Mental Health Professionals
Mental Health Professionals come in a wide-range of industries. Whether you are a professional counselor, a life coach, an art therapist, a domestic violence advocate, a social worker, or you work in an organization on the ground tending to the daily needs of individuals, we have resources for you.
The resources you find below will be focused on:
* implementing self-care and personal growth to avoid burnout and
* incorporating trauma sensitive approaches with the people in your care.
**Special thanks to Brian Hughes of the Kansas City DreamCenter (pictured on the left), Stefanie Hinman of the Trauma Healing Center (in the center), and Bryan Vignery (on the right) for representing this group of people serving our community. Also, thanks to Ryan Burnett (photographer) and Life.Church Lenexa for sponsoring this photo shoot.**
Resources for Mental Health Providers
Disclaimer: Please remember that a recommendation of a resource does not indicate that the Trauma Healing Center endorses all of the information on that website or produced by it's authors, nor are we responsible for the quality of your experience as you engage with third party resources. Please proceed with caution.
The Trauma Healing Center offers free training for you and your staff. Our trainings use solid principles and research-based interventions to equip you to better assist the people in your care. CEUs are available for some of our trainings.
Contact our Executive Director, Melissa Finger, for a list of trainings we offer.
There are many of Podcasts developed to assist Mental Health Professionals to lead well and personally grow in their faith. Here are three of our favorites!
* On The Trail Podcast by Deeper Walk International
* Joy Valley - here you can learn about many of the great healing ministries in the Kansas City area
There are thousands upon thousands of excellent books for counselors to read which will improve your counseling skills, help you develop personally, and give you vision for the future. The big problem is picking one to read! We will change up our list occasionally, but here are a few good reads to get you started!
* Rare Leadership by Marcus Warner and Jim Wilder " Healthy teams begin with healthy leaders, and at the heart of this dynamic is emotional maturity—the quality the greatest leaders possess.
Combining solid theology, cutting-edge brain science, and decades of counseling and consulting experience, Rare Leadership shows you how to take your leadership and team to the next level."
* Trauma Coping System by Melissa Finger will help you understand the adults in your care who are struggling to overcome childhood abuse and trauma. This book describes God's design for children to cope with the unthinkable, as well as, His design for healing and wholeness.
* Building Bounce by Marcus Warner and Stefanie Hinman explains the theory behind growing emotional resilience and provides practical tools you can use in a variety of settings. This is something we all need.
Finding websites with valuable resources for you and your community can be challenging. Here are just a few of the websites that come highly recommended to us for you!
* Therapist Aid (lots of worksheets here)
* Living CBT (more worksheets here)
* Big Life Journal (EXCELLENT growth mindset resources)
* New Hope Recovery (resources for working with sexual addictions)
Sample Forms For Your Practice
Below you will find a few samples of various forms that may be useful in your practice. You may adapt these forms as needed. **Disclaimer: Please note, these are only sample forms and may not meet the legal or ethical requirements of your specific state or affiliation.**
An Informed Consent is important to prepare your client for their experience in counseling, set expectations for your counseling relationship, and protect your counseling agency. Below is a SAMPLE Informed Consent. This is not meant to be used as is. You will need to adapt it to your own practice, philosophy, and rules.
Confidentiality is one of the highest concerns in a counseling relationship. In most cases, it is not appropriate to share information about your client and their situation with anyone - including other professionals. Using a Release of Information gives your client control as to what information is shared and with whom.
Finding the right rate for your services can be difficult. Using a sliding scale based on income and family size can help to alleviate some of the financial stress of clients while giving you the ability to set rates that will still allow you to operate. If adding a Sliding Scale to your business seems a bit intimidating, try setting a limit as to how many people you will see in a given month on a sliding scale. Others who need a sliding scale rate can go on a waitlist for when these slots open up.
If you are a Christian Counselor, and you typically incorporate prayer into your session time, we have listed a few prayers that you may find useful. The link below will take you to our page designed specifically for Christian Leaders. Here you will find prayers you can download and other resources to enhance your ministry.
Support for Mental Health Professionals
Being a leader in our community is hard, but you don't have to do it alone. As a leader, you may find a time when you need someone outside of your organization to talk to. Friends and family can be a great personal support, but sometimes you need more. Below are a few options for healing, restoration, and community for you and your family.
Resources for Your Clients
To find resources for your client, please visit our Community Resource page.