Brynn Dickinson, 2016 BSW graduate, shares with us about her practicum experience and future plans.
As my time at the University of Oklahoma and the Zarrow School of Social Work comes to an end, I am very thankful to have had a superb practicum experience at Infant Crisis Services in Oklahoma City.
Infant Crisis Services is a non-profit food and clothing pantry (also providing many other items) that serves the Oklahoma metro area infant and toddlers, along with many clients from surrounding areas. Meg, my practicum supervisor, is an MSW and is in charge of resources and family services.
During my practicum, I began with client intake. This process included welcoming the client, and conducting a brief interview. It was great being able to work personally with the clients, because I felt my training from my social work courses really benefit the interview process. After the interview, I would explain to the client some basic rules about the amounts of items they could receive per child, and then would leave them to go “shopping”. I would go gather the other items that we keep in the warehouse (diapers, food, & formula), and then go assist them with completing their visit.
During the second semester of practicum, I started developing my own ‘case load’, where I kept up with some of the more severe cases that I encountered while conducting client intake. These ranged from domestic and child abuse, to a woman’s apartment burned down due to her downstairs neighbor cooking meth. It was definitely an eye opening experience to have clients that I created a helping connection with, and prepared me for future work in the field.
After I graduate, I plan to obtain my MSW through an accredited online program at Boise State University, so I can work full time and still go to school. I also have plans to pursue my LCSW once I am finished with my MSW. I am open to the possibilities of what area I will be working in, however I hope to work closely with children and families.
Posted on Mon, May 23, 2016
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