Hometown: Friendswood, Texas
Undergraduate University & Major: University of Houston- Clear Lake, Psychology
GCSW Degree Sought: MSW
Anticipated graduation date: Spring 2016
Classes completed/currently enrolled:
Completed: Foundation, Assessment, CBT, DSM, and Policy.
In progress: BTI, Evaluation of Practice, Child Abuse and Neglect, and Managing Human Service Organizations.
First field placement: UTMB- Hospital and Community Health Program. This program was created as a solution to clients who were in and out of the emergency room due to chronic illness such as Diabetes and heart issues. Each client was assigned a community health worker and a registered nurse and if needed a social worker. This would help keep the client on track with their illness and prevent them from going to the ER repeatedly. I was also able to follow medical social workers around in the hospital on different units- OB, In patient, Blocker Burn Unit and Specialty Care Clinic (moms to be dealing with being HIV Positive). I was also able to assist with a grant funded project creating a book for burn survivors. I interviewed previous burn survivors who were willing to share their story to those recently burned to help them through the lengthy process and recovery. That was an amazing project and I was thrilled to be a part of it.
Second field placement: The Children’s Center – Family Crisis Shelter- Galveston. I am interning at the Family Crisis Shelter (part of The Children’s Center) in Galveston. Here I have been assisting clients in applying for benefits, applying for child support and applying for services through the Attorney General’s office. I am also part of a newly formed Mobile Crisis Team that will serve 13 counties for homeless and throwaway youth and families. The goal is to find a place for them to reside until they are able to get on their feet.
Activities and/or Organizations:
– Clinical Leadership Society President (2015-2016)
– Graduate College of Social Work- Secretary (2015-2016)
– Ambassador for GCSW (2015-2016)
– Mobile Crisis Response Team (through internship)
– G.L.O.B.E (15-16)
Why social work?
I get satisfaction out of watching a client walk away from a meeting feeling empowered and hopeful that they are able to get through another day and their current issue is not a definition of who they are at that moment. I love watching them come back when something has or has not worked out and either celebrate with me or ask me what else they need to do to continue moving forward. Social work is the ability to encapsulate the whole person, including their outside influences to be able to treat them effectively and allow them to move forward with their lives. No one deserves to feel stuck in their current situation when they feel they have more to offer.