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DSW Degree, Social Worker Therapist, Psychiatry and Public Health

Updated: 6 days ago

Since earning my MSW in 2016, I have been busy gaining experience in my field and researching and reflecting on how to best advance my social work practice by earning the terminal degree in my area, the DSW. Entirely dedicated to lifelong education and career advancement, I hope to further develop my clinical, analytical and critical thinking skills as a DSW student at the University of XXXX. I have served in several different social work positions in Texas and New York and now hold my LMSW license in both states. I have been doing my current job for more than a year as a Social Worker Therapist with the Department of Psychiatry at The University of XXXX.

With experience working in various professional settings before, during, and after my studies towards the MSW, I have developed increasing adaptability, flexibility, and sensitivity to others. As a quick learner, I have become adept at crisis intervention and incredibly knowledgeable in this area, helping clients work through suicidal and homicidal ideation. Learning to think on my feet, I have also become adept at problem-solving and rapid intervention at the micro/clinical, mezzo, and macro levels, meeting the needs of my clients with engagement and fidelity. I am a critical, solutions-focused thinker, especially fond of psychodynamic theories and approaches and evidence-based treatments such as the ACT, CBT, etc.; working with marginalized adults of all ages; the common factors are low income and homelessness accompanied by mental health/psychiatric diagnosis. Typically, the male clients I work with are diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, PTSD, substance use disorder, and addiction issues. Many of my clients are HIV positive and are also members of the LGBTQ community. A handful of my clients have been Asian or Asian-American.

I seek a total immersion experience at UX, in the integration of theory, practice, and research skills, reflective analytic and clinical skills, and the articulation of one’s theoretical and reflective knowledge in a way that reflects one’s grasp of the importance of research in social work practice and the development of research for the advancement of the profession. The federally-funded project I am working on is UTHealth’s Homeless Outpatient Mental Health Expansion Services Program (UTHealth HOMES). The program aims to deliver evidence-based psychotherapy and mental health treatment to adults experiencing homelessness with a diagnosis of severe mental illness and a co-occurring disorder. I am a lead clinician in the field providing psychotherapy, treatment planning, diagnosis, administering clinical assessments, and performing psychometric screenings. I also offer field instruction, supervise MSW student interns, Psychiatry and Public Health professors and assist with data collection, data analysis procedures, and program evaluation. Through discussions with community partners, regional stakeholders, and UTHealth’s Psychiatry and Public Health professors, I have gained a deeper insight into the complexities of our affordable housing crisis. I am passionate about brainstorming innovative ways to tackle the growing homelessness epidemic. It has been a special honor to co-author our program's Patient Psychoeducation Workbook. It recently submitted and assisted abstracts of our work as a co-author to the American Psychiatry Association and the American Public Health Association.

Advancing the social work profession, primarily through psychotherapy, I will be able to contribute to dismantling the stigma concerning mental health, particularly in Asian and other minority communities, building awareness as a foundation of social change. I look forward to continuing to study the criminalization of race, gender, and sexuality, implementing trauma-informed and culturally-competent practices and mental health treatment programs for adults experiencing homeliness or those who are at risk for homelessness.

I seek to utilize the conceptual frameworks found in the literature of Neuroscience, Neurobiology, and Epigenetics to understand trauma better and help with treatment planning for Major Depressive Disorders, PTSD, etc. I look forward to exercising my leadership skills and helping to build awareness of mental health issues in the community, particularly the high rates of suicide among Asians/Asian-AmericaImplementingincrediblyn of culturally-relevant interventions is incredibly close to my heart. I am passionate about designing mental health treatment for and contributing to the de-stigmatization of LGBTQ+ individuals/couples. I have a particular research interest in Asians and Asian-Americans, my ethnic group among these groups of persons with HIV. I have a specific research interest in Asians and Asian-Americans, my ethnic group among these groups. Employing systems perspectives and bio-psycho-social approaches, I will seek to describe the dynamics involved in the foformingrmation of a dyad and the influence of gender-determined roles and develop an enhanced awareness of the use of self in the application of interventions. I intend to pay special attention to those factors that impact my clients due to discrimination, poverty, homophobia, and socially constructed barriers to the whole exercise of their freedoms.

Along with Neuroscience and Epigenetics, I am well-versed in Polyvagal Theory, Mindfulness, Contemporary Psychodynamic Approaches, Couples Therapy and Sex Therapy, and Psychopharmacology. I seek to creatively access and describe ethical and legal dilemmas for the social worker in mental health. I see myself as an advocate and a practitioner of culturally competent mental health treatment – particularly concerning gender diversity and sexual identity, with the development of my particular focus on Asians/Pacific Islanders and Asian-Americans. I often find myself reading about competency training for service providers and the role and potential contribution of theories of conflict resolution in the Social Work community.

Transportation and urban planning about their effects on mental health and well-being concern me greatly, especially relating about challenging. Older adults with mental health issues, trauma healing for registered sex offenders, and re-entry programs for new life/work/housing opportunities areaarearea are o most extensive engagements. Since coming back to Texas in 2018, I have become increasingly fascinated by comparing different regions of the USA in their regional attitudes, values, beliefs, and delivery systems of mental health services to vulnerable populations – especially on the South and East Coast. This includes the stigma surrounding mental health treatment and psychotropic medication, the criminalization of gender and sexuality, racial/ethnic disparities in accessing appropriate mental health services, particularly for older adults, persons identifying as LGBTQ+ and in need of HIV treatment, and the need to address these disparities through advocacy and provider/agency training in the areas of culturally competent treatment and trauma-informed care.