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Kiley Garber

Name: Kiley Garber

MSW Class of 2022

Why did you choose to pursue an MSW degree? Mental health struggles for my community, family members and myself led me to this path. Additionally, I love being in a work environment where I really get to know people and form relationships.

Why did you choose BYU's Social Work Program? It was very important to me that I learn how to use research-based therapy approaches in the framework of the gospel. On top of that, I can't recommend the small program size enough. We all knew each other well enough to be able to support and respect the diverse beliefs and challenges we each faced. We are all still in contact and consult each other for career direction and advice.

What are your thoughts on BYU's focus on a spiritually strengthening educational experience? I feel it is crucially important in an institution of higher learning that faith is recognized and upheld rather than being torn down. I often felt the reassurance of the Spirit for choosing an emotionally difficult career path.

What are your thoughts on the family experience at BYU? Being an older returning student made me aware that I would need a program that helped me balance family and school. I felt like this program was suitable for being able to study and do internships while taking care of my family as well.


How did BYU's MSW program prepare you for your career? The 1000 hours of internship work was probably the greatest preparation. It was scary to jump in before I had graduated but hindsight has shown me that was the best way.

What are your career goals? I will continue to work part time for now in a private agency that specializes in attachment and trauma.I also plan to get my LCSW.

Tell us about your BYU internship experience(s): The experiences were a good fit for me and my family. It was very helpful that they were located near my home. I really liked my supervisors and coworkers. I felt respected and like I was a valuable part of the team. I appreciated having coursework that went hand-in-hand with my internship - allowing for consultation and support.