Working Alone

So much of my work as a clinical psychologist involves working in isolation. At times, this can be terribly lonely.

Since I’m an adjunct professor, I don’t have the typical opportunities that full-time professors have for interacting with one another. Similarly, I’m very focused on seeing all of the residents on my caseloads at the two nursing homes where I provide psychological services. As a result, there is limited time for interaction with the employees in these facilities.

For example, I’ve spent the entire day preparing for the two psychology classes that I teach. There is so much work to do before, as well as after, each and every lecture. I think that my students might be unaware of just how much time that I spend preparing for lectures, as well as grading assignments.

After I see my regular caseload of clients at a nursing home tomorrow, I’ll spend time writing progress notes and updated treatment plans. I think that my residents would be surprised to learn just how much time that I spend completing documentation.

I’m thankful that there are occasional opportunities to network with other professionals who face the same types of work-related challenges that I do. This certainly helps to minimize the sense of isolation that I often experience.

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