New Director, MSW Program
The School of Social Work is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Janet E. Furness as the new Director of our Masters in Social Work (MSW) program.
Dr. Janet E. Furness, a native of Newark, NJ, states that her motivation for the social work profession derives from Isaiah’s words: “Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow” (1:17).
Dr. Furness has directed MSW programs at Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY, Union University in Jackson, TN, Ramapo College of New Jersey, and Carver School of Church Social Work at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Currently engaged in several writing pursuits, she sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Social Work & Christianity and is a site visitor for the Council on Social Work Education. She served as adjunct faculty in the first year of Nyack’s MSW program. While teaching at Roberts Wesleyan, she participated in developing curriculum dedicated to educating social workers for practice with congregations and communities. She is currently involved in congregational social work practice in Passaic County, NJ.
Prior to entering higher education fulltime, Dr. Furness directed child placement services at Goodwill Home and Rescue Mission, Newark, and Christian Homes for Children, Hackensack, NJ. Later she was Statewide Director of Volunteer Programs and Children’s Mental Health Advocate at the Mental Health Association in New Jersey. There she facilitated parents whose children languished in the state’s mental health system to develop a parent-driven Statewide Parents Advocacy Network (SPAN).
Dr. Furness received her BS in Bible Social Work from Cairn University (then Philadelphia College of Bible), her MSW from Rutgers University, and her EdD from the University of Rochester, NY. Her doctoral dissertation discusses social work education as innovation in evangelical institutions between 1960 and 1985 using three case studies: Philadelphia College of Bible, Eastern University, and Carver School of Church Social Work.
Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) Course
Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) Course
This 12 session course is designed for first time field instructors as it provides information and training to successfully supervise social work students in the NY tri-state area. The course begins in September of 2016 and ends in April, 2017.
Facilitator: Raesa Kaiteris, LMSW
Raesa Kaiteris received a Master of Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work. Currently, she is an Associate Director of Field Instruction for the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University and was former Assistant Director of Field Education at Adelphi University School of Social Work. Mrs. Raesa Kaiteris has over three decades of trained experienced in the vocation of social work.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Enrollment is on a first come basis.
For more information, please contact:
Erica Ponteen-Babasola, Field Education Director
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Lebeka Shin is a 2007 graduate of the School of Social Work, she is currently an individual and family therapist specializing anger, trauma, anxiety and mood disorders, attachment issues, and grief and loss.
I am currently working at Spofford Home, as an outpatient therapist providing trauma-informed play therapy for children and families. Sponsored Homes is an agency that works with mostly lower-income disenfranchised families in Kansas City. I am hoping to connect with an international adoption agency here in Kansas City and also provide post-adoption therapy services.
I love that social work is interdisciplinary in nature. We not only look at a client from an individual perspective, but critically think about the environmental factors that affect the individual. As I work with clients on an individual level, I am constantly thinking about the environmental factors and the role it plays in the client’s life.
The highlights of Nyack College's BSW program include the small class sizes, the accessibility of the professors and the fact that students and faculty alike are actively involved in bringing about social change even outside of the classroom setting. The small class sizes allowed me to develop close friendships with my fellow students, whom I still keep in touch with today.
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