March is National Social Work Month and we thought it was a great time to highlight some of the amazing social work staff we have here at Home Start.
Carolyn Swint is a Child Development Specialist who has been working with our housing program for about two and a half years. We asked Carolyn to help us understand more about her work, how she became involved with Home Start and what motivates her.
Hello Carolyn and thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experiences as a Child Development Specialist with Home Start. We’d love to start by learning a little about your background.
I went to undergrad at the University of Redlands and graduated with a degree in psychology. From there, I directly started on my master’s degree in social work at San Diego State University where I’m still studying. At that time, I also began working with Home start. My experiences working with the criminal justice system, both in juvenile hall and a male community reentry program, led me to obtaining my master’s in social work.
That’s impressive! And a lot of hard work. So, why did you want to work with Home Start?
My drive to obtain a job at Home Start stemmed from the desire the work with young families and children. There is nothing more that I would want to do than support others to be happy, reach their full potential, and provide the opportunity for those to do so. Working at Home Start allows me to do just that. I am as grateful for my experiences and learning opportunities with the program participants as many of the participants are for their time at Home Start.
Tell us what a typical day is like assisting families in our programs.
On a day to day basis I work closely with the mothers in educating about child safety, child health, and parent- child bonding, as well as work closely with the children, focusing on their development. I also work with the mothers to provide support, guidance, and resources as they work to achieve their independent goals. At Home Start, we use a trauma-informed approach as we work with each individual and work from a strengths-based perspective.
And you truly are having a positive impact on families. What is your favorite aspect of becoming a Social Worker?
At this time, I am two months away from graduating from San Diego State University with my master’s degree in social work. Thus far, the best part about being in the field of social work would be having each day of work be different than the next, and to have the ability to work with such a diverse range of individuals. It is heartwarming to be able to work in this field, as I am someone that strives to bring light to another’s life and to provide support and resources.
Why do you believe it’s important to recognize National Professional Social Work Month?
Everyone and every role that people have plays an impact in the function of our daily lives. Social work month is to recognize all the lives that have been touched and changed with the extra support from social workers.
Thank you so much for sharing these insights with us. We appreciate you year round, but are so happy to highlight your impact this month.