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?
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.