From Foster Care to Fostering Hope


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Whitman College
Friday, November 1, 2013
Jordan Kirk Royal '97 MSW, LICSW

From Foster Care to Fostering Hope: A Twittie's Journey into Social Work

Jordan Royal is a Whitman alumna and a licensed clinical social worker at the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress in Seattle, Wash. In addition to working with clients, she provides statewide training and consultation on the implementation of evidence-based trauma treatments. Come hear about her experience in social work, and learn about career possibilities in the social sciences outside of academia.

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  • Current Roles
  • Seniors & AgingChildren & FamiliesHealth & WellnessMental HealthPrivate PracticeEducation & ResearchAdvocacy and LegislationNon-Profit OrganizationsMilitary & VeteransCommunity Organizing
  • Service.Social work's primary goal is to help people in need and to address social problems. Social Justice. Social workers challenge social injustice. Dignity and Worth of the Person. Social workers respect the inherent dignity and worth of the person. Importance of Human Relationships. Social workers recognize the central importance of human relationships. Social workers understand that relationships between and among people are an important vehicle for change. IntegrityCompetence
  • Professional social workers are the nation’s largest group of clinically trained mental health specialists. They provide more mental health services than psychologists, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses combined.40% of mental health professionals working with the Red Cross Disaster Services Human Resources system are social workersThe Department of Veterans Affairs is the largest employer of social workers.Employment of social workers is expected to grow by 25% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Salary range $40,000 - $100,000
  • Higher Education Act and the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007. Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program offers fully trained and licensed clinical social workers $50,000 to repay student loans in exchange for two years serving in a community-based site in a high-need Health Professional Shortage
  • Resources
  • Trauma Stats~60% of the US population will be exposed to at least one traumatic event in their lifetime (Kessler et al., 1995)Women are 2X as likely to develop PTSD as men (Kessler et al., 1995).Having a sexual assault increases your chances of having another sexual assault by 50%Multiple traumas put you at a higher risk for developing chronic PTSD
  • 70% PTSD clients have co-morbid diagnosis.
  • Traumatic Stress Example
  • Trauma Narrative
  • From Foster Care to Fostering Hope

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