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Sara Johnson, 32
Clinical Director, Therapeutic Preschool Program & Family Therapist | The Children’s Center Utah
What is the most rewarding thing about your job/industry? Why?
It is a privilege to bear witness as families process and heal from traumatic experiences and to be a very small piece of their journey of healing. It is extremely rewarding seeing a caregiver and their child connect. I feel incredibly lucky to see a caregiver grow in their confidence and their ability to respond to their child. I also love working with paraprofessionals and seeing them grow professionally and personally. As part of my role, I have the opportunity to support and coach our therapeutic preschool staff to provide education on child development, behavior management and trauma-informed care. Overall, the most rewarding thing about my job is seeing a caregiver enjoy their child and hearing them laugh.
What does success look like to you?
Success looks like a caregiver who feels confident in their abilities to help their child. It looks like a beautiful moment of connection between a child and someone who cares about them. Success looks like a child who has their needs met. It also looks like staff retention and a positive and supportive work environment.