“Between my classmates, professors, and on-site supervisors, there was this sense that we were all learning together.”
A 2010 graduate of Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Sociology, Kathryn Clover always knew that she wanted a future in social work. Yet it was at Simmons that Clover realized her specialized interest in working with adults and adolescents with eating disorders. She is now
a clinical social worker in the intensive outpatient program at Walden Behavioral Care, a full-service treatment facility for eating disorders in Braintree, Massachusetts.
Coming from a large university, Clover chose Simmons to experience the benefits of a small school with a strong reputation. Once enrolled, she enjoyed the support of a student-centered learning environment. “Between my classmates, my professors, and my on-site supervisors, there was this sense that we were all learning together,” she says. “The faculty were great in allowing a space in the classroom to have open discussions about our work in the field.”
Clover’s clinical internships directly aligned with her goals. Building on her first placement in an adolescent residential program for substance abuse at Northeast Behavioral Health in Danvers, Massachusetts, she secured a second-year placement at Walden. Assigned to adults diagnosed primarily with anorexia and bulimia, Clover provided individual and family therapy, helped design treatment plans, and led group therapy. She found that she could apply much of what she learned in her classes to assist patients grappling with eating and body image issues. “All of the skills I learned at Simmons clicked into place, and I’ve been able to help patients leave on a really high note.”
The internship developed into a full-time position: three days after graduating from Simmons, Clover began in her current role. Today, she works with teens and their families as well as adults. The rewards, she says, are many. “Our patients come to us in crisis,” she explains. “I love being able to help them through their struggle and to watch them return to a fuller life.”