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Updated Apr 14, 2014

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Disapproves of CEO


    Mixed - frustrating but very educational. Generally a good experience.

    Staff Therapist (Current Employee) Leonardtown, MD

    ProsRelatively competitive pay, for entry level positions
    Generally positive coworker atmosphere
    You get experience working with a wide range of populations
    A wide range of problems to address with clients
    Decent insurance and other benefits
    They are very generous in providing CEUs and trainings
    They help with the panelling process when the time comes
    They try to generate a positive atmosphere; for some reason it seems to not hit the mark but when it does it's good and lasting
    You get to work primarily with kids aged 7-12; occasionally older teens and every so often an adult
    The agency is generally well regarded - word of mouth is important and happy clients tell their friends

    ConsDependence upon antiquated equipment and billing systems
    A huge amount of paperwork and case work is handled by clinicians
    Feels like management has little respect for knowledge, experience and learning of employees - newbies or not
    The scheduling structure makes it hard to meet expected production when things go wrong for clients (i.e. often)
    Clients are assigned at random with little understanding of clinician orientation or abilities
    Close knit community means that you'll often have clients who know each other and/or are relatives
    It feels as if the organizational problems are often placed on the shoulders of entry-level employees who by their very nature cannot provide high levels of insight into these issues
    Consultations with experts about positive changes to make seem fruitless
    Lack of strong and reliable funding sources means the agency is staffed by new clinicians who will seek more lucrative employment immediately upon gaining full licensure
    Lack of funding impacts almost every area; protocols, morale, facilities, attitude, outlook, and clinical philosophy
    A general feeling of desperation pervades
    Long commutes are likely - rents in the rural community around these areas are still pretty high
    Traffic around the main office and satellite offices can be bad at times (common in the Baltimore/DC region)
    The politics of the area are fairly conservative - the satellite offices are in rural farming and fishing communities and the main office is in a bedroom community for DC. This might not be a "con" for some readers.
    It feels like there is a high turnover, here, and people seem to leave unhappy
    Poverty is not just a problem in the clientele

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlace faith in and trust your employees. I have never worked in a setting in which it was expected that employees are somehow stealing or conniving, and where simultaneously there seems to be little rational basis for this expectation.
    Don't use clinical skills to hurt the morale of employees
    Don't see your employees or the community you provide services to merely as resources to be used up and tossed aside
    Don't expect to thrive when your primary basis for billing is working with people who are in constant crisis and who cannot pay you themselves.
    Don't condescend
    Don't be vindictive
    Don't make judgements without knowing all the facts
    Be honest about expectations at the start
    Give clear description of duties to clinicians before they start in the position
    Invest in the infrastructure of your agency, somehow; we understand money is tough but everything feels as if it's falling apart
    Invest in art supplies and play therapy materials so that clinicians don't have to
    Discard the toys you have and replace them with current therapy-oriented toys and materials.
    Replace the chairs in the waiting rooms
    Maybe a magazine rack, and have the property management clean the parking lot on occasion
    Keep doing good work helping people and especially kids in need - the world needs more people like you who will stay where they are and provide services, not always an endless string of inexperienced new faces

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities

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    Horrible administration and management, they will make you many promises during interviews and not follow through.

    Functional Family Therapy (Current Employee) Annapolis, MD

    ProsFlexible work schedule
    Decent pay
    not much else....stay away

    ConsNo supervision for ethical standards and license for clinical social work
    Director is nasty and takes things personal and will do what she can to bring you down if you advocate for yourself

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest and do things ethically. A whole site did not quit at the same time for no reason.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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