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Alumni Spotlight: Brooks Aylor '15

brooks aylor '15

Master of Social Work 

Other Degrees

PhD Communication Studies, University of Arizona

Philadelphia, PA

Current Position

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.