Mentorship

New Program Announcement for recent MSW Graduates in Health Care

We are pleased to announce that we have put together 2 new Peer Consultation groups for MSW graduates in Health Care. The purpose of these groups is to come together monthly to discuss the transition from Intern/Student to Professional.

For the pilot project, we are launching two cohort groups:

    – MSWs that identify as a Person of Color
    – MSWs that identify as having a Disability or Chronic Illness

When: First Saturday of the month
               First meeting is scheduled for 12/1/18,
               2019 dates: January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4

Where: Cancer Lifeline
6522 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA
(Parking available on-site)

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – SW of color group
             12:30 PM to 2:30 PM – SW with disabilities/chronic illness

Cost: Free. We just ask that if you RSVP you attend as we are limiting attendance to 6 participants.

Sign Up: RSVP to sswlhc.scholarship@gmail.com

The intention of these groups is to create a safe space to discuss issues that arise at work that relate to being a new Medical Social Worker, and how your identities intersect, with a focus on leadership development.

Who should attend:

SW of Color Group
MSWs in first three years of professional work, identify as a POC  and are working in a Health Care Setting

SW with Disability/Chronic Illness
MSWs in first three years of professional work, work in a Health Care Setting, and feel the impact of their disability/chronic illness at work.

SW of Color Group Information

Transitioning from graduate school to working in the field can present many new challenges. Do you feel that your experiences as a person of color impact your experience in the field as well? Our group is created to talk about the issues that arise that are unique to people from many different racial and ethnic backgrounds. The first group will be open to everyone, but limited to 6 participants. After that, the group will be free to members of SSWLHC only. We will discuss our goal of providing peer support towards navigating the challenges of working in the field as and the ways that our experiences as a person of color shape our practice. Please email sswlhc.scholarship@gmail.com if you are interested, with your name, current work location and number of years in field.

Facilitated by:

  • Sima Kulshreshtha
    • Identifies as a South Asian Woman, born and raised in Canada who immigrated to Canada as an adult.
    • Graduated from UW SSW with MSW in 2015.
    • Currently works as a SW at the VA
  • Sorya Pao
    • Identifies as a Cambodian Woman, born and raised in Tacoma, WA.
    • Graduated from UW Tacoma SSW with MSW in 2018
    • Currently works as a SW at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

SW with Disabilities/Chronic Illness Group Information

Does your disability impact the way you work with providers? Does your chronic illness affect your work life? Do you feel safe talking about this with your supervisor? This is a group created for social workers with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses to give space to talk about issues that arise at work. The first group will be open to everyone, but limited to 6 participants. After that, the group will be free to members of SSWLHC only. Please email sswlhc.scholarship@gmail.com if you are interested, with your name, current work location and number of years in field.

Facilitated by:

    • Sima Kulshreshtha
      • Graduated from UW SSW with MSW in 2015.
      • Currently works as a SW at the VA
  • Gailon Wixson
    • Graduated from UW SSW with MSW in 2018
    • Currently works as a SW at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) and UW Medical Center