CRP designed the Circle process as an opportunity for the staff to reflect on what inspired them to do the work they do, the values they bring to work each day, and the clients or experiences that have had the biggest impact on them. The group shared the ways in which they needed and could provide support to each other everyday. At the end, they expressed their hopes for the teens attending Aquila’s programs.
Twelve staff members participated in the Circle, including mobile, in-clinic and group therapists, and executive staff, whose time in the organization ranged from two months to over twenty years.
Weeks after the Circle, Amy noted that the Circle has given way to a more understanding and caring work environment. Dana Conklin-Malusa, Aquila's Clinical Supervisor, was grateful for the experience saying, "it was a gift".
"[The Circle] allowed people to be more aware of challenges being faced by individuals or the organization as a whole... It softened our interactions with each other." —Amy Kevis