(Closed) Does anybody else do this for a living?

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My grandfather used to run a home with his wife.  They did that for a couple of years.

We do have a home like you speak of where I live except it is for kids of every age and some have family housing.  I would love to do that but most positions have you live there and well, I’m married and we have a place! 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

I lived with a girl who worked in a group home (or something like that) while she was working on her masters in marriage and family therapy; she hated it though. It was all teenage girls, not in the greatest part of town, most of them had some combination of drug and alcohol problems, extreme sexual promiscuity and anger/rage/violence issues. She got hit, spat on, screamed at and threatened on a daily basis. One girl tried to stab her with stiletto heel.

She quit after like 8 months.

Doesn’t really sound like the same thing you’re doing, haha.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Sorta kinda… I’m a Therapeutic Staff Support for young children and adolescents.  I don’t live with them, but I will be working with them every day in different settings.  I start next week and already started working with them a little bit and I LOVE it so far.  I am a little bit nervous about how physically aggressive some of my kiddos will be though… oh boy! 🙂

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I used to work in a residential treatment facilty for adolescent girls with substance abuse issues.  I LOVED that job, and would have stayed there if they paid a decent amount, but I did leave, and I am now a mental health therapist in outpatient.  To tell you the truth, I prefered a residential setting because I got to know the kids on a daily basis, and not just learn about their specific problems, and what brought them to a 30minute session with me.  This gave me the opportunity to see the girls interact with other kids (even when they thought I wasn’t watching) or feel like they could trust me, and depend on me.  By no means do I do this type of work for the money, but it’s for the reward of making a difference.  All that being said, the success rate is often minimal compared to the rate of challenges, failures, and barriers to success that you encounter.  So it is such a high burn out job, often why people only traditionally stay with one job setting for around 3 years.  I applaud anyone who enters into the field of working with children and adolescents, but it also takes a lot of centering, and the strong ability to leave your job at work, and not bring it home. 

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