Posted by Simcha on August 17, 2003, at 17:03:18
In reply to Lou's response to simcha's post about credentials » Simcha, posted by Lou Pilder on August 17, 2003, at 16:32:44
I have given you all the answers needed for you to figure this out.
Now some questions for you:
1. Are you a doctor?
2. Are you a counselor?
3. Are you a therapist?
4. Are you a psychologist?
5. Are you a psychiatrist?
6. Are you an intern in any of these professions?
7. Are you a trainee in any of these professions?
8. Have you ever worked with children with learning disabilities, developmental delays, or mental illness?
9. Are you in an accredited university earning a degree that would qualify you to make the sweeping claims that you make?
I will not divulge the exact school or the location or the exact qualifications I have in an anonymous room on the Internet. I am more security conscious than that.
Also, yes, some of the children in religious ed, in the school I taught in ten years ago, did take Ritalin.
Also, I've worked as a volunteer in non-profit state sponsored agencies (non-religious) working with adolescents who had severe emotional difficulties. I received training in order to qualify even as a volunteer before beginning to work with the youth.
No, I do not work for a religious organization of any kind. I work for one of the premier Youth Centers in California. They have given me credentials based on my experience and specific accredited training that they offer. And they have done an extensive background check so that I can work with children which included running my fingerprints through law enforcement agencies. I work in in-school day treatment. Also, I do have a BS, no school would accept me as a grad student if I did not have one.
The qualifications I have allow me to make observations and do behavioral interventions for children in schools in California and in our on-campus residential setting. That is all you need to know.
When the children are on their medication they can actually concentrate enough to do their school work. Some of them are really brilliant. The medication allows them to focus. Without the medication they cannot do their work. It's as simple as that, Lou.
Perhaps if you answer my questions above on your qualifications, then we can all understand where you are coming from and then we can all respond to your posts accordingly.
> You wrote in response to my question to clarify what you meant by being [...a Mental Health counselor...] that you.
> A.[...taught school age children for years in religious ed...]
> B.[...I receicve training from my agency...]
> C.[...I am a grad student working toward an MA in Counseling Psychology...]
> D.[ ...I am working in my current setting for over a year...]
> E.[...I have observed children that have received treatment with adderall, ritalin....]
> F.[...I notice that the children on these drugs usually focus better...]
> G. [...I work in the milieu...I do behavior modification...].
> After reading your post. are you saying that you taught some sort of religious class to school age children and that some of those were on these drugs?
> Are you saying that the agency that gives you training is a religious agency?
> Coukld you identify what your current setting is that you are working in? If you could, then I could better understand your post that I am responding to.
> Could you identify what the milieue is that you do behavior modification ? If you could, then I could have a better understanding of your post to me.
> Do you have an undergraduste degree or are you working directly toward a masters without a BS? If you do have an undergraduate degree, does it give you state certification and if so, in what?
> When you obseved children on the drugs, could you clarify how you made the conclusion that they focused better?