Terri Gee graduated from the IU School of Social in 2010 with Phi Alpha Honors. Terri says by being able to apply herself and applying critical concepts and theories, aided in her future career in social work. She has worked for New Hope of Indiana (NHI), Inc. for eight years and before that, she worked for various child welfare agencies as an adoption/foster care worker. Terri has been practicing in the field of social work for the past 11 years.
Terri feels that social work chose her as she graduated from the PU School of Science in 2008 with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and graduated on the National Dean’s list. She felt that her life would be more effective by helping others and improving the community. At this point, it was clear that Social Work was her future career and the path that God would lead her through.
She is currently using her degree as a Behavior Therapist for individuals with Mental Health needs with some having various diagnoses such as ones who are on the Autism Spectrum, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and Down Syndrome, just to name a few. The benefit of being a social worker is a way to help and encourage others to live their life while achieving their goals, no matter how different or difficult these goals may be.
Some of Terri’s greatest accomplishments include creating the Marion County National Adoption Awareness Day, joining previous foster youth with their forever families, encouraging others to live their lives, and matching their goals/dreams to their achievements.
Currently, Terri serves on the IUSSW Alumni Association Board as a way for her to give back to the IUSSW and her community while meeting and networking with a wonderful group of other social workers. There was an opportunity for a group of IU students and staff to meet with other countries in Germany, to discuss volunteerism and child welfare practices. This meeting continued with a long-term relationship with friends from Germany and as we move forward in life, we compare and teach each other about world views. Terri was also able to advocate for a particular school system to discontinue the use of Styrofoam Trays to improve the earth and community. However, they continued to use them, and she was able to gain the knowledge and wisdom of how to go up “the chains” to advocate for items that were important to her. One of the challenges within my field is the concern that goes beyond a career and to care for others while maintaining boundaries.
Terri’s words of wisdom “always abide by the NASW Code of Ethics and this will always help you in your endeavors. Be true, honest, and care for those who are broken and need help and encouragement along their journey!”
Favorite Quote: “If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.” – Maya Angelou