William Smith student Bernadette Wormuth ’12 will spend a great deal of time with children this summer, working with Kids Oneida to aid children with emotional disturbances and gain valuable insight into her future career field.
“I love to see how people can make a difference, which is what I aspire to do and is the reason why I want to pursue developmental psychology,” says Wormuth.
Kids Oneida describes itself as a “cost-effective integrated system of care for children and families.” The organization is a non-profit that serves children with serious emotional disturbances in Oneida County, N.Y. Kids Oneida provides an economical alternative, based on treatment that takes place largely in the home. The organization’s “wrap-around program” provides treatment and care to the entire family, instead of just focusing on the child who is suffering from the emotional disturbance, by allowing the families to enjoy day trips.
A double English and psychology major, Wormuth is enrolled in the Education program at HWS, is a member of the Laurel Society and the William Smith Junior Honor Society. Wormuth works with children as a tutor for America Reads, is the community coordinator of the Hill for the 2010-2011 academic year, where she will work with residential assistants in order to develop programs that help to foster a sense of community among first-year students. She will also serve as an Orientation Leader for the Classes of 2014.