Department: Human Services
Bruce Sewick wants his students to know they can make a difference in people's lives.
As an adjunct faculty member in the Human Services program, Sewick draws on the diverse aspects of his career to train students. He currently works at Leyden Family Service and Mental Health Center, a not-for-profit community mental health center in Franklin Park, as the clinical supervisor of the Crisis/Case Management and Residential programs.
"I work with the police, hospital discharges and crisis clients in my capacity as crisis supervisor," he said. "The residential program I supervise houses clients with serious and persistent mental illness and provides services and supports to them. In addition to my supervisory responsibilities, I also carry a case load of clients in both programs.
"My clients inspire me and my work with them. They wake up every morning with a disability, and I don’t. Their resilience and hope make me work even harder on their behalf. It is very humbling."
For some, this workload may seem overwhelming. But for Sewick, it's a passion that he developed as an undergraduate in the psychology field during the 1970s.
"Humanistic psychology was prominent and there was a lot of research being done that addressed the nature of consciousness," he said. "This was all fascinating to me because the questions that were being asked were about the very nature of one's being and consciousness. I felt if I was to choose a discipline, it should be the one that answers life's most important questions. Many addicts and clients are searching for these answers and helping them get answers is part of counseling, so it all ties in."
Sewick is proud to be training future clinicians to help others and educating them on what to expect in the field.
"I try to show them how my efforts and theirs make a difference in people’s lives," he said. "I share real-life examples and help foster critical thinking skills so necessary for our work. We save lives by providing services and support to people who otherwise might not be able to live successfully without our help. I show them how their passion and resolve can remove obstacles and teach them how to do it. They learn by my examples of both personal success and failure. I share both with them. And they inspire and challenge me with their questions and enthusiasm."