Follow Your Heart :: A MSW Student Shares Her Thoughts
As a single parent, working a full-time job and having limited educational experience, I never thought it was possible to obtain a higher level of education. This notion changed in 2005 when I received Christ as my personal savior. 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.
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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