Monday, November 13, 2006

Employment: Take 2

So I have a new job, again. Except this one I like. I'm a "research specialist" for a study that is being conducted by the Children's Mental Health Research Center. Since the Center is at the University of Tennessee, I am now an employee of UT! Which means great benefits such as free tuition. The study is a five year long project and is looking at how a certain type of intensive therapy (MST) is effective in rural areas. My job is to travel to my counties and go to juvenile court each week to find families for the study. I then interview them at that time and then again 6, 12, and 18 months later. So far I really like the job. I'm still training so I go to other courts and observe the other Research Specialists and learn from them. They're all really nice and helpful.

I bought a new black briefcase-type bag for the job. Now I feel important and official when I'm in court. Which is good because part of my job includes getting in good with the judges and court staff. I don't have to, but I'm strongly encouraged to go out to eat with the judges and others if they invite me. So far I've had lunch with two judges and their assorted staff. It's been, interesting. Definitely a learning experience about the justice system, that's for sure.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Conversations can be that you are fulent in "Judging Amy"!

ggranny36 said...

I don't think so. Sounds interesting. Keep us posted on how things go. At least it is different and you get out of an office too. Love ya.

erin said...

golda, I wrote about MST today! It was not exciting... but your job sounds cool! Are you going to the UP at all for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas?

Golda said...

I'm not coming home for Thanksgiving and as right now the plan is to go to Kansas for Christmas, but I really, really want to be in da UP for New Year's. I'm hoping it will work out.

mujahadad said...

Golda, I am very impressed and proud of you and the job you are doing. Sounds very rewarding on many levels with what you are doing and thats whats important. You Go Girl