Tuesday, 11 November 2014

OAU Alumnus Appointed To Pennsylvania State Board

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has named Dr Teni Atalabi Osundeko to the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counsellors in October 2014. Her appointment was recently approved by the Senate of Pennsylvania.

Osundeko assumes a vital role in protecting public safety through the regulatory process. As a member of the Board, she will assist in the promulgating rules and regulations on the practice of social work in Pennsylvania.

Teni Osundeko is an American who was born and raised in Nigeria with roots in Emure Ekiti. She is an Author, Public Speaker, Business Owner and Psychotherapist. Dr Osundeko earned her undergraduate degree from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria. She holds several graduate degrees including one from Capella University and the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

She is owner and Clinical Director of Teni Counseling & Consulting Services; one of Central Pennsylvania’s few black and female owned counseling agencies.
Teni has also been an adjunct faculty at the Temple University Graduate School of Social Work.

She is an active volunteer and has served on the Executive Board of many organisations both at home and abroad.
She is Founder and Director of the Bibi Atalabi Foundation, a charity that provides educational scholarships and resources to disadvantaged children in Nigeria. She is also Founder and President of the Praying Mothers of USA. Teni is passionate about the Yoruba language and culture and holds an annual Yoruba summer camp for children in the Harrisburg area.

Teni and her husband of 25 years, Dr Sola Osundeko (a physician) have three children. Teni is an ordained Minister of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and currently serves as co-pastor of RCCG Livingspring, York, Pennsylvania.

Dr Osundeko is excited and humbled to have this unique opportunity to serve Pennsylvanians in this capacity.

She stated that “it is critical to protect our citizens from unprofessional and unauthorised practice of social work. Social Workers must do no harm as we seek to help others”.

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