Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Shadowing Opportunities in Human Services and Counseling

Human Services and Counseling Shadowing Opportunities

Job shadowing offers an opportunity to spend time with a professional in a person's career field of interest. Gaining exposure through job shadowing can assist with your career planning process by assessing what a typical day is like in a particular career.

UR students are invited to apply to shadowing opportunities below by sending a networking note and resume to the email listed. We continually add to this list, so subscribe or remember to check back. Thank you to our alum and UR Parents for hosting these valuable opportunities.

If you need assistance in preparing for the job shadow contact Michelle Marks-Hook, Assistant Director of Student-Alumni/Parent Engagement Programs.

Williams College, Williamstown, MA
I am a Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) Manager with 10 years of comprehensive human resources experience including HRIS implementation/administration, policy development, strategic data analysis, management coaching, change management, performance management, domestic/international compensation & benefits and recruiting.  My career progression: HR Coordinator to HR Generalist to HR Manager in a variety of small to medium sized software companies (start-up and public).  I then transitioned from a broader HR generalist/manager role to HR Business Partner in an Oracle Consulting firm, supporting both internal HR and internal HRIS / systems infrastructure projects.  I am now in a completely HRIS-focused manager role, although I also work on policy, compensation and workflow. See for more details.  My current role is to support the administration and use of the PeopleSoft HRMS system and related interfaces by providing functional and technical expertise within HR and across campus. This is accomplished through planning, recommending, testing, and implementation of system improvements, enhancements and process automation, following best practice methodologies. I also oversee HRIS data integrity and conduct system audits on a regular basis. The key value of this position is supporting HR and institutional strategic planning through data analysis and report preparation.
Overview of Current Employer: My current employer is Williams College, in Williamstown, MA (located in the Berkshires in northwestern Massachusetts, 135 miles from Boston and 165 miles from New York City). Established in 1793 with funds bequeathed by Colonel Ephraim Williams, the college is private, residential, and liberal arts, with graduate programs in the history of art and in development economics. The undergraduate enrollment is approximately 2,000 students, supported by over 1300 faculty/staff/temporary employees.
Special Notes: I would be happy to talk to students/recent graduates about my journey from Psychology major (followed by a brief stint as a Case Manager / Counselor) and my return to graduate school for Human Resources/Organizational Development, as well as my career progression from Human Resources to a functional technology focus.
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LAURA BOND ‘90, Social Worker / Mental Health Therapist
Noyes Mental Health Services, Dansville, NY
Opportunity to shadow clinicians in a rural community mental health clinic with a wellness philosophy. The clinic employs social workers, mental health therapists, family therapists, sex therapists, art therapists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and psychiatrists. Treatment population includes children, adults, families, and couples. The clinic treats a wide range of psychiatric disorders. Depending upon the length of the shadowing experience, there may also be opportunities to initiate or participate in projects or group treatment.
Overview of Current Employer: Noyes's mental health professionals collaborate with patients, their families, and the community to support wellness and recovery, and to make a profound difference in the lives of area residents-those struggling with life's everyday challenges, as well as those with severe and persistent mental illness.
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RICHARD BRUMBERG ‘91, Community ASL/English interpreter
Atlanta, GA
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CECILIA COOPER (RAMOS) ‘05, Bilingual School Psychologist
Methuen Public Schools, Boston, MA
I graduated from U of R and enrolled at Tufts University where I obtained my MA/CAGS in School Psychology. I have worked in Methuen as their bilingual school psychologist since 2008, with a one-year employment in the Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. In my comprehensive role as a school psychologist, I conduct bilingual assessments to determine learning disabilities. I consult with teachers and parents regarding behavior plans, and behavior management. I also do counseling, both group and individual in a K-8 setting. I specifically work with all children in the Sheltered English Immersion program. These are students who are new to the country (mostly from the Dominican Republic) and are learning English as a second language.
K-12 Public School System in Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts. Methuen is an urban-rim school district located 30 miles north of Boston and borders New Hampshire.
