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Alyssia Ramos ’05


Alyssia Ramos ’05 (Classical High School) graduated from Rhode Island College in 2010 with a Bachelor in Social Work degree. “I picked social work because I wanted a profession that allowed me to help individuals and families,” she says. “I wanted a profession that helped me be a useful and productive citizen.”

Alyssia’s long-term goal was to earn her LICSW certification. She started with a BSW from RIC and then received a MSW from Boston University in 2015. “I picked Boston University for its respected MSW program. My focus in the program was clinical practice. This allowed me to prepare as a clinician to have various skills, such as completing assessments and providing treatment.”

While she was in graduate school, Alyssia completed coursework and passed a certification exam in behavior analysis (BCaBA). She is now pursuing an M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis at Salve Regina University. “This will allow me to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst,” she says. “Although I am a social worker, my approach is a behaviorist one. Completing a degree in Applied Behavior Analysis would allow me to further develop my clinical skills.”

Alyssia is currently employed at Family Behavior Solutions as Director of Outpatient Services. Her responsibilities include program development (e.g., therapeutic assessments and curricula), psychotherapy for individuals, families and groups, clinical supervision, and administrative tasks. She works with people of various ages, diagnoses, and needs.

“I enjoy my profession because it gives me the opportunity to help individuals and families,” she says. “I also enjoy the autonomy, the diversity of tasks, and the ability to be creative. I might spend most of one day inputting and analyzing data, while the next I spend in direct contact with individuals with various needs. I also provide clinical supervision for cases receiving home-based services.” Her specialties include working with those with challenging high-risk behaviors, those with co-occurring intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental illness, and parent/caregiver training and support.

Higher education has made it possible for Alyssia to build a solid foundation for achieving her career objectives. “The best things about my college experiences were my field/practicum placements,” she says. “As an undergrad at RIC, I worked at clinic that provided discharge planning and aftercare for individuals with at the Adult Correctional Institute. As a graduate student at BU, I worked at a psychiatric hospital for children who were both inpatient and in a residential setting. My experiences allowed me to have first-hand experience working with various populations.”

In her free time, Alyssia likes to be creative. She makes jewelry and paints and spends time with her family and pets.

She has this advice for Crusaders starting college in the fall: “Try to identify your long-term and short-term goals with school. Find hobbies that can help you get through the first year of college. Make use of the ability to take classes on subjects you don’t know much about or are curious about. And enjoy your time. While you’re in it, college feels endless, but when you graduate you’ll realize how quickly the experience has gone by.”

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