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.
Shavout is a holiday that requires little physical work or break in routine when compared to Passover and Sukkot.
For the incarcerated youth in Rikers Island, Touro Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) alum John Lopez has a simple message: “I don’t know what your purpose is,” he tells them. “But I know what it’s not. It’s not to be incarcerated.”
Hugh Maxwell had been many things in his life: a monk, a wall street executive and now a master of social work candidate at Touro’s Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW). But on March 28, a windswept and gray Tuesday, in a legislative building of Albany, he found himself in a new role: lobbyist.
Keneisha Newland is used to making tough decisions.