March is National Professional Social Worker month and here at the Children’s Safety Center we are spotlighting our social workers and the many roles they play on our team.
Brittni, how long have you worked at the Children’s Safety Center? What is your job role?
I have been a Child Advocate and a Child Forensic Interviewer at The Children’s Safety Center for 2 years, this month. I can either be an advocate or an interviewer for a child, but never both for the same child. As an advocate I have the pleasure of walking alongside victims of child abuse as they travel their rigorous journey of healing. I am the stable confidant that many of these children have not received previous to entering the doors of the Children’s Safety Center. I can and will be there for a child and their non-offending caregivers as long as they need me. For other children, as a Forensic Interviewer, I am the person whom they trust with their heaviest burden. I utilize an interviewing protocol that assists them in building confidence and empowerment in themselves to share their experiences with me. For many of these youth, I am the first person whom they have told their entire experience to. I love the dynamics of each of my roles; as each day is unique.
Why did you become a social worker?
I became a social worker with the ambitions to impact the life of at least one other person, for the better.
Something that people might not know about social workers…
Most people assume that social work is only linked to DHS, when in fact there are social workers in other professional areas such as schools, hospitals, mental health, advocacy, adoptions, corrections, public health, research, and teaching.
What is the best thing about being a social worker at the Children’s Safety Center?
My favorite thing about being a social worker is the uniqueness of each client. I always want to give my clients the best services possible, so I like finding new resources and utilizing best-practices.
Any advice for someone going into the social work field?
Self-care! Self-care! Self-care! Social work is as fluid as a river. All social workers must put their life vests on first, before helping others do so. You may adapt to the needs of others, but also be ready to stand up in the waters when things are not flowing properly. If your drowning, how much help can you actually provide others?!
At the Children’s Safety Center we are recognized and appreciated often, and I am blessed for that. Other Social Workers are not as often recognized for their efforts and the impacts that they have on our communities. Just know, I see you and thank you for ALL that you do!