A Chapel Celebrating God's Faithfulness and MSW Program Accreditation on September 26, 2018
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)’s Commission on Accreditation has accredited the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Nyack College through its rigorous process. Students in the 63-credit program can choose to concentrate in Clinical Social Work Practice or Leadership in Organizations and Communities.
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the only accreditation for Social Work education in the United States that awards its credentials to all qualifying degree programs. Nyack’s program has been reviewed to maintain standards of excellence and to implement best practices in the field. This is an official recognition of Nyack as an excellent resource for social education for our students, field instructors, agency leaders, community partners, and public officials.
Dr. Kwi Yun, Dean of the School of Social Work, commented, “My heart is filled with gratitude for all those who have worked so hard to make this happen, particularly our Program Director, Dr. Janet Furness, who worked day and night to prepare the report and executed this task faithfully and successfully with the support of faculty members, who met countless hours to pray and share ideas and wisdom.”
The next accreditation review will be in June 2022.
Student Orientation For Incoming MSW Students
Student Orientation for incoming MSW students was held on Saturday, August 25, 2018. The orientation was to empower students on their new journey at Nyack College School of Social Work with a sense of confidence and assurance of a support system. It provided an overview of what to expect as a new graduate student, including information on Competent, Compassionate, Catalyst, academic success, policies, procedures, and resources and services on campus. Approximately 45 students attended the orientation and met with faculty, administrators and current MSW students.
Meet Danielle Wright and Christen Smith
New MSW Students
There were two Nyack College Rockland Alumni students from the orientation, Danielle Wright and Christen Smith, who shared with us their excitement and experience about attending the orientation held on Saturday, August 25, 2018.
Danielle Wright (pictured on the left) said that the orientation was very informative and provided the opportunity to learn how to navigate the Nyack College NYC campus. She was excited to start her journey as a MSW student and was particularly very happy that Nyack College School of Social Work is able to provide opportunities for her to pursue her dream of working in the criminal justice system through an internship in the prison system.
Christen Smith (pictured on the right) is enrolled in the Clinical Social Work Program because she believes the MSW program will be a perfect guide in pursuing her goal of obtaining a job in assisting individuals in mental health and behavioral health facilities such as a hospital psychiatric unit or within the prison system. She hopes, one day, she will be able to manage her own program for those in need. After meeting and hearing stories from a few current and former students about their experience, she felt encouraged to further her knowledge and spiritual life while in the program.
From Nyack College To Fordham University And Post Master Work Experiences And Back Again To Nyack College
Wickny Cadet graduated from Nyack College in May of 2014 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work (BSW), then earned a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) with a concentration in Clinical Social Work at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service in 2015.
Mrs. Cadet has an extensive background in working with children, adolescents, and adults in Outpatient Mental Health as a psychotherapist and has gained experience working in Schools, Nursing Homes, and Domestic Violence settings. Currently, she serves in Beraca Baptist Church as a Director for The Beraca Godfriending Youth Mentoring Program.
Presently, Wickny is employed in the Nyack College School of Social Work Program as Dean Assistant/Publication of Newsletter and Communication while enrolled for her second Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in the Nyack College Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. Her passions include helping people understand the purpose of marriage which is to reflect the image of God, raise godly children, establish and build His kingdom, and by building a firm companionship, a strong family is built. Her passion for marriage runs deep that she also holds a secondary occupation as a Wedding and Event Planner.
She stated, "I am delighted to be back with the Nyack family. I loved my time there and have a desire to give back. I am very excited and honored to join School of Social Work workforce in August 2018 to work with amazing, supportive, welcoming and godly men and women of God."
Mrs. Cadet also shared that Nyack has been a huge part of her development as a Christian, wife, leader, professional and as a Social Worker. It has been a place where God worked amazingly in her and through her. The Social Work department is one of the most amazing departments in the college and is a place one can call home. It is also a place where relationships grow. She is not only coming back to work in the School of Social Work, and to get her second Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, but also to make a difference and plant seeds in others that the school has planted in her. She prays for God to use her, and faculty members, for His glory and to help build the Nyack School of Social Work. As a result, the students will leave Nyack transformed and become the true compassionate Social Worker's God has called them to be in this hurting world.
The School of Social Work welcomed and was very delighted to have Wickny Cadet back with the Nyack family.
Adjunct Professor, Frederick Brandenberger
Professor Fredrick Brandenberger has been teaching at Nyack College for 11 years, and for the past two years, he has been teaching as an Adjunct Professor in Advanced Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis in the Nyack College School of Social Work. Prof. Brandenberger has also been working at Montefiore Medical Center for 23 years as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He was born, raised and saved in Bronx, New York. He has been married for over 30 years and has two adult children. His mother is of Irish and English descent and his father is Latino born in Puerto Rico. He grew up playing handball and paddleball in the 1970’s and learned to play guitar.
He shared, it is about having the opportunity to instruct future social workers and mental health counselors in recognizing their personal spiritual calling, blending it with clinical and spiritual values, to the populations they will serve. He recognizes that Nyack College is preparing professional social workers and counselors to change the world with a Christian World View.
