Pros: somewhat flexible schedule
Cons: poor and abusive management
A typical day is home visits to clients, plus maybe a meeting a couple times a week with staff/supervisors.
I learned about MST family therapy, and how to do family therapy with youth offenders and their families.
A plus is that the agency offers pretty extensive training.
Management is pretty darn bad. Abusive, insensitive and vindictive at times. No union, so favoritism is the rule of the day. Don't expect to be treated fairly or with professionalism.
You may luck out and get a good supervisor, but upper management is horrendous.
The agency culture is pretty insensitive too.
At the agency "holiday party", workers were given a gift bag to take home. Guess what was inside? Christmas ornaments! (talk about not politically correct...has this social service NYC agency not gotten the memo that not every New Yorker is Christian or celebrates Christmas? It would be laughable if it wasn't so disheartening.)
Hardest part of the job was dealing with management, and home visits can be difficult at times, depending on the families.
Most enjoyable part of the job is that you can to some extent set a flexible schedule for yourself, which is nice. (schedule home visits as is convenient for you and the families you work with).
Compensation wasn't terrible, about average for someone with a degree - not great.
Job Work/Life Balance isn't great because you are doing home visits to all your clients, all over the city, plus attending meetings for the agency.
Of course the flexible schedule, again, is a plus for work/life balance though.