Marik Armstrong

MSW Intern – University of Minnesota School of Social Work

Marik is an MSW intern with the University of Minnesota. His concentration is Clinical Mental Health and his secondary anchor is in Community Practice. He is interested in how traumatic experiences (historical as well as individual) influence and shape mental and chemical health throughout an individual’s life-span. Marik will be studying Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Narrative Therapy while at the University of Minnesota and as he enters the field as a licensed practitioner.
Marik currently works as a Permanent Supportive Housing Case Manager, where his clients qualify for services by having either a mental, chemical or physical health condition. Prior to being a case manager, he did Street Outreach, where he worked with individuals and families experiencing homelessness to gain access to various applicable forms of public assistance, mental and chemical healthcare, training and employment services, and ultimately, housing.
Marik studied anthropology at the University of California – Berkeley and the New School for Social Research. He is deeply interested in the human condition, and hopes to utilize his background in Critical Race Theory, Critical Theory, Feminism(s), Post-Colonialism, Ethnography and Qualitative Research Methods in direct clinical practice. Marik prefers to identify the core perspectives of the discipline in terms of: Identities, Experiences, Narratives and Meanings. This approach is highly individuated and situated in particular conditions and is highly relevant to the practice of social work.
Marik is a veteran of the United States Navy, where he served first as an Aviation Electronics Technician in a calibration and metrology capacity at sea, and then ended his enlistment providing physical security and force protection. He has been a flat-bed, over-the-road truck driver, a waiter, a line cook/ expeditor, a carpenter, and a high school exam and essay reader variously.
Marik enjoys hiking around the North Shore, bonfires, the Joy of Cooking, live music and being a fledgling bass player. He reads allot of poetry. He likes the classics, such as Pablo Neruda, Walt Whitman, Rumi, Walter Benton, and also enjoys some more contemporary voices, such as Kim Addonizio, Wang Ping, Myung Mi Kim, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Kevin Young and Thomas Lux.  He even writes a little, but hardly ever shares that with anyone…