Where did their MSW degree take them?

May 29, 2017

Rosa M. Felix

Rosa M. Felix '16SW pursued an MSW to advance her career and become a Clinical Social Worker.

What does your job entail?

As a clinical social worker in the behavioral health services department of New Health Charlestown, a community health center in Charlestown, Massachusetts, I provide on-the-spot counseling to patients who are showing symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other mental health diagnoses. Recently, I began working with the clinic’s medical team to support patients seeking treatment for opiod addiction. Every day is different. I might meet with a patient once to share mindfulness techniques for anxiety or provide ongoing psychotherapy.

What brought you to Simmons?

I worked in case management in the psychiatric department of Boston Children’s Hospital, but I wanted to advance the front line as a social worker in a medical setting. I felt like I had reached the ceiling of my college degree and of the social work interns and new hires at the hospital were from the Simmons SSW. That showed me that I would receive an excellent education, a clinical foundation, and eventually, a rewarding job.

How did Simmons prepared you?

I developed a strong understanding of how different contexts, as well as my own identity and experiences, shape my clinical approach to clients’ needs. I received a Behavioral Health Workforce Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and completed my second-year internship in a community health setting, the Brookside Health Community Center in Jamaica Plain. There, I focused on providing individual assessments, treatment plans, and psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and young adults as part of a multidisciplinary team. These skills directly apply to my current role at New Health Charlestown.

Why do you find your job rewarding?

I feel very honored to hear people’s stories. It’s been amazing to bear witness to my clients’ experiences and to help them find solutions that draw on their strength.