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    Spotlight for Chelsea Ward, MSW!

    December 16, 2016

           Chelsea Ward, a clinical intern with us, and an ASU graduate student that has been working with our practice for the last year. We want to take this moment to recognize Chelsea for the outstanding clinical practice and peer support she has demonstrated among our team. – a Spot Light Post


           Chelsea is a social worker in training with a strong interest helping children with ethical regard to their development and sense of safety. In working with our families, Chelsea demonstrated the ability to integrate social work modalities alongside counseling strategies and values. This is not easy to do, but Chelsea was diligent in examining the components of social service systems with the needs of the family system. She brought creativity to her daily exchanges with children and parents on her caseload. From the development of workshop curriculums such as Creative Mess, an art workshop for toddlers and preschoolers, to Nurturing Dad’s workshop, Chelsea demonstrated an ability to connect with children. In addition to being able to assess children’s needs from multiple models of support. She was also a strong support to her peers on her team.


          Chelsea often shared resources and offered consult on cases based on her own field experience or those encounters she’s had in our office with families. In many cases, there was an opportunity to conduct peer consultations to continuity of care, for a family that had one member seeing another practitioner. Chelsea practiced strong ethical practice in her reporting important and relevant information to the peers in these consultations. When there was concern about one’s capacity to treat or a possible conflict of interest, Chelsea showed a strong discern to communicate what action needed to take place to ensure proper ethical standards were met to support a case. As a member of the Law and Ethics Committee, Chelsea engaged in many evaluative activities that would protect the needs of a behavioral health practice, as well as to protect the rights of patients.  As a provider, she supported her other Law and Ethics committee members in providing crucial feedback for research and policy development.                                                                                                                                                                      

           Self-care is an essential element to our practice, and as hard as Chelsea worked as a professional, she was also committed to taking care of herself. She was a model clinical intern in this department. She attended our weekly yoga for staff, when able, she attempted to join and sign up for activities that would support her own relationship with her daughter. Chelsea took the time to bring her own daughter to a parent-child workshop, called Goodnight IPad, being facilitated by some of our other providers in the office.


           Chelsea is truly an asset to the team and to the field of social work. We appreciate your dedication and creativity. Thank you for all you do!               

                                                                                Thank you, Chelsea!                                                                                        










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