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Social Work Notes in Mental Health

For those in the social work and the mental health fields, one of the most important aspects of the job is completing paperwork in an accurate and timely manner. Many times, this paperwork is used in court cases and other hearings and can be the determining factor in how judges or other officials rule on cases. As more and more offices today go paperless, one of the best ways to make sure therapy notes, billing paperwork, and other social work notes are kept well-organized is by using social work software such as TheraNest. Along with the software, there are many factors to take into consideration when preparing professional documents such as these.

The Right Place at the Right Time

To make sure your notes are the best they can be, you need to make sure you have the proper atmosphere and enough time to properly write your reports. Some of the most important factors include:
  • Keeping the noise level down
  • Clear the clutter from your desk
  • Schedule a time each day to write your notes
  • Reduce the number of phone interruptions
Because social work offices are often full of clients and sometimes interns, it can be hard at times to keep the noise level down or make sure you complete your reports at the same time each day. However, one great feature of TheraNest is reminders and calendar sync, helping you keep your day organized and on schedule.

Having the Proper Tools

To write a professional document that clearly explains a situation; the best writers are ones who assemble certain tools to help them in their writing. To write notes and reports that will stand above all others, you need such tools as:
  • Thesaurus
  • Dictionary
  • Writing style manual
  • Social work notes manual
Using these tools lets you make sure your spelling is correct while enabling you to use a variety of words to make your report read much more smoothly. A book on social work notes is often invaluable when writing grant proposals, reports for an annual conference or extensive notes about the latest therapy session with a client. By using TheraNest, social workers and therapists can manage intake forms, treatment plans, progress notes and more. It also lets you do such tasks as:
  • Electronically sign notes
  • Search diagnostic codes
  • Allow for reviews from supervisors
  • Review discharge summaries
By using this software and using self-discipline to make time each day to complete your paperwork, the social work notes for your caseload will be well-written, well-organized and well-received by your supervisor and others who read them.

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