As a 2014 Vision Fellow, I will complete a two-year Master’s of Social Work Degree from the University of Southern California’s Online School of Social Work during the summer of 2016, under the mentorship of Jennifer Neary, Program Director of CONNECT to End Violence, a program of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.
My studies through USC have focused on clinical social work, and through my practicum and fellowship experience I have been able to provide mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced trauma. I have worked as a Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Counselor for the last three years at CONNECT to end violence. During my fellowship experience, I created and implemented two new prevention and education sessions to augment CONNECT’s existing Healthy Relationships curriculum for 6th-10th grade at all Island schools. My current project focus is on an elder abuse awareness and prevention campaign. Over the last year, I have met with professionals through various Island elder resources to create a Caregiver Support manual for elder caregivers. This new campaign is intended to enhance the educational outreach and prevention work that CONNECT offers, and target a particularly vulnerable population in our community. I am so grateful for all of the opportunities the Fellowship has provided, and I am looking forward to pursuing my career in clinical social work on Martha’s Vineyard.