Careers in Social Work 2016

2016 Careers in Social Work alumni panel

Hear from School of Social Work alumni about their careers and the profession

Date & Time:

Thursday, March 10, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM




McNeely Hall, MCH 100, University of St. Thomas

Alumni from both our BSW and MSW programs provided a high-level overview of their roles and the roles of social workers within their organizations. They were asked to speak to the trends and opportunities they are seeing within their organizations and within their area of social work practice. They shared what brought them to social work and what continues to excite them about the profession.  

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Thank you to our moderator, Dr. Ande Nesmith, and to our panelists:

 Chris Beamish, MSW '06, LICSW, Fairview Counseling Centers, clinic manager Chris Beamish MSW '06, LICSW, is a Clinic Manager at Fairview Counseling Centers and supports health system-wide clinical/behavioral integration.  He has worked in a variety of settings and roles including: outpatient mental health; primary care behavioral health; motivational interviewing consultant/trainer; county crisis; and adult foster care. Chris is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).
 Katie Christophersen, BSW '14 Katie Christophersen BSW '14, LSW, is a Mental Health Case Manager with South Metro Human Services, which serves adults with mental illness and/or substance use disorders in four areas: Case Management Services, Residential and Supportive Housing, Homeless Services and Behavioral Health Services. Katie works with clients diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illnesses, developing and implementing treatment plans and linking them to resources in the community.
 Danielle DeRose, BSW '15 Danielle DeRose BSW '15, LSW, is a Child Development Specialist at Neighborhood House, a multi-service agency that helps families in St. Paul move from simply "surviving" to "thriving." She works in the two preschool classrooms and provides home visits to the preschoolers and their families. She enjoys working with families to prepare their preschoolers for Kindergarten and to work towards closing the achievement gap.
 Kiana Joyner, BSW '12, MSW '13, Behavioral Health Program Director, Assistance in Recovery Kiana Joyner BSW '12, MSW '13, LGSW, is the Behavioral Health Program Director for clinical case management at AiR Healthcare Solutions, formerly, Assistance in Recovery (AiR). AiR's intervention services include substance abuse, eating disorders, mental health, and other addictions. The AiR model is a family-based approach which provides guidance, support, and psychoeducation to both the client and the family simultaneously.
 Emily Monson, BSW '13 Emily Monson BSW '13, is a Social Worker and Community Educator with The Emily Program Foundation, which works toward the prevention of eating disorders by promoting healthy relationships with food and body image. Emily uses classroom talks, seminars for professionals and parents, community workshops, and other forums to increase education and awareness of eating disorders and related issues, including effective prevention and interventions.


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