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MICHAEL GRANDNER ‘01, Instructor in Psychiatry
University of Pennsylvania Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, Philadelphia, PA
I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist, in the position of Instructor in Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The majority of my time involves designing and running research studies, though my week sometimes includes clinical work and administrative duties. My job is fairly typical for a junior faculty at a major research institution -- writing grants and papers, running and supervising studies, etc. My work focuses on sleep and health -- how poor sleep can lead to cardiovascular and metabolic disease, and also how social and environmental factors may lead to poor sleep.
I am a member of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Pennsylvania, and also a member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology. Penn is a well-known, research-intensive university, and the Center for Sleep at Penn represents one of the top sleep research centers in the world.
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LESLIE HARF ‘83, Clinical Psychologist
Private Practice, New York, NY
Special Note: As a Psychologist in private practice, Leslie is not able to provide an internship due to the sensitive nature of her practice, but she is happy to answer any questions that prospective students may have about entering into the field of Psychology, especially in the New York City area.
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KELLIE ILETO ‘10, Research Assistant II
Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD
Kellie is a research assistant doing research with autism spectrum disorders. She is a project coordinator for one project, a therapeutic assistant in an early intervention classroom and also has many other responsibilities as needed.
Overview of Current Employer: Kennedy Krieger Institute is well known in the Baltimore community. There are many different campuses but I specifically work in the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. Our main focus here is research, practice and education for families and individuals with developmental delays.
Special Note: Kellie would absolutely love to have someone shadow but she is unsure of what this might entail because of HIPPA regulations here. The student might have to undergo training first and cleared with the management.
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CASEY LADUKE ’09, Doctoral Candidate
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Casey is currently a 3rd-year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Drexel University, with concentrations in forensic psychology and clinical neuropsychology. He received his BA in psychology from the University of Rochester in 2009, and completed his MS in psychology at Drexel University in 2011. His current interests include forensic mental health assessment (particularly violence risk assessment), the diversion of individuals with serious mental illness from the justice system, and the application of clinical neuropsychology in the forensic context. While at Drexel he has worked with the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health, the Pennsylvania Mental Health & Justice Center of Excellence, a private practice specializing in neuropsychological assessment, the Forensic Clinic at Drexel University, and is currently completing a practicum at the Albert M. "Bo" Robinson Assessment & Treatment Center in Trenton, NJ. Casey has also been elected Chair-Elect for the student section committee of the American Psychology-Law Society (APA Div. 41).
Overview of Current Employer: Psychology seeks the answers to a variety of questions regarding brain function and the behavior, thoughts and emotions of individuals. These questions range from the biochemical basis of memory and the effects of stress on health, to understanding the causes of emotional problems or experiences such as falling in love. Students pursuing Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degrees in the Department of Psychology at Drexel study these questions alongside award-winning faculty using scientific research techniques both in the laboratory and in the real world. The answers are applied in diverse fields, including business, the health sciences, law, education, counseling, and the design of useful and usable technologies. Recently ranked 7th nationally among colleges offering doctoral programs in clinical psychology, the department’s community of researchers and scholars is dedicated to training students for rigorous graduate study programs and professional careers in psychology.
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ELLEN LEWIS ‘73, Site Manager
Mercy Community Services Outreach Center, Rochester, NY
Following graduation from the UR, Ellen worked as a community organizer in Chicago and then pursued a law degree. Following graduation, she was in-house counsel for an Illinois welfare agency and a major financial institution.  She possess over 20 years in leadership positions in social sector organizations: community/neighborhood development, family services, education and health care.  Ellen is a very passionate advocate for internships and had several outstanding placements during her education.
Overview of Current Employer: Mercy Community Services (MCS) is a not-for-profit corporation with tax exempt status and a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy. MCS provides donation-based health care to the uninsured and under-insured, through volunteer providers and housing, comprehensive support and life skills education to pregnant and parenting young women and their children. Services are provided without geographical or other restrictions and without regard to religious affiliation. Our Outreach Center is supported by donations from individuals, some grants and special events.
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CHUCK MONTANTE ‘71, Sr. Clinician
Westfall Associates, Rochester, NY
Chuck has 39 Years in the social work, mental health, and chemical dependency treatment field. Currently he is a Partner in a dual diagnosis outpatient treatment program and Senior Clinician with a staff of 14 clinicians.
