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Social work, like any field, has its individual areas of study but still benefits from interdisciplinary understanding. That was embraced when select Touro Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) fellows, scholarship students and educators participated in the first-ever Field Day at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center (NVAMC) in Northport, Long Island on April 4.
Sometimes, it helps to understand where a person comes from in order to help them persevere. Graduate School of Social Work Class of ’12 grad Cheryl Bogdan’s father was a factory worker, and money was scarce in their rent-stabilized Queens residence. The warmth and togetherness of a loving home and connected community was essential to her nurturing. Those values as Cheryl remembers, “Got me interested in housing issues and advocacy work.” After becoming the first person in her family to graduate high school, she was determined to “give back to the communities that gave so much to me.”
All it took was a trip to Peru. Last year, Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) Class of ’13 student Andrew Petersen chaperoned nearly a dozen 15-year-olds to the exotic South American nation. Prior to that journey, his aspirations ranged from hopeful philosopher to future athletic trainer. But in Peru, he spent days and nights talking with teenagers and gaining insight into the challenges of contemporary adolescence. Immediately after returning and unpacking his bags, Petersen applied to GSSW and has dedicated himself to providing advocacy and support for troubled teens. But he’s also learned it doesn’t end there. “It’s not enough to work with the individual,” he explains. “You really need to be able to work with the family. And when I can work with the family and make some progress, it’s an awesome moment.” This is Andrew Petersen’s story.