Social Work Program

Social Work











The Social Work Program at JVS offers intensive family case management and therapy services for both adults and children/youth. Services are focused towards under served refugee and immigrant populations. Individuals served by the Social Work Program are often able to connect with other JVS programs which include immigration services, employment services and cultural orientation. Social Work staff interacts with a diverse client population from all around the world with a variety of strengths and needs. As a result, individuals and families working with the Social Work Program receive personalized care where they work closely with their social worker to identify their needs and goals. In order to accomplish these services the Social Work Program utilizes a staff of experienced Masters level social workers (83% are also licensed)  as well as undergraduate and graduate social work students.



The Social Work Program offers individual and group Narrative Therapy for adults. For youth a combination of expressive therapies and play therapy techniques are used and for groups a narrative model is implemented. These services are free and open to refugees and immigrants who are interested in meeting either individually or in a group. Therapy sessions are lead by a licensed social worker under clinical supervision. Therapy assists individuals in managing stress, anxiety, depression, as well as learning more about themselves, developing strengths or skills, and setting goals for the future. Therapy can be offered in the community, at home, in school or at the JVS office.

“I really enjoy working with JVS. The people were really people I could trust. I felt comfortable working with them. I’m happy working with them.”


Intensive Case Management








While acknowledging barriers and hardships, the Social Work Program focuses on the skills, strengths and abilities of clients in order to connect them to the resources they need to be successful. Social Work staff offers assistance with fulfilling basic needs (ie: housing and food), addressing domestic violence concerns, connecting to services for mental health, navigating the court system, furthering knowledge around insurance and navigating  United States medical systems as well as identifying employment resources. Social work staff members work as part of a team with other departments at JVS including Center for New Americans (CNA) and Employment Services in order to enhance services and foster success among the individuals who seek these services.


If you are interested in field education opportunities at JVS or have questions about the Social Work Department, please contact:
Sarah Cirese-Payton, LMSW, Manager, Social Work, ext. 8937