STUDENT PROFILE Contrell Washington

Connecting social service with policy

Answering the call

A deep commitment to social justice and an interest in advocating on behalf of children and families led Contrell Washington to Loyola—twice. Having completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) at Loyola, she chose the MJ in Children’s Law and Policy to better engage with and understand social policy. “Social workers are committed to the ideal of social justice for all. We are obligated to understand how policies affect practice and the lives of those served and to advocate for strategies that will improve our clients’ social well-being.” says Contrell Washington.

I could not see myself going anywhere but Loyola University Chicago for child and family advocacy training.

Applicable learning

Working as a Care Coordinator and Behavior Health Consultant at PCC Wellness Center, Contrell says she’s now able to apply her skills and training in social policy to better navigate her role as a social worker and help her patients. “Social services are performed at a micro level, advocating for vulnerable populations. Social policy is seen at a macro level and can lead to changes in at-risk communities.”

Balancing act

For Washington, an additional perk of the program is its online, part-time format. She can continue her professional work and complete course work online during nights and weekends. This leaves her more free time than a traditional in-class program. She loves to take long hikes, spend time with family, and travel.


in child law, according to Law Street Media’s 2015 specialty rankings


years to complete this online program on a part-time basis


family law, including children’s law, is one of the “12 hottest practice specialties of the future,” according to the National Jurist


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