EPICC Scholarships Awarded
The winners of EPICC’s Judith Holm Memorial Prizes are Brianna Suslovic and Faryal Choudry, each of whom received $1,000.
Brianna Suslovic, MSW, a 2018 graduate of Smith College School for Social Work, won for her clinical paper, Trauma In The Transference: Working Through Borderline Personality organization and PTSD. She is employed in New York as a forensic social worker at Brooklyn Defender Services, helping indigent clients to navigate court and carceral systems.
“At Smith,” she writes, “I was co-president of the Council for Students of Color and an active participant in the Anti-Racism Consultation Committee, and was elected class graduation speaker. I completed training in adult inpatient and outpatient psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. My clinical interests include justice-involved individuals, those living with personality-disorder diagnoses, and those who have experienced racial trauma.”
Faryal Choudry won for her clinical paper, Intersection of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Incarceration. A native of Peshawar, Pakistan, and a resident of Leesburg, Florida, Faryal is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Psychology, and of Columbia University with a Master’s of Science in Social Work. She hopes to find a job (especially one in tele-health) working in SUD and with autistic children. She describes her own two daughters as her inspiration.
“Growing up,” she writes, “I absorbed a wealth of cultural diversity and perspectives. My mother was a principal in one of the largest schools in Pakistan. My father, a human resources executive at a large private bank, taught me a lot about finance, marketing, and strategic analysis. My interest in social work and public health began during an internship at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, where I learned about public health, social justice, mental healthcare, and substance use treatment. I was inspired by this international experience to work with various hospitals and nursing homes and in a private practice in the United States. In the last ten years I’ve been creating and managing systems for the elderly, mentally ill, and addicted populations. I’ve also worked with a few non-profit organizations. In effecting change for those diagnosed with substance abuse and mental illness, I’ve combined my marketing skills with my background in caring for humanity and working with clients across all settings.”
The Judith Holm Memorial Student Awards are granted to final-year master’s social work students who submit a winning paper which recounts the process of a field-placement intervention and demonstrates readiness to enter professional practice. The Shelomo Osman Memorial Student Awards (not awarded last year) go to first-year master’s social work students who submit a winning paper that recounts the process of a field-placement intervention. These papers will be published in the online EPICC Clinical Journal, in which readers may comment on the clinical issues discussed in the papers.
The Osman and Holm Scholarship Awards programs for 2019 have begun! Click here to view the scholarship info, become a member of EPICC, and maybe be a prize-winner!