Student Gain Valuable Tips on Negotiating Job Offers

On Wednesday, April 24, Matthea Marquart ’05, Director of Administration for the Online Campus, led a workshop on Accepting, Declining, and Negotiating Job Offers, a critical topic during this peak interviewing season.

Students not only learned how to effectively prepare for and engage in the negotiation process, they also learned how to confidently communicate their value as social work candidates from Columbia.

Thank you, Matthea, for this informative workshop!

If you missed the workshop or would like additional tips and insights on the job offer negotiation process, please refer to the Document Library in Career Connect.

55-a Diversity Career Fair | Monday, May 20


55-a Diversity Career Fair

The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities invites qualified candidates who have already been screened by NYC: ATWORK to their upcoming recruitment event on Monday, May 20, 2019. This event is a great opportunity to meet with potential employers and to get exposed to the types of jobs offered through NYC: ATWORK.

Employers confirmed to participate include:

  • Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS)
  • Department of Buildings (DOB)
  • Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DOITT)
  • Health & Hospital Corporations (HHC)
  • Department of Education (DOE)
  • Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)
  • Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)
  • NYC Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS)
  • NYC Parks and Recreation
  • Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
  • Department of Finance (DOF)

You can view full job descriptions and submit resumes for the positions being recruited for by going to and enter “Diversity Career Fair” in Search Bar. Additional postings will be added over the next week.

 The deadline to submit resumes for consideration is Friday, May 10, 2019.

 Please note:

  • The Diversity Career Fair is Invite-Only for those who are qualified for available positions and have been screened by NYC: ATWORK staff
  • Candidates must have a documented disability
  • Candidates must be eligible for services from ACCES-VR or New York State Commission for the Blind to ensure they can be verified for 55a status
  • Resumes must be tailored to the position(s) of interest; click here for tips on how to tailor your resume

If you have any questions, please contact Maricela Brea, Workforce and Intergovernmental Relations Director NYC: ATWORK, via email ([email protected]) or by phone (212-788-6723).

Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program | Apply by May 15 | 646.754.4870 | [email protected]
The Psychoanalytic Association of New York 
affiliated with NYU Langone Health
(formerly IPE, the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education)
Invites you to apply for our
Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program
click here for information and to apply.

The Psychoanalytic Association of New York (PANY) is one of the largest psychoanalytic institutes in New York, with a faculty of 150 psychoanalysts who teach a full range of clinical skills through seminar instruction, case supervision, personal treatment and mentoring. PANY is known for its emphasis on clinical work, case and practice development, collegial atmosphere, faculty scholarship, and opportunities for active participation in the PANY community. Our fundamental orientation is contemporary conflict theory, building on and reinterpreting the work of Freud, and integrating his work with Kleinian, British Object Relations, Relational, self-psychological, and attachment theories.

This program explores the evolution of psychoanalytic thought and its contemporary application, and produces psychoanalysts of the first rank. Our candidates are encouraged to approach their studies with an attitude of critical inquiry. The curriculum is composed of one’s personal analysis, theoretical and clinical seminars, and supervision of psychoanalytic work. Classes take place on Saturdays, with some Tuesday evenings during the first year. From the start, there is a strong emphasis on psychoanalytic case development.

CME/Social Work CE Credits:
This activity is approved for CME and NY Social Work CE credits.

Note regarding eligibility:
The Psychoanalytic Program is designed for experienced clinicians who are have achieved a terminal degree in their field: M.D. and D.O. psychiatrists and psychiatry residents; Ph.D. and Psy.D. clinical psychologists; psychiatric nurse practitioners; and LCSW/DSW clinical social workers. The Psychoanalytic Association of New York (PANY) is authorized by New York State to offer clinical training to qualify for a license as a “Licensed Psychoanalyst” (LP). The PANY NYS Licensure-Qualifying Psychoanalysis Program (NYS-LQP) track is directed at individuals holding any Master’s degree, or higher than Master’s degree, acceptable to PANY and NYS. This includes mental health professionals with a New York State license that does not include psychoanalysis, such as LMHC, LMFT, and LCAT. Professionals who anticipate obtaining a license to practice psychoanalysis during training may also apply, including LMSWs, and MDs awaiting green cards

Career Resources for Opportunities in Federal Government

Are you interested in working for federal government? Do you want to know what opportunities are available, or what resources are out there to support your interest in pursuing your federal career? Take a look at the resources below.

