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David Slack

David Slack

Ogden, UT

Why did you choose to pursue an MSW degree?
I decided to pursue an MSW degree because of my interest and desire in working and interacting with people. An MSW degree will provide me with the skills necessary to know how best to help the individuals I work with. The degree will also provide me with experience in the field.


What are your thoughts on BYU's focus on a spiritually strengthening educational experience?
I appreciate the spiritual aspect that is part of the BYU MSW degree. Spirituality plays a major role in the lives of many people. With the experience at BYU, I am able to recognize that importance as well as learning how to include spirituality and when it is appropriate.


What are your thoughts on the family experience at BYU?
With the importance that BYU places on families, I feel I am better prepared for the social work field because it echoes so much of social work principles. Individuals are not just seen as individuals but as parts of a greater whole, or families. BYU recognizes that importance and demonstrates that in the teaching activities. Learning and recognizing how individuals act as part of families, we are exposed to human behavior within groups. This exposure allows us to better understand how to help people.


Why did you choose BYU's Social Work program?
I had a friend who was enrolled in the BYU MSW program, so I heard all about the different classes and experiences that come through the program. I also have an aunt who is a social worker who told me how competitive and advanced the BYU program is. I figured that receiving my degree from BYU would provide me with the knowledge and the skills necessary to prepare me for field work.


What are your career goals?
Upon completion of the MSW degree, I would like to find a job in three different areas: hospital, geriatrics (hospice or retirement home), or adoption. I have more of an interest in experiencing administrative opportunities, but also share an interest in therapy.

Tell us about your BYU internship experience(s):
For the summer, I did an internship at the Institute for Cognitive Therapy where I worked with substance abuse and domestic violence. The best thing about this internship was that it helped me step out of what was comfortable and what was certain. I learned to work with a variety of different people that I never imagined I would work with. It was a great introduction to the field of social work, outside of the classroom. I am currently at American Fork Hospital and am working in crisis intervention as well as discharge planning and care management. This placement is a great experience when dealing with crisis intervention. My experience at the Institute for Cognitive Therapy has also been beneficial.