This was a good stepping stone in my career for the following reasons:
1) I saw lots of extreme behaviours and this help me get desensitized to it. This enabled me to be more confident in how to approach you in my own business that I now run.
2) I learned the importance of documentation....and covering my every move. I learned how manipulative management can be and not to trust them. If the manager likes you they will try to protect you..if not, they will look for way to fire you.
3) I have got hands on experience with behaviour management.
However, management was really unprofessional. I had a mon-fri contract when I first started. I got a phone call one night asking "if we give you more hours will you quit your sat/sun job? I said "no." The next day I got approached by management saying "your contract has changed from Tues-Fri, take it or leave it. Forcing my hand to quit my other job. Now that I know better I would have fought them on that because you can't just up and change a contract around legally. That was just plain unprofessional .....my contract was changed because this manager couldn't fill in Saturdays.
The other thing is......if you breath the wrong way around there you get reprimanded. Management is all about covering themsevles....they won't go to bat for their staff.
When I left the company I know for a fact that Social workers were pulling kids out.......for example at one of the houses all the plates were smashed and the kids were taking turns eating off of one plate for months until a staff member went and bought new plates for the house....I wonder if that staff was reinbursed for that?
The company could use work on educating for staff. I know for a fact some of the staff they hired has no post-education. Some the housees have children diagnosed with ASD. Staff would benefit from getting educated on Applied Behaviour Anaylises, using data collection to eliminate behaviour,.....(they use BMods which are good but studies show that BMODs need to be faded out so the client doesn't become dependent on it. ) Staff should also get educated on persons with developmental disabilities, co-morbility, psychiatric disorders....genetic disorders (pradar-willie, fragile x, smith magnesis, ), FASD, etc and education on different treatments. A lot of the plans of cares are cut and pasted. I think education for staff and ensuring that this education is implemented into client treatment plans will be helpful in giving children proper treatment.