Coming into the DU program, I knew that I would have an internship along with classes for both years, and I met with Kate Ross, one of the field placement coordinators to get a list of people to contact. She gave me a long list and I began the interview process, ending up at a nationally recognized organization doing research and advocacy. The program I am working is a mentoring program for children in out of home care – meaning with kin (i.e. grandparents) or foster care. I work with two children, meeting with them individually once a week and bringing them to a sort of group counseling session once a week.
At first I was a little skeptical of DU placement for my internship, and in a way it just sounded like an advanced form of Big Brothers Big Sisters. What I’ve found however, is an amazingly challenging and instructive internship where I’m learning how to write case notes, participate in case conferences within a clinical team, and even navigate social services to help find services for one of my cases.
Due to my previous field experience I was given two of the more challenging cases in our program, and although the cases are definitely living up to the challenging reputation, I’m loving every minute of it! I’ve been tired, stressed, upset, and pushed to the limit – but it’s exactly what I needed and wanted! I’ve learned so much and I incorporate what I learn in our classes on a daily basis. My internship is definitely the perfect fit for me!