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.
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.
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.
Four years ago and three decades after graduating from college, Pamela Tripsas achieved what she once thought impossible: a graduate degree in social work.
“Three years,” GSSW Class of ’12 graduate Chana Lazar told her husband. Three years until she goes back to school to pursue her doctorate, with the hopes of further researching ideal care for young adults and veterans in nursing facilities.
Meet Bobby Staley, a GSSW alum and social worker with The Bridge Assertive Community Treatment program in the Bronx. After experiencing hard times in his own life, Bobby only emerged a happier and more stable person after realizing he couldn’t do it alone. That’s why he enrolled in GSSW—to develop a skillset for helping others still struggling that provided an outlet for his hard-earned empathy. In 2008, Bobby was honored as valedictorian of GSSW’s first-ever graduating class.
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.
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.
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.
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.