Finding enough time to fit everything into a hectic graduate school schedule can be grueling! Between classes, an internship, homework, assignments, family, friends, partners, and any attempt at a social life we are all pretty much spent! However, it is always important to remember why we got into this profession in the first place!
Beyond Clinic Walls (BCW) is interdisciplinary opportunity for graduate students at UNC to volunteer some of their time and work with an elderly member in the Durham/Chapel Hill community. Social work, public health, medicine, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, and nursing students are teamed up and assigned to work with one elderly member of the community for the academic year. Meeting monthly with your client, teams are encouraged to develop treatment and activity goals with your client for each semester. Goals include increasing social contacts, technological assistance, food preparation, exercise, medication adherence, and accessing available resources within the community.
It is a great opportunity for social work students to work with a member of the community. Both macro and direct practice students can benefit from working on an interdisciplinary team. Macro students are afforded the chance to reconnect on a personal level with the populations we serve. Furthermore, the experience to collaborate and facilitate large group interactions cannot be beat! Direct practices students are exposed to a greater opportunity to work on goal development and intervention strategies. I urge you to think about this wonderful, convenient, and rewarding volunteer opportunity available to UNC students and elderly members of our community.