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.
For Rachel Jungreis, Touro’s Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) offered her an opportunity to look into herself.
It was supposed to be the coldest day of the year, but the weather was not cooperating. Instead, it was an almost balmy 40 degree windless winter night. But the staff and students of Touro’s Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) weren’t deterred as they participated in the Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE).