Treating Serious Mental Illness is Focus of Touro Social Work "Community Day"
Director of Communications
In November, the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work brought together faculty, staff and students for its annual fall “Community Day,” where the focus was on future trends in treating serious and persistent mental illness.
Rufina Lee, MSW, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the research sequence at the school, spoke on “Evidence-based Services for Adults with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness.” Other speakers included Dr. Andrew Kirsch, M.D., director of community services at Rockland Psychiatric Center, who talked about implementing recovery services at a state psychiatric hospital, and Michael B. Friedman, LMSW, who discussed the impact of health care reform for the future of social work. The packed audience also heard inspirational first-hand accounts from individuals who suffered and recovered from mental illness.