I returned to school to study social work because I wanted to be in a position to make a difference in people’s lives. Through the process of my education, I was exhilarated by both the breadth and the precision of the field. Social work is humbling because while we are constantly gathering new knowledge and skills, we also recognize that we are not the experts. Rather, we place the ultimate importance on the needs and perspective of the person or people we are serving. In that sense, I see social work as not only an intellectual pursuit, but a spiritual one. By joining hands with others, we reach for the best in ourselves.
During my education, I was fortunate to work as an intern for two exceptional organizations, Union Settlement Association and the Center for Practice Innovations at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. My internships offered me clinical experience working with children, adults, and families, as well as “macro” experience such as organizing, development, evaluation, research, and policy practice. I also participated in the NYS OMH – Deans Consortium Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) in Mental Health Project, which focused my learning on empirically proven and recovery-oriented treatments.