For Rodney C. Haring, PhD, LMSW, FDSRP was a stone in the foundation of his career and helped to shape him into the professional he is today. Offered the opportunity to shadow clinicians in many different areas of the health care field while in Boston, Rodney discovered his true calling as a social worker. The support of his mentors at FDSRP was integral to his academic progression, eventually leading him to become the first ever Haudenosaunee doctorate level social worker in the history of the Seneca Nation of Indians.
Rodney was born and raised on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation of the Seneca Nation of Indians, where it was always his goal to work with his community. “The program was crucial in my development not only as a student but as a Native person navigating in two worlds: life on the reservation and how that interplayed with academics and scientific research,” says Rodney. “FDSRP gave me support, guidance, and most of all confidence.”
After completing the program, Rodney transferred to the State University of New York at Stony Brook and earned a dual degree in psychology and social interdisciplinary studies. He then attended the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Social Work, where he received both a masters and a doctoral degree.
Rodney returned home where he established the first social work private practice on Seneca Territories and the first 100% American Indian owned, nationwide provider of Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services. His firm, One Feather Consulting, works with tribes across North America as an EAP, as well as providing various consulting services including market research, organizational development, social impact studies, and program evaluation services.