Overview of Current Employer: Westfall Associates has been a NYS licensed as a provider of outpatient chemical dependency services for 26 years. Specializing in individuals with dual disorders (mental health and chemical abuse and dependency) along with chronic pain management in recovery.
Special Note: Chuck would be willing to do a networking interview with a student, but clinical internships would require a masters level of study and an intern site relationship with the UR.
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BENJAMIN NAGLE ‘02, Executive Director
Rappahannock Area Office on Youth, Fredericksburg, VA
Benjamin currently serves as the Executive Director of the Rappahannock Area Office on Youth. He is responsible for the oversight of all day-to-day operations of the agency, to include all fiscal, programmatic, and personnel functions. Benjamin has served on a number of community boards and coalitions that impact the lives of youth and families in the region and the state. He has served in this capacity for nearly 7 years. After graduating from the UR, Benjamin joined AmeriCorps for 2 years then ran a program for suspended and expelled students for one year.
Overview of Current Employer: The Rappahannock Area Office on Youth exists to reduce juvenile delinquency by promoting and providing opportunities for positive development to at-risk and court-involved youth and their families. The agency has been in existence since 1989 and serves the City of Fredericksburg, and the Counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford in Virginia. They provide education-based services and programs for the youth that we serve and attempt to intervene to prevent further court involvement.
Email Networking Note & Resume to:

PAMELA NOACK ‘83, Associate Clinical Director
School of Health Tecnology and Management, Health Policy and Management Department
StonyBrook University Medical Center, StonyBrook, NY
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JEROME PAGANI ‘96, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD
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United Way of King County, Seattle, WA
Nora Peters current position is an AmeriCorps VISTA placement at the United Way of King County.  She is serving a year there, building capacity with UWKC's hunger-relief work, with duties ranging from volunteer recruitment and management, program development, social media networking, federal nutrition program outreach, event planning, technical assistance, etc.
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JUDY ROTHENBERG ‘73, Psychologist
Los Altos School District, Los Altos, CA
28 years as a clinical psychologist working with children, adults, and families.  Emphasis on child protection work.  8 years of administration as well.  Currently working as a school psychologist.
Special Note: Only available during the school year
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AMANDA SHAW ‘05, Court Clinic Social Worker
MHM Services, Dedham, MA
After graduating from UR, Amanda Shaw attended Boston College where she earned a Master's in Social Work (MSW). During her second year, Amanda interned in the Cambridge Court Clinic where she conducted court ordered evaluations for the Juvenile Court, Probate Court (Divorce and Custody), and adult District Court. Upon graduation, Amanda was offered my current position with MHM Services, formerly Forensic Health Services. In her current position, she conducts mental health and substance abuse evaluations of people who are court involved. This may be conducted on an outpatient basis while a person is residing in the community or being held at a local jail. In addition, Amanda also provides the court with same day "crisis" evaluations to assess whether a person is in need of inpatient psychiatric care or inpatient detox. MHM Services is a national organization that primarily provides mental health services to inmates in correctional facilities. Amanda works in a small division of the company that provides forensic evaluations to the courts.
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MELONY E.S. SORBERO 1992(BA), 1993(MS), 1996(MPH), 2001(PhD), Senior Policy Researcher
RAND Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA
Melony E. S. Sorbero (PhD, Health Services Research, University of Rochester; MS, Public Policy Analysis, MPH, Public Health), is a Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND corporation, Co-Director of the RAND-University of Pittsburgh Health Institute, and RAND Health's Client Manager for the Office of the Secretary for Health and Human Services. A health services researcher with a background in public policy analysis and public health, Dr. Sorbero, has extensive experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods and over 10 years of experience conducting evaluations. Her work has been funded by the NCI, ASPE, CMS, AHRQ, NQF, HRSA, VHA, TMA, and the Army Medical Department, the Defense Centers of excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, and RWJF. She has studied quality of care and patient safety, disparities in quality of care and outcomes, the comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions, performance measurement, value-based purchasing and quality improvement efforts in a variety of populations, including Medicare beneficiaries, commercially insured individuals, injured workers, active duty military personnel and veterans.
