Yes, I'm still alive! I apologize for my absence, but my final year of graduate school has really taken off and free time is a thing of the past. Not only am I taking intense classes, but I'm also working in a field placement at Family Services of Westchester (FSW), a large mental health organization. FSW runs 55 programs and serves about 30,000 individuals annually (including children, teenagers, adults, couples, and families) throughout Westchester county.
I can honestly say I'm loving this internship! Everyone has been so wonderful and welcoming, especially my supervisor.I've been working at "Head Start", a federal program designed to give children (ages 3-5) from low-income families a positive beginning to their education. More than that, we aim to impact every aspect of a child's life, providing mental health services, nutritional counseling, parenting skills classes, etc. At Head Start, parents are treated as partners in their child's education and are included every step of the way.
I spend the majority of my time split between various Head Start classrooms. I consult with teachers and families about specific students who might be exhibiting problem behaviors (aggression, constant tearfulness, isolation, etc). I've already had the unique opportunity to utilize play therapy, art therapy, and movement therapy with many of these children. It has given me incredible insight into their little worlds.
I'm now also working as a clinical therapist in one of FSW's outpatient mental health clinics. I've been assigned my own cases, and it's incredibly exciting! Naturally I question my skills and wonder if I'll make a difference, but everyone does (even professionals who have been in the field for decades). It's amazing to finally use what I've been learning these past several years to help people. I guess I'm really becoming a social worker, huh?
I'm living in New York, studying social work, and making time to be Maya: a daughter, a sister, a fiance, a friend, a writer, an animal lover and someone coping with 2 medical conditions (Spondylitis & Fibromyalgia). Every day I'm learning to live and love not despite chronic illness, but because of it. I treasure my readers, so please comment or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for stopping by!