Narrative Paper On Teen Shelter

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I spent my summer in a teen shelter. Well, 180 hours of it. As I thought about what to write for my integrative paper I considered writing a research paper; however, a research paper would fail to adequately sum up the full spectrum of my experiences at the teen shelter and so I decided to simply talk about my experiences and integrate research within it. This summer I was an intern for runaway and homeless teen shelter and center with Family Services Incorporated. My job as an intern was to complete 60+ hours of training, respond to crisis phone calls, help with intake paperwork, interact with teens, and participate in and lead group counseling sessions. I was able to experience first-hand what a lot of the research tells us about the of types homeless teens, risk factors for homeless teens such as family instability, drug use, educational issues, and mental illness, as well as ideal model for a successful teen shelter.
There are a few of different “types” of homeless teenagers. Runaways are
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In one study, over two-thirds of a sample of homeless youth had mental health issues such as ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, major depression, PTSD, and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia (Cauce, et al., 2000). Something that struck me during my experience was that almost all, if not all of the teens that came to the shelter had moderate to severe mental health issues and illnesses. One teen that stands out in my mind in particular was a thirteen year old girl who had severe anxiety. She was addicted to cigarettes and since we could not allow her to smoke, would have panic attacks frequently. During these attacks she would leave the shelter and, since she was a placement, would be brought back by the police. She eventually was taken to the crisis center at the hospital and did not return to the shelter because her needs were too

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