By Kathleen Rhodes, Wood’s Homes Program Manager
Personally, I believe I am a very lucky person, because I am absolutely and positively head-over-heels for both my job and profession.
Indeed, if I were to meet you for the first time at a dinner party and you asked me, “What do you do?”, I would mount my soap box and give you a passionate 20-minute speech about Wood’s Homes, children’s mental health, and what extraordinary people our kids, young adults and families are.
By Mary Bishop, Wood’s Homes Practicum Student
Mary Bishop is an MSW student at the University of Waterloo and is completing her practicum with Wood’s Homes at our Trailcross Treatment Centre in Fort Smith, NWT.
March is National Social Work Month and this year’s theme is The Power to Empower. Empowerment is a term that social workers are all too familiar with, as it means the process of building capacity within others to make their own choices and turn those choices into action. While empowering clients is a common trait among social workers, we all have the ability to empower others whether it be clients, co-workers, friends or groups.
By Jennifer Oakley, Wood’s Homes Human Resources Assistant
At an organization the size of Wood’s Homes, with close to 40 programs in Alberta and NWT, we are able to offer our staff the opportunity to hone their skills in a variety of environments, working with clients with a wide array of mental health challenges. The result for our organization is that we consider our employees some of the most well-rounded, skilled individuals working in the children’s mental health field.
One such program, our Temple program, with its four locations and diverse client base, encourages staff to think on their feet in a high energy, and highly rewarding environment. Our Temple staff seek to provide special, creative interventions for young people struggling with their mental health, while maintaining a safe, supportive environment.
As program manager Kathleen Rhodes can attest to, this program truly is a special place. The struggles can be quite serious, but this makes the successes all the more meaningful.