I was so dead tired yesterday that I forgot to share my joy over my new internship! So. much. better. It’s a much more relaxed atmosphere and I’ll be doing work directly related to the career path I want to work toward, gaining specific, applicable skills. I’ll get to do tons of intakes and co-facilitate groups (and likely run some on my own). I may even get a small individual caseload. My supervisor* has never had an intern before and she’s really excited to help me get whatever I want out of it. So basically, if I want an experience, I can go for it. On my first day I went out into the field with a client to help her overcome anxiety about a new transit route. Did more in one day than two months at the other place.
Moral of the story: PUSH BACK. I wouldn’t have gotten this new placement if I had not fought hard and advocated for myself. As social workers, we are taught to empower our clients so they can advocate for themselves but we have to do it for ourselves too because nobody else is gonna.
(*Also…my supervisor is a hooomoooo!! Yaaaay! Family!)