CVIP Congratulates its 2013 Masters’ Certificate Graduates 

​This spring and summer 2013, seven master’s level students will earn their Violence Prevention Certificates through the Center for Violence and Injury Prevention’s certificate program. The program offers Master of Social Work (MSW), Master of Public Health (MPH), criminology and law students from Washington University, Saint Louis University, and the University of Missouri St. Louis, the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in violence and injury prevention among young families and youth. Certificate students have taken specific coursework, attended five or more Brown bag lunches, lectures, or trainings which deepen their understanding of these trans-disciplinary topics, and completed a concentration practicum or field placement with an organization engaged in policy, research or direct services in the areas of  child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, suicide prevention, or sexual violence. 

Three of the students earned certificates in Violence Prevention for Young Families, and four earned certificates in Adolescent Development for the Prevention of Violence in Young Adulthood.  This year, we had graduating students from each of the three collaborating universities in the Certificate program.  Ann Ramatowski graduated from Saint Louis University, Alana Arms and Shital Rasik Patel from University of Missouri in St. Louis, and Suvekshya Joshi, Carroll Martin, Karie Nickle, and Ting-Hsi “Joanne” Yeh from Washington University in St. Louis.  All the 2013 Spring and Summer graduates earned Master’s degrees in Social Work.


Ting-Hsi Yeh, Alana Arms, Melissa Jonson-Reid and Carroll Martin

The students have diverse interests and future plans following graudation:
Carroll Martin plans to use her clinical experience by working in direct practice with children and youth who have experienced trauma. She also hopes to use her skills to focus on youth violence intervention and prevention for youth and their families. She has also been involved with the CVIP as a Research Assistant and interviewer in the GAIN (Girls Aspiring to Independence) project for two years.
After graduation, Ann Ramatowski would like to spend two to three years working in direct practice with people with mental illness and/or trauma before pursuing a doctorate in social work.  She is also interested in working with families.
Karie Nickle hopes to be working in the field of child welfare either in child abuse and neglect investigations or foster care with the state or non-profit organizations. Through positive internship experiences, she is devoted to working in child welfare and hopes to return to Hawaii to work with Native Hawaiian families.
Shital Rasik Patel plans to work at a psychiatric hospital while pursuing her licensure and a program in guided imagery, meditation, and deep breathing. Using her marketing and management skills, she then plans to open a private practice utilizing these techniques in work with adolescents and adults who have encountered violence and trauma. 

Alana Arms’ immediate plan after graduating is to relocate to Florida and work towards her LCSW. Her interests are in providing Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, case management, counseling, and advocacy services to at-risk children, individuals, families, and groups. Utilizing a strength-based perspective to empower her clients and a person in environment perspective in her work, she is confident that she will have a long and impactful career. 

Alana Arms receives her certificate

Suvekshya Joshi plans to use her clinical and advocacy skills for women impacted by domestic violence and homelessness.  She also would like to use her skills of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and motivational interviewing skills in working with girls and women who have experienced trauma. She has also been involved with Brown Center for Violence Injury Prevention as a Research Assistant. After graduation, she would like to work in a direct practice setting with women and girls.
We were happy to celebrate the graduation of these students in our May potluck party, during which students were presented with their certificates and letters of recommendation.  Congratulations, students!