A Social Worker at Heart

BC Doc Wayne

As my internship at Doc Wayne winds to a close, I find myself one step closer to knowing what I want to be when I grow up.

I am in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and have had the privilege of being a Non-Profit Management Intern at Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc this summer.  I wanted to explore the non-profit world, to see what area of business best fit my interests and skills.  At Doc Wayne, I have created an On-Boarding Program for new hires, a Style Guide to outline our communications work, been in charge of the social media, and researched a lot about youth development, sport therapy, etc.  And while all of this work has been meaningful, I have come to realize that I think I am more of a “social worker at heart,” as my Doc Wayne supervisor rightly put it.

Before Doc Wayne, I already knew that I loved building relationships with people and would enjoy having a future occupation where most of my day centers around human interaction, versus computer interaction.  I also knew that I have a hard time sitting still, and couldn’t imagine myself sitting at a desk from 9-5 for the rest of my life.  However, I did not know how to fit this knowledge into a career.

Doc Wayne provided me with insight of what my future occupation could be, when I participated in their Chalk Talk® Sport-Based Group Therapy sessionsDoc Wayne fuses sport and therapy to heal and strengthen at risk youth. Chalk Talk® Sport-Based Therapy groups are clinician led groups, which are assembled by age and location, and held weekly. The group I observed was playing soccer, but groups also play flag football, basketball, and participate in indoor rowing. The groups teach principles of do the good®, Doc Wayne’s curriculum, using both didactic and interactive approaches.

It was so much fun playing with the participants and seeing the job of the coaches, who are clinicians.  The coaches were supportive, gave affirmation, and provided a safe space, so the kids could just be kids.  In this moment, I realized that I could see myself being a Doc Wayne coach.  This job is a more “hands on” approach to non-profit work, versus working in an office all day.  I’ve always enjoyed working with kids and have been a tennis and basketball coach before.  And I’ve always believed that sports have a therapeutic nature to them, even before you add Doc Wayne’s curriculum.

Since then, I’ve relied on the past experiences of my supervisor and Doc Wayne coaches, to think about where I want to go in the future.  They have given me advice and told me about sport psychology programs that would allow me to become a Doc Wayne coach.  I am hoping to continue my relationship with Doc Wayne, whether it means helping out with social media, or becoming a coach intern next year.

I am so grateful to have gotten to know the Doc Wayne team this summer.  I believe in their mission.  And I also believe in the people that make up the organization.  I promise to “Be a Game Changer” wherever I end up!

Written by Sarah Ramsey, BC Class of 2018

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