I'm employed

Sort of.

Tonight, I had my first training class as a paraprofessional crisis counselor with the local MHMR agency. The title is fancy (kinda superhero-ish, I was told) but I’ll just be taking calls on a crisis hotline. I already do something similar with a runaway/youth hotline. Tonight was basic stuff-signing forms, learning all about confidentiality (no news to me, thanks to my psych degree) and getting an introduction to active listening.

It’s just a part-time job, but I can’t afford to turn anything down. I think it’ll be good experience, and it’ll be something I can count on as I look for an additional job. The instructor, the director, said they give scheduling preference to their best counselors, as opposed to seniority. I’m both intrigued (Hey, I could be good! I could be one of the best!) and intimidated (But probably not!) by this idea.

We had a homework assignment to watch TV and practice actively listening to the characters. Law and Order was made for this.

Hey, good for you! Congratulations! I’m sure you’ll do just fine.


Well, I’ve already said it about a thousand times, but I know how long you’ve been trying so:


again. :slight_smile:

'Grats and good luck, Fionn!

Hey, congratulations!! Employment is a good thing :slight_smile:

Thanks, everyone. I’m about to go get my ID badge made, and I’ll try once again to actually get a decent ID photo. Somehow, I always end up taking them in the summer, so I have that sweaty-frizzy haired-pissed-off-expression thing going on.

Yay! I’m really glad you’re not going to have to leave town!



Part time/ temp work is often a foot in the door to something more concrete. Put you’re best effort into it and it’s bound to pay off in one way or another.