Alumni Spotlight: Brooks Aylor '15
PhD Communication Studies, University of Arizona
Northeast Community Center
My Widener Experience
why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree in social work?
Clinical social work allows me to take the things I love—connection, compassion, creativity, and personal growth—and make them my life's work. For me, the MSW opened the door to discovering the "How of Helping."
what made you choose widener?
As a mid-life career changer, I did my homework. I wanted the most clinical curriculum I could find and one that was truly trauma-informed. I wanted to work with faculty members who modeled social work values in everything they do. I wanted a deep sense of community and support. I got it all—and then some—from Widener social work.
My Professional Experience
how have leadership skills learned at widener helped you to succeed?
Widener social work taught me a lot about different approaches to therapy and the truth and value to be taken from each. But regardless of theoretical orientation, I learned that our most important skills as clinical social workers are being present, developing empathy, and fostering a strong therapeutic alliance.
what advice would you give a prospective student considering your graduate program?
Schedule an informational interview with Dr. Beth Barol, sit in on a class or two, and talk to Widener alumni. The more I learned about Widener social work, the easier my choice became.