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Book Review - Getting Started as a Residential Child Care Worker? (A Guide For Beginners)

By: Jesse E. Crone


Disclaimer: This book review is my opinion of the book. If you have a different opinion of the book that is great. I know I have loved several movies and books that other reviewers have not liked and disliked movies and books that receive great reviews. I think we all have. If you would like to submit your own review, I may consider posting it. Thanks.


Let me start by saying that this book was given to me 7 years ago by an administrator as the entire training program at a facility I worked at.  I finally finished reading it yesterday.  It is an ok basic book and very briefly covers most aspects of residential child care.  It was written in 1984 and appears to be directed at shift workers in a treatment center type setting. 


The information that it has that would be useful for live in staff can easily be found in other areas, mostly for free on this website.  It is a fairly inexpensive book; I just checked Amazon and it sells for under $6. 


To me, the main theme of the book is:


  1. Observe, Listen and don't try to be a know-it-all when you are new.
  2. Be punctual and responsible.
  3. Learn from the experienced staff.

To all of this I say, AMEN!!!


If someone gives you the book, read it.  Otherwise I would spend my money on something a little more up to date.

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