As a level 2 fieldwork student I was in a locked psychiatric unit. One of the male residents had depression. He remained in bed, in a darkened room, buried under his covers, all day and night except to go to the dining room. Every day I invited him to groups. Eventually he started talking to me when I invited him. By the time I left he was coming out of his room and sharing family pictures with me. I heard he was able to discharge, reintegrating into the community after I left. It was very motivating to be a small component in his recovery and return to the community!
By: Cindy Garcia, COTA/L, CLIPP