A staff member recently shared the story of a middle school boy she counseled several years ago who was on the verge of getting seriously involved with drugs and gangs. She was able to keep him somewhat on track through middle school, though he continued to dabble in high-risk behavior. She always worried that he’d go in a negative direction.
He recently came back to CHAC for relationship counseling. He is now 23 years old, married and has a child. He graduated from an auto technician program, works as a mechanic, and is leading a clean, productive life. Our counselor asked him if he remembered much of their earlier work. He told her that her words came into his head at least seven to eight times a day.
This story shows that even when a therapist is not sure if he or she did much good with a child or teen, that indeed counselors have a profound, positive long-lasting effect on the lives of young clients. This is the work of CHAC!