As I looked around my conference room at 8:00 this morning, I'm watching people connect. Now these aren't any old ordinary people. These are local professionals with the same goal I have ~ Providing the best care for our clients. Working independently can leave you wondering what services are available and, in turn, provide confident referrals for your clients.
When a client presents with depressive symptoms, they often complain of chronic pain. These somatic symptoms are commonly associated with a mood disorder, but what if there's more? What if the pain persists as the depression dissipates? Many of my clients don't want to take medication and that's certainly their choice; we're left considering what other choices they have. I can honestly say I can share community resources, that I learned about while networking, so the client can make the best decision for their well being.
Being a part of a professional networking opportunity says a lot about the person in attendance. You can rest assured that their clients are valuable to them otherwise they wouldn't spend a few hours on an unpaid Tuesday morning away from their practice. Know your practitioner. Ask questions about their desire and passion for continued learning in their scope of practice. Feel comfortable with the person you're turning to for help.