Employee of the Month: Fran Warren

What originally made you want to work with EA?

After I graduated with my BSW, I went to work for an FFA. I loved the work but couldn't stand the way clients were treated and referred to. I had the opportunity to meet a social worker from EA and realized that EA's philosophy and treatment approach were more consistent with my ethics and values.

I worked as an EA social worker while earning my MSW. EA was incredibly supportive and helpful during this process. After I graduated with my MSW, I decided to give medical social work a shot. I worked as a medical social worker for several years—but it turned out that I am not nearly as passionate about that position. I came back to EA and have no plans on leaving.

Describe what your best day on the job looks like:

My favorite days on the job are days that I spend in the field. I love to work one on one with my resource parents and clients. The more time I spend with them, the better I get to know them and what they need. As a result, the treatment plans are more likely to be successful and beneficial.

What do you wish people knew about working in your field?

Although many days we do encounter emotional and tragic stories, this position is often very rewarding. It is the small things that bring the greatest rewards. When I see a client put a coping method in place that they have just learned and make it constructive, it reminds me that the work I am doing is important and matters. The small success eventually become the big success.

How do you practice self care?

Self-care can be very difficult, as this line of work requires a lot of time and energy. Self care has to be a conscious choice and is often difficult to achieve. I love to take long, hot bubble baths, and take long leisurely walks. Additionally, I love spending time with my children and grandchildren. EA creates an environment where self-care is expected and valued. I believe if I'm not healthy, I can't help others to be healthy.

What's a hidden talent you have, or something about yourself that would surprise most people?

I love to crochet. A few things that I make are blankets, purses, and Easter baskets. I enjoy creating things with yarn. Additionally, I love nature and plant identifying, trapping and hunting. My husband and I spend much of the summer camping and building these skills.