Why did you choose to pursue an MSW degree?
An option to pursue further education was an easy decision for me. I have always placed great importance on education and have desired to complete the highest level of education possible. I have wanted to do clinical work since my teenage years and the MSW program was the best fit with my career goals and aspirations.
Why did you choose BYU’s Social Work program?
I chose the BYU social work program because of its clinical focus. The many opportunities for clinical experience, including the three internships I have completed and supervised experience in the Comprehensive Clinic, have been outstanding. I have found that hands on experience has taught me more than I dreamed I could learn in such a short time. I also appreciate the emphasis on children and families because of my interest in that area. I am also a big believer in combining practice with spirituality and have enjoyed training on how to fuse both spirituality and social work values into my own practice and family life.
What are your career goals?
My dream career would be to do therapy at a center specialized in treating eating disorders. I really approve of programs that have a comprehensive approach to treatment and utilize experiential therapies and spirituality. I enjoy working with women's issues as well as the issues that teenagers often face. I also would enjoy experience working with children doing play or sand tray therapies.
Tell us about your BYU internship experience(s):
I have completed two clinical internships and will complete another this following year. My first was at Valley Mental Health on a youth residential unit called ARTEC South. I used Dialectical Behavior Therapy in both individual and group therapy for youth with a variety of problems including sexual offense, conduct disorder and personality disorders. My second internship was with House of Hope, a residential treatment center for mothers and pregnant women struggling from addictions to drugs or alcohol, most of which had dual diagnoses. I conducted several therapeutic and psychoeducational groups a week and conducted individual therapy and case management sessions. My third internship will be at the Utah State Hospital on the Children's Unit where I will do individual and group therapy with children. Because I completed my BSW degree at BYU I also was able to complete an undergraduate internship with Alpine School District as a school social worker at an elementary school. I conducted individual counseling classes, groups, classroom presentations and connected students and families with community resources.