Health Professions Week - Alumni Spotlight

Health Professions Week is designed to help college and high school students explore the various career options in health. Many of our alumni work in health related settings playing vital roles. Today alumna Tracy Schettler, Behavioral Health Consultant for the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine at OU, is sharing more about what she does.

Practicing social work in an integrated family medicine setting is an exciting, fast pace career choice. I play many different roles as the clinic social worker. I am a therapist, teacher, case worker, and consultant. I work with five clinics, each with their own set of doctors. I am on-call during the day to address various issues that arise in the clinic. Some of the situations I respond to include crisis situations, psychosis and mental health concerns, suspicion for human trafficking, and resource assessment. I collaborate with the physician to provide the patient with the best care.

I practice an integrated behavioral medicine model which focuses on brief, solution focused therapy. Much of my work is done in the patient room where I will conduct an assessment and determine a treatment course. If needed, I will schedule the patient for 2-3 brief therapy sessions. These sessions can focus not only on mental health diagnoses, but also insomnia, diabetes, pain management, and other common health issues. Additionally I work with children who have behavioral health needs, practicing a traditional play therapy model. I attend grand rounds weekly, and am occasionally responsible for presenting topics related to behavioral medicine. I never know what each day will bring, but I thoroughly enjoy having a different and unique experience every day.

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