A Manifesto?!

 I don’t intend that to come off as presumptuous. Actually, I’m just trying to get your attention. I intend this to be a career changing read, so please take the time to read and consider!! This is for all my peeps in the Helping Industry. If you have a job that allows you to help people, this Manifesto is aimed directly at you. 

Providers in the Helping Industry are more than traditional mental health providers counselors, therapists, social workers/Our community includes social service and community service providers, youth workers, case managers, educators, members of the faith community and anybody else who has a job description that involves helping people. Tri-D Center is on that list. We’re all helpers!

In more than 35 years in this field, I have worked or collaborated with most every sector of the mental health care system as a provider, or an administrator providing mental health and substance abuse services. I worked in or collaborated with most every sector that interacts with the system, including addictions, prevention, children and family social services, education, faith-based, law enforcement and the justice system; adult and juvenile. I consider myself a jack of all trades for most things mental health or substance abuse related, I know a little bit about quite a lot. I’m conversant in several languages covering many sectors. In my experience, one area where we need to improve is to make the Helping Industry more responsive with easier access for the people who need it most, Jane & Dwayne Q Public.

The impetus for this manifesto is all about Jane & Dewayne, because they represent a significant number of people in our communities that suffer needlessly from treatable mental health problems or have personal problems. They just need help, but they don’t want counseling, so they don’t get anything. 

This group includes people suffering in bad relationships, abusive, toxic, dysfunctional relationships, relationships that could benefit from adjustments or as an introduction to more appropriate services. There are people who suffer from various level of depression or anxiety, poor anger or stress management, persistent indecision, or people who have substance abuse or addiction problems, but they aren’t quite there yet but know they don’t want counseling!! 

Jane and Dwayne need help, but they aren’t seeking help or don’t know where to go, often time until it progresses into a more serious problem or courts gets involved!

And that’s because of the traditional barriers to accessing the mental health care industry:

  • It’s often considered expensive, in both time and money.
  • Can be difficult to connect with, who do I go to? And it requires some kind of a therapuetic relationship, a genuine person to person connection.
  • It is often actively avoided due to the stigma of going to counseling or therapy. 

To be more effective and accessible we need to overcome these barriers, it’s possible! One thing is undeniable, treatment works and there are talented providers of those treatment services, but again people are not accessing them!

Complaining without offering solutions comes off as whining, with that in mind I offer up one solution. It’s something I’ve been working on my entire career, Tri-D Center. Tri-D Center offers Problem Solving as a marketable service and a level of care. I have a plan to make this work and I’m asking your help.

Please take some time and explore www.TriDCenter.com. The homepage has a great little commercial, and I’m very proud of it because it illustrates what we have to offer. 

Keys to Success

Tri-D Center (TDC) offers problem solving. It’s not a difficult concept, and it’s practical. Everybody has problems and understands the concept of problem solving – we just help people problem solve on purpose. Could your clients benefit from being better problem solvers? As a supervisor, could your staff benefit from being better problem solvers? 

Tri-D Center doesn’t provide counseling, or traditional therapy. We provide Strategic Problem SolvingTM (SPS); Solutions with a plan. As a marketable service, on a clinical basis SPS is a brief solution oriented cognitive behavioral tool that is effective, inexpensive, and accessible. Explore the website for details about SPS. TDC promotes it as an indispensable tool for every providers toolkit.

As a level of care SPS is an effective initiation and engagement tool, providing a triage level function by developing a solution for a problem or providing a pretreatment level of care. Consumers then progress along the continuum of care toward more traditional therapies and treatment. 

As you explore www.TriDCenter.com, could you see yourself providing those services? Which brings us to the second and most important key to success, you!

This key to success most directly applies to you. TDC is a provider agency looking for providers. The Helping Industry offers a tremendous workforce of potential providers, talented providers, often with untapped potential and abilities. These people possess a wide breadth of experience and a wealth of wisdom to offer a client base in need, and less experienced providers who can benefit from mentoring. This workforce numbers in the millions and can include you.  

TDC is a one of a kind dynamic organization defined by the people who work there providing programs and services, training, or administrative roles. I envision a thought and service incubator fueled by energy and ideas, your energy and your ideas. 

Our criteria is developing and providing problem solving services that are affordable, sustainable, and effective, with positive expansion potential. Our hub is online and existing technology makes it possible to coordinate in real time through tele- and video conferencing with both clients and other providers. 

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: a career in social work or social services promises you’ll be overworked and underpaid. I have always taken exception to that expression as I can’t even imagine working in another industry. 

I’m actually pretty good at what I do, aren’t you? Not everybody can do or want to do what I do, how ‘bout you?? Am I paid what I’m worth? No, but the tradeoff is we get to help people. Feel me??

I have been fortunate to have worked with many talented people over my career. I have a pretty good idea what makes a good provider. To be a provider at TDC requires being trained in SPS and have a demonstrated mastery of services. At a minimum, a provider will have a working knowledge and understanding of:

  • Mental Health and diagnostic language and concepts.
  • Substance Abuse, Addictions, and Recovery language and concepts.
  • Community Resources, who does what and how do we connect. 
  • Concepts of psychology, development, and relationship dynamics.
  • Cognitive behavioral tools to guide interventions and interactions.

Expertise isn’t the standard, but providers need a working knowledge and understanding of basic terms and concepts, know and understand them well enough to use tools to apply them – the bridge between learning and application. 

It is one thing to take training about Trauma Informed Care but are you prepared to put it into practice and incorporate it into your sessions or interventions?

In Closing

I write this to my peers in the Helping Industry. I’m offering a career path to help you achieve your potential. I’m targeting the Helping Industry, including the mental healthcare system. It’s not broken as it has some gaps and impediments that TDC can help fill. 

I am a provider, been a provider for a long time, whether in an office, a classroom, a padded isolation cell in a juvenile detention center, or showing up in the bedroom of a teenager who blew me off for our 8 a.m. Saturday morning appointment. 

I truly believe therapy works, but problem-solving works also.

“But I have a full-time gig that pays decent and provides benefits!” you might say. 

I think that’s great. Stay there. Agency work has given me ample opportunity to hone my skills and hopefully my clients can benefit. I want you in the field. The goal of TDC is to spread problem solving; the most effective way is to provide it is in your agencies.

 I won’t name one agency so as not to disrespect another, but we have a social service safety net with many effective agencies, a wide range of services, and providers and if you wonder if that includes your agency, probably!!

TDC will take as much of your time as you’re willing to give. You can build a private practice, or you can use it as part time income to supplement your full-time gig. SPS is designed to complement and enhance your talent and abilities and is adaptable to the user. 

TDC is also about ownership. All providers have a stake in the company. I’ve been providing services and building programs for decades, and one thing that has become abundantly clear to me: collaboration works. 

I want to work with you so I give you a say and a stake in the direction and any profits This is an investment for your future, all it requires of you is training that has been found by 100% of participants to be relevant to their jobs covering an eclectic range of community providers, and they all thought it would make them better at their jobs. You remember helping Jane and Dwayne… 

Help me spread Problem Solving as a service and a level of care.

Read this manifesto and send it to a friend in the field. Together we can cover the United States within five years, and you are here at the beginning!! 

Tri-D wants you to grow with us. The success of establishing problem solving will be grassroots, needs to go viral. I’m asking you to consider climbing on board. 

For more information please contact TCox@TriDCenter.com.