We are deeply grateful to Fresenius Kidney Care Recruiter Whitney Turkanis (pictured above) and our wonderful panel of alumni, Laura Illowite ’15, Megan Ostrow ’09, and Melanie Ventura ‘19, for dedicating their time to discuss their paths to Fresenius and shedding light on their day-to-day work as medical social workers serving on the front lines in the renal care space.
The conversation highlighted the vital role social workers are playing to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and the value they continue to bring to ensure that vulnerable communities, in particular, are receiving the support and resources they need through these challenging times.
If you missed the event and/or want to learn more about opportunities at Fresenius, you can view the recording here. They are actively recruiting across the country. For more information, go to their career site.
Last week, we welcomed four alumni to speak about their path to clinical social work at our virtual panel discussion, Journey to the “C”, which was co-sponsored by the Mental Health Caucus. The discussion covered an array of topics, including clinical supervision, Institute training, and interview preparation.
Regardless of where each alum started their journey, there were common themes and strategies shared by everyone:
- Expect bumps in the road, and be open to new experiences.
- Actively engage in continuing education, trainings, and volunteer work to develop your area of expertise.
- Seek supervision that allows you to be vulnerable or challenged — this is the most valuable type of supervision, because it will help you to grow.
- Enjoy the process and experience with your clients and supervisors.
- Don’t stop learning!
Thank you to our speakers Karisma Ajodah ‘02, Gale Bayer ’87, Jillian DiPietro ’16, and Eric Levanthal ‘02 for their candid insights and advice! Also, much appreciation to Ashley Leeds ’20 for moderating the panel and helping coordinate the event.
For an overview of the panel discussion, review the notes that were taken for the event, which are stored in Career Connect within the Document Library > Workshops / Presentations Folder.
Last Wednesday, April 17, we had the pleasure of welcoming back Ari Borinsky ’17, Psychotherapist at Insight Psychiatry & Psychotherapy, Jennifer Stefanik ’18, DBT Therapist at the Koch Center, and Tonia Spence ’02, Senior Director of Early Childhood Services at the Jewish Board, to share their unique experiences, insights, and advice on obtaining clinical licensure as social workers.
The panel discussion, which was moderated by Mental Health Caucus Leader Ashley Leeds ’20, highlighted the importance of proactively inquiring about clinical hours and supervision during the job search process, confiding in peers for additional supervision, consultation, and support, and taking advantage of panels and workshops led by professionals in the field to further develop relevant knowledge and skills.
Also addressed was the process of managing expectations, including having a realistic understanding of what early career clinicians should know or be able to do in their first jobs or in specific organizations, as well as the uncertainty and anxiety that comes from starting anew as clinical social workers.
The Office of Career Services and Leadership Management and Mental Health Caucus would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our panelists and attendees for creating an informative event for all!