Intervention Specialist, Antioch, CA - September 1, 2015
A typical day consists of coming into a clients home, interacting with the client stuggling with a mental disadvantage for about 1-8 hours (usually 2), usually after school hours (between 2pm and 8pm), depending on if the client attends school or not. Your job is to introduce social and coping skills.
I learned that people are genuinely different. Not just in views but also in thought processes. This job teaches compassion and greatly encourages positive reinforcement.
Management changes so often that it can be amazing when one person from another position isn't assuming the responsibilities of management. Change is constant, and usually not in the favor of the lower positions, but nonetheless is there for protocols and procedures.
Co-workers are an openminded group. Diversity is strong here and this is something I appreciate very much about this job.
The hardest part of this job is consistency. The day to day job requires that the client learn to deal with changes and surprises as life can do that. But people join this job, leave this job, get promoted, so often that it can be frustrating and confusing. All the paperwork has different due dates, and is to be submitted to about 5 different people.
The most enjoyable part of this job is the flexibility and the trainings. At the trainings we get reimbursed for gas and time spent driving. We get food during the meeting and get to brainstorm effective ways to help our clients. It's great to hear everyone having similar struggles.