Pros: lots of experience and working one-on-one with other mental health workers, including psychologist, therapist
Cons: on call schedule for 24hrs especially on your weekends
This is an excellent place to work to gain lots of knowledge and experience working with kids in the mental health field. Your are constantly learning new ways to help the clients by developing ideas using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy--learning theory is a must. Management is always willing to work with you and encourage staff to always utilize self care. Co-workers are amazing and a great support.
Hardest part of the job is the 24hr on-call schedule. You are "On-Call" for 24hrs a day, 3 times a month. You can volunteer for more shifts but 3 is you min for the month. You could be called out in the middle of the night to support a client. Not the best but we are able to assist families and kids with their needs. Most enjoyable part world be working one-on-one with the kids and getting to know who they really are. Some come with tough shells but in the end all kids really want and need is someone to show them that they have choices and that they are able to make positive choices for themselves.