GSSW Class of 2012 alum Malka Korbman was a nurse for 30 years, a manifestation of her exceptional empathy for those in pain. And that’s why, after three decades, she made the transition to social work. Korbman wanted to work one-on-one with patients and move away from what she calls “the hurried pace of bedside nursing.”
Sharing stories of a little girl who lost her leg, a tragic car accident and more, Zehava Farbman, Director of Trauma and Bereavement at Chai Lifeline, illustrates what it's like to treat individuals, families and communities dealing with tragedy and crisis, marking the Graduate School of Social Work's inaugural alumni event.
New Yorkers require more than 2,200 units of blood every day for transfusions throughout New York Hospitals. A need that is not being met. Dr. Richard Ancona MD, adjunct professor at School of Health Sciences (SHS) Manhattan Campus Physician Assistant Program, started his Hematology lecture to the Class of 2015 by impressing upon the class about the need for blood donations. He lamented that the United States of America is one of the stingiest countries with regards to blood donations.
“With age comes wisdom, and length of days brings understanding.” - Job 12:12
“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.” - Robert Browning
This April, the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work brought together faculty, staff and students for its spring “Community Day,” which focused on providing services to a diverse society.
Larry Davis, MA, MSW, Ph.D., dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, spoke on “Delivering Services in an Increasingly Racially and Economically Diverse Society.” Other speakers included Robert. S. Schachter, DSW, LMSW, executive director of the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), who talked about mobilizing those in the profession to recognize and address structural racism, and David Mandel, MA, MBA, CEO of Ohel Children's Home and Family Services. Attendees also heard inspiring stories from alumni of GSW who have experienced valuable cross-cultural exchanges.
All it took was a trip to Peru. Last year, Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) Class of ’13 student Andrew Petersen chaperoned nearly a dozen 15-year-olds to the exotic South American nation. Prior to that journey, his aspirations ranged from hopeful philosopher to future athletic trainer. But in Peru, he spent days and nights talking with teenagers and gaining insight into the challenges of contemporary adolescence.
Manhattan native and Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) Class of '08 alumnus Erik Tischler cares for a diverse population at several facilities in New York’s Hudson Valley region, including the ER and psych units in the Bon Secours hospital system. Given his roots, it’s a position in which he’s right at home.
In the simplest terms, 2014 GSSW graduate Veronica Olivares dedicates the bulk of her energies to providing others with new life. Outside of the classroom, the Jersey City native splits her time between conducting client assessments at the H&L Counseling Center in Queens and providing administrative support to the clinicians at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. On any given day, she can be helping determine a course of rehabilitative treatment for ex-convicts (an extension of her B.A. from Rutgers in Psychology and Criminal Justice) or scheduling appointment times for radiation treatments, all while hitting the books en route to her master's.
While attending high school, Long Island native Yeshaya Lieber befriended an autistic classmate. As the years passed on, the two not only maintained a personal relationship, but Lieber assumed some of the duties an aide would normally oversee. Their multi-dimensional bond had a profound impact on Lieber (“That was a very unique experience to be able to do that and it changed the trajectory of my life,” he reflects). The eventual Lander Arts and Sciences grad would later work as a counselor at the Diamond Summer Program, the only behavior-modification program that exclusively serves Orthodox Jewish enrollees with ADHD, ODD, Asperger’s Syndrome and related disorders.
How is it possible for two people to experience the same traumatic episode and have different reactions to it? Why does the event trigger depression, bouts of rage and substance abuse in one person while the other continues to live a productive, fulfilling life?