Professional Development Program

The Professional Development Program (PDP) supports and encourages the professional development of ACS employees who are pursuing their undergraduate or graduate level studies, as well as supports the continued professional development of licensed social workers at ACS. Educational support services include: Release time for classes, assistance with Field Placement/Internships for students pursuing their MSW degree, and other services, such as individual and group support. PDP also administers the ACS Scholarship Program which is comprised of the Dr. James R. Dumpson Scholarship for Graduate level studies and the Nicholas Scoppetta Scholarship for Undergraduate level studies.

For information on Professional Development educational support services, please contact Nancy Espinet, Deputy Director of PDP at: [email protected]

For information on continuing education or our scholarship program, please contact Aisha Dixon, Deputy Director of CE and Scholarship Programs at: [email protected]

For all additional information on the Professional Development Program, please contact Norma Uriguen, Director of PDP at: [email protected]

“While engaging in PDP, I gained insight on the significance of being a team player as well as a team leader. I was able to enhance my professional communication, and organizational and problem solving skills.”
—PDP Participant

“PDP enhanced my dedication to support, advocate for, and respect the families of New York City.”
—PDP Participant

“My time working with PDP has been a journey of success and professional growth. I have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience, which has strengthened my career.”
—PDP Participant

“When I was awarded the Dr. James R. Dumpson Scholarship, new professional opportunities opened up for me. I was able to advance to positions of greater responsibility, from Child Protective Specialist, to Child Protective Supervisor, to my current position as a Quality Assurance Supervisor.”
—PDP Participant

“My PDP experience was supportive and enriching. Support is crucial to the daily work ACS performs.”
—PDP Participant

“PDP enhanced my knowledge of the social work community. I really admired how PDP exposed me to other professionals with common goals.”
—PDP Participant

“My journey as a PDP student was intensive, yet rewarding. The MDTs, Seminars and Capstone Project Presentations pushed my learning to another level, and the collaborative mentoring and coaching helped me develop into a proficient professional!”
—PDP Participant