Residential Youth & Family Specialist, Portland, ME - June 9, 2016
A typical day at work consists of getting a client assignment from the team lead. My team lead is a phenomenal, supportive individual whom I can call a friend. Running his team like a family that supports one another is a good feeling to come into on a high-stress day, especially if a client is having a hard time and to results in having to initiate a restraint for safety reasons. However, our house and team are a bit like an island when it comes to having the support of the supervisors in the region. We are often times left with impossible demands that take staff out of the house to leave unsafe numbers in the event of a client behavior, which can be challenging in a house with large, potentially dangerous young adults. However, we always manage to make it work under the leadership of our team lead. The most enjoyable part of the day is having a good day with a client; Watching them achieve some sort of victory, no matter how small, is always a great feeling. The hardest part can be on those days where a client isn't having a great day, and their problem can quickly become something that affects the whole house.