Dare to be Different – Katherine Rodriguez

Katherine is a clinical social worker, and a trauma therapist for children and adolescents, and also a forensic interviewer. Katherine says “We come across people every Sabbath, and we don’t know what they’re going through, we don’t know what they’re struggling with, and it is our duty to be able to meet them, and talk about these subjects that are so difficult to talk about.” Watch her story to learn more about her story.

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Transcript:
I am a clinical social worker, and I am a trauma therapist for children and adolescents, and I’m also a forensic interviewer. Day to day, as a clinic social worker, I am faced with many different stories, stories of trauma. I listen to a lot of different feelings, a lot of different changes that are happening in their lives, so we go through a lot of processing together.
Social work is the calling that God has placed in my life. I 100% believe that, there is no doubt in my mind, in my heart, that this is where I have to be, or where He needs me to be really, because that’s my prayer every single day. Lord, wherever you need me, that’s where I’ll be.
Suicide, abuse, are subjects that are very real, and not only happen outside in the world, but it happens in our backyards. We come across people every Sabbath, and we don’t know what they’re going through, we don’t know what they’re struggling with, and it is our duty to be able to meet them, and talk about these subjects that are so difficult to talk about.
It is important, and it is my desire, to be able to bring education, bring awareness, teach on ways to prevent, but also teach ways of how to detect when things are happening. Every single child or teenager, or family that He brings to me, I know that He has selected them for a reason. Whether it’s through my actions, or through my words, or however that I can portray Him, and reflect Him to the families that I’m working with. I don’t know how I do it, or anything like that.
Families tell me, “I know there’s something different about you, I don’t know what it is, but I know there’s something different about you. I just thank God that He brought me here.” If they’ve opened the door to religion, if they say, “Yes, I’m a believer,” or so forth, blah, blah, blah, then at that point then, it’s okay for me to agree with what they’re saying, and then, at any given point at that … If they continue to talk about God, then, now I can talk about God, and go back to, like, “Remember that time when you told me that you were so afraid, that God was there for you, and you felt God with you? I believe that God was with you as well.”
I’ve had the opportunity of working with families that are believers, and they’ll tell me, “Katherine, can you please pray for us right now.” Or I’ve had a teenager, from that same family, tell me, “Katherine, I am afraid of XYZ, can you please pray for me right now?” Of course. Of course, we can pray. Yes, and I take my moment of, “Yes, this is what it should look like.”
But for those that don’t have that belief system, God grants me the opportunity to be able to show them His love, whether through an action, through a listening ear, being present there for them during this difficult time, and if it’s through that way that I can make a difference, then we’ve accomplished a lot in our journey.
I am a steward because God loves His little lambs.

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