Not your typical day of work
School has reopened now and that’s where the hustle and bustle begins. I’ll start my day by traveling to a school for a psychological assessment.
I remember my first assessment 6 years ago where I was a nervous wreck underneath my calm composure. I was thinking in my head “What if they don’t believe me?” “What if they think I’m inexperienced?” Many what ifs started popping up in my head, but thankfully I had the support of my fellow colleague who was always there to back me up.
When I greeted the parents, some would look at me with suspiciousness and skepticism.
“Miss. You look very young, when did you graduate?”
“What’s your qualification?”
“How many years of experience do you have?”
“Do you even have children?”
“Can I see your certificate?”
So I would have to state my credentials and experience. Being young or young looking has someone became a problem for me (though most would be happy to look young). Somehow it has correlated with my knowledge and skills. Thus, I would have to double up my confidence, knowledge and skills in order to be believable. I believe most people who are young in the health sector face similar issues. I do not blame them for thinking this way as it is part of culture and beliefs.
So back to the assessment.
(I think) I’ve met all types of parents. From the really nice ones to the ones who will shout in your face and accuse you of things .(think I can categorize them, perhaps in another post). Regardless the type of parents, I’ll have to be professional and ask really difficult questions in order for me to help their child. You won’t believe the questions I have to ask due to the depth of child psychology. For example, how do you have intimacy with your partner if your Pri school child is sleeping in your room?
Once I finish my assessment, I thanked the parents and the child. Then, I would have to find the time to sit and think and to analyze all the information presented to me by parents, school and the child and conceptualize what had led to the child’s behaviors. Sometimes, thinking can happen over lunch, while watching tv, driving or just before you fall asleep, which can be really unhealthy and requires effort to stop and focus on what I am doing currently.
But at the end of the day, I believe that by observing and investigating the root of the problem, it can better help us understand the child’s problems and how to provide interventions for them. For there would surely be a reason for a child’s behavior. If you do not understand why, perhaps it is time to investigate. Just like the leaf, if you look close enough, you can see the different colors and veins that makes up the leaf and predict what’s going to happened next when the colour changes.