How To Restrain A 17-Year-Old Client

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Sam Wilkinson

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  1. Avatar Kim
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    No blood? Not badly injured?
    I remember needing to learn proper protocol for bites in a hospital…
    (yay orientation).Report

  2. Avatar Rose Woodhouse
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    This brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for writing it.Report

  3. Avatar greginak
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    Restraining someone is always intense. I haven’t had to do it in years but it was always tense when i did. Never got bitten myself not for want of one 7 year repeatedly trying.Report

  4. Avatar Damon
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    I really need to learn how to fight..and fight dirty.Report

  5. Avatar ScarletNumbers
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    Interesting referring to the 17-year-old as a client.Report

    • Avatar Sam Wilkinson in reply to ScarletNumbers
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      I was wondering if anybody would end up asking about this. I have two explanations:

      -the first is that this is one of the terms we used when working. Whether there’s some deeper meaning to it – perhaps to make us forget that we were working with children? – I can’t say for certain, but client was one of our words.

      -the second is that I had originally written “How To Restrain A 17-Year-Old Boy” and I was afraid of the unintended ramifications of such a headline, so I changed it.Report

      • Avatar Jim Heffman in reply to Sam Wilkinson
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        “client” implies a partnership between you and the person who needs help. The staff and the client are working together to help the client get to a place where they can re-enter society. It suggests that this is something that’s a two-way street, with the client being empowered and having a role in the decision-making process.

        “boy” implies that the staff is in the role of a parent or teacher, dictating terms to a naughty child. You’re here because you were bad and you’ll stay here until you learn to do as you’re told.Report

      • Avatar Kim in reply to Sam Wilkinson
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        Jim,
        so client is less patronizing?Report

      • Avatar Burt Likko in reply to Sam Wilkinson
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        I’ve also seen and heard the term “consumer” used in other circumstances, although of course that word is something of a euphemism too.Report

      • Avatar Kim in reply to Sam Wilkinson
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        Burt,
        makes me wonder what a lawyer refers to the person he is in charge of “keeping out of trouble” when he’s not actually paying for said service (and thus, to my way of thinking, is not the client).Report

  6. Avatar Miss Mary
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    I’ve never worked with children, but I’ve lived this with adults. We consciously avoid “client” or “consumer”. When you just work with people, these moments become increasingly more rare. I like to live and work by the theory that happy people don’t do these things usually, so let’s help people be happy.Report

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