On Monday, March 18th, Menatullah (Mena) Mohamed spoke to students in Child Welfare Policy and Practice (SOWK2311), a current elective in the B.S.W. Social Work Program. She shared her experience and expertise working as a child protective services investigator at the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P). Mena graduated from Seton Hall University in 2016 as a double major, earning both a B.A. in Social Work and a B.A. in Sociology. During her senior year, Mena participated in the competitive Baccalaureate Child Welfare Education Program (BCWEP) to fulfill the requirement of her social work internship. Upon graduation, Mena was hired by DCP&P and continues to work for the State as a child protective service worker, investigating allegations of abuse and neglect. In her three years employed there, Mena has served over 400 families, including those who are adversely impacted by human trafficking, substance abuse, mental health issues, and domestic violence. Mena spoke to students about the importance of ethical professional behavior and the importance of self-care in this challenging work.
Mena plans to continue her education this Fall and will be returning to Seton Hall to pursue her Masters of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree part time while she continues her work in child welfare. She also plans to continue her training by completing the Violence against Women and Children Certification through Rutgers University. Ultimately, Mena would like to be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), providing services and counseling in her native language of Arabic.