Kirsten Watson

Summary

I have been a practicing licensed social worker at the bachelor level for two and a half years. I have passed the Kansas ASWB Master's of Social Work licensing exam and will be licensed pending graduation from Wichita State Univeristy in May of 2012. I am currently a foster care worker and have a passion for the child welfare system. I also have an interest in becoming a school social worker, which was part of my motivation to continue my education and obtain my Masters of Social Work. I have a passion for serving others and strive for social justice.

Work History

Work History
Sep 2009 - Present

Foster Care Worker

Wichita Children's Home

Job responsibilities include performing admits and assessments on children placed in Police Protective Custody, managing a caseload of approximately 9 foster homes, assessing and licensing foster homes, and communicating with contracting agencies, SRS,  and KDHE. I advocate for the foster children palced in Police Protective Custody when necessary as well as advocate for the foster parents on my caseload. I have monthly home visits with foster parents and am responsible for addressing any concerns or regulatory violations in the home.

Aug 2011 - Present

School Social Worker Practicum Student

USD 259 Wichita Public Schools

Currently placed at College Hill Elementary working alongside the school social worker. Responsibilities include facilitating groups, individual counseling, participating in child study team, performing social histories with families, delivering notice and obtaining consent for special education services, and brokering services to families in need.

Feb 2009 - May 2010

Case Manager/Mentor

Tabor College Student Success Office

Job requirements included meeting with each student at least once a week, documenting progress and concerns for each meeting, discussing necessary actions and tasks for each student, acting as broker and advocate for students when necessary, and having monthly supervision meetings. Held a case load of nine (9) students.

Education

Education
Aug 2010 - Present

Masters of Social Work

Wichita State University
Aug 2005 - May 2009

Bachelor of Arts

Tabor College
Aug 2005 - May 2009

Bachelor of Arts

Tabor College

Skills

Skills

Written and oral language

Posses strong written and oral language skills. I have a minor degree in English from Tabor College.

Case Management

Have worked as a case manager for students on academic parole at Tabor College as well as a foster care case manager.

Experience with children of diverse ethnicities

Have experience in working with children of diverse race and ethnicities through experience in the child welfare system and public school system.