With one more week to go in training I find myself at times thinking, “how am I going to make it out there?” and I continue to get the feeling that I might want more training. I know it’s just in the moment and a comfort thing for me. Right now it feels nice and cozy as we come together daily to hear from experienced people in the field, learn different concepts and skills and develop our own skills through role-plays. Just the thought that very soon we’ll be entering the real world can make a girl nervous.
One thing that reassures me is the support from Barry and Viviane, and my fellow Corps members. Barry reminds us often that we were chosen for a reason, and I think that brings everyone back to the reality that we are strong, determined, passionate, and hard working people and that we aren’t going into this alone—we have a great amount of support from them and from each other. This was probably the biggest thing that attracted me to Children’s Corps. I’ve been feeling that the most significant piece for someone working in child welfare is having a support system, definitely outside the job, but most importantly from people in the field. Having interned at another child welfare agency this past year I soon became well aware that many workers did not feel supported, and that led to a few of them eventually leaving the job. That’s one thing that has always scared me. I don’t want to get to the point of burnout. So from my experience, and as someone going to work in foster care (which I’ve been warned is going to be “crazy”) I understand the need for having someone to talk to, someone who can provide honest helpful feedback, or who will just listen; whether it’s a supervisor, or a co-worker it can make a huge difference in the way someone does their job. This brings me back to Children’s Corps and why I am in love with the whole concept.
Just knowing that if I ever need someone to speak to about something that may feel overwhelming at the time, or if I need guidance, I’ll always have someone from Children’s Corps there to help. As a new case planner it’s definitely reassuring.