ACS provides services for youngsters who have had a rough time and have severe emotional issues. Their language, behaviors, fighting, treatment of others, etc. are difficult to deal with, but the treatment they get at ACS is life-changing! The children must be supervised at all times, taught to behave better, and work through their issues. They get therapy, go to school and live at ACS, so there are therapists, teachers, cafeteria workers, doctors and nurses, behavior aides - all working together to help the children.
Coming straight out of college, I thought I knew a lot; but I learned more in my first 3 months at ACS than in 4 years of college. This job is not easy, and I work my share of holidays and weekends. The pay is pretty much what all mental health places pay. But I like that I can ask questions, make suggestions and have input. I feel like I get training and support from my co-workers and my supervisors, and that what I do makes a difference. That is what keeps me coming back every day!