Why did you choose BYU's Social Work program?
I chose BYU's MSW program because I think this will be an effective route to meet my goals. I want to help people help themselves, and I can qualify to do this in many capacities as an LCSW. BYU's MSW program also offers a unique clinical emphasis and many years of clinical experience from the professors.
What do you think about BYU's focus on a spiritually strengthening education experience?
I am grateful for the growth this program has facilitated in me. I have come to better know myself, my God, and others. This, in turn, will help me be a better mental health professional to help my “neighbors”. As the LDS Prophet Brigham Young pointed out, the “greatest lesson you can learn is to learn yourselves. When we learn ourselves, we learn our neighbours. When we know precisely how to deal with ourselves, we know how to deal with our neighbours…No being can thoroughly learn himself, without understanding more or less of the things of God.” (Journal of Discourses, 8:334-35).
Tell us about your BYU Internship experience(s):
Currently, I intern at the Utah State Hospital on the Forensics Unit. I’m gaining clinical experience and do case management. My role is to help the patients learn to cope with their various mental disorders and become competent to stand trial. I'm also more familiar with the DSM-IV and the role of medications. In the coming Fall/Winter, I'll be at LDS Family Services, and I look forward to gaining more unique experiences there.