Van was fortunate to work during his internship under the supervision of a professional whom he genuinely admired.

Van was fortunate to work during his internship under the supervision of a professional whom he genuinely admired. Mr. Stevens, Van’s supervisor, was the director of a crisis shelter for runaway teens in a major metropolitan area. He had started the shelter himself and had nurtured it from a struggling, poorly funded, poorly staffed program to a stable, professional, and highly respected organization. Moreover, he had stayed directly involved with the young people who were the clients of the shelter, rather than moving into doing purely administrative work as the agency had grown. Mr. Stevens truly cared about the kids in the program and routinely worked 12–16-hour days. He spent hours each day listening to the teens, counseling them, and helping them make important decisions about their lives. In addition, he was responsible for and effectively carried out a myriad of administrative responsibilities.

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