted Sister more credit than they might deserve for brilliant therapeutic insights, think about these lines in the context of the clients you work with who you think of as “non-compliant.”

When I graduated from graduate school a friend of mine gave me the Dr. Seuss book “Oh the Places You’ll Go.” Some of you may be familiar with this book. The book is about a character who is at the beginning of a journey and it emphasizes the destinations on that journey he will reach and the experiences he will have along the way.