A rabbi and a therapist walk into a classroom ... No, this isn't the start of a joke. It was, in fact, the start of Rabbi Daniel Schonbuch's journey to find his true calling.
Schonbuch was always interested in psychology, but with a large family and professional obligations demanding his attention, he didn't have the luxury of pursuing his passion as a traditional student. He researched online programs and found NCU.
"None of what I've been able to do would have been possible without the flexibility of NCU," he said.
In the short time since he graduated, Schonbuch's life has changed dramatically. While he was in school, he was the executive director of the Shalom Task Force, the first domestic violence and family enrichment organization in the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, New York. Today, he has transitioned into private practice and has three offices in the New York area.
A life-long learner, Schonbuch continued his education after graduating from NCU. He pursued studies at the Beck Institute for cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for treating anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and the use of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR). He uses these approached to help treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in victims of sexual abuse.
With his rabbinical training, Schonbuch is uniquely positioned to help treat the Jewish community. He created Torah Psychology, a conference on Viktor Frankl and "Man's Search for Meaning," which was held in New York City in May, 2016.
Schonbuch credits the NCU practicums as the most important training he has undertaken. "You can't go wrong choosing NCU," he said. "The staff and director are great, and the practicums you'll get are invaluable."