21, No. 19, May 2, 2002
On the job: Terry Jobin
By Sharita Forrest, Assistant Editor
(217) 244-1072; firstname.lastname@example.org
by Bill Wiegand
the director of the Faculty/Staff Assistance Program.
Terry Jobin is the
director of the Faculty/Staff Assistance Program. Jobin r
eceived a masters
of social work degree from St. Louis University in 1973 and a bachelors
degree in philosophy from Marquette University in 1966. A licensed clinical
social worker and a certified employee assistance professional, Jobin
worked in various inpatient and outpatient mental health settings before
joining the UI in 1995.
Give me a little background on the Faculty/Staff
The FSAP is what we call a "broad brush" program. People just
bring in all kinds of personal and work-related issues, and we try to
help them out. We see people with psychological and emotional problems
such as depression and anxiety, substance abuse, grief and concerns
about marriage and children. Its a chance to talk with a professional
counselor in a confidential setting and assess the situation and determine
what resources may be available to help folks deal with the problems
theyre having in their lives.
What types of other issues do you encounter?
We see people having trouble making transitions from foreign countries.
We had a person a few weeks ago who showed up with no money in his pocket
and needed help getting a short-term loan until his first paycheck came
through. We reach out a lot to supervisors and help with people who
may be having conflicts in the workplace. Other people who are having
difficulties on the job are having some stressors in their personal
lives as well.
Do you do all the counseling here at FSAP?
We provide short-term counseling: four to six visits. We refer about
half the people who come in to community resources outside this office
and help them utilize their benefits to access those services. Ive
had people come in who just wanted to talk about a situation and didnt
want anything beyond that.
What is your favorite part of your job?
All of it is my favorite part. I enjoy meeting employees and finding
resources for them. I enjoy consulting with supervisors about situations
they may be having concerning troubled employees. I like providing presentations
to the campus population. And I like the fact that I meet really wonderful
people through this position.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Its all challenging. Perhaps the most challenging part is finding
good resources for people and encouraging them to follow up with those
resources I identify that might be helpful to them.
What are your interests outside of work?
I like to bike and try to get in about 40 miles a week when the weather
is good. I am involved with our church. I like to travel. We get up
to Minnesota quite a bit and Wisconsin. I like to fish and take canoe
trips up in the boundary waters canoe area in northern Minnesota.
Your Web page said you were in the Peace Corps
and went to Micronesia. Tell me about that.
I was in the Peace Corps for three years 1966 through 1969. I
had graduated from college and wanted to take some time off before graduate
school. It gave me added experience in terms of working with communities
and with organizational structures that I have been able to utilize
throughout the years. Another thing I learned was an appreciation for
different cultures and not to judge other cultures by American culture.
What was it like living in Micronesia?
I lived on a small island in the western Pacific. I think it was about
80 to 100 acres. A little over 100 people lived there. I was teaching
school and doing health education. We had ships that came out from what
we called the district center that would bring mail and supplies. The
native foods were very good, very healthy. I had to learn the local
language: Trukese. A local family took care of me, and I got very close
to them. We still correspond a few times a year. In fact, I will be
going back to visit them this June. I havent been back there for
over 30 years. I will only be able to be there for about 2 1/2 weeks.
My daughter is going to accompany me. She was born there.