Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Alumni Profile: Barb

I am an alumni from the class of 1988.  After I received my degree in Social Work from Ashland, I went to OSU for my MSW.  I received that in 1990.  I currently live in Pickerington, Ohio and work as a psychiatric social worker at Grant Medical Center in Columbus.  I have been there for 18 years.  I love my job.

I do psychiatric assessments and provide disposition recommendations.  I also do medical social work.  I am a member of the Trauma Team and serve as a liaison between the doctors, pt and family members.  I work nights 7p-7a.  In addition to my full time job, I'm a mother of 2 beautiful children ages 8 and 11.  I have been with my partner Monda for 18 years.  Two years ago, I moved my father in with us.  He is 82 years old and has Alzheimer's and Vascular Dementia.  He receives wonderful services through "Passport Program".  He attends adult daycare at Wesley Ridge in Reynoldsburg.

So, I am both a social worker and consumer of social services.  Getting to experience both sides of desk has been enlightening and makes me even more proud to be in my field. It does require a Masters Degree but as one of my adjunct professors at Ashland told me "It's a piece of paper that will open many doors!"  Most of my education has been "on the job" and practice, practice practice! 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

College of Arts and Sciences URCA Symposium, March 30th

The College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 in Upper Convo.
Come see over 65 students from fourteen departments in the College of Arts and Sciences present their research, perform, or exhibit original artwork in a professional setting. This event is free and open to the public.
For a complete schedule of events and abstracts, please visit http://www.ashland.edu/students/colleges/college-arts-sciences/resources/urca 

This symposium is a great way to check out what your peers at Ashland are up to. Listen to some music or a scene from a play, find out what the people around you have to say about adoption, fair-trade, toxicity and zebra fish, media and pit bulls, philosophy, liturgy, or Tristram Shandy. Find something fascinating you've never thought about before and support your friends and their research.

Department: Arts and Sciences
Sponsored by: CAS Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity
Event Date: 3/30/11 - 8:45-5:30
Location: Upper Convo
Cost: FREE

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ashland Center for Nonviolence - Paid Internship!

From AU Eagle Mail:

Ashland Center for Nonviolence
*2011-12 Program Internship 
*8-10 hours per week 
*Academic Credit Possible
The Program Intern provides programming that creates an intellectual and social environment in which students can learn about and engage in issues and practices in nonviolence. You may earn academic credit for this position.

Specific Duties:
-Works with student members to
--Explore, develop and present programming
--Publicize activities through posters, handouts, social media, etc.
--Cultivate a diverse learning community
--Develops and sustains an online community using social media, including Facebook
--Helps develop and deliver programming for general ACN membership (when applicable)
--Researches and develops materials for distribution that explore ACN issues and supports upcoming programming
--Responsible for collaborating with community and campus individuals or organizations (as needed)
--Maintains file of contacts and procedures for this position

-Understand and support ACN and its mission
-Minimum sophomore status
-Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average
-No level I, II judicial or academic integrity violations.
-Have demonstrated ability to guide a student organization

Contact ACN at ashland.edu or visit the Ashland Center for Nonviolence (Bixler 108) for an application. Application reviews start Friday, April 1st with interviews to follow the next week. Return completed applications to the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, Bixler 108.

Sponsored By: Ashland Center for Nonviolence
Website: http://www.ashland.edu/acn
Event Cost: Free
Contact: acn at ashland.edu

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Alumni Profile: Irina

I graduate from AU in 2007. I went on for masters in social work at Ohio State. I received my MSW in 2008. I became LISW in 2010. While I was going through grad school I also was working at VA- in their men's residential treatment facility. This was my first exposure to substance abuse field. VA provided a very good training about alcohol and drug abuse and I obtained a chemical dependency license- LCDC-III.

My grad school internship was at the private infant adoption agency in Columbus, which taught me about the whole process of adoption and through my internship training I became certified adoption assessor. I am licensed to do home studies for families that have a desire to adopt a child. After my graduation, I job searched for about 6 moths and in November 2008 I took a position at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare- state psych hospital.

I joined the substance abuse department- my official title is substance abuse and mental illness clinician also, known as IDDT provider. This is still my current employer; I've been there for 2 1/2 years. Currently I am a coordinator of the department. I really like my job because it’s interesting and constantly changing. It has provided me with a great experience about every mental health diagnosis; it’s a fast pace- crisis environment. My position is a good balance between clinical and administrative social work. I am a clinician who treats substance abuse, but I'm also a supervisor, I do many education trainings, and I supervise social work students.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Social Work Club Bake Sale

The Social Work Club is holding a bake sale to raise money to make Easter Baskets for Associated Charities.  Come visit us in the Student Center, March 14 through March 17. Price is by donation.  There will be lots of yummy treats, including cookies, brownies, cupcakes, and puppy chow.

Event Date: 3/14/11 - 3/17/11 - 11:00 - 3:00
Location: Student Center
Event Cost: Donation
(Event Result: Deliciousness!)