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Krystal Alves
In the fall of 2007, Krystal began gradate studies at NYU, advanced-standing. Krystal  did her junior practicum with the Home-Based Treatment Services Program (HBTS) at Tides Family Services. H BTS provides intensive services to children at risk in order to prevent placement outside the home—residential, hospitalization, and/or the Rhode Island Training School. She continued her affiliation with HBTS for her senior practicum.

Sarah Arnini
Sarah participated in the Jesuit Volunteer Corp. She will be coordinating an after-school program in Roslindale, MA. Her junior practicum was with the Early Intervention Program (EI) at Meeting Street Center where she worked with a multidisciplinary team (social workers, educators, speech therapists, physical therapists and behavioral specialists) to provide services to children (0 to 3) with developmental delays and their families. Her senior practicum was in the Cranston Public School System where she worked with special needs preschool and elementary age children.


Gabrielle Bruin
Gabrielle was planning to work and to attend graduate school part time. She  did her junior practicum at Mt Hope High School in Bristol, RI where she provided individual and group counseling to high school students. She did her senior practicum at the Chaffee Life Skills Center where she facilitated life skills groups for youth aging out of the state Child Welfare system.

Maribeth Burke
In the fall of 2007, Maribeth attended Columbia University, advanced-standing. She did her junior internship at the National Association of Social Workers-Rhode Island Chapter where she was involved in policy advocacy related to civil rights, poverty, and healthcare issues. She did her senior internship at the Charles Fortes Magnet School in

Providence where she worked with elementary age children. In addition to working individually with children with emotional and behavioral problems that interfere with their educational progress and social relationships, she facilitated several social skills groups. Maribeth served as the Baccalaureate level student representative on the NASW Board of Directors.

Lilith Chunn
In the fall of 2007, Lily began graduate studies at Boston University where she was granted advanced-standing status. She did her junior practicum with Providence Network, a program that provides clinical support to children in the care of the Department of Children, Youth and Families transitioning between and among acute treatment settings, residential treatment programs, group homes and foster care. She did her senior practicum with the Children's Intensive Services (CIS) Team at the Community Counseling Center in Pawtucket, where she coordinated social and community support services for children receiving intensive mental health services.

Kassie Grechika
Kassie did her junior practicum at Vi M Berard School, a K-12 therapeutic school program, where she provided a supportive relationship to several of the younger children in the program, participated in clinical meetings, and worked with groups of children on social skills development. Her senior internship was in Providence Center's Emergency Services Unit where she was involved in outreach to the homeless in Kennedy Plaza.

Natasha Leavitt
Natasha accepted a position with the Rhode Island Foster Parents Association where she will work on an initiative connecting youth aging out of state care with mentors. She did her junior practicum at the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families in the Intake Unit where she provided services and mobilized resources for families at risk for abuse and neglect. She did her senior practicum at the Chafee Life Skills Center where she facilitated life skills groups for youth aging out of the state Child Welfare system.

Jess Loss
In the fall of 2007, Jess attended the University of Connecticut, advanced-standing, where  she will concentrate in clinical practice. Jess did her junior and senior internships in the Protective Services unit at the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families. Jess was the president of OSSW and a member of Alpha Delta Mu. In the fall of 06, Jess along with Dr Michael Hayes and Jamielynn Salisbury presented the findings of the research they conducted on recidivism rates of DCYF clients indicated for neglect at a national social work conference in Los Angeles, CA.

Laura McCarthy
In the fall of 2007, Laura entered the University of Minnesota where she was admitted advanced -standing. Her junior  internship was with the Early Head Start and Head Start programs associated with the Child Development Center, at Cranston Community Action. She was involved in multidisciplinary assessment and monitoring meetings, program recruitment, Intake, and facilitating socialization. Her senior affiliation was with the Cranston Public School System.

Kristin McCauliff
In the fall of 2007, Kristen began graduate studies at Columbia University, advanced-standing. She spent the second semester of her junior year in Italy. This past summer she was involved with a community health internship through the SEARCH program. She did her senior practicum with the Comprehensive Emergency Services program at the Community Counseling Center in Pawtucket where she worked with families at risk for abuse and neglect.


Victoria Picinich

Victoria accepted a position with Ocean State Action as an organizer. She  did her junior practicum at the Rhode Island Foster Parents Association (RIFPA) where she worked on the organization's legislative agenda. She returned to RIFPA for her senior practicum and was involved in a range of statewide social action initiatives related to children in state care. At particular issue was a proposed policy change that would lower the age for independent living supports for youth in care from 21 to 18.

Tiffany Polanco
In the fall of 2007, Tiffany began graduate studies at Rhode Island College, advanced-standing. She did her junior practicum at the Met, an inner city high school for high-risk youth, where she provided a supportive relationship to individual students around their struggles with relational, family, and personal issues. She did her senior practicum at Sophia Academy, a middle school designed to foster the educational and career aspirations of young Latinas.

Giselle Routhier
Giselle entered Columbia University in the fall of 2007, advanced-standing. She studied in Belgium with the TRANSPRAC Program during the second semester of her junior year. She did her senior practicum with National Association of Social Workers-Rhode Island Chapter where she was the research chair for a statewide coalition to address human trafficking and played a key role in advocating NASW policy positions related to civil rights, poverty, and healthcare issues.

Jamielynn Salisbury
Jamielynn has decided to work before moving on to graduate studies. She did her practicum with the Program Evaluation Unit at the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. She did her senior practicum at Cornerstone Adult Services, a community-based organization that provides day programs and services to frail elderly and their families. In addition to working directly with program participants and their families, Jamielynn was actively involved in advocating the needs of elderly living in the community at the state level .

Jade Silva
Jade has decided to work before doing graduate studies. She interned in the Social Services Unit at the Rhode Island Office of the Public Defender where she assisted with the assessments of defendants with mental health and substance use issues and connected these individuals with treatment programs in the community, gathered information to assist staff in developing mitigation reports for the court, and monitored the status of clients that have been placed from the Adult Correctional Institute (ACI) into treatment programs. Her senior internship was with the Mobile Treatment Team at Mental Health Services of Johnston, Cranston, and Northwestern RI where she coordinated social and community supports for adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

Jules Sullivan
In the fall of 07, Jules entered the University of Hawaii, advanced-standing, where she will study geriatric social work. She did her junior internship at Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where she worked on the Early and Late Stage Alzheimer’s Units, providing services to residents and their families. This year she did her practicum at Cornerstone Adult Services, a community-based organization that provides day programs and services to frail elderly.

Candace Wagner
In the fall of 07, Candace entered the University of Tennessee, advanced-standing. She studied in Italy the second semester of her junior year. Her senior practicum was with the Court Appointed Special Advocates Office (CASA) where she advocated the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings.

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