|May 2014 CVIP Certificate Graduates|
This May, CVIP is proud to recognize 11 graduating masters-level students who have earned their Violence Prevention Certificates through the Center for Violence and injury Prevention’s certificate program. The program is open to students from Washington University, St. Louis University, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) studying social work, public health, criminology, and law.
Through earning their certificates, these students have taken specific coursework; attended Brown Bag meetings, lunches, or trainings; and completed a field placement related to child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, suicide, or sexual violence. Students chose one of two available tracks within the certificate program: Violence Prevention in Young Families or Violence-Free Transition to Adolescence. This year, one student completed Track 1 and 10 students completed Track 2.
This year’s graduating certificate students have a broad array of interests and goals including anti-trafficking, reproductive health, trauma-informed child welfare services, and juvenile justice.
Amelia Bock graduated with a Master of Social Work degree from the Brown School. After graduation, she plans to seek employment in the St. Louis area. Her job interests include traditional and non-traditional school social work, positive youth development, child welfare, and youth violence prevention.
Inga Buchbinder graduated with her MSW from the Brown School. Her studies focused on youth populations engaged in the juvenile justice system. Her concentration practicum was with the Juvenile Law and Justice Clinic at Washington University Law. After graduation, Inga hopes to work on an interdisciplinary team at a legal firm or non-profit, providing holistic legal defense to clients.
Anna Constantino received her MSW from the Brown School. Anna is passionate about working with adolescents as well as young families and hopes to eventually engage with these populations through direct practice.
Heather Hollingsworth graduated with her MSW from UMSL. Her interests include intervention/treatment and administration/program development in the areas of child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence.
Brian Lau graduated with an MSW from the Brown School. He is interested in clinical practice with youth and families from a trauma-based perspective, and violence prevention, particularly suicide prevention.
Tara Marklin received her MSW from the Brown School and was also the recipient of the first CVIP Certificate Student Stipend Award. Tara is interested in child maltreatment prevention and trauma-focused child welfare system response.
Erin McGuinness graduated with her MSW from St. Louis University. Her interests include intervention/treatment and administration/program development within the areas of child maltreatment, suicide prevention, and sexual violence.
Deanna McPherson graduated from the Brown School with an MSW/MPH dual degree focused on anti-trafficking. She is currently looking for anti-trafficking positions in either the field of social work or public health.Sarah Murray graduated from the Brown School with her MSW. Her work has focused on the connections between trauma, grief, and violence prevention. This summer, Sarah will be moving to New Haven, CT to work as a fellow in the Intensive Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services In-Home Program of the Yale Child Study Center.
Kelly Snider received her MSW from the Brown School with a concentration in Children, Youth, and Families. Her interests include trauma-informed services for youth and women who have experienced sexual abuse, exploitation, and trafficking. She was recently hired by Great Circle as an in-home therapist for children in foster care in St. Louis County.
Lauren Weiss graduated from the Brown School with an MSW/MPH dual degree, focusing on gender-based violence policy and youth. She will be moving to Washington D.C. this summer and hopes to engage in policy advocacy work related to sexual violence, intimate partner violence, or reproductive health.