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Winston, MSW

See what communities Winston is excited to support as a Social Work Resident, and learn why karaoke is part of his self-care.

Winston, MSW, is part of The Jewish Board’s inaugural class of Social Work Residents. Our pioneering residency allows recent MSW graduates the opportunity to immerse themselves in cutting-edge, evidence-based models, all while being paid a full-time competitive salary with benefits and access to peer support, supervision, and professional mentorship. A native New Yorker and recent NYU Silver School of Social Work grad, Winston is pursuing the DBT track at Grand Concourse Counseling Center.

What made you want to get into social work?

I was drawn to the field of social work because I’ve always had a genuine passion for helping others. I’ve always been deeply committed to making a positive impact and advocating for those who face challenges. I’ve even had some personal experiences that have drawn me into the field, like seeing the impact that mental health challenges can have on individuals and their loved ones. After graduating from college and spending many years in an industry that I was not passionate about, I decided in 2021 that it was time to make the commitment to attend the NYU Silver School of Social Work.

In becoming a behavioral health clinician, I look forward to providing support, guidance, and therapeutic interventions to individuals struggling with mental health issues. I believe that everyone deserves access to compassionate and effective mental health care, and I am excited to contribute to that mission.

What led you to apply to our residency?

I applied for The Jewish Board’s residency program because it will be a great learning experience for me, and it is a great opportunity to work for a well-respected organization. The opportunity to work as a new clinician and continue my education by gaining a greater understanding of Dialectical Behavior Therapy will help propel me to become a more effective and confident social worker.

As a lifelong New Yorker, it will be a privilege to work for an organization that has supported communities around New York City. I want to be a social worker in New York because I care deeply about my city. As someone who has lived in and spent time in New York City’s underserved communities, I see how life’s stressors have negatively affected New Yorkers, with a disproportionate effect on people of color. I want to play my part and do what I can to support people who do not receive the help and attention they deserve.

Why did you choose DBT as your focus?

I am drawn to DBT because of its holistic approach, which combines cognitive-behavioral techniques with mindfulness and acceptance strategies. I’m interested in learning how to tailor DBT techniques to meet each client’s unique needs, considering their cultural background, personal experiences, and specific challenges. Learning DBT will equip me with versatile skills to help empower clients to build healthier coping mechanisms, enhance their relationships, and lead more fulfilling lives.

What communities/demographics are you most interested in?

I’m primarily interested in working with people of color who, as we know, often face a range of challenges that can impact their mental well-being, including discrimination, cultural stigma, and limited access to resources. By working closely with people of color, I aim to create a therapeutic space that fosters trust, understanding, and empowerment.

You spend so much time caring for others; what’s one way you practice self-care?

Being physically active while bike riding and doing resistance training has become a go-to stress reliever for me in recent years. Meditation helps me feel centered and grounded when life can feel overwhelming. Laughter truly is medicine, and watching comedy serves as a wonderful escape from the demands of life. Whether it’s a stand-up special or a lighthearted sitcom, indulging in humor provides a mental break and allows me to recharge my emotional reserves. Singing karaoke helps me channel my creativity and experience a sense of liberation. It’s a fun and carefree way for me to let loose and foster a positive connection with myself. These self-care practices help me maintain the energy, empathy, and resilience needed to support my clients effectively.

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