  • Go Government: An online resource for exploring and pursuing federal employment that includes insights on the federal hiring process and career guides based on professional area and interest.
  • USAJOBS:The Federal Government’s official employment site for opportunities with 500+ agencies across the United States and around the world.
  • USAJOBS Events: A list of upcoming virtual events led by the Office of Personnel Management and other agencies, aimed to provide guidance around searching and applying for federal opportunities, including for individuals with disabilities, such as federal resume writing, interviewing, and navigating USAJOBS.

See additional resources in Career Connect.

Free Online Institute on Technical Skills for Online Event Production – Open to CSSW Alumni

Do you want to build your marketable skills?

CSSW is offering a free online Institute on Technical Skills for Online Event Production

Deadline for enrollment: Tuesday, May 7th at 5 pm EST  

If you would like to enroll, please complete this form.

The Institute on Technical Skills for Online Event Production includes both self-guided preparation assignments located in the Canvas course site, and three weekly 120 minute live sessions held online in Adobe Connect.  The dates and times of these live sessions are:

Week 1 Live Class Session

Thursday, May 9 at  8 pm-10 pm EST
or Friday, May 10  at  9:30 am – 11:30 am EST

Week 2 Live Class Session

Thursday, May 16  at  8 pm-10 pm EST
or Friday, May 17  at  9:30 am – 11:30 am EST

Week 3 Live Class Session

Thursday, May 30  at  8 pm-10 pm EST
or Friday, May 31  at  9:30 am – 11:30 am EST

What will you learn in the Institute on Technical Skills for Online Event Production?

This institute is for CSSW alumni who are interested in learning what goes on behind the scenes to manage the technology of online events, including online classes.  In the course, participants will learn how to prepare for live online events, how to run the technology for live online events, how to write reports sharing data on live online events, and how to provide technical support to anyone experiencing technical issues.  They will also learn how to edit pages in the Canvas learning management system.  This institute combines asynchronous homework online, as well as three live 2-hour webinar sessions in Adobe Connect where you gain hands-on practice as you learn.

The professional skills that participants develop in the institute may be relevant to professional roles conducting virtual training, running live online events, creating digital content, and more.  In addition to developing these skills, successful completion of the institute may qualify participants to apply for part time positions with the Online Campus as Live Support Specialists.

Participants who successfully complete the institute will receive a letter certifying completion of the course, a digital badge to share their accomplishment on online platforms, and they can add their participation and skills to their resumes.  There is no fee for the course, but students must provide their own computers, webcams, headsets, and hard-wired Internet connections. If you have questions about the technical requirements, please feel free to email [email protected].

Please note, applications for the Live Support Specialist role are by invitation only (invitations sent after the institute) and successful completion of the institute doesn’t guarantee an invitation to apply.

Whether you are interested in applying for a position with CSSW’s online campus, or you’re just looking to learn a new skill set, you are welcome to attend!


Kristin Garay
Manager of Online Campus Technologies

Alumni Spotlight: Patrick Burden ’12 Shares Path to Leadership Role at Mount Sinai

Tell us about your career journey.

When I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelors in Psychology, I was still unsure what I wanted to do. I decided to participate in an AmeriCorps program, The Choice Program, serving youth with justice-system involvement in Baltimore. This experience was tough, but incredible, because it showed me all the skills I lacked to do the type of work I wanted to do with the kids there. I decided that pursuing an MSW at Columbia would be the best path for me to gain those skills.

