Lynsey Slater recently transitioned from a therapist to the clinical administrator position in West Lafayette. In this blog she explains her new role and how she has enjoyed working closely with the staff and interns.
I have worked for the past four years as an ABA therapist and took over as the clinical administrator in October.
As a clinical administrator, I am the right hand person for our clinical director and our therapists every day. My main goal is to make sure our staff feel supported and have their questions answered. With my experience as a therapist, I know the days can be busy. The children are always our number one concern during the day, but we want to make sure the therapists are feeling supported as well. With the help of the clinical staff, we do this by finding ways to incorporate activities that they might enjoy such as breakfast club once a month, activities related to holidays and fun team builders during the Wednesday meetings. These are activities that are fun and lighthearted, but keep us connected.
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Although this position is very different than being a therapist, I have really enjoyed the change. I get the best of both worlds because while I still see and interact with the kids every day, I also see Cornerstone in a different way. When I was a therapist my responsibilities were to focus on the kids, deliver programming and engage in behavior interventions. Being a therapist has taught me a lot and actually has helped me in the role I am currently in right now. I became familiar with how daily schedules worked, the RBT process and the needs of the therapists. I have enjoyed learning about the interview process, as well as being the support system for the interns that we have each semester. Now that I am in the clinical administration position, I see all of the work that is done behind the scenes. I am a part of hiring new staff, making sure there is enough staff each day to cover the clients, communicating questions to Human Resources and helping to make sure each day runs smoothly. Every day I learn something new and I look forward to a new challenge each day.
With my therapist experience, I feel like I have a lot to give to the interns and hope they find me as someone they can come to for support. My responsibilities include reading the internship reflections each week and completing their midterm and final evaluations at the end of the semester. It is a great experience to be able to help them take the next step in their professional development.
I hope as I learn and grow in this position I will continue to have a positive impact on Cornerstone and our therapists. My goal is to make people feel appreciated for their hard work by knowing that they are supported day in and day out. We have a great support system from everyone around here and that’s what sets us apart. I hope with my help we can keep that positivity and spirit alive.
November 29, 2016, Lynsey Slater