Before returning to school for social work, Alice Drozdiak (they/them/theirs) taught English to speakers of other languages. Alice’s first priority was to create a classroom that was safe and sensitive to the needs of survivors of violence. When they began volunteering with crisis lines, Alice learned that the term for this approach was “trauma-informed.” These experiences compelled Alice to pursue their MSW and MSPH with a focus on trauma, interpersonal violence, and reproductive justice.
Alice’s work is strongly informed by cultural humility, with an emphasis on continual growth and personal accountability. They recognize the effect of generational, historical, and sociopolitical trauma, while centering on the needs of the individual client. In a therapeutic setting, they draw heavily from an empowerment model of recovery, as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and certain elements of art therapy and storytelling. They specialize in domestic violence/sexual assault, LGBTQ care, trauma, and mood disorders.
Why did you choose mental health as a career path?
“Providing mental health services allows me to center folks usually marginalized by our culture. It is an opportunity to provide interpersonal support using anti-oppression values. I am always honored and humbled to be a part of my clients’ support systems, and to work with them on their journeys of empowerment and recovery.”