Susan Feyen-Reay, LICSW
Practicum Specialist & Coordinator of Continuing Education
Grace Abbott School of Social Work, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Nebraska System of Care, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
How long have you been a licensed clinical social worker?
The bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Grace Abbott School of Social Work provided me the knowledge and skills from which to build a dynamic social work career. My 20-year career has afforded me experience in clinical, administrative and educational settings. Because of this, I have a lot of diversity in my work.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy learning from others’ experiences. Identifying the key ingredients that help individuals overcome challenges and assisting new practitioners to apply classroom knowledge to real-world settings is particularly rewarding.
What advice would you give to students interested in your field?
Social work is a dynamic and flexible career. A degree in social work affords the ability to practice in an assortment of settings and make significant contributions to areas in which you are interested. With social work, research-based, effective interventions can be applied to areas in which you are passionate. The knowledge you gain with a social work degree will support you to build a highly professional and vibrant career.
Education becomes meaningful when you understand what motivates you to learn something new. My advice to potential social workers or anyone considering a degree is to get started now. Figure out what works best for you and do it. Feel comfortable knowing you don’t have to be the expert the first time you do anything.
What are your future plans?
I am a doctoral student in education at College of Saint Mary studying higher education leadership. My areas of interest are the interplay between research and direct practice. My goal is to improve the connectivity between emerging research and community social work practitioners. Attention to this area will help create a deeper understanding of how to promote services for youth and families and support social workers implementing new procedures and therapy modalities.