Summer Social Work Program

Yachad/National Jewish Council for Disabilities has one of the most prestigious and exclusive social work development/employment opportunities in the country.  Hundreds of applicants between their first and second years of social work graduate school programs from around the country compete for only 6 spots in the Summer Social Work Program, based out of the agency’s international headquarters in Bowling Green area of New York City.  A stipend is awarded.  Graduate students accepted into this program are not considered interns or students, but are instead expected to work at the agency and contribute to the functioning of diverse programming under the mentorship of an established and accomplished career social worker.  Participants will be assigned to agency programs, projects, and divisions that match one or more of their career goals, including: Clinical and Direct Practice; Leadership and Organizational Management; Development; Research; Advocacy; Community Organizing;  Policy; and Disability Studies.

2014 Summer Social Work Associates

Photo on 4-24-14 at 11.54 AM Sarah Friedman is in her first year at the Columbia University School of Social Work where she is focusing on International Social Welfare and Policy Practice with the goal of going into leadership of international organizations for global social change. Sarah holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was a member of the Psychology Honors Society and worked under Professor Judith Harackiewicz in two research labs that focused on the psychology of intrinsic motivation. She currently interns with the Social Work Department at Yachad/National Jewish Council for Disabilities, where she is involved in research and development projects; policy; PR; outreach; conference and symposium development; disability policy advocacy in Washington, D.C. and Albany; as well as direct practice services including case management; intakes and assessments; individual counseling of adults with diverse disabilities; and facilitation of psychotherapy groups. Sarah worked as a childcare counselor at New Haven Youth and Family Services in Vista, California where she supervised male youth with diverse conduct disorders and behavioral challenges in a group home environment. She also worked in direct practice and case management serving Holocaust survivors through the Jewish Family Service of San Diego.  Sarah has volunteered with the International Rescue Committee where she mentored Somali refugee families and facilitated transitions to American social welfare and education systems; the Alliance for African Assistance in San Diego where she assisted in fundraising and planning for World Refugee Day; the Hancock Center in Madison where Sarah facilitated a support group for abused teenagers; and at the Canopy Center in Madison where she served as an aid in a dance therapy class for at-risk youth.

431991_10100277597808585_2042171306_n-1Eliza Grosovsky is an MSW graduate student at New York University. Eliza is following the program’s clinical track, with a focus in child/adolescent mental health. Eliza graduated from Union College in 2010 with a major in Psychology. Before starting at NYU, Eliza worked at Child Mind Institute for a year as Program Assistant to the Parent-Interaction Therapy Program which focuses on strengthening parent and child interactions in order to improve disruptive behavior disorders and ADHD.  She was also Program Assistant to the Child Mind Institute’s Selective Mutism Program, which works with clients to improve symptoms of social anxiety.  This work enabled Eliza to be authored on two presentations at the 45th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies last Fall and the 2013 PCIT International Convention.  Additionally, Eliza volunteered at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital’s Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Services – an outpatient program set in a school, splitting each client’s day between education and therapeutic intervention – assisting with milieu therapy, crisis intervention, and school tutoring with clients ages 14-19 with substance abuse, behavior problems, anxiety, depression or past trauma that prevented them from being successful in a mainstream school setting.   Eliza is currently a school counseling social work intern at P.S. 321 in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where she provides clinical interventions to elementary school students who exhibit anxiety, disruptive behavior, or social and communication difficulties.  She also co-leads four weekly organized groups and three informal groups to support students in managing ADHD, anxiety, and Autism Spectrum Disorder, and develop coping mechanisms and social skills.  Eliza plans to pursue a clinical career, focusing on clinical practice with children and adolescents. She is particularly interested in anxiety disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and ADHD.

