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  • Life in a Psych Ward.

    So this week I would love to tell you about my internship! I had my first day on Sunday and it was AMAZING. As some of you may have been following my blog, I got an internship working at Seattle Children's Hospital in the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit (IPU). My internship will be 10 weeks long and each week I focus on learning something different. Using that method of learning will ensure that by the end of the 10 weeks, I will know all that I need to know! Well, that's the plan anyway... So my first day I woke up at 5:30am and hopped on a bus an hour later. By 7am I arrived in the IPU, badge on my belt loop, and smile on my face, I was so ready for whatever the kids had for me that day! My internship is basically me shadowing a coach around and working with different groups of kids. A coach is the person who runs the therapy groups, mediates fights, basically just takes care of the kids while they are patients there. The kids age range goes from 5-18 and their disorders all vary as well. They are in the IPU because they cannot function in society any longer. The only part that is not my favorite is that it is a short-term facility so we don't focus as much on past traumas, but more on their current situation. My career goals are more oriented toward long-term care so that is why I feel indifferent about that part of my new job. Anyway, the kids that I worked with today were great, I worked with the 'C' kids so they're the oldest of all the groups and they were great! I had a lot of fun hanging out with them and watching the therapy group and I even began learning how to chart! By the end of my 10 weeks I should be leading the therapy groups by myself and charting and mediating, I cannot wait for that day! For now though, I am trying to stay out of any fights because although this week they only fought with words, apparently it can get a little intense at times, if you catch my drift. We have been warned about flying chairs and cannot even bring water bottles in the room because they could hurt real bad if they get thrown at your face!

    I will keep you updated on how my internship progresses, I am sure I will have some good stories by the end of it! In the meantime, I am finishing up my Social Work application for the major here at school and I am doing snow dances so we can have a snow day! Who doesn't love a snow day? :) Until next time bloggers, go get yourself an electric throw blanket to keep you warm on the couch this winter and enjoy your week!

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