Thea Jandzio – Laws and Regulations

Clinical social workers are the largest group of behavioral health practitioners in the United States. They are often the first health care professionals to diagnose and treat people coping with mental disorders, or other emotional and behavioral problems. They play an essential role in a variety of client-centered settings, including mental health facilities, hospitals, substance abuse treatment and recovery programs, primary health care centers, schools, child welfare agencies, and many other settings.

Clinical social work is a state-regulated profession guided by state laws and regulations. In most jurisdictions, clinical social workers are required to have a Master’s degree from a social work program at an accredited institution; at least two years or three thousand hours of post-master’s degree experience in a supervised clinical setting; and a clinical license in the state where they are going to practice.

Clinical social work is broad-based, and a licensed clinical social worker helps clients overcome their issues by providing counseling and may include locating housing and employment opportunities. They provide clients with the tools and resources needed to become productive members of society.

There are six core values that are rooted in social work: service, social justice, the dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. Social workers have an obligation to embrace all of these values in service to their client, colleagues and their profession.

Thea Jandzio is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been embracing these core values for more than twenty years. She earned her Master of Social Work at Fordham University, and lives and works in New York City.


Thea Jandzio – Project Hospitality

Project Hospitality is a non profit organization in New York that helps those who are hungry, homeless, HIV positive and in need of crucial services. The organization helps individuals and families attain self-sufficiency and continuity of care. Project Hospitality strives to enhance the quality of life for the entire community.

Project Hospitality is a community-based, not-for-profit program established more than thirty years ago. It is an interfaith response to the needs of the hungry and homeless people living in Staten Island, meeting their most urgent needs by providing food, clothing and shelter. In its earliest days, the agency was a food pantry and soup kitchen. It opened the first overnight, voluntary emergency shelter for men in its second year of operation, and then a shelter for women. By 1985, Project Hospitality had established a trailer at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal that provided emergency and referral services for the homeless who gathered there.

Project Hospitality has also focused its work on people living with mental health issues, as well as those needing chemical dependency treatment and HIV Services. As the organization has grown, Project Hospitality continues to provide food, clothing, shelter, and support to those seeking to transition to the highest level of self-sufficiency.

Thea Jandzio was the Area Director of Adult Services for Project Hospitality in Staten Island from 2003 to 2011, and was a key member of the agency’s strategic planning committee.

Thea Jandzio – Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Licensed Clinical Social Workers are trained to help individuals overcome mental health and substance abuse challenges by providing counseling, support, and advocacy. Social Workers help to provide the tools and resources necessary that individuals need to become self-sufficient and reintegrate back to the community.

Licensed Clinical Social Workers practice in many different settings such as hospitals, mental health clinics, substance abuse programs, and vocational settings to name a few. They may also be in private practice. While many people with a mental illness are able to function in society, they may still need additional supports and therapy to address their mental health challenges. One of the roles of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker is to help clients manage their mental health issues through counseling, and assist them in getting on medication which can help to address their psychiatric symptoms and behaviors. The Licensed Clinical Social Worker may also provide counseling services to the patient’s family and provide education and support in dealing with challenges that arise in the family system when a family member has a mental illness.

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker may help the patient reach their goals through one-on-one counseling or group therapy sessions, or both. The goal is to help the patient identify problems and develop healthy coping mechanisms and strategies to deal with issues as they arise. In some cases, the patient may be referred, to a supportive housing program in order for the individual to achieve greater independence and community integration.

Thea Jandzio earned a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University and has more than twenty years of experience managing homeless service programs, residential behavioral health programs, food and nutrition services and HIV contracts. She is currently the Executive Program Director of Adult and Family Residential Services for the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services in New York.