GSSW News

Attitude Adjustment

March 12, 2013

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.

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Understanding PTSD

March 04, 2013

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? 

 

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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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