Pros: awesome clients
Cons: lack of updated material
A typical day at work consists of completing 2 or 3 individual sessions, not including any daily intakes. Must facilitate 2 or 3 groups a day including a process group 4 days a week with clients. A caseload is usually 25, however , depending on staffing a counselor may have up to 35 clients to handle monthly. Management is average, lots of changes weekly which is a frustrating occurrence, however the ability to role with the change helps you to learn to work efficiently and under pressure, which is a plus in this career field. Co-workers are helpful and efficient, constant work as team members keeps us on our toes as counselors. The hardest part of the job can be all the different rules to follow. Working for a prison and a company means that we have conflicting rules at times, also CO's are trained for security which at times hinders our job to provide quality care for clients, always in a constant state of referring and helping clients understand that they are on their way home, so do what ever it takes to keep the peace and stay out of the way of the guards. The most enjoying part of the job is the clients having that moment of clarity, watching them excel through the program and leaving with a sense of confidence and encouragement as they take on this new life of recovering what was lost within themselves.