Meet Social Work Intern: Dea Luvon
In January, valley resident Dea Luvon joined Room One for a year-long internship as a required part of her 3 year Master's in Social Work Program through the University of Central Florida.
In January, valley resident Dea Luvon joined Room One for a year-long internship as a required part of her 3 year Master's in Social Work Program through the University of Central Florida. Last year, her internship focused on responding to calls on a Crisis Chat Line.
You have a project that you are working on while you're here. Tell us more about that. Right now I am working on a community based research project, assessing the needs in our community around supporting parents of teens. We’re trying to figure out what the gaps in services are, and how we can support parents to have strong and healthy relationships with their teens. After interviewing a number of parents, we will reflect on what we are hearing and propose an intervention that might serve unmet needs. I’m really enjoying being a part of this thoughtful and dynamic Room One team. [Note: if you are a parent of a teen, and struggling, you can reach out to Dea directly to see if participating in an interview is right for you.]
You've been in the valley for a long time. What brings you joy when you think of your time in this community? I really cherish the 8-10 years I was a part of producing the Methow Dance Collective Shows. The shows were so fun to collaborate with other artists to create, and they were so well received by the community. It really felt like we were offering a gift that was warmly held and appreciated.
Movement is a big part of your life too, as a dance/movement teacher. Do you see a role for movement in community-based social work? I really do see a role for movement in how I will practice community based social work. There’s so much research out now about how connected the brain and body are. There are many ways to bring movement to support a process, but one way that I can envision using often, is using movement to help people settle their nervous systems and ground into the present moment.
What kind of music are you likely to be listening to in your car? Honestly, driving around the valley I most often listen to KTRT or NPR. I like to hear about valley going-ons, the news, and being introduced to music I might not find on my own.