Great people to work with and gave you a lot of latitude to work independently with each individual, depending on their needs
Pros: learned to be decisive, flexible, and act quickly
Cons: i got attached to each individual and when they were having problems it made me very sad and hurt
Worked in a workshop with individuals who had been released from the state mental institution and transitioned into a half-way home. Worked on life skills and living in the community. Worked with the families of the clients who had family members. Each day was basically the same but very different at the same time. Mentally ill individuals have various issues and sometimes the day was spent working on crisis or immediate needs.
All the staff got along and we rotated responsibilities. The management was always supportive and there to support the staff.
The hardest part of the job was observing individuals dealing with severe mental disorders, compliance with medication and sometimes suicide.
I enjoyed working with each individual and helping them understand their illness and self-worth.