Overview of Current Employer: The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. RAND focusses on the issues that matter most such as health, education, national security, international affairs, law and business, the environment, and more. With a research staff consisting ODF some of the world's preeminent minds, RAND has been expanding the boundaries of human knowledge for more than 60 years.  As a nonpartisan organization, RAND is widely respected for operating independent of political and commercial pressures. Though our dedication to high-quality and objective research and analysis and with sophisticated analytical tools developed over many years, RAND engages clients to create knowledge, insight, information, options, and solutions that will be both effective and enduring.
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EMILY STEINBERG ‘01, CCO and Logistics Coordinator
Rigpa Fellowship, San Diego, CA
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DAVID VAGO, Ph.D. '97, Instructor
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
David Vago is an instructor of psychology in the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory (FNL), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He has completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the department of Psychiatry at BWH, the Stuart T. Hauser Research Training Program in Biological and Social Psychiatry, and at the Utah Center for Mind-Body Interactions within the University of Utah Medical School. David has held the position of Senior Research Coordinator for the Mind & Life Institute, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering dialogue and research at the highest possible level between modern science and the great living contemplative traditions. He currently is a Mind and Life Fellow, a selected group of distinguished scientists, scholars, and contemplative practitioners who support the Mind and Life mission and strategy by advising on strategy and programs. He received his Bachelors Degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences in 1997 from the University of Rochester. In 2005, David received his Ph.D. in Cognitive and Neural Sciences with a specialization in learning and memory from the department of Psychology, University of Utah. David's research interests broadly focus on utilizing translational models to identify and characterize neurobiological substrates mediating psychopathology. In this context, David has been specifically focusing on investigating functional-anatomical brain networks supporting cultivated forms of awareness developed through mindfulness meditation training in order to clarify adaptive mind-brain-body interactions and their therapeutic relevance in psychiatric disorders. By revealing the neural circuitry and further identifying endophenotypes for pathophysiology, David hopes to better predict outcomes and potential targets for the development of biologically-based diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for those suffering with mental illness. Lastly, David is involved in designing multiple real-time functional neuroimaging studies that aim to use direct neurofeedback as a form of self-regulation to improve outcomes of anhedonia, dysthymia, depression, and addiction. David is an avid Vipassana, Dzogchen meditation and Hatha Yoga practitioner, and enjoys recreating in the outdoors.
Overview of Current Employer: With roots in medicine that date back to 1832, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers and an internationally recognized 793-bed teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Consistently named to the U.S. News &World Report’s Honor Roll of top hospitals, BWH epitomizes what makes an academic medical center special—the translation of research discoveries into better care for patients at the hospital and beyond. Located in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area and adjacent to Harvard Medical School, BWH is in a nexus of some of the best medical and research hospitals in the world. This environment enhances collaboration among medical researchers. At the center of this activity, BWH faces unprecedented opportunities to dramatically advance its patient care and medical research programs. The Department of Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a national leader in brain-mind-body medicine. Under the direction of Dr. David Silbersweig, the department has built on its strong foundation of medical psychiatry/psychosomatic medicine to greatly advance an integrated approach to neuropsychiatry, and a strategic approach to translational research.
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HEIDI WOLTHAUSEN GREEN ‘90, Director of Counseling Services
Fayetteville-Manlius School District, Manlius, NY
Oversee k-12 school counseling program at high-performing suburban school district outside of syracuse. Previous experience: 2006-present in current position; 2002-2006 Assistant Principal @FMHS; 1997-2002 School Counselor at Pittsford Mendon HS; 1992-1997 Assistant Director of Admissions at University of Rochester; 1990-1992 Senior Benefits Consultant at Aetna
Overview of Current Employer: Fayetteville-Manlius School District is a high-performing suburban district outside of Syracuse. In addition to the academic program, the arts and athletics are highly valued. Our district is committed to excellence.
Special Note: Would consider hosting a school counseling practicum or internship student from Warner school if commute isn't prohibitive.
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MARJORIE ZIPIN ‘70, Learning Disabilities Specialist
Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA
Marjorie has more than 40 years experience working with people with disabilities including working in mental health, physical rehabilitation and education settings. She is currently work in the Disability Services Offices at Bucks County Community College.
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