LIU Post Student Named Social Work Student of the Year
Will be honored at the NASW New York State Chapter conference in March
Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post
Brookville, N.Y. -- Thomas Neuschul, a second year student enrolled in the Masters of Social Work program at LIU Post, has been named the 2013 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) New York State Social Work Student of the Year.
Neuschul, who lives in Glen Cove, N.Y., and is enrolled in the child and family welfare concentration of the master’s degree program, will graduate from LIU Post in May. He is currently working as an intern at Long Island GLBT Services Network where he provides counseling services to individuals as well as helping to implement various outreach activities to schools and other organizations. Previously he served as an intern at the Nassau County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Neglect as well as Nassau County Child Protective Services.
After graduating with an undergraduate degree in political science and anthropology, Neuschul was unsure about what he wanted to do next. He worked as a teacher aide at The Center for Developmental Disabilities where he assisted developmentally disabled students in the classroom.
“While working with that population, I saw how much of an impact the social worker had on the students and their families,” Neuschul had. “The social worker really helped to improve their quality of life.” After researching the profession, Neuschul said he knew social work was something he wanted to pursue, and registered for the MSW program at LIU Post. An active member of the MSW Graduate Student Association, Neuschul said he enjoys working with families and individuals, and hopes to serve as an advocate for the GLBT community in the future.
Neuschul’s professors cite his strong dedication to learning, his genuine appreciation for the social work profession, and his commitment to social work values and ethics.
“I am very proud that our program has produced such a wonderful asset for the field of social work,” said Dr. Ilene Nathanson, program director of the social work collaborative MSW program. “I feel that Thomas is going to make an impact on many levels of social work practice.”
The Social Work Student of the Year award honors a student currently enrolled in a degree program who demonstrates commitment to the community, the social work profession and academic study. NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 145,000 members. The group works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.
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