Why did you choose to pursue an MSW degree?
I knew that I wanted to be able to work with individuals, couples, families and groups in a clinical setting. I was also interested in more macro level issues associated with social welfare policy. BYU's MSW program offered excellent clinical training, along with some exposure to more macro level social issues. I also found the professional values of social work to be very congruent with my own personal values. Overall, I knew that an MSW degree would allow me a large amount of flexibility in terms of professional placement options.
Why did you choose BYU's Social Work program?
BYU offered me both the clinical and research training that I wanted to gain. As a research emphasis applicant, strong research training alongside strong clinical training was important to me. Also, you simply cannot beat the tuition costs that BYU has when compared to other MSW programs across the country. Paid internships were also an appealing piece of BYU's program.
What are your career goals/aspirations?
Currently, I aspire to attain my clinical license, followed by the completion of a social work doctoral program. Ultimately, I want to be able to teach and conduct research at a university, while having the option of doing on-the-side clinical practice work.
Tell us about your BYU Internship experience(s):
My Spring/Summer internship was at the Utah State Prison. I was a member of the mental health staff for both the men's and women's facilities. I was able to conduct individual therapy, group therapy, mental health intake assessments, and treatment planning for inmates who were using medication for mental health issues. I worked with inmates all over the prison, even in maximum security facilities. This experience was incredibly beneficial, as I was able to gain experience with a number of therapeutic modalities in both individual and group settings. Working alongside the mental health staff was also very informative and enjoyable.
I am now interning at C.Y. Roby, Ph.D. & Associates. This internship consists largely of working with court-ordered sex offenders, both adult and juvenile. I engage clients in individual therapy, as well as group therapy. I also work with other clients who are referred into the agency for a variety of issues, including couple relationship quality, pornography addiction, and other mental health issues. I have also been able to engage in some meaningful research with some in-house data. I am really enjoying my time there. There is a lot of flexibility in terms of schedule, and the other staff are amazing clinicians.