When asked to describe his philosophy of teaching at Nyack College, he recognized that in order to serve and love the broken, destitute, and abandoned, a connection with Christ is essential. His foundational scripture is, “I am the vine and you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) He personally believes Christ partners with those who have been called to serve others and through his partnership with Christ, he has wor
Recent MSW grad Vernell Lewis (pictured left) shared some thoughts with us on the importance of her relationship with her field placement supervisor (pictured right).
This last year I served as an intern for the Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP), which is a part of 'Steps to End Family violence' domestic violence agency. My placement was at a high school in Manhattan. My experience with my supervisor, Vileti, was such an amazing experience. Vileti gave me impeccable clinical guidance beyond my expectations. There are several scenarios I can share to demonstrate or describe the guidance I received. One of the several examples relates to how we discuss my therapeutic process with clients, and how we talk about the thoughts and feelings I experience when working with clients. Many times a client may say something and I will have a reaction to what the client has said: a thought or feeling, but I may move past it without exploring my experience. Vileti pushed me to explore those thoughts and feelings to understand what triggered those thoughts and to identify our own feelings. This process tremendously added to my self-awareness in my work, which is something I will forever carry with me. My experience with my supervisor was filled with transparency, professional growth, and insight. She definitely pushed me beyond my comfort zone, which was great, as I experience the most growth when I am out of my comfort. I am grateful that I was blessed with the opportunity to intern for the RAPP program and to learn from Vileti who had so much to share. As an MSW graduate, I'm at the beginning of my clinical career, and with the guidance received from my supervisor this past year, I know I am off to a tremendous start.
Becky Grodzki (LMSW, class of 2016) was among the first graduating cohort of MSWs from Nyack's School of Social Work. Today Becky is a child-parent psychotherapist at Association to Benefit Children in NYC. Becky is involved in prevention work as she conducts in-home therapy and case management with families. We caught up with Becky to see how she's doing now that grad school is behind her.
Nyack School of Social Work: Becky, tell us about the work you're doing and how your MSW prepared you for the field.
Becky: "Child Parent Psychotherapy works to address trauma and relationship building within families. The MSW degree prepared me logistically and emotionally. The program gave me the tools to get my license and understand systems and theories in ways that I'd never even imagined."
Nyack School of Social Work: What brought you to social work in the first place?
Becky: I knew that I wanted to be a person that helped. Actively choosing social work came after I realized that everyone is broken in some way or another; everyone has gone through a hard time or has experienced something that changed their perspective, but not everyone has someone to help them through that time.
Nyack School of Social Work: And now you're a Licensed Master Social Worker!
Becky: On top of that, the MSW program at Nyack prepared me for the hard work, day in and day out, so even on the toughest days, I can go back to saying, "I know why I do this."
Nyack School of Social Work: How would you sum up what you do for someone who is new to social work?
Becky: For me, social work is summed up in Zig Ziglar's quote, "A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else someone else thought they could." Social work is not standing at the edge of a valley shouting instructions to those stuck in the depths, it's walking with people out of the valley together.
Ryan Walters was among the first cohort of MSW graduates at Nyack's School of Social Work in May 2016. Today, he's living and working in the Pacific Northwest as a Recruitment and Marketing Specialist at Serve Seattle. We recently caught up with Ryan to see how he's doing.
Ryan, tell us what you're doing at Serve Seattle. I am personally responsible for creating and executing effective recruiting/marketing strategies. I am in charge of developing local and nationwide college and church partnerships. And I oversee and maintain all our social media sites, as well as our website and other networking sites.
Tell us a little bit about why you're passionate about social work.
I'm an advocate for social work because within the realm of social services are policies and acts of service that can either harm or heal people in need. I believe that HSO's (Health Service Organizations) and policies inform how people are treated. And I believe that people matter. Thus, I am passionate about enhancing people's live through the lens of social work.
How did the MSW program at Nyack prepare you for what you're doing now?
Although I am not currently utilizing my MSW degree in the traditional sense, I still bring a level of understanding of substance use and mental illness that directly correlates with those served through my organization. The degree has equipped me to be knowledgeable in better caring for our interns at Serve Seattle as well. Ultimately, I am hoping to begin working towards my CDP (Chemical Dependency Professional) certificate in the state of Washington so I can continue to keep my foot in the door with group therapy in recovery.
As a single parent, working a full-time job and having limited educational experience, Apryll Campbell never thought it was possible to obtain a higher level of education. She notes that the notion changed in 2005 when she received Christ as my personal savior. Apryll writes, "In 2006, God called me into the profession of Social Work, and in 2015, God miraculously opened the doors for me to obtain my graduate degree at Nyack College, becoming a part of the first cohort to start the new MSW program.
Nyack College has given me the opportunity to become a part-time employee at the campus while giving me the flexibility to take courses in the evening. The professors and other faculty members have recognized my natural ability to help others and are cultivating it to prepare me for leadership outside the community. I am happy to say I am receiving more of a mentorship experience at Nyack College.
In life, I was persuaded to follow a different path, but I chose to follow my heart. You never know where your passion will lead you because opportunities have already been predestined for you."