Carrie Nydick, LCSW, is the Program Director at Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) NY. PAWS NY aims to help people who are elderly, ill and/or disabled keep their pets at home by providing volunteer pet care assistance. Before joining PAWS NY, she spent five years working with New York Harm Reduction Educators in both clinical and administrative positions, providing culturally appropriate and non-judgmental services to people actively using drugs.

Early in her career, Ms. Nydick worked with Doctors of the World, assisting survivors of torture seeking political asylum in the United States, and later moved on to the Red Cross, helping families who were affected by natural disasters. She has also worked with dually diagnosed clients at FEGS, and with survivors of torture at the International Institute of New Jersey, providing both with individualized and culturally appropriate psychotherapy.

Ms. Nydick completed a post-graduate certificate program in Animal-Assisted Activities, Therapy, and Learning from the University of Denver. She is a Registered Instructor with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, and she teaches therapeutic horseback-riding to children and adults living with disabilities.

Ms. Nydick holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University, and a Master’s degree from the Columbia School of Social Work.