Bees with patients/ clients: do you talk politics?

posted 4 months ago in Career
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

It’s inappropriate in most cases. Don’t know what you plan to do, though. You shouldn’t eavesdrop. Perhaps look for something to do so you keep busy at work instead of listening to her conversations? This patient and her could have a really close relationship/feel very comfortable together, etc and it’s normal to them. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

kittemae1990 :  I can’t imagine how that could be helpful in your setting. People who insert politics into everything are trying to change minds but they often have the opposite effect. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

kittemae1990 : I support  freedom of speech and opinion, but to duscuss it the workplace, when serving clients, definitely not. It’s unprofessional. I don’t even engage with coworkers in our private office when the conversation becomes politically charged.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

kittemae1990 :  what’s your point? She has a few years experience in you and you overheard her conversation with her patient as she walked past. If you’re wondering about starting talking politics with your own patients then ask your manager/superior. Otherwise it just sounds like you’re fishing for the ‘ok’ to report her. Better to mind your own business and get great performance reviews.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

kittemae1990 :  The way you described yourself handling it was fine. The way your colleague handled it was way out of line.

It sounds like you are working with vulnerable people so your colleagues response was cruel and had nothing to do with politics. I question your colleagues ability to work with vulnerable people if she says things like this.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

kittemae1990 :  you are asking a forum about what to do, that it makes you uncomfortable and that you’re questioning your own way of handling clients. If this is the case then the best thing for you to do is to talk to your superior/manager/supervisor, lead, about this for guidance. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

That is so inappropriate. This is a tough one because it is  not harmful enough to warrant officially reporting her (do you work under a regulatory body?) but it is definitely very troubling. Does she have a supervisor you could speak to anonymously regarding this?

I‘m a trainee clinical psychologist for reference and the fact that someone seeing patients thinks it’s ok to inject their own political opinions into sessions is baffling, and makes me question her judgement in general. Situations like this are so difficult because one persons actions can undermine trust in the entire profession for vulnerable clients.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

kittemae1990 :  I too work in a clinical setting. If I’m engaged in conversation with a patient long enough to get into politics, I’m probably distracted from what I’m supposed to be doing. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2021 - City, State

I hate talking politics so I never do. Infact, I bet some people when they go to doctors and they ask who the current president is like they usually do to test mental clarity and memory will get really pissed. My psychiatrist told me she always asks not only the current president now, but the past two presidents before that.

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