Hometown: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Undergraduate University & Major:
University of Arkansas, Master of Social Work
University of Arkansas, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communication
GCSW Degree Sought: Ph.D. in Social Work
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2018
Classes completed/currently enrolled:
SOCW 8311 Research Methods I: Introduction to Research on Evidence-Based Social Work
SOCW 8424 Statistics and Data Analysis I
SOCW 8334 Social Welfare Policy Analysis
First field placement: Student Success Advocate at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville: Helped develop a new campus program utilizing reality therapy with freshman college students who were identified through Map-Works assessments as “mildly” or “highly” at risk for not completing college. Promoted and marketed Map-Works questionnaires to freshman students and conducted case consultation sessions with those identified as at risk.
Second field placement: Graduate Clinician, Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville: Engaged in individual, couples, and group therapy in a college mental health setting. Utilized techniques from a wide theory base and conduced intake assessments. Lead outreach events and speaking engagements. Operated on-call emergency phone on nights and weekends.
Activities and/or Organizations:
– National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
– Georgia Society for Clinical Social Workers (GSCSW)
– Phi Alpha Honor Society
– Ph.D. Student Co-Representative
– Licensed Master Social Worker in the states of Arkansas and Georgia
– Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Brené Brown and Dr. Ronda Dearing
– Clemenger Presidential Endowment Scholarship 2015-1016
– Graduate Tuition Fellowship 2015-1016
– Presidential Graduate Fellowship 2015-1016
– Magaziner Fellowship 2015-1016
Why social work?
I knew I wanted to be a therapist at the age of 10. During my undergraduate career I had a great mentor who was a social worker. She encouraged me to look into social work as a career when I was applying to graduate school. After researching all that social work has to offer, I knew it was the choice for me. I love the emphasis on diversity, social justice, and the holistic approach to treatment with individuals, families, and communities. The variety of career paths in social work has been a great fit! During my time as a social worker, I have had the privilege of working with children in foster care, young adults in college, adults in residential recovery, women experiencing homelessness, as well as individuals, couples, and groups in private practice.