New social worker for MSJMC

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Sequoyah Survia, MSW, CSW, a resident of Antigua, has been appointed the new Clinical Social Worker at Mount St John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC).

According to a release, Survia earned her Master’s in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas-Arlington, and completed her Bachelor’s degree in social work at Midwestern State University.

She also has extensive work experience in the social services field in the United States, and has held the position of Director of Social Services at Next Step Health Care in Massachusetts, and Mansion Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Rhode Island.

She began her career interning as a Social Worker at the Hospice of Wichita Falls and then worked as a Respite Care Program Manager/Caregiver Specialist where she managed programs for 11 counties in the North Texas region. Sequoyah then went on to pursue graduate studies (in clinic social work) and completed her training at Greenhouse Addiction Centers in Grand Prairie, Texas where she interned as a therapist for persons with substance abuse with co-occurring mental health disorders.

 “My exposure in working with different populations in the US gave me the opportunity to be of service to my community there, and to help improve the lives of a wide range of individuals with social issues,” Survia said. “However, it has always been my goal to return home and bring my wealth of knowledge and expertise to serve our growing population. It is my intention to help improve the quality of social services being offered to my fellow Antiguans and Barbudans.”

Her areas of expertise include monitoring cognition, mood and behaviours in the adult population; mental health; substance abuse and trauma informed care. She also specializes in counseling for all age groups. While pursuing her education, Sequoyah enjoyed working part-time as a phlebotomist.

The previous social worker at MSJMC was Koren Norton.

“Koren will be a tough act to follow,” Director of Quality at MSJMC, Cheryl Weaver said. “This was a new department within the hospital when she began, so her reach is deep and strong within the communities and further afield. We are excited though, about having Sequoyah – I’m already impressed with the level of energy and enthusiasm this young professional has brought to the care team. Her depth and breadth of knowledge which is based on her experience working in various healthcare settings will be of great benefit to our patients and families.”

Social work services are available Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 4:30 pm, and Fridays 8 am to 3 pm – for patients, families, and community inquiries. 

Calls and inquiries are welcome at (268) 484-2776.

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