Jeff Nash, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program Director
Jeff Nash, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program Director, describes his career path at Sheppard Pratt.
Q: Briefly describe your role at Sheppard Pratt. What is it that you do?
I am currently the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP) Director, overseeing PRP’s in Baltimore County, Baltimore City and Harford County. I help clients and staff find solutions to the problems we are presented with on an everyday basis.
Q: How long have you worked here? Tell us about your career path.
I started as an intern in March 2011 at the PRP program in Catonsville, hired later that year as a rehabilitation counselor. Two years later I was placed in the service coordinator role in Catonsville, and then transitioned to Program Coordinator. In 2019 I began overseeing all the PRP’s outside of our Westminster program.
Q: What is it that attracted you to work for Sheppard Pratt?
The work that we do, the people we work for, and with. I think any great organization needs to have good people supporting it - we are lucky to have that here.
Q: What inspires you to go to work every day?
The people I work with and my family. My belief is that no matter how dreamy or challenging your job may be, the experience of it won’t be nearly as rewarding if you’re not working with good people.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Knowing that day in and day out I have an opportunity to help others and be a support. Sometimes the world we live in can be unforgiving and unkind, but we have the chance to change that.
Q: Tell us about a valuable lesson that you’ve learned while working at Sheppard Pratt.
One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned is that there are many different styles and approaches to leadership, and not all of them require you to be the lead.
Q: What advice would you give for a person applying for a similar role?
Don’t try to do this alone: use your team and the resources available to you. Make sure you have a plan for life balance, and follow through on that. The work we do is so important, but it’s important not to sacrifice your own wellbeing either.