Kimberly (Perry) Welch
Why did you choose BYU's social work program?
I chose this program because of its clinical focus and the opportunities it offered to gain \"hands on\" experience nearly right away. Many other social work programs provide merely the generalist perspective and do not spend as much time developing concrete clinical skills. Since starting the program, I have not been disappointed with my experiences providing counseling services on campus nor with my current internship working with families who have children with disabilities.
What are your career goals/aspirations?
My main objective is to strengthen and serve the family. I hope to find employment at an agency that primarily serves children and seeks to broaden their area of focus to treating the whole family. I would also love to (eventually) develop some type of rehabilitation and training program for the homeless, wherein they can learn valuable job skills and begin their education to prepare them to re-enter mainstream society.
Tell us about your BYU internship experience(s):
My current placement is at an agency called Kids On The Move, which provides Early Intervention services for children with learning and developmental disabilities. As a social work intern, I can provide therapy services to any of the family members of a child in the program. Generally, I work with the mothers of these children, but I also can and have worked with some of the older siblings as well. I have enjoyed seeing how the agency seeks to address all the needs of the children it serves (i.e. speech, physical therapy, occupational therapy, address developmental delays and teach parental strategies to encourage development), and how the services I provide help address the needs in the child's environment. We address areas such as stress and coping, accepting a child with disabilities, child advocacy in the school system and community, past trauma or family problems, and any other issues the parents present. This has been a wonderful experience and I have already learned and grown so much in my confidence as a therapist, while still recognizing that there is much to learn. I look forward to the continued learning and growth that awaits me here and at my internship in the Fall and Winter semesters.