Many local NASW Chapters are working to keep members updated on the COVID-19 outbreak and advocating for social workers within their states.
We encourage you to review their sites as well as the ASWB and individual Social Work Board sites for the latest information on regulatory provisions and efforts to support the profession.
Take a look at some of the resources shared by the New York State and New York City Chapter below:
REMINDER: New York State will not allow you to take the Masters Level Exam until after you have graduated. However, you can start the application process now.
Please refer to this handout for more information.
If you originally planned to take the Masters Exam through New Jersey, please note that Pearson VUE has announced that candidates can schedule their exams for appointments starting May 1st and beyond if conditions allow.
For the most up-to-date information regarding testing and licensure, please refer to the respective authorities directly:
*For links to Social Work Boards in other states, google “Social Work Board” and the respective state, or look through ASWB’s registry of boards and use the “Quick Jurisdiction Report” tool. Your local NASW Chapter may also offer additional guidance.
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!
The New York Person-Centered Resource Center is committed to carrying on the legacy of Carl Rogers and the Person-Centered Approach. They are currently looking for post-graduate mental health (psychology, social work, counseling) license eligible psychotherapists and/or counselors to earn hours at their center while growing a private practice. If interested, please contact them at NYPCRC@gmail.com or 212-989-6086.