The job was challenging and interesting.
Social Worker (Current Employee) – Muscatine, IA – October 30, 2015
Situations varied concerning a "typical" day, however I visited with children aged 5 to 17 and their families at their residence, providing brief health interventions concerning behavioral issues associated with mental health diagnosis. Clients met in the office at times. There was much training concerning conflict resolution and facilitating family meetings designed to focus on client behavioral and future life style goals.
I learned much: each person has strengths within them to meet issues, listening to clients often results in knowing underlying issues concerning challenges faced. Development of empathetic skills was cultivated as I progressed in the field.
Management was professional and readily worked with me to improve overall social work skills. An open door policy was maintained.
Coworkers were generally experienced in the field and readily offered suggestions concerning challenging client situations. During briefings and monthly staff meetings, ideas were freely shared as were positive critiques designed to encourage.
The greatest challenge faced was closing cases after the client's six-month time period concluded. Clients generally demonstrated challenges concerning change. At times, there was extreme angst, anxiety and depression displayed by clients as intervention drew to it's conclusion. This was not the case in all instances.
The nature of the job itself was thoroughly enjoyable. I enjoyed using creative skills, intelligence and empathy to facilitate a clients and family's increased daily biosocial functioning.
Daily personal growth, autonimy, occasional free meals and coffee, being surrounded by educated, compassionate individuals, the opportunity to develop referrals through public relations.
Client cancellations, postponements, running away, parental issues