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Meet Our Clinical Interns

March 13th, 2017

Left to right: Chelsea Manzon, Lei Wu, Nada Habashi


Chelsea Manzon

MSW Candidate

1. What motivated you to want to intern at JCADA?
I have always been interested in working in trauma aftermath, especially with survivors of domestic abuse. I find the psychological recovery of individuals who have experienced trauma difficult, but it is also rewarding. I previously worked with children and individuals with serious mental illness, and found myself assisting them with processing their traumatic memories. JCADA's holistic approach and free services allow our clients to be as private as they like. Also, clients do not need to disclose insurance information and clinicians do not need to provide a diagnosis, which helps prevent the stigma of mental illness attaching itself to JCADA clients. ​

2. What has been your most rewarding experience during your internship to date? Most challenging?
My most rewarding experiences have been working with JCADA clients to empower themselves, because often times, they do not feel that they have the support and resources to cope with their abusive situation. Providing those tools and seeing the clients use them to make themselves stronger is always rewarding. My most challenging experience was when one of my clients was going to become homeless, and regardless of how many resources and shelters I called, I could not find a place for her, due to unavailability. Sitting with some of the helplessness and difficult emotions, while not being able to "fix" those issues, I think is one of the most challenging pieces of working with vulnerable populations, in general. 

​3. Where do you go to school and what are you studying?
I currently attend the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore, and I graduate with my Masters Degree in May of this year. I study with a Clinical Social Work concentration in Behavioral Health.​ 

4. Who inspires you (in the clinical world or otherwise)? Do you have a hero?
My inspirational figures include Toni Morrison, Gloria Steinem, and Mary Wollstonecraft. My hero is Frida Kahlo.​ 

5. What’s next?
I graduate in May, so I am focused on passing the Licensed Graduated Social Worker exam and moving forward by finding a career in trauma work. I plan to come back and volunteer at JCADA after I receive my license, and I will be working to achieve more experience and receive my Clinical Social Work license in a few years.


Lei Wu

PhD, MA

1. What motivated you to want to intern at JCADA?
The services JCADA provides to its clients are extremely unique and drew me to JCADA originally. Observing my supervisor and co-workers help the women we serve has motivated me to become a clinician. ​

2. What has been your most rewarding experience during your internship to date? Most challenging?
The real world may be disappointing to many people, but, we still need to love this messy life. The first person a counselor helps is herself -- that is the most challenging part and rewarding experience I have learned on my journey. I have also learned to be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people. 

3​. Where do you go to school and what are you studying?​
I am studying at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University. Pursuing a MSW degree has been one of my dreams for more than ten years. 

4. Who inspires you (in the clinical world or otherwise)? Do you have a hero?
Mother Teresa said that “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.” She is my hero.

5. What’s next/coming up for you?
I will be continuing my internship with JCADA for another year.


Nada Habashi

M.S Clinical Mental Health Candidate

1. What motivated you to want to intern at JCADA?
JCADA for me is not only a place to get my hours and finish my internship requirements, but a place where my passion meet my work. At JCADA, I get to work with a team of people who put clients and their needs before anything else. They serve the community and they do it at no charge to the clients! I love JCADA's environment, culture and diversity! 

​2. What has been your most rewarding experience during your internship to date? Most challenging?
One of the most rewarding experiences I have had during my year and a half internship at JCADA was when one of my clients who I started seeing in March of 2016, finally opened up about past trauma in her childhood and told me that she trusts me and wants to work on getting past those traumatic experiences with me. The most challenging moments are when clients cancel appointments or don't show up without letting us as know in advance. 

3​. Where do you go to school and what are you studying?
I'm a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University and I am finishing my clinical mental health counseling master's program in May. 

4. Who inspires you (in the clinical world or otherwise)? Do you have a hero?
Marsha Linehan, Salvador Minuchin and Virginia Satir inspire me with their clinical work 

5. What’s next/coming up for you?
I graduate in May and I have my National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) exam coming up in April. Moving forward, I plan on finding a career in trauma, family or dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) work. I also plan on continuing my work at JCADA as a volunteer clinician.  

Posted by JCADA | Topic: Clinical  | Category: Clincial, JCADA Staff

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