I was recently asked to be the program manager over the young adult house where I facilitate groups and provide individual therapy. I informed the staff this was a position I would have to consider. This “promotion” could be seen as a dual relationship; not to mention, I am quite happy with my current role. It fits in with my other professional obligations and life goals. However, for those who work with youth and are looking to climb the ladder, here are some things to consider.
- Introduce yourself and learn names – Do your best to remember and use their name. It’s an immediate sign of self-care and regard if you remember a guest’s name.
- Keep it light at first – Ask about interests or hobbies, and try to find a common interest (The youth and I bond over cooking). Just as you wouldn’t ask a stranger a personal…
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