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Marc Gilchrist with his wife and children

Marc Gilchrist

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Why did you choose to pursue an MSW degree?
When I first took an Introduction to Social Work Class in 2003, I knew it was what I wanted to do. Completing my BSW Degree here at BYU I had such an appreciation of the work and values of social work I desired to go on and pursue the MSW. I believe it is enabling me to be of more service to individuals, families and communities.

What are your thoughts on BYU's focus on a spiritually strengthening educational experience?
This program has done so much for me to step outside of myself and open my heart and mind to my old prejudices and stereotypes of others. It has put new perspective of all individuals in any circumstance of difficultly and a greater desire to not judge but to provide service based on need. The spirit was ever present in my education at BYU and this due in no small part to the faculty members and fellow students.

What are your thoughts on the family experience at BYU?
Not only has my family been strengthen through my BYU social work education, but it has also prepared the future because of the family focus in each context of our work.We are not just serving individuals but those individuals' circle of influence. And finally that what will in the end be able to provide lasting peace and saving, the Gospel of Jesus Christ taught and fostered by families.

Why did you choose BYU's Social Work program?
I wanted an education that had diverse, spiritually focused and challenging curriculum. Also I felt a need to complete an internship so I could apply social work values and principles in practice.

What are your career goals?
The more I learn about social work the more that question eludes me. There is so much one can do. However, I have found passions in working with diverse cultures, youths and mental health in varied settings. I desire to affect change in all areas of practice and have loved working on mezzo and macro levels with policy and programs. My specific goals include:

  1. Support my family
  2. Serve the most vulnerable and oppressed in society
  3. Strengthen the social work profession and fellow social workers

Tell us about your BYU internship experience(s):
In my BSW and MSW programs I was able to be a part of several internship experiences:

  1. I worked 8 months at Scenic View Academy. I was a coach and case manager for young men with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.
  2. I organized projects as a student and teaching assistant to Dr. Shirley Cox in Wendover, UT and West Wendover, NV for three years.
  3. Lead a student movement to promote social work in the community and school.
  4. Completed an internship with Deseret Industries in Atlanta, Georgia in the spring summer of 2008.
  5. Currently working at Scenic View Academy as a therapist and with C.Y. Roby and Associates working with Sex Offenders.