Conflict Management Graduate Student Doing Vital Work at Shock Trauma Center
August 4, 2017
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Leonard Spain, a graduate student in the University of Baltimore's Negotiations and Conflict Management program, is featured in the University of Maryland Medical Center blog as one of a pair of students who work in the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center as Violence Intervention Case Managers. Spain's job at the center is to meet with survivors of violent injuries, to help them understand their options on the road to recovery.
According to the article, Spain grew up in West Baltimore. When he was young, he became involved in the drug trade until he was victimized by violence and served time in prison. Since then, he has turned his life around, earned a bachelor's degree and is now pursuing a graduate education.
"Leonard is a great example of a Negotiations and Conflict Management student that is working to build a better Baltimore by interrupting cycles of violence in the community," says Ivan Sascha Sheehan, associate professor and graduate program director for the Negotiation and Conflict Management Program and the Global Affairs and Human Security Program in UB's School of Public and International Affairs.
"When approaching patients at the bedside, Spain focuses on building a relationship with patients as the first step of starting the case management process," the article states. "'I try to let them know I am just like them, just not out on the streets anymore.'"
Read the blog post about Leonard Spain and his fellow case manager, David Ross.