Brittney Dillon received her Bachelors of Social Work, with honors from SIU in the Spring of 2015. Brittney is in the Advanced Standing Masters of Social Work program with a health/mental health emphasis. Her placement for her BSW was at Choate Mental Health, in Anna, Illinois. Brittney was awarded this particular undergraduate placement through the Vince Demuzio Governmental Internship Program, offered through the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. At Choate Mental Health, Brittney was able to work alongside psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, behavioral analysts, and administrators on an interdisciplinary treatment team as an active team member. Brittney created a “Death and Dying” training program that is used to train all of Choate’s new employees, as well as current employees. At Choate she was able conduct intake assessments, assisted to initiate behavior intervention plans, and also helped to conduct and initiate discharge plans. Brittney’s main goal is to initiate and incorporate trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy into faith-based counseling. She would like to pursue group therapy, specifically for adolescents who have faced and experienced trauma. Brittney believes in using therapy as a tool to better the lives of those who need empowerment, encouragement, and support.