From time to time, we will feature various students at CIIS so people can get a glimpse of student life here. We had the chance to ask Adriana Furuzawa a few questions about her experiences in the CMH program at CIIS. Enjoy!
Adriana, what drew you to the CMH program?
What drew me to the CMH program was the fact that I could not picture myself in private mental health practice, and I was looking for a viable way to adequate my education to mental health practices that are truly all-inclusive. I am a strong believer in the integrative power of communities and as I am a witness to how individuals are transformed by the communities they participate in, I want to be able to use this for the benefit of my clients’ recovery process.
What kind of work were you doing before you came to CIIS and CMH?
I have a psychology degree from Brazil and I have been working in the community mental health field in Alameda County since 2003, with adults with severe and persistent mental illness, in different capacities.
What do you plan to do when you finish up your time at CIIS?
I intend to continue to work in CMH and hopefully be able to articulate the
experience and knowledge I developed over the past 2 1/2 years in transforming
mental health programs and contributing to improving the quality of life of the
people I serve.
Favorite midnight snack?
Cheese and grapes