"My greatest strength would be my patience. I can keep my cool through any situation and find a release for a stressful situation later. My stress release is reading outside in the fresh air."
"One of my strengths is my ability to empathize and express my understanding to my patients makes them feel more comfortable talking to me."
This question can be difficult for some to answer if they aren't comfortable and confident in bragging about themselves. The interview is the time and the place to show them what you're all about and why they want to hire you. Having a hard time determining what strength you should answer with? Try making a list of your skills dividing them into three categories: Your knowledge based skills, transferrable skills and your personal traits.
How do you respond to a patient that is trying to manipulate you?
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"If I identified that a patient was trying to manipulate me I would review the treatment plan that we set together and remind them of their boundaries."
"As an Addiction Therapist, I know that addicts have a way of sweet talking people to get what they want. My years of experience and training alert me to when a patient is trying to manipulate me."
As an Addiction Therapist , you can handle the some of the most aggressive and abusive patients through one thing: Communication. You have all the tricks up your sleeve to effectively communicate with your patient and help them choose a safer way of interacting their those around them. If the patient is an adult or someone that can hurt you, relay to the interviewer that you would take the appropriate steps to have someone on standby to assist you if needed.
Here is a sample question: "If I identified that a patient was trying to manipulate me I would review the treatment plan that we set together and remind them of their boundaries."
Addiction therapists (also known as substance abuse counselors) have the necessary clinical skills and experience needed to help their patients overcome substance abuse issues. You apply your skills to counsel those who have been diagnosed with substance abuse disorders. You develop treatment plans and help your patients find ways of coping with their destructive urges. You are knowledgeable about the different kinds of addiction, such as alcohol, drug dependency, gambling and eating disorders.
As an Addiction Therapist you may hold a bachelor's degree in a behavioral or social science with additional coursework and experience in addiction counseling. Graduate degrees may increase job opportunities and usually include supervised experience, which employers often require. Licensing requirements vary by state.
To prepare for your interview you'll want to do your homework on the facility. Research what they specialize in, patient population and skills that are needed to be successful within the particular role you are interviewing for. If you are a new graduate and new to the field be able to speak to your college experience and projects. Consider volunteering to gain valuable work experience to show the interviewer that not only are you are committed to the field but want to help others around you.