for your post, and please give yourself a pat on the back for having the
courage to reach out for help.
like there's been a range of anticipatory anxiety about commencing your
placement, perhaps you're worried about what could go wrong before you've had
an opportunity to see what placement is like. This is difficult and often
overwhelming position to be in, and that's in addition to your workplace
environment and the changes due to COVID-19. I can understand how all of these
factors can feel overwhelming and decrease your motivation to continue the study, I'm sorry that you've been experiencing this distress, but trust that we
are here to help and support you.
is a normal thing to experience, and it is part of what makes us human, so it
is perfectly normal to feel anxious, scared and worried about undertaking
placement. The good news is that, once we are in an environment that makes us
anxious, the longer we are in that environment the less present our anxiety is.
So it might be scary at the start, but as soon as you get into it the anxiety
will lessen. I hope you being aware of that information might bring you some
peace to know that a high level of anxiety will not be there for too long!
I am also
in the helping profession, and I can tell you from experience that often once
you get into your placement environment and start working with people your
"I'm nervous and I can't help people like this" mindset will often
switch to "how can I help this person, what can I do to improve their
situation" positive mindset will set in - this is often fuelled by
motivation. I'm going to presume that you are in social work to make a positive
difference, is that right? If so, you have the right intentions, the right
drive - you've got this! Have some faith in your abilities, and trust that your
anxiety will diminish. If it doesn’t, reach out and let us know, because we
will be able to provide you with support - you're not alone here.
that you'll write back and let us know how you're feeling about placement