So these days I find I have no trouble getting referrals. I’m honored that most of the clients I work with these days come to me from word of mouth – sent my friends and family. Living and working in rural areas certainly has its challenges. I was at a training last week and for the first time in several months I spoke with two clinicians who aren’t coworkers and whose work I respect very much. Collaboration should be more than a buzzword in social services. I welcome the opportunity to network, but I’ve exhausted the usual suspects. I’m on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. In urban areas I could see these networking sites being very helpful. In my neck of the woods they seem like little more than a nice idea. I’ll admit my long term interest in networking has been sparked by getting a new credential. I earned my CCS (certified clinical supervisor) license recently and hope to put it to good use. Marketing myself to other professionals feels like a formidable undertaking, but I look forward to working with new counselors and helping them on their journey.
Jim LaPierre LCSW CCS is the Executive Director of Higher Ground Services in Brewer, Maine. He is a Recovery Ally, mental health therapist and addictions counselor. He specializes in facilitating recovery (whether from addiction, trauma, depression, anxiety, or past abuse) overcome obstacles, and improve their quality of life. Jim offers a limited amount of online therapy to those with very flexible schedules.Follow @JimLaPierre