Amy’s Life in Brief

Whoa! I’m a professional??
March 26, 2010, 7:25 pm
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I find it so odd that, in spite of having a Master’s Degree and working in my chosen field for about 10 years now, I often don’t see myself as a professional. I mean, I know I’m pretty good at my job and people will ask me for advice (even other professionals), but for whatever reason I don’t always equate that as being a professional.

And maybe what I mean is that I don’t see myself as fully an adult at times. That also seems weird to say, given that I am quickly approaching 40 years of age, am the mother of two boys and have been married for almost 10 years…all of that in addition to working as a Master’s level social worker for around 10 years.

I had this similar experience earlier in the year when I was asked to represent my employer in a TV news story. It was like, “Whoa! They think I’m an expert!”

I had moment today where I was kind of struck by the same thought, “Whoa! I’m like a professional or something!” I now have a second job…it’s very few hours but my title is part-time teaching faculty at our local community college. I’ll be teaching seminar type classes to child care providers for their continuing education credits. I never thought I would ever be “Teaching Faculty” anywhere and it’s kind of weirding me out!


You lost me at shaman….
March 13, 2010, 12:50 pm
Filed under: MSW, social work, social work ethics, social work practice | Tags: , , ,

So, I went to a social work conference yesterday. Those of you who have gone to conferences, social work or otherwise, realize that it’s a bit of a grab bag as far as speakers. You get some good ones, some mediocre ones, some great ones and then some others. The frustrating thing, also, is that the titles and class descriptions often to match the actual class content.

So, I signed up for a class that I thought would be about vicarious traumatization…you know, how to recognize it and what to do about it when you experience. I guess it was sort of about those things but the world view of the speaker was decidedly new age.

There were pieces that were definitely helpful. She talked about yoga and breathing techniques as well as some good visualization techniques. The aromatherapy piece was helpful. All of those things I felt would be helpful to me and useful interventions for clients. I guess it’s probably not likely I could use aromatherapy in the hospital setting, but for myself I could see it being somewhat useful.

But, then she started talking about crystals and stones. And I really don’t want to offend any of my 6 readers who make place some sort of value on crystals and stones. I really don’t, but I may end up. I am trying to keep an open mind about this….really I am.

She talked about smoky quartz as a stone that could absorb negative energy, as well as rose quartz. There were others she mentioned as well…hematite was one, I think. But, she lost me when a person asked the question about clearing these crystals of their negative energy and she said, “Well, magnetite is a good stone for clearing negative energy but I recommend using it only under the guidance of a shaman.”

That’s when the opening doors in my mind started to swing shut. My first thought was, “Did she really say get the guidance of a shaman?” My second thought was, “Where in the hell would I find a shaman?”

I see the value of crystals and stones, in the sense that holding something that is smooth and pleasant and cool can be relaxing. It could distract someone from the pain and discomfort they are feeling. But, I just can’t make that mental leap that the stone itself could draw negative energy from a client or a patient.

Anyway…I hope I haven’t offended any of you New Age folks…I just don’t get it…

For you fans of Lost….
March 4, 2010, 7:25 pm
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I’m posting a link to my friend’s blog. She knows more about TV and maybe, just maybe, with her help I’ll figure out this last season of Lost!

An Open Letter to the Neighbors…
March 2, 2010, 8:20 pm
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Dear Neighbors,
Please be advised that your child needs supervision. It’s slightly disturbing to me that he wanders around the neighborhood peering into windows, including ours. Actually, it’s a little bit creepy. It’s a bit upsetting to me that he will come to our house and stay for several hours and you don’t check in to make sure he’s actually here or that he’s behaving or any number of other reasons you would call and check on your child who is under the age of 8 when you haven’t seen him for 4 hours. I wouldn’t mind having him over if you would provide him enough structure and supervision at home that he could behave himself in the homes of others.

Basically, Neighbors, you need to step up and be better parents. It appears that you are meeting your needs financially. I don’t think you are alcoholics or drug addicts, although to be fair, I don’t know you well enough to say that for sure. And I know that being a parent is emotionally and physically exhausting…but that doesn’t mean you should send your kid to another person’s home for hours at a time. I frankly don’t have a lot of interest in parenting your child.

So, there it is, Neighbor. Can we work on this? I’ve tried to talk to you about this, but I don’t think you want to hear it.

A Parent Who Has Her Own Kids to Worry About