One of my new roles is as a Family Support Worker with children who demonstrate complex, multiple needs. What that means is I will be working very closely with families in their own homes who may be struggling to care for their children due to complicated mental health issues that their child or children may be dealing with.
I came across the commercial shown above while doing some research on best practices for this role. I think this short video teaches us a lot without explaining too much. It is easy to respond quickly to a child who is misbehaving without stopping to wonder what they might be carrying with them on that particular day. Of course, it's not always something that is going on at home like the example in this clip. There are many children with complex needs who come from very loving and supportive families, and they may have trouble at school which causes them to come home angry or frustrated. I have found that it is very effective to listen first to a child before reacting to their behaviour (unless of course their safety is at risk). Kids usually have a lot to say if you get on their level and really ask how they are doing.
My supervisor for this job really encouraged me to think about ways I can use my music experience with the people I work with. In fact, in my interview that was one thing she really liked about my resume which is funny because I have felt embarrassed about having four years in music as opposed to one year in Social Service Work, but many people so far have said that that education can go really well together. I hope I will be able to write stories about how I used music to support or empower a client!
Take a look at Becca and how music has helped her cope