After beginning his career as a teacher and administrator for special education classes in various elementary schools, Andrew Desear now focuses his efforts in adult social work. Mr. Desear enrolled at the Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work in New York, working toward a Master of Social Work. As part of his education, Andrew Desear served internships at two different facilities, taking on additional responsibilities and furthering his expertise in the field.
Mr. Desear first served as an Intern with The Carter Burden Center for the Aging in New York, a nonprofit organization committed to serving citizens age 60 and older by allowing them to live independently in their own homes rather than retirement or nursing facilities. Andrew Desear successfully balanced between 4 and 10 cases at any given time, ensuring that each client he served received assistance with concrete services and counseling whenever necessary.
Andrew Desear also served as a Social Work Intern at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University Medical Center from 2009 to 2010. There, he oversaw caseloads of four to six patients diagnosed with mood or eating disorders in the General Clinical Research Unit. Mr. Desear's responsibilities in this role included the scheduling and management of weekly psychotherapy groups and development and implementation of an evidence-based psycho-education group designed to assist patients with eating disorders.
After completing his internship at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Andrew Desear completed his Master of Social Work and accepted his current position with BCS MetroClub PROS, a division of the Brooklyn Community Services in New York. As part of the group facilitation and case management team, he works with adults with mental illnesses, including some with histories of substance abuse, to help them develop educational, vocational, and social skills. Mr. Desear and his colleagues assist these club members in obtaining gainful employment with the BCS facility or at businesses in the local community.