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Demonstration of Expertise in Different Modalities

Demonstrating the expertise of different staff members will enhance the appreciation for different areas of the therapeutic process

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We will chose one Friday a month to show a specialty in one of  the many areas the clinic specializes in -- including but not limited to music therapy, drama therapy, DBT, CBT, etc. This will allow staff members in differing areas of expertise to better understand and appreciate their colleagues work as well as allowing therapists to showcase their skills.

Idea Title

Specialty Showcase

How the Idea will inspire the experience and expression of gratitude within an organization.

This idea will make everyone in the workplace more appreciative of what every individual does. This would not only be a learning experience for everyone but it may also open up ways to stay connected to different types of training in different specialties.

Who are you innovating for?

We are innovating for both the staff and the clients. The staff will be more aware of what their colleagues do and this will aid clients by allowing their therapist to be more educated about different types of therapies that will be well suited for the client.

What type of workplaces are you innovating for?

Our workplace is a small Non Profit Mental Health Clinic in an urban setting -- the clinic is under-resourced, has a high volume of clients, high-stress, and a high risk population. The Organization has approximately 35 staff members.

How you envision the Idea being introduced to your selected organization?

We would introduce this idea via company wide emails and/or announcements via weekly meetings. This will allow us to assign a group of staff members with a certain expertise a designated month in which they will either be able to present something of their choosing related to their work and/or bring in a guest speaker.

What obstacles, if any, do you foresee in implementing this Idea, and how would they be overcome?

The obstacles I foresee are involved in establishing a designated time for these meetings to occur -- however, with compromise and possibly alternately timed meetings every month we will resolve this.

How will you test and prototype your solution?

We will test this idea by picking one group of staff members in a certain field to present and if all goes well -- we will continue this.

What immediate next steps will you take if you receive an implementation grant.

If the grant is received, we will seek an expert from a certain modality that is willing to present and that will allow our clinicians to gain CEU hours. We will organize a meeting for this expert to present with staff.

At what stage of development is your Idea?

  • Research & Early Testing: You are exploring an idea, gathering inspiration and information needed to test it with real users.

Please describe from where your Idea emerged

From a gratitude event at my company

Tell us about yourself

I am one of the bilingual psychotherapists working at Union Settlement Mental Health alongside many other talented therapists -- we are all attempting to improve feelings of gratitude and appreciation in the workplace.

Where are you / your team located?

East Harlem, New York

Company / Organization Name

Union Settlement Mental Health


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Hi Kathleen,

Great to see you in the Ideas Phase of the Challenge! I'm curious about what would incentivize people to participate in this initiative?

Also, is there any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.

Please update your post within the next hour! The Ideas Phase closes today at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Excited to learn more!