New Job - Feeling Incompetent!

Postby toughbird » Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:01 pm

Hi everyone

So I have a new job which I started back in March (last month). It's working in mental health but the Forensics side. This is a new side of mental health which I have little knowledge of the criminal justice side.

The first month of the job was induction. I am really happy with the pace of the role. I have been lucky to have been given the chance to train, shadow and get to know the role.

The major part of the role is based in the community supporting clients with MH issues. The service is voluntartly. So the client's have the right to decline support from our service.

I was given my first client last week. The client declined support. So I closed the case. I took this very bad as I felt quite hard on myself. Thinking did I explain the service right? A few colleagues have encouraged me to not to be hard on myself. It happens and a lot of the client's do decline support from our service.

However, I have been given a new client. Again this client answers the phone and asked me to phone back later on today. Which I did. I left a message on the client's voicemail with my name and contact details. As of yet, the client hasn't returned my call.

My TL encouraged me to text the client tomorrow as it's still a good sign the client is engaging by answering the phone. But this client has a history of non engaging with mental health services.

I am feeling incredibly anxious with taking on new clients as majority of their case is to do with the criminal justice. I have little knowledge. I feel quite anxious on keep phoning my Manager to explain certain things. I'm starting to feel they are getting annoyed with me by keeping asking basic things. I don't want to be seen as someone who is anxious and is not performing well. Someone who can't use their own initiuative. Gets scared and is constantly on the phone seeking for help.

I'm reading their reports and hearing a lot of different words and about the criminal justice which I am struggling to understand.

To top all that off, I am also feeling anxious in case another client doesn't engage. It may look bad on me as two client's are not engaging. I don't want this to affect my performance and they end up sacking me as so far, none of my clients are engaging.

I am feeling really negative, anxious and helpless.

Any advice?
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Postby Richard@DecisionSkills » Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:21 am

toughbird wrote:To top all that off, I am also feeling anxious in case another client doesn't engage. It may look bad on me as two client's are not engaging. I don't want this to affect my performance and they end up sacking me as so far, none of my clients are engaging.

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My advice is to clarify to yourself why people get sacked.

It seems odd that the standard to be sacked in what I’m assuming is a state run or non-profit agency would be not getting clients to voluntarily sign up for MH services. In a private business, such as car sales, certain quotas are the norm. Money comes from meeting quotas, not taxes or donations.

Did your TL during the month long induction ever say you must have X clients volunteer or you get sacked?
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Postby demonbluess » Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:20 am

I've been there man. You have to give yourself time to learn and get better. Drown out the noise, even from your boss. Be up front about wanting to learn and do better. A good manager will help you. A bad manager will not, but at that point it's probably not worth your sweat and tears anyway.

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Postby hojoos » Fri May 03, 2019 6:21 pm

I need it too
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Postby James_Lee » Fri May 03, 2019 11:14 pm

You need to start motivating yourself to ignore these sort of negative thoughts. It can be hard, but it is necessary
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