Erik Brown, AM '08

Erik BrownEric Brown, AM '08, completed his field placement at Children's Memorial Hospital where he provided case management services and brief counseling to children and families in the Kidney Diseases and Oncology departments. Eric's field placement provided him the opportunity to apply his academic knowledge in a professional setting. He completed a presentation on how evidence-based social work practice informs assessment and interventions for adolescents who are not adhering to medication protocols.

"Social work training predisposes one to conceptualize challenges in a different way than physicians or nurses. Presentations of this nature are fundamental for bridging the respective approaches of medical staff and social workers, with respect to the challenges faced by our clients."

During his field placement, Eric also participated in other activities around the hospital, such as cooking meals for the Ronald McDonald House and the Family Services Department's annual fundraiser Step-Up for Kids.

"These activities enhanced my internship experience by further integrating me within the service delivery infrastructure of the hospital. I began to understand how the work of various departments within the hospital is connected and driven by the larger agency mission to support children and families."

Eric is currently working at a research institute that conducts studies related to urban education and reform within the Chicago Public School system.

Max Beshers

Max Beshers, AM '14

“I’ve learned that research is a lot of work and it takes a long time to do. From the protocol, to developing instruments, to recruiting participants. This has been a real eye-opener. But all of this hard work [for Project READY] is gratifying as this research is important. It will help inform those of us who are clinicians. And it’s going to save lives.”