Justine Pawlukewicz

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Justine Pawlukewicz


PhD, MSW, New York University
BA, Syracuse University
Clinical Social Work Certificate, New York, University
Post-Bachelors Certificate in Disability Studies, City University of NY/Graduate Center

License and Credentials

Clinical Social Worker NY & NJ
Credentialed Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) NY


Acceptance of an Alcohol Identity Instrument: Assessment of its Psychometric Properties Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, Volume 4, Issue 4 December 2004, p. 67 - 87

World Trade Center Trauma Interventions: A Clinical Model for Affected Workers Psychoanalytic Social Work, Volume 10, Issue 1 May 2003, p. 79 - 88.


Dr. Pawlukewicz has presented at conferences and workshops on many human service topics. These range from addictions, disabilities, case management, cultural competency, counseling, psychotherapy, ethics, mental health, domestic violence, crisis-intervention, treatment planning to psychodynamic theories and their applications.

Professional Experience

Dr. Justine Pawlukewicz is the Chairperson and Associate Professor of the Human Services Department at The City University of New York (CUNY)-NYC College of Technology (NYCCT). She also teaches at the CUNY Graduate Center in the Masters of Disability Studies. In addition she has published in peer reviewed journals, presented at regional, national and international conferences, and co-hosted a cable TV show on mental health issues.

In 1980 Dr. Pawlukewicz received her BA degree in sociology from Syracuse University. She continued with a Masters Degree, Clinical Certificate, and Ph.D., all in social work at New York University. She also has a post-bachelor certificate in Disability Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center.

Dr. Pawlukewicz has been a clinical social worker since 1981. She was the supervisor of a Young Adult Program, for the chronically mentally ill and disabled in Jersey City, NJ. In 1986 she became a substance abuse counselor, at St. Vincent's Medial Center, earning a Credentialed Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counselor, from NY State which she still maintains. She coordinated an outpatient substance abuse program, as well as becoming a Community Educator. In this capacity she gave over 1000 lectures on substance abuse and mental health to the community and was honored with the Substance Abuse Counselor Award. She also worked as a lecturer for NY/NY Drinking & Driving Programs. She is licensed clinical social worker in NY/NJ and has maintained a private psychotherapy practice since 1988.

Dr. Pawlukewicz is a board member of Freedom From Fear, an anxiety and depression agency; Board Member and Chairperson of the Afghanistan Blind Woman & Children Foundation; Member of the CUNY School of Professional Studies Disability Certificate Advisory Board; NYCCT Continuing Education Advisory Board; and NYCCT Continuing Education Disability Advisory Board. In addition she has served on the NYCCT's Institutional Review Board; Course & Standards; Chair of the Committee on Committees of the College Council; Committee on Students; Domestic Violence, Behavioral Intervention Team, and multiple sub-committees.

Research Interests

Clinical Social Work

Awards and Honors

Substance Abuse Counselor of the Year: Staten Island Council on Alcohol & Substance Abuse

Professional Memberships

Academy of Certified Social Workers
National Association of Social Workers
National Organization For Human Services

Why I Study

I had many part-time or volunteer jobs in the educational field and thought I would become a special education teacher. But my first social work job turned me onto human services. I began working with people who were being discharged from psychiatric institutions. This was the period of deinstitutionalization and I was fortunate to experience it first hand. From designing an outpatient program, to witnessing how institutionalization had impacted so many. I met people who did not have to be hospitalized for half of their lives for having depression, anxiety, alcohol addiction or mild developmental disabilities, but they were-even if their mental illness was in remission. I learned about counseling, assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, medication therapies and mostly about myself. I say the latter because I had to evaluate my own stigmas, ability to 'teach' others how to make healthy decisions, to explain reality testing, cognitive skills and the like. I began to realize that I needed to know myself and utilize personally what I was teaching others. So my own journey began.
Later I was hired at an outpatient drug addition agency. This experience totally changed my life. The concepts utilized within drug treatment and Alcoholics Anonymous were immediately transferred my own mental well-being. I felt that I had found my niche in terms of how I wanted to act, be, live. Chemical addiction recovery gave me the spiritually I was searching for with clinical concepts to boot. I was now in my element. So, while I initially I thought I went into this field to help others, it is I who have benefited. I can plant seeds in others. They may grow or not, but my own garden gets replenished every time I interface with a client who unknowingly helps me to analyze myself.

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