Important topics included "meeting people where they are" (both emotionally and geographically), "understanding how people understand themselves," and appreciating people for more than just the experiences they have been through. We covered a lot today, and all that I learned would be extremely useful merely for understanding myself, even if I were not going to apply it to social work over the next few weeks.
Below, see my (largely illegible) notes on various aspects of SBY's competency-based philosophy, which utilizes an individual's skills to empower him/her to solve his/her own problems (very Transcendentalist, methinks . . . ):
After general discussion, we broke into smaller groups to brainstorm ways to connect -- both big and small -- with our clients, colleagues, and friends. What this activity showed us was that many of the techniques used for one audience worked equally well for the other two, because, as a fellow intern pointed out, "in the end, we're all people."