Pros: never a dull moment, clientele are amazing, most program staff are passionate about work
Cons: compensation & benefits
Program staff have a great sense of humor, are knowledgeable, and have a passion for the work that is evident in their client centered approach. The direct work itself is amazing and the clients are a privilege to work with. The clientele are made up of high risk adults with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. The work is anxiety provoking, but interesting and exciting... high risk = high reward. There is an unfortunate disconnect in communication between administrators, supervisors, and program staff, which adds confusion and unnecessary stress on the workplace. The compensation and benefits (i.e. health insurance, ability to use PTO) are not great. The most enjoyable part of the job, outside of working with the clients and there never being a dull moment, is that the agency supports creativity and may provide supervision to meet professional licensing standards. Also, some programs within the agency are eligible for school loan forgiveness.