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Sandra Wilkes

Sandra Wilkes

Provo, UT

Why did you choose to pursue an MSW degree?
I wanted to practice clinically. I reviewed several options and found that the MSW degree offered a global perspective for therapeutic interventions as well as being a degree with a higher level of marketability.

What are your thoughts on BYU's focus on a spiritually strengthening educational experience?
I found a good mesh of spiritual and secular education which is very applicable in being able to work effectively with clients whether or not they are LDS. Students from other universities have asked me if I found a diverse educational experience at BYU. I always replied that the program was very diverse and went beyond my expectations for preparation to work with people and cultures outside of my own. Having stated that, I appreciated the ability to freely explore spiritual application in a secular field.

What are your thoughts on the family experience at BYU?
The cohesiveness of our program was truly remarkable. We felt genuine caring and support to succeed from the faculty and staff. The students put away competition and assisted each other in a manner which I had never experienced. Even though I was a "non-traditional" student, I felt total acceptance.

Why did you choose BYU's Social Work program?
Primarily, I chose BYU's program because of its clinically based curriculum and its reputation for preparing its students as qualified clinicians upon graduation. In addition, many other facets of social work were also explored.

What are your career goals?
My plan is to become a licensed clinical social worker and develop my therapeutic abilities in a variety of appropriate interventions with an emphasis on healthier family functioning.

Tell us about your BYU internship experience(s):
I interned with Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in the emergency department as a crisis social worker. It was a fast paced, tremendous learning experience. The staff was helpful in my education and I was treated as a professional. I also interned at LDS Family Services. I was able to complete many biopsychosocial evaluations, clinical therapy with a variety of clients and my supervision was unsurpassed.