I became aware of the Ultimate Youth Worker through Facebook and eventually met Aaron when he facilitated a Youth Mental Health First Aid course which I attended. Working as a residential youth worker and a primary school chaplain for two different organisations, I felt that I was not being adequately supervised as only one of these organisations offered supervision and those sessions were generally group sessions which became more about company politics than worker care! I discovered that the Ultimate Youth Worker offered supervision and decided to check it out, thinking that supervision which could cover both my roles and with a neutral person would be beneficial. I applied for external supervision with the Ultimate Youth Worker and commenced meeting every six weeks with Aaron in September 2016.
Over the past two and a half years, Aaron has been understanding, insightful, challenging and supportive. He has helped me to put situations into perspective; he has patiently guided me to a place where I no longer automatically go on the defensive but can default to a more rational and calm response; he has shown me that I am not alone in my challenges as he and others he has spoken to have encountered the same or similar situations; he has empowered me and encouraged me; and he hasn’t been afraid to use “tough love” when required. Aaron encourages me to look forward and has made some helpful suggestions around how to approach certain individuals which I had not previously thought of. Aaron is also a big believer in self-care and has been proactive in encouraging me to make self-care a priority – and holding me accountable for it! – so that I will have longevity in this field.
I believe I have grown as a youth worker because of my supervision with Aaron. I have grown in confidence and maturity in my work; I have become aware of the value in what I do and what I contribute to the lives of the young people I work with; I have learnt that I can trust my instincts and that while making mistakes isn’t ideal, it happens and it’s ok and I can learn and grow from that. Through supervision with Aaron I have found that I am not alone, my challenges are not unique and not a reflection on me, who I am and how I work with young people, and that there is support available to me. I believe that I would not be able to successfully fulfil what is required for me to be a youth worker without the thorough and vital supervision that I have had for the past two and a half years and continue to have.
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