FOCUS ON FIELD – Justin Keathley

From the MSW Internship Program at the UALR School of Social Work
Focus on the Field with Justin Keathley
After graduating from Harding University in Searcy with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice, Justin Keathley worked for the Division of Child and Family Services, providing case management services for youth and families in the foster care system. Justin decided to pursue a Master of Social Work degree from UALR, so that he could continue to serve youth and families in his community. Justin said that his commitment to working in a helping profession likely began long before he started college. Growing up with a twin brother who was born with cerebral palsy, Justin saw firsthand the importance of empowering others to accomplish their goals. Justin has carried this experience into his current academic and professional pursuits, including his Foundation Year Internship at United Family Services (UFS). Justin provides psychosocial assessments for clients at UFS, and shadows clinical social workers as they provide therapy services. Helen Wayne, LCSW, has been working at UFS for nine years, and has been serving as a Field Instructor for Concentration Year Interns since 2011. She said that this was the first year that UFS has had a Foundation Year Intern, and that Justin has provided invaluable feedback that will help ensure that future interns have an even better learning experience.

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