September 30, 2009

Scheduling is a pain

Well, I am fully immersed in my practicum, which is at a non-profit counseling center. There was a period of orientation, then I started seeing some clients and working in some groups, and now it's onto the task of creating a schedule.

I've sat with clients, I've co-facilitated groups, and while I still have some nervousness around that, when I stare at my day timer, that's when the sheer panic sets in. I will go though thoughts of "how will I fit this all in", to adjusting and readjusting my hours of availability and session times, to looking at new groups and thinking of how I could possibly fit that in to get that experience.

I've had this problem throughout my practicums, and this one is no different. It boils down to the fact that I want to experience too many things (it all looks delicious) and I have a hard time turning things down that I want to experience!

The good thing about all this is that I have a lightish classload and don't currently have a job. Doing a few hours over what I'm supposed to is not going to take away from MY time, or any other time.

Oh, and I'm having a blast. Great people at the agency, amazing opportunities and SO much learning.



Leslie Ann Lovett, MSW, LCSW said...

Managing time and priorities is a life-long challenge. I am so glad to hear you are having a blast!

Sarah said...

Ah, the schedule. It really doesn't seem to get easier. I'd post a scan of my week if it wasn't for confidentiality and all that... when people see my planner they get scared. Sometimes I think that learning to be a social worker makes you an automatic superwoman in daily life :)

antiSWer said...

Well, I'm hoping to not have to change my gender to learn how to schedule. ;)

I think my main problem is not exactly knowing when to say no. I'm practicing, though.

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