Miriam Ampeire, L.S.W.
| MSSA, Class of 2009
Program: Two-Year Full-Time Program
Concentration: Direct Practice
Specialization: Children, Youth and Families
Licensure: L.S.W. (Licensed Social Worker)
Additional training: 2010 HIV Prevention Leadership Scholar
Preferred Population: People infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, intravenous drug users, individuals with substance abuse history, mentally ill and chemically dependent.
|Why Social Work?“I love working with people, especially with oppressed and disadvantaged people. Social work is the one area of practice where you can contribute to the common good of those around you. With social work, even when it isn’t acknowledged by others, I know my work is valuable.”|
Hometown: Kamapala, Uganda
Undergraduate Institution: Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, B. of Social Work/Social Administration
Previous work experience: Medical social work in Uganda
Institute for HIV Prevention Leadership Scholar, 2010
Dean’s Scholar Award, 2007-2009
Social Work Day at the United Nations, 2009
Favorite thing about Cleveland: It’s very laid back. The pace is fast enough, everything is in the vicinity and the people are social.
Favorite thing about campus: This is a very rich, diverse community. Students come from a diversity of backgrounds and we have a very large international community. We have great facilities. Our curriculum is research-focused and based in theory. The access to resources enriches our study. This is a great environment in which to learn.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland (Heights Youth Club)
AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland
Current Employment: HIV Services Supervisor, Recovery Resources
Nature of the work: HIV Prevention, Education and Risk Reduction Counseling, Mental health and substance abuse prevention and interventions and HIV Psychosocial Support Group Counseling, Supervision of HIV program service delivery.
How it relates to social work: I provide public health social work through individual and group counseling to address psychosocial issues, health inequalities and utilization of behavioral theory in risk reduction counseling to address HIV transmission and acquisition risks.
Future plans: Pursue doctoral studies in Health Disparities and Health Services Research
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