PsyCare Spotlight: Rae Doverspike, BA, QMHS
Psychiatric Case Manager
School and Family Solutions program
Tell us about yourself and your time at PsyCare.
My name is Rae Doverspike, BA QMHS. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I have been working as a Psychiatric Case Manager for PsyCare since 2014. I was the second person hired for the School and Family Solutions Program, 8 years ago! I have had the privilege to work in Struthers Elementary School (grades K-4), helping many different kids with many different problems. Working with kids has become a passion of mine. I love being able to teach them new skills to learn, whether that be social skills, coping skills, or anger management skills. I have also worked with many kids who suffer from anxiety, and with some who have autism. I love working in the school environment. It is so helpful for me to be able to go into their classrooms and help them with whatever they need at that time. I also work very closely with teachers and help them learn which strategies will help the kids be more successful. It is a joy to be able to see kids grow, mentally, physically, and emotionally throughout their time at the elementary school. During the summer months, I still am able to keep in touch with the kids by doing home visits and working closely with the families. I also run some summer groups, which is a great experience for them.
What have you learned from working in the mental health field?
In the time that I have worked in the mental health field, I have learned many things. The most important thing I have learned, is that kids need to be loved and they need to feel loved. I witness many kids who crave one on one attention. Kids all receive love in different ways. Doing small things that show kids you love them can go a long way. Even if it is simply reading them a book, or having them read to you. Giving them a hug. Looking them in the eye when you talk to them. Finding something they did right, and telling them you are proud of them. Helping them with their homework or packing them a special lunch. Letting them know that you care, that you love them. They all need this connection and it will be so beneficial to them.
How do you practice self care?
I have a few favorite self care techniques: a healthy sleep schedule, exercise, and quiet time. Not getting enough sleep just immediately sets me up to have a bad day, so I make sure to get 7-8 hours each night. I have also found the significance of a structured morning routine. I enjoy getting up very early to be able to get in a work out before I start my day. I find that I am less irritable and have more energy throughout my day. After exercising, I then like to spend some quiet time in prayer. This ALWAYS fills me with joy and puts me in a positive mindset before I start my work day. I want to make sure I am in the right mindset, so that I can give my best to the kids that I see.
Click here to learn more about Rae, and here for more information on the School and Family Solutions Program (overseen by the Struthers clinic).
Thank you Rae for your hard work and dedication to your clients and PsyCare. We appreciate you!