After thirty two years of being a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, I am embarrassed to say that I was confused about a number of things that made me less effective than I could have been. I didn’t do it intentionally, but to any patients and their families that I worked with without knowing the following, I apologize and want to tell you that there is still hope.
I hope the following helps and I invite any and all to weigh in on this in the comments.
I wrote last week about such an organization called the Life Adjustment Team (LAT), which I believe is the model for rehabilitative efforts of the future. Several insurance companies have been so impressed by the cost savings of avoiding re-hospitalization that they have created special CPT codes for services provided by LAT.
I have written more about them this week, because since last week I have become aware of many other people who have relapsed and want people to know that it can be prevented.
LAT is in the process of expanding their services as the demand for them is starting to explode and go beyond the current population they serve to returning soldiers and veterans. This is not a moment too soon, as we’ve all learned that more active duty soldiers die from suicide than are being killed in the Afghanistan war. And that makes me sick to the pit of my stomach.
BTW I will be providing a full day program in Washington, D.C. to Women United in Ministry on March 5, 2013 following the 40th year celebration of women chaplains in the military that will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. I only hope I can be of service to this worthy group.