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Beal Street Residential Program
I act as a member of the primary care team. Essentially, I help enforce daily structure for the adolescents in the program. I provide activities and support for our residents.
What have you learned from this experience?
I learned many things about myself and about social work through this experience. I gained invaluable confidence in my field through working with such a supportive staff. I also learned about the logistical side of social work—setting up appointments, filling out and filing paperwork, etc.
What were some of the biggest challenges you faced and in what ways did you learn to overcome them?
One of the biggest challenges that I faced was acting fast in a crisis. It can be hard to know what to say or do in the midst of a crisis, but fortunately, I have an experienced team to help guide me during those situations. Another challenge that I face is making sure to take care of myself after a particularly stressful or upsetting day at my internship. Some days I need to make sure that I do something that I like such as exercising as a way to relax so I’m not carrying the troubles of my clients home with me.
How is this internship preparing you in your career path?
Being at Beal Street has given me experience things that I will be doing in the future as a social worker. Things like building therapeutic relationships, connecting clients to resources, and advocating for clients.
Do you see yourself doing something similar to this in the future?
After working at Beal Street I am even more convinced that social work is the profession God has for me. Whether I will stay in residential or work with a different population altogether, I’m not sure, but I know that I’m on the right track.
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