Addressing Intervention Concerns
The Who Am I workbook is based on a two-interview concept used in the beginning stage of intervention with children and youth. Getting to the heart of any issue quickly is a concern of all involved in making behaviour changes. The workbook produces opportunities for parent involvement by increasing parent child communications; gives a focal point to the diversity in relationships in a child�s life experience; provides a structured strategy that helps in the rapport-building phase of the intervention and the focus worksheets were developed to illicit information and encourages an exploration from the client/student�s perspective of the presenting problem areas or issues.
Carolynn McCully CYW, CYC (cert), As a mother of three and a grandmother of 4, she decided to join the ranks of �mature students� attending Sarnia Lambton College, as a student in the 3-year Child and Youth Worker Program, graduating 1997. Her first job after graduation provided an opportunity to initiate a �pilot project� implementing the skills of a Child and Youth Worker in the school system. It was during this initial involvement in the school system where she quickly recognized a shortage in creative materials that would fill a need to get to the heart of student�s social and emotional issues quickly. Her solution to the problem was to create a relationship building tool that worked well and quickly, hence, her first book, Who Am I: �Getting to the heart of the matter...from the Child�s Perspective.�
Working with the social and emotional issues of children and youth in the schools was the catalyst not only for her book but also a successful business namely, S.E.E.K. Services Ontario Inc, that now offers resource programs and services to her community. (www.seekservices.ca)
Carolynn�s ongoing goal is to continue to develop, implement and provide effective service to those involved with the social and emotional health and well being of children, youth and their families. Her past College involvement, in her role as an adjunct professor in the capacity of instructor for the �Therapeutic Activities� course and as field placement supervisor for students attending the Child and Youth Worker Program has provided insight into the resource needs of those working with social emotional issues of children and youth. In her role as the Executive Director of her company, Carolynn continues to strive for excellence while providing the type of leadership that keeps her company relevant to the needs in her community and offering professional development and service opportunities for others working in this service field. A strong belief in continuing education and knowing that it never ends, keeps her creative juices flowing. �The best is yet to come� along with an �attitude of gratitude� are the mottos that play a significant part in the varied roles played out in her life experience.