Vicki Kirkman, LCSW, LCAC – Youth First Social Worker at Gibson Southern High School in Gibson County
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: A few of the most rewarding parts of my job are getting to meet so many students and being part of their high school career. I really enjoy working with families and teachers to help students recognize and achieve their goals. I love being a part of their support circle and experience “aha” moments with them. It is exciting when former students reach out and share how they are doing years later!
Q: Which mental health tools/strategies do you think are the most impactful or effective for students?
A: I think some mental health strategies that are most impactful and effective for students include stress and time management skills, being able to identify supportive people in their life, and mood management skills. I also encourage students to practice gratitude and set goals to work toward, which can create a sense of purpose and direction.
Q: How has social work influenced the way you view younger generations?
A: Social work has influenced how I look at the younger generation in a positive way. Every day, I am amazed at how resilient and determined the students I work with are. They have a way of looking at the world and challenges with a fresh set of eyes and come up with such creative ways to tackle those issues!