Children & Society BDP student Casey Locey interned with SafePlace, a non-profit organization that helps survivors of interpersonal violence and sexual assault.
“This internship showed me ways to support children and taught me intervention perspectives based on developmental psychology and strengths-based social work models.”
How did you find your internship?
I heard about SafePlace through people in the Social Work department, and I initially applied on the SafePlace website. I didn’t hear back for a while, so I filled out the application again and called to leave a message for the Director of Children’s Services, Yvette.
Describe the work you did as an intern.
SafePlace is a non-profit organization that helps survivors of interpersonal violence and sexual assault in numerous ways. I worked in Children’s Services, and I primarily facilitated after-school activities and groups, for children ranging from infants to high school-aged adolescents. Staff and interns planned and facilitated activities with the kids, including games, arts and crafts, and specific “lessons.” In groups, we choose group therapy topics to cover with the children while their parents attended open groups.
What was the most rewarding aspect of your Connecting Experience?
The most rewarding aspect about being a SafePlace intern was spending time with the children and learning from them. The kids could be a handful, but they were also bright, adorable, and caring. I also appreciated how supportive and close the Children’s Services staff was, and how everyone communicated to resolve issues as a team.
In what ways has this Connecting Experience shaped your plans for the future?
I have always believed that intervention with children and adolescents is critical to break cycles of violence and poverty, and to promote healing in individual children. This internship showed me ways to support children and taught me intervention perspectives based on developmental psychology and strengths-based social work models. I plan to continue working with children and adolescents in my professional life, and I will always refer back to what I learned at SafePlace.
Discuss the relationship that you had with your faculty mentor and how she helped you during this Connecting Experience.
I met with my faculty mentor, Dr. Carol Lewis, and sent her journal updates about my experience. We also read research articles that related to domestic violence or specific things that I noticed at SafePlace. This allowed us to draw connections between the research and my experiences at SafePlace.