I got my diploma! Now I am officially a Master, and that means a Master in everything... NOT. I also received my license as a Certified Social Worker. This means I need to work under supervision of someone who has their LCSW (licensed clinical social worker) for two years/4000 hrs and then I will get my LCSW.
I have been searching and applying diligently for employment. I have tried several places, interviewed at some, and am waiting to hear back on others. I am impatient to start working again, but I need to remember I only officially graduated three weeks ago... I am trying to enjoy my time off but I get bored easily.
My current position as a respite provider for VMH has come to a close as well. It was difficult to say goodbye to my girls. The process of working with them has been extremely challenging in the beginning. Ask Philip. I have seen them grow and progress and make improvements in their functioning and behavior. Myself, I learned so much patience. Perhaps the greatest lesson I learned was that you cannot coerce a child into good behavior for long, what will make the change is to develop a positive and trusting relationship with them. I would find myself getting so upset and frustrated with them, and this simply would not work. With time, I was able to form attachments with all three girls, and they respected me and would do as I asked. If I had more than a year with them, I assume that I would not have to ask them to do much, they would know my expectations of them.
I have gotten to spend time with family as well, here I am with the nieces and nephews.
I am in love with this new addition. Don't you want to squeeze his cheeks?
I hope that my next post will be a review of our trip out to Oregon next week...