It is very possible that I have found a practicum placement. I am waiting to hear via email from the lady that I interviewed with. She is currently checking my references. The interview was very positive and I was nearly offered the position... So, I definitely have my hopes up!
The position will be 20 hours per week for an 11 month commitment. I will actually be counseling!!! Its hard to believe and very exciting! :) The organization works with a very diverse population - singles, married couples, families, children, depression... They don't do a lot of work with the SMI population and they also don't do a lot of substance abuse counseling!!! I am thrilled about both of those because I really didn't want to work with those populations anyway! Well, I should say that I don't want to specialize in those conditions - I know there will be a lot of substance abuse in any group of people seeking counseling, but I don't want to only work with addicts.
I discussed this possible new venture with my boss. She is so awesome. I am so incredibly blessed to be working here. She was completely supportive of me pursuing my educational goals, she was willing to work with me by changing my schedule around, by going to part time, or by completely quitting. She and I discussed my options and the pros and cons of each and then she encouraged me to pray about it and see where I felt at peace.
Lowell and I have talked about it too and I'm sure there will be at least a few more conversations on the subject. I'm just thankful and excited. I'm grateful for this opportunity and for the idea that I may just graduate after all. And I'm so blessed by the freedom given to me by my boss. And I'm thankful that I do have a Heavenly Father who is guiding my steps and who has a plan to prosper me and not to harm me; to give me hope and a future...
Here's to hopeful beginnings.