“My name is Lauren, I’m currently a Masters of Social Work Student at Wayne State University in Detroit. I’m on the interpersonal track so I hope to do clinical social work one day.”
Why are you going into social work?
“Originally my interest was in Psychology. I realized that I loved the social sciences, but I wanted to do something that was more applied and where I could actually help people and I realized over time that social work really aligned with my values and the kind of work that I was trying to do and be effective in communities.”
Where are you doing your internship and what are you doing?
“My internship is through the Henry Ford Health System right now it’s called SandCastles. It’s a nonprofit grief support program for families. I’m working with the children’s groups right now at a bunch of the different locations. Basically, we help them understand and process their grief and then memorialize the person who’s died in their lives.”
Why are you a member of NASW?
“I joined NASW because I thought it was important to be able to reach out to others in the field and have a real sense of connection to other people who were trying to do the same type of work that I was. I felt without that I would be sort of isolated and unable to be effective.”