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Kiva John-Adkins, School of Justice Studies Alum Advocating for the Mentally Ill

Kiva John-Adkins, School of Justice Studies Alum Advocating for the Mentally Ill

"After working as a journalist for 20+ years I decided it was time to go back to school and finish my Bachelor's Degree. I pursued a major in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology and studied Criminal Justice to enhance my education and experience. I graduated in May, 2016 with my BS in Psychology.

"While studying Criminal Justice I completed an internship with the Lexington Department of Public Advocacy as an investigator thanks to Dr. Judah Schept. Because of that internship and the wonderful support and encouragement I received from all of my Criminal Justice professors I decided to apply to The University of Kentucky College of Social Work to pursue my MSW, where I was accepted and just began my first year as a Grad student.

"My plans are to become an LCSW and work primarily as a forensic social worker, helping the mentally ill in the criminal justice system. Jail and Prison are not places for the mentally ill and, since the 1970's those places have become warehouses for the mentally ill. I want to advocate for them and help them to get the services they need to enhance their lives and to keep them out of correctional institutions.

"The one thing that is missing for me at UK is the wonderful Criminal Justice program EKU provided. But, thanks to the connections I made in the program I know I will be able to make a difference for my future clients. Even after graduating from EKU, I stay in contact with Criminal Justice professors like Dr. Kevin Minor. I am grateful to have that connection, allowing me to still be involved in Criminal Justice."

Kiva Johns Adkins
2016 BS in Psychology (concentration in Forensic Psychology), Eastern Kentucky University
2016-2018 University of Kentucky Master's of Social Work Grad Student

Published on September 02, 2016

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