Sybil Roseboro's internship with Centerstone

Work/study/life balance

She completed 90 hours at Centerstone in six weeks in addition to her other obligations, acknowledging the workload was “a challenge, but I was able to complete the internship hours as well as my other obligations with the help of the Lord.”

Roseboro is juggling several responsibilities to pay for her schooling and living expenses. During her internship and three courses, she tutored children at IU East and worked at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County.

She also spent one day a week at Friends Fellowship Community, where she helped residents with dementia express themselves through the annual Opening Minds Through Art program that is a partnership between IU East and the retirement community.

However, she said the time management skills she learned while playing basketball were helpful, and she appreciated the help she received in making her schedules flexible to get her hours in.

Rising to the challenge

Roseboro was able to shadow a variety of positions at the non-profit organization, especially in Centerstone’s office, and saw the range of roles involved in mental health care in addition to therapists. She grew in awareness of career options at different levels and with different populations.

She was able to be part of meetings at a variety of management levels, and took notes. She learned from case managers and recovery coaches, experiencing clients’ laundry and lounge facilities and group homes.

She worked at Centerstone’s booth at the Wayne County 4-H Fair, giving her practice with public speaking. She also went to Reid Health with an employee to check on a patient before discharge.

Roseboro received guidance from Amanda Corder, who serves as a program manager for Healthy Start in Wayne and seven nearby counties.

Corder said she has hosted many interns, usually from IU East’s psychology department, since her work is primarily mental health focused.  Every semester, they assist with a project that helps her team as well as offering deeper learning. Project examples might include researching current addiction statistics or finding supporting materials for a therapy group.

“Sybil was the first communications internship placement I’ve had, but because of a new grant project we started, her skills ended up being incredibly helpful,” Corder said. “She always presented as professional and eager to learn.  I particularly appreciated how she was able to provide a different perspective toward our outreach efforts given her degree background.  Having her as an intern was a great experience into how other fields can collaborate and create something better together.”

Roseboro said she liked being able to ask questions of the social workers and get a better understanding of what they do. She reassured the social workers that they had not scared her away from the profession and she still was interested in the field after experiencing it.

She realizes the challenges of helping each client with their needs while not overlooking self-care, the need to listen to clients and keep some reactions to herself, and upholding ethical responsibilities.

Roseboro said she appreciated being told by staff that she would do a good job in the profession.

A career of compassion

Sybil Roseboro smiling and looking left.

She is now contemplating going to graduate school at IU East either as a full-time or part-time student.

To get more relevant experience with youth after completing her courses, she decided to stay in Richmond and accept a job at Vaile Elementary School as a paraprofessional, starting work in early August.

I see myself doing that kind of work, and I can’t wait to get started so that lives can be changed for the better.

Sybil Roseboro