Featured Stories tagged with "GSSW"

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“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.
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Manhattan native and Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) Class of \'08 alumnus Erik Tischler cares for a diverse population at several facilities in New York’s Hudson Valley region, including the ER and psych units in the Bon Secours hospital system. Given his roots, it’s a position in which he’s right at home.
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Sharing stories of a little girl who lost her leg, a tragic car accident and more, Zehava Farbman, Director of Trauma and Bereavement at Chai Lifeline, illustrates what it\'s like to treat individuals, families and communities dealing with tragedy and crisis, marking the Graduate School of Social Work\'s inaugural alumni event. 
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Social work, like any field, has its individual areas of study but still benefits from interdisciplinary understanding. That was embraced when select Touro Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) fellows, scholarship students and educators participated in the first-ever Field Day at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center (NVAMC) in Northport, Long Island on April 4.
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GSSW Class of ’12 alum Malka Korbman was a nurse for 30 years, a manifestation of her exceptional empathy for those in pain. And that’s why, after three decades, she made the transition to social work. Korbman wanted to work one-on-one with patients and move away from what she calls “the hurried pace of bedside nursing.”
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Alicia Regans has always been one with her city. The GSSW Class of ’14 alum jogs across Manhattan’s West Side or alongside the scenic Cross Island Parkway daily. It’s how she gathers her thoughts and finds peace and relaxation. That lifelong connection to New York also explains why her most painful memory was running toward the Twin Towers on 9/11 as a first-responder NYPD officer.
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Sometimes, it helps to understand where a person comes from in order to help them persevere. Graduate School of Social Work Class of ’12 grad Cheryl Bogdan’s father was a factory worker, and money was scarce in their rent-stabilized Queens residence. The warmth and togetherness of a loving home and connected community was essential to her nurturing. Those values as Cheryl remembers, “Got me interested in housing issues and advocacy work.” After becoming the first person in her family to graduate high school, she was determined to “give back to the communities that gave so much to me.”
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All it took was a trip to Peru. Last year, Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) Class of ’13 student Andrew Petersen chaperoned nearly a dozen 15-year-olds to the exotic South American nation. Prior to that journey, his aspirations ranged from hopeful philosopher to future athletic trainer. But in Peru, he spent days and nights talking with teenagers and gaining insight into the challenges of contemporary adolescence. Immediately after returning and unpacking his bags, Petersen applied to GSSW and has dedicated himself to providing advocacy and support for troubled teens. But he’s also learned it doesn’t end there. “It’s not enough to work with the individual,” he explains. “You really need to be able to work with the family. And when I can work with the family and make some progress, it’s an awesome moment.” This is Andrew Petersen’s story.
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With great pride, Dr. Steven Huberman, dean of Touro College’s Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW), welcomed attendees to the sixth annual GSSW Award Recognition Program, which honored the graduating class of 2014. The event highlighted the graduates’ special accomplishments and honored David Mandel, CEO of OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services, with a Special Lifetime of Community Service Award.
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Over 200 family and friends came to honor the achievements of this year’s 94 graduates of Touro’s Graduate School of Social Work. All students were recognized for outstanding achievements, and some called out for special attention.