|MSSA, Class of 1985
Program: Full-Time Program
Concentration: Direct Practice
Specialization: Children, Youth and Families
Preferred Population: Children, Youth and Families, Healthcare, Hospice
|Why Social Work?
I started my work life as a Spanish teacher. At the time, I also volunteered in the summers at a runaway shelter for teens and a senior visit program on the west side of Cleveland. As a teacher, I would hear about the problems the children I taught faced at home and wanted to make an impact at that level, too. One of my friends at the Cleveland Clinic told me about MSASS – she was an alumnus who spoke highly of the program and encouraged me to apply.
Hometown: East Palestine, OH
Undergraduate Institution: Youngstown State University
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Cultural opportunities available at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Orchestra
Favorite thing about campus: I felt safe, like I belonged here.
Key lessons learned while earning the MSSA:
First-Year Field Placement: Cuyahoga County Welfare Department, child sex abuse investigation
Second-Year Field Placement: Shaker Heights Youth Center, supervised program in elementary schools
Words of Wisdom: When going for your field placement interviews, research the organizations well and be careful where you choose to pursue your field placement. Make sure you get a good supervisor and really be thoughtful about the learning opportunities available to you in the field. It is through your field placements that you will learn how to apply the theory from the classroom to practice as you address pressing challenges and problems in the world of social work.
Current Organization: Hospice of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio
Position: Social Worker- Education Team
Nature of Work: Serve as internal education consultant for social workers within the organization, directly support development of social work role in organization and end of life care and advocate for the profession within the organization.
Future Plans: I love what I do currently serving as a coach/mentor to facilitate change through others and hope to continue in this role.