Esther HirtEsther Hirt is currently earning an MSW degree at Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work.    She is a social work intern at Yachad’s IVDU School in Brooklyn where provides direct counseling to students and facilitates social skills groups for children with diverse learning and communication challenges. Prior to graduate school, Esther held an internship at Sharsheret, a national non-for-profit organization supporting women and families facing breast cancer, where she provided administrative assistance to professional staff. She also interned at The Rebecca School for children on the Autism spectrum, working individually with children on social skills development in the classroom setting.  At Jewish Family Service, Esther was assigned to the Aid and Advocacy Unit where she conducted intakes and made in-agency referrals and linked callers to services to outside resources. Esther also worked as a counselor at Camp HASC where she was assigned to a bunk of 5 adults with special needs.  She supported their development in independence with ADLs and adapted therapeutic recreation activities to meet their unique needs. Esther holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women.  During her undergraduate education, she spent a year in Israel where she became involved in direct practice with geriatric issues.  Upon obtaining an MSW, Esther hopes to pursue a career in a school- based setting, treating adolescents with depression and low self-esteem, helping them to discover their full potential.

Doria MillerDoria Miller is a graduate student the Columbia University School of Social Work where her course of study is in Clinical Practice.  Her goal is to become a psychotherapist at an agency focused on women’s health and social issues.  Doria is currently serving as a social work intern in the Clinical, Intake, and Vocational Departments at Yachad/National Jewish Council for Disabilities where she is engaged in many aspects of the agencies direct practice services, including case management; family advocacy; benefits and service coordination; responding to crisis situations and providing interventions; conducting risk assessments and mental status exams; providing individual psychotherapy to adults with diverse disabilities; facilitating a self-esteem group for young women; and providing social skills and vocational development support to individuals with a wide array of communication, learning, and cognitive challenges.  Doria graduated cum laude from the University of Richmond with a B.A. in Psychology.  During her tenure at Richmond, she co-authored several research papers, two of which she presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association Convention.  She also served as a peer educator for the Student Health Center where she organized the first ever school-wide health and wellness fair for all students and was involved in several projects related to improving student’s overall health and wellness.  She also worked for three summers in a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. lab at Emory University on the North American Prodromal Longitudinal Study, which works with individuals at risk for developing schizophrenia to develop detection methods of pre-onset markers for the disorder.  Her duties included providing one on one participant care; administering and scoring social cognitive battery tests and neuropsychological tests; administering fMRIs; processing and organizing cortisol samples from all eight sites; and overseeing and training new research assistants.

Carly NewhouseCarly Newhouse is a first year student at the Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work.  She currently serves as an intern at the Heketi Community Charter School in the South Bronx working with students in K through second grade and their families. Carly graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University with a B.A. in Anthropology and English in 2010. Her thesis work examined the ways in which iconic images can be reconstituted to support and speak for varying political and cultural ideologies.  Carly was a high school camper on Yachad/NJCD’s Yad B’Yad Israel and has interned with TIME magazine, the Anti-Defamation League, and New York Legal Assistance Group. She volunteered at the Bronx REAL PROS, a mental health clinic for adults with severe and chronic mental illness run by the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. Carly has been involved in her collegiate and Jewish communities, having served as the secretary of the Young Leadership Board for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America and currently as a member of the Barnard College Professional Leadership Development Committee. After graduating college, Carly spent two years as a Project Analyst at the corporate law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovksy, & Popeo before pursuing her MSW degree.

lindseyLindsay Stadtmauer is a clinical student at the Columbia University School of Social Work. She holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Queens College where she graduated Cum Laude. Lindsay’s current field work is at Yachad’s IVDU School in Brooklyn, where she serves as case worker and counselor for a number of students with diverse learning challenges. She is presently authoring, developing, and implementing a specialized social skills curriculum for the school.  Before graduate school, Lindsay volunteered at Friendship Circle for nine years, providing direct social skills development support to a child with developmental challenges. Volunteering at Jewish Family Service of Metrowest gave Lindsay the opportunity to work with a different population, where she made home visits to geriatric clientele and assisted in evaluating and organizing case files. At Daughters of Israel, a multi-faceted skilled nursing facility offering long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation, memory care, hospice/palliative care, respite stays and living with assistance, Lindsay interned for the case management department. Additionally, Lindsay served as a 1:1 counselor to an eleven-year-old child at Camp Simcha, a summer program for children and teenagers living with cancer and other severe hematologic disorders.  Lindsay was born and raised in West Orange, New Jersey, and throughout her years at Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy and Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School she participated in numerous Yachad programs.

 

For more information about this program contact Deborah Berman, LCSW, Director of Social Work, Yachad/National Jewish Council of Disabilities at bermand@ou.org