What is resilience? How is it developed and how can social workers help their clients develop more of it?
For the sixth year, students at Touro’s Graduate School of Social Work journeyed to Albany as part of the social work Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) on March 5. Two dozen students met with politicians to push for the Social Work Investment Initiative, an expansion of funding for social work loan forgiveness, test prep and workforce studies.
Social workers spend a good part of their day addressing serious societal issues. From drug addiction to family dysfunction and generational poverty, mental health professionals are often shouldering the world’s problems.
Touro College Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) student Tkeyah Whaley received the 2018 Diana List Cullen Memorial First Year MSW Student Writing Scholarship from The Metropolitan Chapter of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work. For her application, Whaley submitted her paper, "Micro Client Systems: Concepts into Practice,” which she completed for her Foundations of Social Work Practice 1. The award comes with a $500 scholarship and a one-year student membership to the society. In her winning essay, Whaley discussed developing therapeutic alliances with her clients as well as a specific instance where she dealt with a challenging client. We spoke with Whaley about her essay and her decision to become a social worker.
Raised in Wakefield Mass, a scenic town located ten miles from Boston, former Corporal Matthew Mackay always knew that he wanted to serve his country after earning his bachelor’s degree in social work at Sacred Heart University. As a third generation veteran whose father and grandfather were both Marines, while his other grandfather served in the Navy, Mackay chose an important path similar to the one followed by members of his family.
September heralds fall, back-to-school, the beginning of a new year and is not usually the height of graduation season. Yet, this week a group of unusual women experienced a commencement that is sure to be the start of new initiatives and inspiration for themselves and the thousands they serve. They celebrated the completion of the Chesed Leadership Program, a fellowship designed to nurture and advance Orthodox Jewish women leading nonprofit and social service organization. This program was a partnership between UJA-Federation of New York, Lander College for Women and the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work.
Although Dr. Jennifer Zelnick now spends most of her time back in the States, she still returns to South Africa for research projects. Most recently, she has traveled there to train social workers as part of an initiative to improve outcomes for patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis and HIV. According to Zelnick, social work values, centered in social justice and the dignity and worth of all people, are critical for diseases that have social as well as biological determinants.
In the classic The Wizard of Oz, a tornado tears through Kansas, and Dorothy and her dog, Toto, end up in the Land of Oz where she meets a witch who tells her to follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City. There she will find a Wizard who will help her get home.
Dr. Steven Krantz has been a full-time clinical professor with the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work since its inception in 2006. He was a member of the founding team and likes to state that he remembers when the entire school was a cubicle. Though those days are long since gone, Dr. Krantz still maintains the same level of enthusiasm for each of his classes.
"There's something exhilarating about being a meaningful factor in a student's growth," Dr. Krantz stated. "It gives you a sense of enacting positive change in the world. It's a beautiful process."
A Q&A with Miriam Klein.