Student Spotlight: Carissa Stone

Carissa Stone is a CWTAP student in the Spokane MSW Hybrid program. Ms. Stone is a social worker in the Legally Free Unit in the Spokane Children’s Administration office. As a Legally Free worker Ms. Stone specializes in serving children and youth whose parents’ rights have been terminated and have difficulty finding permanency. Ms. Stone has always known she wanted to obtain her MSW and with her children now teenagers the time was right. She chose the Hybrid program because it supports her ability to balance her full time employment, family, and education.

Ms. Stone obtained her BSW from Lewis State College in 2001 and her first job after graduation was at Crosswalk, a local shelter for street youth. She then worked for Lutheran Community Services as a domestic violence victims advocate and a foster care recruiter. She was also a foster parent for 9 years and has always had a passion for serving children and families, particularly at-risk teens. Carissa is eager to continue her career in public child welfare and would like to begin serving Indian Child Welfare families for her new learning. She believes that obtaining her MSW will help strengthen her understanding of the “why” behind the practice and to keep her current on the professional practice and language of the field. Ms. Stone indicates that one of the greatest aspects of CWTAP has been the comradery of her CWTAP cohort. The positive energy, accountability, and support of her cohort has had and incredible impact on her graduate school experience and she would highly recommend the program to working professionals.