Alumni - Department of Social Work

Meet our graduates

  • Madalynne Behm-
    Madalynne Behm ’21 Inpatient Social Worker at Penn State Health Milton S Hershey Medical Center

    Faith greatly impacts my works as a social worker. When working in an environment where patients are extremely ill, I utilize social work to guide my self care practice. Personally, engaging in prayer, song, and meditation is the most beneficial form of self care.

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  • Joy Hammond-
    Joy Hammond ’21 Intern for Meals on Wheels of Lancaster and United Way of Lancaster

    Messiah's Social Work Department prepared me for the personal hardships and ethical situations that I may encounter and how to work through them professionally. The coursework and the field itself can be overwhelming when you haven't taken the time for self-care. Practicing self-care is your professional and ethical responsibility as a humanities worker to lessen burnout when working with clients.

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  • Lindsay Terry-
    Lindsay Terry ’20 Caseworker at Dauphin County Children and Youth

    I have found that professionalism isn’t always common knowledge, and I am forever grateful for how the Department prepared me to always present myself as a confident professional.

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  • Eli McCabe-
    Eli McCabe ’20 MSW Intern for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    Invest in your Social Work toolbox. Gather resources, theories, best-practices, etc. and start to compile a list. There will be countless times in the field where you will want to apply something you learned in the classroom to a real life situation. You will never regret being overprepared.

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  • Emma Dougherty-
    Emma Dougherty ’19 Behavioral Health Specialist at Educational Data Systems Inc.

    After graduation, I worked in the field for a year before pursuing my MSW full time. I worked as a part-time Victim Advocate for the Victim Services Division of the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office, which allowed me to walk alongside individuals victimized by crime as they experienced the justice system.

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  • Julia Van Der Hulst-
    Julia Van Der Hulst ’18 Director of Social Work

    My time in the Messiah College Social Work Department, though brief, prepared me in more ways than I could have ever imagined in terms of my education, vocation, and faith.

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  • Ellen Brandenburg-
    Ellen Brandenburg ’16 Social Worker for Co-Ed Adolescent Mood Disorders Crisis Stabilization Speciality Unit

    Messiah’s Social Work Department took an unconfident freshman, and cultivated my voice and abilities so that today I can be a confident and skilled clinician who is striving to be excellent and who is still continuing to develop. Without the deep-seated commitment of this Department, I wouldn’t be as professionally and personally grounded as I am today.

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