When I started a clinical practice (in 2004 ), I somehow thought almost all of my time would be spent working directly with clients.
In reality, about half my working time is spent doing direct clinical things, and the rest is admin, finding clients/community service, and troubleshooting.
It has been an absolute technical nightmare. So many things have gone wrong. (I wrote about some of them on LinkedIn earlier this week, and even more have piled on since then.)
It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of buttons that don’t work, emails that go out with a mind of their own, and children who absolutely, 100% will NOT go to sleep when they usually do.
What I’ve found is that even with technical glitches, progress is made.
People are signing up. Amazing, lovely people who I’m excited to work with.
I’m learning how to do things better and how to navigate these bumps relatively calmly. I trust that the people who are right for these programs will wind up in them, and that helps a lot.
The takeaway points here are a) glitches will happen and generally people are very kind and understanding, and b) the goal is to let people know what you are doing. Even if you do that imperfectly, they will still find out, and that’s what you want. Don’t wait to be perfect to start.
Top 15 Links from 2022 Practitioner Notes
Instead of our normal recommendations section, I thought I’d share the top 15 links from my 2022 Practitioner Notes, in no particular order:
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