I currently work for the Mount Sinai Health System as a Program Coordinator in the Care Management Program. Care Management employs social workers, care coordinators, nurse clinical coordinators, and others to carry out the population health goals of the health system. As Program Coordinator, I provide clinical supervision for the social workers and care coordinators providing direct services to patients. This is an aspect of my work that I love most, because it allows me to stay connected to the direct work, flex my clinical muscles, and support my supervisees’ professional development and growth, which is always inspiring.

I also plan and develop workflows and initiatives to better engage patients in meaningful care. For example, Mount Sinai has recently partnered with a new insurance provider serving those with Medicare and Medicaid. In this initiative, I create reports, present data to health system and insurance administrators, and work closely with the insurer to meet standards set forth by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, while setting up best practices to facilitate the most efficient and patient-centered interventions.

I love being able to effect change in healthcare through this work. My goal is to use the lessons learned working in a large health system to make broader changes in healthcare, especially seeing the systemic constraints placed on hospitals and patients that exacerbate healthcare disparities. I recently published an article on the subject of these disparities in the International Journal of Aging and Society (now known as the International Journal of Aging and Social Change), titled “Seeing Healthcare through a Social Work Lens: Tackling Disparities and Inequalities for the Elder African American Male”.* I have also had the opportunity present at conferences around the world and look forward to continuing to advocate for improved access to healthcare, quality of care, and health outcomes, particularly among underserved populations.

How did your experience at Columbia impact your career trajectory?

My time at Columbia prepared me for much of my journey at Mount Sinai. In addition to developing critical clinical skills as an intern at IMPACCT Brooklyn (formerly Pratt Area Community Council) and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I was involved with many of the caucuses and that allowed me to interact with people with varying experiences and points-of-view, often times different from my own. I have reflected on those experiences to develop better relationships with my supervisees, colleagues, and leadership. This also prepared me to take on more leadership roles.

I also worked on a research team with a post-doc focused on juvenile justice and planning. Working with her rekindled an interest in writing and caused me to be more thoughtful about the problems beyond my day-to-day work. Though I’m not completely sure what is next in my future, the curriculum and wide range of concentrations and fields of practice showed me the vast array of opportunities I can pursue as a social worker.

What knowledge, skills, and abilities have been critical for success in your roles?

Flexibility is the first trait that comes to mind in terms of being successful in the health system, as protocols and workflows may frequently change to meet the needs of the larger health system. Being willing to take risks and volunteer for new pilots and initiatives — understanding you will have to build some of the structure as you are doing the work — is what leads to new opportunities for success and growth. In general, you must have a wealth of empathy and be able to use your clinical skills in creative ways.

What advice do you have for students and fellow alumni?

Take advantage of your opportunities when they come, understanding that there will be times where you feel like you aren’t ready or prepared for the moment. It might be uncomfortable, but you can always grow from these experiences.

*This article received the International Award for Excellence for Volume 7 of the journal.

Tristate Master’s Level Social Work Job and Networking Fair at Fordham Westchester Campus | Wednesday, April 24

Take advantage of this special opportunity to meet and greet agencies at the upcoming Tristate Master’s Level Social Work Job and Networking Fair taking place at Fordham University’s Westchester Campus. This event is open to alumni and students.

See which agencies are attending.

Please arrive dressed for success and have multiple copies of your resume on hand. There will be on-the-spot interviews with some agencies. Good luck, and remember to smile!

Wednesday, April 24
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Westchester Campus Lobby
400 Westchester Avenue
West Harrison, NY 10604

The event’s sponsors are:

  • Adelphi University Graduate School of Social Work
  • Columbia University Graduate School of Social Work
  • Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service
  • Lehman College, CUNY, Department of Social Work
  • New York University Silver School of Social Work
  • Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work

For more information, visit Fordham’s website.