Susana Carlos, AmeriCorps Vista

Susana Carlos, AmeriCorps Vista

Susana CarlosWhy did you want to become engaged with CHIP?

I became involved with CHIP through my service project and I am excited that healthcare professional students have such a wonderful resource to enhance their education to incorporate the issues that they are passionate about! I am new to the U, so am I looking forward to engaging with students this year and learning from their experiences.

What resource has been essential to your academic and professional success in your program?

As a recent graduate of UCLA, I found that my career goals formed from involvement in co-curricular activities and I strongly emphasize the importance of becoming involved with causes that you are passionate about. I was a member of a student wellness organization, Sexperts, that led peer-to-peer based sexual health education and group discussions. While my background is in Psychology and Cognitive Science, I recognized an opportunity to translate the skills that I have learned from my experiences as a health educator to support my vision of making great changes in the world.

What are your career goals after finishing your degree?

After my service year, I plan to pursue my Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Community-Based Services. I then plan to go on to remove barriers that restrict the implementation of a consistent and medically-accurate national sexual health education in the United States.

What is the value of Interprofessional work?

Collaboration across disciplines fosters creative solutions and novel approaches to the world’s most pressing issues. By incorporating interprofessional perspectives, academic and professional teams pool their skills, knowledge, and resources to become stronger and more effective at reaching their common goals.

What is your favorite place on campus for food, to relax?

I really enjoy walking along East River Drive, taking in the views of the Mississippi River as well as all of the wildlife active in the summer!

Jewels Lindholm, MSW, LGSW

Jewels Lindholm, MSW, LGSW

image of jewels Lindholm, Program Coordinator & Family Clinician at the First Episode of Psychosis- Strengths ProgramTitle: Program Coordinator & Family Clinician at the First Episode of Psychosis- Strengths Program

Organization: University of Minnesota Psychiatry Clinic

Why did you become a social worker?

I became a social worker because of how closely my personal values align to the profession. I am passionate about being an advocate and helping those who are most at-risk and disenfranchised. I enjoy helping people through a difficult situation and to find their worth and potential when they are feeling stuck.

What drew you to the University of Minnesota? 

I was drawn to the University of Minnesota to work with specialty populations, and to be apart of an organization that is well known in advancing and providing treatment that may be unavailable through care as usual in the community. Being involved in a teaching clinic meant that I would be welcomed to join various learning opportunities to enrich my clinical practice, and provide educational experiences to students learning about mental health treatment.  

What is something you wish you knew before starting your career?

Something I wish I knew before starting my career as a mental health social worker is that though this line of work can be extremely rewarding, it can be equally emotionally difficult. I have learned a lot about myself, the importance of self-care, and finding time for self-reflection during challenging times.

What resource or service was essential to your academic and professional success?  

Finding others who have similar passions and values about the population we work with has been essential to my professional success. Along with finding mentorship and good supervision as I continue to grow and learn.  

Why do believe interprofessionalism is an invaluable component of healthcare? 

The MHealth First Episode of Psychosis-Strengths Program demonstrates a Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) model reflective of Interprofessional Collaboration and Education (IPC/E). Services are recovery-oriented and highlight shared decision-making to engage young people and their support network. Beginning with the evaluation, the team views the patient as the central member of our efforts. Coordinated specialty care for first episode of psychosis programs provide the best outcomes for patients and have been shown to improve their functional and clinical outcomes.  Learning how to work effectively and collaboratively in an interprofessional team alongside the patient and their natural supports is an approach that patients appreciate, and one that effectively educates and involves learners.