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Old 05-14-2012, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Joplin, Missouri
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I know you pretty much ruled out Pueblo but I thought I should tell you that the Colorado State Mental Health Institute in located in Pueblo and they just built a brand new forensic unit.

Here is the web site:

The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP) is one of Colorado's two state-operated inpatient psychiatric hospitals. The hospital is under the direction of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). The Mental Health Institute Division administers and oversees the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo and the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan. The Division is part of the Colorado Department of Human Services and is organized within the Departmentís Office of Behavioral Health and Housing.

CMHIP serves clients in the civil mental health system. Civil clients are referred for admission by the statesís Community Mental Health Centers. In addition, CMHIPís Institute for Forensic Psychiatry serves adults who are found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity or Incompetent to Proceed (defendants unable to assist in their own defense). CMHIP also provides evaluations of competency to stand trial for individuals referred for evaluation by the stateís courts. CMHIP has provided quality mental health services focused on sustaining hope and promoting recovery to Colorado residents since 1879.

The link: Colorado Department of Human Services | CDHS
Thanks! I was actually thinking that I may need to revisit the Pueblo area for work but not necessarily have to live there.
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Old 05-15-2012, 04:04 AM
 
Location: Canon City, Colorado
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You might want to check out Comcor(they are hiring) in Colorado Springs. My neice has the same degree as you and worked there for 4 years. She recently was hired as an alcohol and drug counselor at one of the prisons in Canon City. She has completed her CACI and CACII ...don't know if that matters..anyway, she lives in the southern part of Colorado Springs and commutes. Her Dad/my bro-in-law, works for DOC with juvenilles in Pueblo and also commutes from the Springs.
Anyway, just a few ideas and areas to look into!! Canon City of course being my favorite place ever!!!!
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Joplin, Missouri
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You might want to check out Comcor(they are hiring) in Colorado Springs. My neice has the same degree as you and worked there for 4 years. She recently was hired as an alcohol and drug counselor at one of the prisons in Canon City. She has completed her CACI and CACII ...don't know if that matters..anyway, she lives in the southern part of Colorado Springs and commutes. Her Dad/my bro-in-law, works for DOC with juvenilles in Pueblo and also commutes from the Springs.
Anyway, just a few ideas and areas to look into!! Canon City of course being my favorite place ever!!!!
Thanks! I have looked up Canon City....looks absolutely gorgeous!
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:53 AM
 
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I'm pretty sure the people who are working in drug/alcohol counseling have to have the CAC or its state equivalent.
I did look around Denver with my co-worker who was thinking of moving out that way (to be closer to some family). Yes, there are a few services but nothing like we're used to in the metro East Coast. The VA and big state hospital were down towards the south of Colorado, and there was virtually nothing on the Western Slope. (One unit in Grand Junction... and I know there are drugs and drunks on the Western Slope...)
Forensic might involve civil service, state or federal, and would be a good thing if OP could get it.
A four-year degree in psych usually means, at most, a job as a mental health counselor/attendant/assistant, whatever the system is calling them. The work can range from classic "attendant" work (muscle work) up to leading groups, spending some time one-to-one with clients (under someone else's license). As a rule, case managers have more advanced degrees, including RNs who usually have a master's. It's not a state requirement, but it's just that the systems can get such people, so they go on to demand that as a requirement.
It would be good if OP could get a four-year type job in an area where there is access to further education towards some kind of master's, and the job would likely pay partly for it. Also, the working time might count towards supervised licensed time. I think of a MSW or master's in counseling psych, not a master's in psychology, or clinical psych (where a PhD is usually the first degree for work in that area).
OP could also consider a fast-n'-dirty RN and work as a psych RN, and then consider a master's if she so wished. (By fast n' dirty, I mean the quickest route and cheapest, not a BSN if she has to take a lot of first-year science courses to a BSN. Work as an RN while you get more credentials if so desired).
I work with a ton of people with shiny bachelor's in psych and see them doing all of the previous after working as a mental health assistant (or specialist as they're called in my area).
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Joplin, Missouri
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I'm pretty sure the people who are working in drug/alcohol counseling have to have the CAC or its state equivalent.
I did look around Denver with my co-worker who was thinking of moving out that way (to be closer to some family). Yes, there are a few services but nothing like we're used to in the metro East Coast. The VA and big state hospital were down towards the south of Colorado, and there was virtually nothing on the Western Slope. (One unit in Grand Junction... and I know there are drugs and drunks on the Western Slope...)
Forensic might involve civil service, state or federal, and would be a good thing if OP could get it.
A four-year degree in psych usually means, at most, a job as a mental health counselor/attendant/assistant, whatever the system is calling them. The work can range from classic "attendant" work (muscle work) up to leading groups, spending some time one-to-one with clients (under someone else's license). As a rule, case managers have more advanced degrees, including RNs who usually have a master's. It's not a state requirement, but it's just that the systems can get such people, so they go on to demand that as a requirement.
It would be good if OP could get a four-year type job in an area where there is access to further education towards some kind of master's, and the job would likely pay partly for it. Also, the working time might count towards supervised licensed time. I think of a MSW or master's in counseling psych, not a master's in psychology, or clinical psych (where a PhD is usually the first degree for work in that area).
OP could also consider a fast-n'-dirty RN and work as a psych RN, and then consider a master's if she so wished. (By fast n' dirty, I mean the quickest route and cheapest, not a BSN if she has to take a lot of first-year science courses to a BSN. Work as an RN while you get more credentials if so desired).
I work with a ton of people with shiny bachelor's in psych and see them doing all of the previous after working as a mental health assistant (or specialist as they're called in my area).
Thanks! I appreciate your input. Great advice. The most I'm willing to do at this point is substance abuse certification. I might consider a Masters if employer would pay for the additional schooling. I'm already in student loan debt, can't do that anymore. Don't want to be a Nurse...I work with them everyday and know I made the right decision not to be one.
I know my degree is tough to make decent money with...I sell Avon on the side. Of course at best...I get my own products free...
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