While working at Our Place, a shelter for at-risk Orthodox Jewish teens, Shani Verschleiser noticed that a number of those seeking help for drug and alcohol problems had been victims of sexual abuse. “I told my husband Eli, who was also a volunteer and Our Place’s founder, that we have to work backward to help kids by reaching them before this cycle begins,” explains Verschleiser.
Students, faculty, and administrators of the Division of Graduate Studies (DGS) at Touro College celebrated the graduation of the class of 2015 at a joyous commencement ceremony at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, on June 23.
Surrounded by family, faculty, and friends, the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) honored this year’s graduating class with family, faculty, and friends at the annual academic recognition ceremony and hors d’oeuvres reception held at Touro’s Lander College for Women.
Abandoned by his father when he was a small child, Dr. Steven Huberman was raised by his disabled mother for most of his life. “If it wasn’t for my guidance counselor and social worker, I never would have made it,” he says.
Touro College Graduate School of Social Work students and faculty were active during Social Work Month – convening at the United Nations to learn about international social work, mingling in Albany with elected officials, recruiting students around town to become social workers, and supporting one of their own in a 13.1 mile half-marathon.
Touro College Graduate School of Social Work Hosts Educational Panel for Asian-American Professionals
The Touro College Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) recently held an educational panel catering to Asian-American professionals who serve a large number of their fellow community members in health, mental health and human service sectors.
With great pride, Dr. Steven Huberman, dean of Touro College’s Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW), welcomed attendees to the sixth annual GSSW Award Recognition Program, which honored the graduating class of 2014. The event highlighted the graduates’ special accomplishments and honored David Mandel, CEO of OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services, with a Special Lifetime of Community Service Award.
The practice of play therapy offers children exactly what it promises: a chance to express themselves through games and toys in lieu of articulating what can be very complicated feelings. Straightforwardness of its name aside, play therapy is an incredibly nuanced method for approaching kids who’ve experienced trauma or are otherwise struggling behaviorally, and one that’s proven historically successful.