Touro College Graduate School of Social Work Hosts National Association of Social Workers (NASW) - New York City Chapter

Date: March 02, 2012
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New York, N.Y. – Approximately 100 social workers and social work students representing all of the city’s major schools of social work in the New York City area, gathered this week at Touro College to discuss the future of gerontological social work.

After introductory remarks from Steven Huberman, Ph.D., founding dean of the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work (center) and moderator Susan Bierenbaum, LCSW, MBA, C-ASWCM and co-chair of NASW-NYC Gerontology Committee (second from right), Robert Schachter, DSW, LMSW and executive director of NASW-NYC (far right) spoke about the New York state social work licensing law that currently is undergoing review by the state legislature, particularly with reference to social workers who practice in the field of aging. Cynthia Stuen, Ph.D., DSW (second from left), formerly senior vice president for programs at Lighthouse International, summarized the NASW’s study of social workers in the labor force. Dr. Stuen reported that more social workers will be needed to work in the field of aging. Joann Ivry, MSW, Ph.D. and associate dean at the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work (far left), spoke about the growing attention gerontology is receiving in social work higher education today. For example, Dr. Ivry said more scholarships are being provided to students for practice, research and teaching about aging, and more specialized courses on social work practice with older adults are being offered, along with more field work internships.