Discuss your general career path since graduating from UT.
Since graduating from UT, I have worked in the mental health field in various positions in both in-patient and out-patient settings. I also went on to earn a Master of Social Work Degree and plan to continue advancing in the field.
How did your BDP experience influence your career path and interests?
The BDP in Children & Society helped me to gain real world experiences with service organizations and research efforts which have directly impacted my work and academic endeavors since graduating from UT.
What do you value most about your BDP experience?
I chose the Children & Society BDP because I knew I wanted to work with children in the future and felt it would be good experience to gain while considering my career options. I liked the field components as well as the opportunity to explore child related topics across multiple disciplines, not just from within my own major.
In what ways did an interdisciplinary education prepare you for what you are currently doing?
As a social worker in a community mental health clinic, I provide one-on-one intake counseling and case management to individuals seeking psychiatric care. I work with clients, psychiatrists, nurses, medical assistants, office managers, and even providers from other organizations in order to coordinate care. Looking back, I see that the BDP helped shape my collaboration skills by exposing me to multiple perspectives outside of my own school of thought, which is vital to social work practice.