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Alumnus Spotlight: Jack Nowicki

Jack Nowicki
Jack Nowicki

The School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington is dedicated to training and educating students to empower individuals in need and serve as their advocate in areas including, but not limited to, mental health, substance abuse, family, children, aging, community, and administrative practice.

Jack Nowicki, LCSW is one of the School of Social Work’s distinguished alumni who has dedicated over 35 years of his life working with children and their families, as well as working with children protective services and psychiatric residential treatment for adolescents. His laboring work, dedication to service, research contributions, social work practice, and awards for advocating for children and families made him a shining star in the social work profession.

Recently, Nowicki was recognized as one of the Champions for Children in Austin to celebrate his exemplary career work with children in need. The award was presented at a luncheon sponsored by Don Hewlett Chevrolet Buick for the Helping Hand Home for Children. Nowicki was also voted Austin’s best family therapist in the “Parenting in 90’s” annual reader’s poll in 1994 and 1995.

Since 1998, Nowicki has served as Senior Program Development Specialist at Texas Network of Youth Services, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting excellence among youth in the areas of support, training, and advocacy. In this role, he has been the primary trainer for the organization, as well as working on special projects for the network, such as editing the organization’s reports and consulting on clinical and youth development assignments.

In a description of his private clinical and consulting practice published in Psychology Today’s professional listing of therapists, Nowicki said about his practice, “I like to work with young people, college students, adults, and families who want to make changes in the way they think about themselves and/or interact with the world around them.”

He has maintained a small private clinical practice since 1991. Nowicki is a licensed clinical social worker in Texas,, an approved supervisor for social workers, and a continuing education unit provider. Furthermore, Nowicki is a certified master practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming.

Since 1996, Nowicki has lectured in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, where he currently teaches Theories and Methods of Family Intervention and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.  He has also taught the 2nd year graduate Clinical Capstone class, Treatment of Children & Adolescents, Community Organization and Development, and an undergraduate groups class. Nowicki’s research interests are in the areas of crisis intervention, solution-focused brief therapy, community youth development, and adult education.

Nowicki earned his MSSW degree from the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington in 1979 and a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1974 from the University of Texas at El Paso.

“Jack Nowicki is not only a brilliant person. He is a master clinician and knowledgeable supervisor. I am the confident therapist that I am today because of his guidance and support. I have seen Jack navigate through some extremely difficult staff and client conflicts, organizations and he always helps them find solutions,” said Ananda Moss-Byas, founder of Exact Change Strategies in Austin.

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