Last week I started actually working in the field of Social Work as an Intern. I am working for an agency that provides assessment, intervention, and support to children with mental health issues and their families. The agency has a number of ways it does this. There are outreach programs, case workers that come to the families' homes to help connect them to needed services, there is outpatient care, a residential care program, an on-site preschool for early intervention, an on-site therapeutic school for grades K-5, an after school program, social work services provided to a local school that specializes in education for children with serious emotional disorders, and there are even in-home intensive treatment options. To say the agency is inclusive is an understatement!
I have been placed in a school that is off site which provides specialized education for children throughout the county that have severe emotional disorders. The school is run by the school district, but the social workers are contracted out through our agency. I work with a social worker there providing support to the students and teachers, providing counseling for the children, facilitating and co-facilitating group therapy with the kids, helping with crisis management, and helping to provide extra training to the staff on issues of mental health and children.
I absolutely LOVE it! I have actually done this work before. I have many years experience teaching in this type of setting, and I loved every minute of it! It is nice to be placed in an area I feel comfortable and confident in, and one that is near and dear to my heart. I enjoy being on the social work side of things, too. I actually like that better than being the teacher.
I am also signed up for an extensive training that is being offered through another agency on Trauma and Dissociation (assessment, treatment, children, and adults). I am very excited about that! It starts this Friday and runs one Friday a months for a few months.
I am only taking one class this quarter in addition to my field placement. I hardly have any classes left, so this one was the only one I had left offered this quarter. It is kind of a dull course (Social Work Macro Practice), but the instructor makes it very interesting and doesn't teach the text. She uses real life issues, class discussion etc, so she makes it interesting.
Other than that, not a whole lot is going on with me. I have been teaching my oldest daughter to drive. It has been really fun actually. She is doing well. We had a very nice holiday. Not sure if I mentioned it or not, but I have dropped to one session every 2 weeks in my therapy, and that has been ok. Sometimes I wish I was still going weekly, mostly just for a "pick me up", like a car running out of gas, but I manage quite well, and most times I am glad I only have to go once every two weeks because I am so busy, and I get tired.
Thinking of you all, and hoping that 2012 brings you peace and joy!
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