Bottlecaps can help with skinpicking/dermatillomania!
Carry a few in your pocket at all times. When you feel the urge to pick, pull one out and start picking at the vinyl liner inside the cap. It has the same sort of tactile feeling to your fingers as skinpicking, and when you manage to remove the liner from the cap, you have the same feeling of satisfaction or weird accomplishment—but no holes in your skin, torn nails, picked scabs, etc.
You can buy a bazillion of them at a time from places like Etsy or eBay. Make sure they have the vinyl liners in them—craft supply places tend to sell them without.
I’ve suffered from compulsive skinpicking/dermatillomania literally since I was born. It’s a constant battle. I’ve followed all sorts of advice, from “draw patterns on your skin with your fingertips instead!” to the ever-unhelpful “mind over matter!” but the bottlecaps have been the only thing to really help me a lot.
Sometimes, when clients get angry, they accuse us of only being “there for the money.”
This is a good opportunity to assess client for other signs of dementia, delusion or breaks from reality.
fullfrontal-cortex asked: Hey! So I am still in undergrad and don't really have experience with any populations, but I do know I am passionate about being an HIV/AIDS advocate and have considered before working with HIV/AIDS clients as a social worker (I want to be an LCSW) just wondering, how did you get into that field? Thanks!
Hai!! This is an easy question!
I got into HIV by volunteering as an outreach worker during undergrad. The connections I made there really helped me get a job later in the same department. From there I was able to move up.
Volunteering helps you network and decide if the agency is right for you.
Try to get into prevention or youth programs they are 1 easy to get into and 2 lots of fun!
Good luck and I hope you make it! We need good people!
"I do social work, focusing on young families. Basically I play and dance with babies."
Am I the only one who saw this and was a little jealous??
What a lucky social worker! :D