CSC Social Worker Spotlight w. Caitlin Houk

March is National Professional Social Worker month and here at the Children’s Safety Center we are spotlighting our social workers and the many roles they play on our team.

Caitlin, how long have you worked at the Children’s Safety Center? What is your job role?

I have worked as a Therapist at the Children’s Safety Center for almost three months now. My role with our kiddos is to guide them through Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in hopes to decrease their trauma reactions and symptoms.  I also get to lead a girls group once a week where we create a tight knit and supportive environment for teenage girls who have experienced trauma to process through their emotions in a healthy and healing manner.

Why did you become a social worker?

I decided to pursue a Bachelors and Masters in Social Work after I returned from a trip to Zambia. While I was there I saw the ramifications of trauma and knew that I wanted to be in a position where I could help in any way possible. With a degree in Social Work I know I can help in many different roles but have fallen in love with the role of being a Therapist at the Children’s Safety Center.

Something that people don’t know about social workers…

Social Workers can work with any age from birth to death. Many people have a preconceived idea that Social Workers only job is to take kids away from their homes but that is simply not true. Social Workers fill many roles in our community!

What is the best thing about being a social worker at the CSC?

At the CSC we see many heartbreaking situations but as a Therapist I get to witness the healing side of kids stories. I am also incredibly blessed with an amazing team of supportive and compassionate women that I get to work with every day.

Any advice for someone going into the social work field?

Self-care is so so important. In the field you will have hard and heavy days but having a good support network and self-care plan set up allows you to process through the tough days and not lose your drive and motivation for the work.  I always love the phrase “You can’t pour from an empty cup” because it is so true for us Social Workers. I know I am able to be the best Therapist to my kiddos when I am taking care of myself as well.