We interview our Butte County Interns!
ARE YOU HAPPY WITH HOW LAST SEMESTER TURNED OUT REGARDING THE INTERNSHIP HERE AT MOUNTAIN CIRCLE (MC) foster care and adoption office?
KATIE: I am happy with how it turned out. I think MC is very structured and has their stuff together, I like that.
CHRIS: I’m happy, too. I got a lot of exposure to different areas of social work that you can’t get in many other places.
WHAT WAS MOST ENJOYABLE HERE AT MOUNTAIN CIRCLE THIS LAST SEMESTER?
KATIE: I enjoyed working with the families and the children. The hands on experience is the best.
CHRIS: I enjoyed the hands on experience, too. Meeting and talking with families and getting to know them is the most enjoyable.
WHAT WAS THE MOST STRESSFUL?
KATIE: Fitting in and figuring out where my place is within MC was the most stressful for me. Also, trying to remember all the information that goes into each individual case.
CHRIS: Coming into a new semester with paperwork that is already past-due, for me, that is the most stressful.
DID ANY LEARNING EXPERIENCE STAND OUT FOR EITHER OF YOU FROM LAST SEMESTER?
KATIE: I realized how big and complicated the system is as a whole. There are many channels that play a role within the system and it can be confusing.
CHRIS: How important communication is between all parties involved within the foster care system. Also, how everything relates to everything else.
HOW EASY/DIFFICULT IS IT TO BALANCE YOUR INTERNSHIP, SCHOOL, AND LIFE DEMANDS?
KATIE: As long as you stayed on top of all the work then everything could be done, but when you feel like you fall behind that’s when it becomes stressful.
CHRIS: Easy, as long as you stick to a system. I always account for the unexpected to prevent the stress.
WHAT NEW ROLES DO THE TWO OF YOU HAVE HERE AT MC?
KATIE: Case Manager for a couple of cases. I will be handling home visits. I did my first one the other day; I was prepared, but really nervous. Cynthia is our immediate supervisor and because of her I was ready for my first home visit, she is a very supportive supervisor.
CHRIS: Case Manager, too. I will be doing quarterlies, home studies and more. I know I have a bunch of paperwork that goes to Seth and it sounds like I will be learning a lot through him and his critiques.
WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS IN REGARDS TO YOUR NEW POSITION?
KATIE: I expect to become comfortable and well acquainted with managing case loads, until it’s as familiar as the back of my hand.
CHRIS: With a good amount of feedback, I expect to become comfortable doing paperwork to the point of needing little supervision.
KATIE: I’m worried about leaving. I going to find my niche and get into my zone and then have to pick up and leave at the end of the semester.
CHRIS: I’m worried about how families are going to react to my leaving at the end of the semester; and then, having to reconnect with another social worker.
EXCITED ABOUT IT?
KATIE: I’m excited about this entire learning experience, also I look forward to really building a rapport with the children.
CHRIS: I’m excited about going to court for the first time. It’s just around the corner, March 7th, with a sibling set of 5.
WOULD EITHER OF YOU LIKE TO ADD ANYTHING ELSE?
KATIE: I have a potential end goal… possibly LCSW, I’m thinking about it. Also, I might like to stay within foster care when I get back to my hometown, San Diego; I really enjoy working with the children in this capacity.