GSSW News

A Day in the Life of...

March 04, 2013

It’s a chilly morning, but the Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal-Prince Street Senior Center in Flushing, Queens, is warm, inviting and a beehive of activity. The lobby is partially lined with mahjong players while ping-pong tables are getting a workout in the gym a few yards away. And down a long corridor, behind closed doors, nine seniors are actively engaged in lively discussions on current events. 

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Working in Foster Care After Life as a Foster Child

March 04, 2013

Bianca Colon’s knowledge of the foster care system goes beyond working for foster care agencies. It dates back to her own experiences as a foster child. 

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Bullying Affects Everyone

March 04, 2013

Allison Bobick is one of the Graduate School of Social Work’s pioneers. Six years ago, she joined our school to teach a course on Values and Ethics. Soon afterwards, Professor Bobick assumed her current position, director of Student Advancement. 

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A Graduate Degree Makes a Professional Difference

March 04, 2013

Four years ago and three decades after graduating from college, Pamela Tripsas achieved what she once thought impossible: a graduate degree in social work. 

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Acts of Goodness & Kindness

March 04, 2013

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We All Had Aspirations

February 28, 2013

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Keeping the Good Purim Times Rolling

February 21, 2013

Joy is the hallmark of a Purim “frame of mind.” While some will focus on the wide and extensive variety of alcohol readily available during this festive occasion. The joy of this holiday is enhanced by the judicious use of alcohol. Enjoying alcohol responsibly is the key to enjoying Purim, having fun with others and exploring this holiday’s contrasts between good and evil. One need not drink to excess to experience the holiday’s joys. Excessive drinking will spoil this holiday for you and those around you.

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A Month Later

January 08, 2013

Post-traumatic stress often occurs a month or more after a catastrophic incident. A month after the tragic Newtown shootings of elementary school children, your children may begin to feel some anxiety.

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Listening In

December 20, 2012

One of the most important attributes anyone can possess, and one of the rarest, is being a good listener. Lifelong Brooklynite and Touro Graduate School of Social Work alum Rabbi Asher Taub has used this gift to better his life and work. It was a discipline he fomented while earning his Masters, and has since helped lead to a successful career providing therapy for individuals and couples struggling with anxiety at Flatbush’s Ohel Clinic, in addition to fulfillment as a husband and father.

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Unorthodoxly Orthodox

November 19, 2012

One of the most important attributes for any therapist is the capacity to hear everything a patient is expressing while zeroing in on what’s essential to your course of treatment. It’s a unique skill, perhaps inherent, and one that 23-year-old Brooklyn native and current Spring Valley, NY resident Yisroel Isaacs is grateful to possess. That knack for compartmentalizing also came in handy while studying Psychology at Connecticut’s Post University and, later, Touro, where he’s currently enrolled in the Graduate School of Social Work. Isaacs was raised in the ultra-Orthodox community of Borough Park, where attending college wasn’t necessarily encouraged, in part because of the potential exposure to theories that differentiate from a stridently observant Jewish perspective.

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