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Villa Maria Academy High School Students Complete Internship at Devereux PA CIDDS in West Chester

Three soon-to-be seniors at Villa Maria Academy High School for Girls completed a week-long internship at Devereux PA CIDDS center in West Chester.

Three soon-to-be seniors at Villa Maria Academy High School for Girls completed a week-long internship at Devereux PA CIDDS center in West Chester. Celine Andrews, Kathryn Challis and Cassidy Connors completed a forty-hour internship at the center that provides residential services to children and adolescents with developmental and behavioral disabilities. The students had an opportunity to observe psychologists, psychiatrists, teachers, managers, registered nurses, Direct Support Professionals and others as they progressed through a week’s worth of activities and meetings. At the conclusion of the event, each student presented her view of the experience as well as offer suggestions and ideas for program enhancement. “I’ve never known doctors, nurses and others to be so involved in the care of one person. They really know these kids”, said Kathryn Challis at the end of her second day of rounds.

Richard Latella, Director of Human Resources for PA CIDDS, saw this as an opportunity to give the center’s employees a chance to show off their skills as well as introduce the concept of careers in social services to high school students. “We need to plant the seed early: careers in social services are very rewarding”, said Latella at the event’s celebration at the end of the week.

Devereux PA Internship Students and Directors

Pictured from left: Melanie Beidler, Executive Director, PA CIDDS, Richard Latella, Director of Human Resources, PA CIDDS, Celine Andrews, VMAHS, Kathryn Challis, VMAHS, Cassidy Connors, VMAHS, Erin Murphy, PA State Director of Human Resources and Jeane McNamara, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, VMAHS.

 

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