Come along on an enlightening journey with us as we illuminate the individuals who personify the essence of Radius in our blog series, “Meet the Team.” In this installment, we venture further along our journey to introduce you to Kelsey, a remarkable individual who exemplifies the core values and mission of Radius!
Why did you choose to work at Radius?
I was first introduced to Radius while completing my MSW research on working with children who have engaged in problematic sexual behaviours (PSBs). As soon as I learned about the work Radius does, I knew I wanted to work here! During the interview process I learned about how Radius prioritizes training and mentoring new staff, which also stood out to me as something that is quite rare (but incredibly valuable).
What attracted you to work with children/youth who have been abused, witnessed abuse and/or neglect, or witnessed domestic violence?
I have always loved working with young people. They are strong, passionate, and still have so much room for growth, healing and learning. They are also oftentimes the most vulnerable; and it is vitally important to me that I provide supports to those who need it most.
Can you share a memorable experience or achievement that you’ve had while working at Radius?
In 2021, I got to present the YDV Intensive Intervention Program’s research on risk factors for young people to engage in dating violence, at the IVAT Summit in Hawaii – and we won The Intervention and Prevention Poster Award!
Are there any specific projects or initiatives you’ve been involved in that you’re particularly proud of? Why?
I am the program coordinator of the Youth Dating Violence (YDV) Intensive Intervention Program. This is a pilot program where we work specifically with the folks who are using violence within a dating relationship. This program is incredibly important to me – both as someone who was personally victimized by a partner in high school and as someone who sees the importance of intervening with those causing harm as an essential part of ending gender-based violence (GBV).
What motivates and inspires you in your work?
Seeing the young people I work with make progress towards their goals. Even the seemingly “little” wins – its just so heartwarming to see them accomplish their goals and be able to have happier lives.
What advice would you give to someone considering a career in this field?
There are so many areas you can get into in the field of social work – different populations, specialized areas of concern, etc. Take your time to figure out what speaks to you. This work isn’t easy, so it’s incredibly important that you love what you do!
Is there anything else you would want to share with our followers/readers?
Since taking on the role of YDV Program Coordinator, I’ve been dedicated to enhancing outreach and raising awareness for the program. As we approach the conclusion of our funding support from Public Safety Canada, my commitment to sustaining this program has only intensified. Its significance is beyond measure, and I’m determined to ensure its continued success. If you’re interested in learning more about the program, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at email@example.com. Your support would mean the world to me.
In closing, we’d like to express our appreciation to Kelsey for generously sharing her insights and experiences as a therapist and YDV Coordinator at Radius. Her dedication and passion shine through, underscoring the vital importance of the work being done. Kelsey’s story serves as a powerful reminder of the positive impact dedicated professionals can have on the lives of those they serve. We are grateful for the opportunity to learn from her and look forward to sharing more inspiring stories in the future.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]