As tiring as it is, training is going excellently. We are constantly moving forward. The people training us are fantastic at what they do. They’re passionate and loving and strong, not to mention incredibly gifted. Everyone is working as a powerful team against abuse. If I were someone seeking help, loveisrespect would be my first place to go.
I learned a lot about the resources available to people – adults and teens – looking for help. I, as an advocate, will be ready and able to connect you to any kind of resource, and that is pretty cool. Not only is it my job to do that, but I’m also so happy to do it. I’m slowly catching onto the fact that the people here are so happy with their work, even if it is a little stressful at times.
Learning how to talk to callers and chatters has been one of the more challenging aspects of the training. It’s tough to think on my feet, even if I’m just on a pretend call. The advocates I’ve met and seen in action do it so naturally that it’s weird to think I might be on their level someday.
I’ve also realized how vital friends and family can be to someone in an unhealthy relationship. Those are the people we go to the most, so if they know how to help they can be an invaluable resource. Friends and family of victims call often looking for advice on how to help someone they love. It’s inspiring that they’re courageous enough to stand up for their friend.
I still feel like there’s so much more to learn. I’ll keep you posted on my training, but feel free to call, text or chat with us 24/7!