Enin Rudel '14SW shares his experience as an outpatient therapist.
What does your job entail?
As an Outpatient Therapist, I provide ongoing, outpatient psychotherapy to a broad range of patients experiencing various mental health conditions. I create individual treatment plans for each of the patients that I see. I conduct intake assessments on patients who are new to the clinic, and also co-facilitate several weekly support groups. These groups include a men’s anger management group, a transitional age youth group, a men’s support group, and a Suboxone group.
What brought you to Simmons?
Both of my parents are Licensed Clinical Social Workers (L.I.C.S.W.s). I was exposed to the principles of social work at an early age. As I grew older, he knew the career aligned well with my own interests. It was my affinity for providing advocacy to those struggling with various psychosocial challenges that eventually led me to pursue a career in social work.
Before I decided to enroll in graduate school, I worked for several community-based programs, which put me in contact with a wide range of social workers. I began to notice that many of the clinicians with whom I had the privilege of working had attended Simmons College. Their collective level of expertise was evident. They had a standard of excellence they routinely displayed in their approaches to social work practice.
How did Simmons prepared you?
Simmons College provided me with the clinical tools necessary to succeed within a medical setting. For me, Simmons’ model of support and guidance both in the classroom and in the field was key. While gaining exposure to theoretical frameworks within the classroom, through my second year field placement on an inpatient adult psychiatric unit, I was afforded an opportunity to put that theory into practice.
Why is your work rewarding?
Each day I have the distinct privilege of working with patients from varying ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Moreover, I have found the therapeutic relationship to be reciprocal in nature, as I have come to view this process as a shared experience between both worker and patient. In terms of professional growth and development, I have been afforded the opportunity to shadow an amazing team of clinicians. As I work towards establishing my own clinical approach, I will continue to draw upon my previous academic and professional experiences.