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.
On Jan. 22, Touro’s Graduate School of Social Work welcomed the school’s 24th cohort. Hailing from various states and countries, the newest members of the school discussed what attracted them to the social work profession. “I always wanted to work with people who needed help,” explained Olga Smirnova.
Volunteering for New York City’s Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) on Jan. 22 had a personal dimension for Touro’s Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) student Veronique Green. After a disagreement with her mother, Green was homeless for half-a-year as a teenager.
Touro’s Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) was a key sponsor of the 21st annual NEFESH International Mental Health Conference held in Hauppauge, NY over the weekend of Dec. 21. NEFESH International—a network and training association of Orthodox mental health professionals, rabbis and educators—brought together hundreds of practitioners from around the world for the conference.
How would you define social work?
Social work is a field that focuses on improving people’s lives.
"Whether working in private practice, a mental health clinic, or a pastoral setting, social workers will at some point find themselves sitting across from a client with a terminal illness or at the end of their life. For many, it is a difficult conversation to initiate and brings up an array of emotions for patient, families, physicians and social worker," explains Touro Professor Allison Bobick, a professional in the areas of health care, trauma and bereavement.
Rabbi Mimon Mamane recalls an important lesson he learned during his second-year social work internship in the inpatient neurology service of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He was assigned to work with a woman with a curable form of cancer. Mamane, who typically worked with patients suffering from terminal forms of brain cancer, figured that this would be one of the easier of his cases. It wasn’t.