Meet Joe Goldsmith: Transitional Living Regional Supervisor
August 20, 2012 Leave a comment
I completed two summer internships in Memphis while in college, during the summers after my sophomore and junior years. After graduating in May 2007, I obtained a job as a Transitional Living Specialist with the YV Nashville office. After about 18 months I was promoted to a clinical supervisor in January 2009. After about 18 months of serving as a clinical supervisor, I was promoted to regional supervisor in July 2011. I am still currently in this role.
What were your duties in these roles?
As a TL specialist, I carried a caseload of anywhere between 8-12 young adults. I would see each of them for an hour a week, and during our sessions we would focus on the young adult developing the independent living skills that he or she would need to successfully live independently. I would also be responsible for documenting the young adult’s treatment plans, as well as session notes. I would also stay in communication with all parties involved in the young adult’s life in order to keep everyone informed.
As a clinical supervisor, I supervised 4-5 TL specialists. I was responsible for providing them clinical feedback with their treatment direction with the young adults, monitoring their documentation, providing support in times of crisis, and other managerial tasks.
As a regional supervisor, I am responsible for the overall functioning of the TL program in Nashville. I supervise 3 clinical supervisors, an educational/vocational coordinator, and 4-5 assessors who are responsible for reaching out to potential young adults to see if they would be a good fit for our program. I also serve on the YV Scholars panel. This is a program that provides extra support to some of our young adults who are thriving at a 4-year university.
What advice do you have for new employees looking to stay with the company long term?
I would really encourage new employees to remain patient. This is an extremely stressful field, and it takes a little bit of time to get settled and comfortable dealing with the madness. Don’t expect to be perfect right away, but treat each experience as a learning one. Don’t tie yourself down to just one program, but rather keep your options open. If you want to learn about other programs/areas for growth, just ask and be open with your supervisor about what you are looking to get out of development.