This past week was crazy. It was my first full week of work and I only had one full day of working solo.
Monday was pretty normal. No major problems from any of the boys, but I had quite a few with me on Work Detail. As always, none of them wanted to cooperate and do the work required, so it took all kinds of poking and prodding to get them to move along. In the end, they worked better and actually made great progress once they started working together.
Tuesday was more of the same. I am sorry, I am writing this 3 days after the fact, so I don’t really have any details about the day that stuck out. Oh! We got to sleep in until 9a.m. The supervisor saw that staff was getting really worn out, so he gave us a reprieve. He let everyone sleep in past 7a.m. which was supremely awesome. I also got my specific Case Load and began working with those guys. One of them has the looks of a leader. He is always willing to step in and requires less and less prodding from staff to not act up. I have high hopes for him and I will be continuing to push him in that direction. On the other hand, one of our senior guys is a pathetic example of leadership. I have tried talking to him and trying to encourage him to lead this group and he says he will, but he does nothing to actually lead. I try to explain to these guys that my job is not to do everything for them but to help them learn to help themselves. Those who are receptive to this message will do well, I think. Those who are not will probably fail.
Wednesday was pretty busy. I had more training and am no Crisis Prevention Institute certified. That means I am now allowed to interact with the guys without my shadow on me. We had to be trained because some of the kids can change in a heartbeat. This was shown with one boy in particular. Of course, I cannot use names, but one guy is very self-destructive and tried to hurt himself and had to be restrained until he calmed down. He was committed to a facility that could better handle his severe psychological issues. I hope he finds the help he needs. It was apparent that he was a huge part of the problems we have with everyone else though. The moment he was off site, we noticed a difference in behavior. He was no longer around to antagonize and that made everyone else rest a little easier. The rest of my shift was pretty laid back. I had some good conversation with my Work Detail guys and we spent some time answering questions and getting to know our boys. We had a sheet of questions for them to ask us and we will be asking them questions some time in the upcoming week.
Thursday morning was shift change, my favorite time of the week. I ended up coming straight home and crashing out. This job is thoroughly exhausting. We will see what next week brings.