Kayla Shoemaker – Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Employee achieves Certification

Easterseals Crossroads is proud to announce that Kayla Shoemaker has recently become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). To recognize her achievements, Sara Croft asked her a few questions about why she decided to pursue an LCSW and what it means for her future success.

Hometown:
Ridott, Illinois

Undergrad/Graduate:
Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a Master of Social Work

How did you come to know Easter Seals Crossroads?
Being relatively new to Indianapolis, I stumbled upon Easterseals Crossroads while looking for other opportunities here and came across the Medical Social Worker position. Once I saw the scope of services provided here, I felt passionate about becoming part of such an amazing organization. Being here has been a dream.

Why did you decide to pursue an LCSW?

I decided to pursue my LCSW so that I am able to have more opportunities available to me and continue to grow as a professional.

How will your new certification impact you? What will it allow you to do that you couldn’t do before?
My clinical license will allow me to see more individuals and families served through Autism and Behavioral Services and provide clinical supervision to Masters-level Social Workers.

Do you have any future plans for certifications or degrees?
Yes! Within hours of passing my clinical exam I thought, “What’s next?” I have not specifically identified anything at this time but I am always looking at opportunities for growth.

Tell me about one of your favorite moments while working at Easterseals Crossroads.
This question is the most difficult to answer as there are so many moments I share with individuals, families, and even my coworkers that fall on a continuum of awesomeness. This could be from a goal met in therapy services to helping out at the ADS Fall Festival or volunteering at events like Bingo Bonanza.

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