Love the work, but the staff is so unwelcoming and accepting and no opportunity to advance
I worked in the Children's Program in Aurora, Colorado and while I thoroughly enjoyed the work we did and the kids and families we had the privilege of working with, my coworkers and supervisor were very unwelcoming and the pay was not on par with the work we were doing. Granted, you aren't required to have a license to be a children's counselor there, which would make me uncomfortable to put the care of my child under their responsibility, especially since they are working in mental health and family therapy. There is absolutely no possibility for advancement unless your supervisor quits or is fired and you were the next one in line who has been there the longest; qualifications aren't a consideration. The group that I was working with were very unwelcoming and not accepting of different perspectives of situations. My supervisor was very hypocritical, making complaints about me that she was participating in herself. She even went as far as to fabricate complaints about me when we got towards the end of relationship that we knew wasn't working out, just to have ammunition to terminate me. It was my word against hers and again, she had been there for a really long time and I had no peer support. It was horrible. But it was great because it forced me to move on and now I couldn't be happier in my practice. I have been able to expand my experiences and learning opportunities so I can further help the clients I currently work with.