Care Taker Interview
Interview with Michael Schnieder
For seven long years, Michael who now is age 34 has been serving as a case worker. At present, he travels, and helps individuals from many areas of California to perform his job. Michael states, “That even though his work can be tiring he still loves what he does for a living.” He tells stories of days where there are simply not enough hours to finish the tasks at hand, and goes on to tell about his evening at home where he finishes case files, or following up with clients either on the phone, or in person. As part of his job, he attends different appointments with his clients, follows through on daily routines; visitations, home inspections, and referral follow-ups. There are times when clients have emergencies such as, medical, emotional, or physiological, and Michael must be this to follow through with the client on seeking treatment or follow-up up with reports. Although he must take certain actions, which are not easy to do, Michael had to do it. What really got to me was how candid he was when describing his emotions. When a client doesn't see themselves as worth of the help being offered, or suffers from suicidal issues. “I feel bad because after all the efforts, they just show unfavorable behaviors (Schnieder, 2016).”
Michael also shared multiple burnout experiences as a counselor, and when he has exerted too much of himself into the situation he cant emphasize how important it is to take a break, or time to yourself. He also stated that he is still having a hard time encouraging his clients out of despair. There are clients who have bigger needs than others, but one must time manage properly. “I wish I could give them a mirror and that they would see themselves in the light that I do. They are wonderful people they have just fallen on hard times. More often than not I am able to coach a client through the rough times and...