October 2018
Highly ranked. Personally engaged. Powerfully committed to community.
What is the role of a school of social work? Preparing graduates for excellence in their social work careers is at the forefront—so you can truly say that the profession of social work is our classroom. Together with our students, graduates and a dynamic and engaged professional community , the School of Social Work at Adelphi University promotes student-centered and research-informed curricula, faculty scholarship and community-centered programs. We provide exceptional leadership to advance knowledge, skills and values for social work here in New York and around the nation.

I'm proud of how the School puts this into action by partnering with agencies, schools and nonprofit organizations that provide services to diverse populations. These partners offer our students a wide range of internship and fieldwork opportunities. Students can also gain valuable experience right on our Garden City campus: The School of Social Work hosts the Center for Nonprofit Leadership , the Institute for Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training and the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program , all of which offer students valuable experience while providing vital services to members of our community.

I’m excited to share our accomplishments in this inaugural e-newsletter. You’ll learn about Dr. Dan Kaplan's exciting new Social Work Practice Fellows program and Dr. Diann Cameron-Kelly's research on generative fatherhood and its impact on a child's developing prosocial skills . You'll meet our students and alumni . You’ll see how our commitment to students, innovative approach and productive faculty have earned us high national rankings .

As dean of the School of Social Work for more than 15 years, I continue to be extremely proud of our accomplishments and welcome the updates we receive from alumni and friends. I look forward to hearing your news and welcome your questions or comments. You can reach me at asafyer@adelphi.edu or 516.887.4354 .

Andrew Safyer, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor
School of Social Work
Building Capacity in Supervision: Interactive Professional Development at Adelphi and Beyond

The School of Social Work's new continuing education program, Social Work Practice Fellows , is built upon an advanced curriculum of best practices for social work supervisors to improve direct practice across the life course, said Assistant Professor Daniel Kaplan, Ph . D. , the program's director and principal investigator.
A Life Changed by Our Social Work Program: Yumnah Syed-Swift, M.S.W. ’16  

She has come a long way from struggling with mental health issues since age 11 and only being formally diagnosed with depression and anxiety as an adult. Now Yumnah Syed-Swift, M.S.W. ’16 , helps change the lives of adolescents from diverse backgrounds as coordinator of evaluation and training at the School of Social Work’s Institute for Adolescent Trauma, Treatment and Training, where she offered a workshop, Triggered: Trauma, Attachment and Risky Behavior in July 2018.
School of Social Work Goes Global via Trips to China, Japan and India

Travel enriches the mind not only for our faculty but for their students as well. Carol S. Cohen, D.S.W ., recently co-authored an in-depth evaluation of the China-United States Social Work Education Collaborative. During Summer 2018, Bradley Zodikoff, Ph.D. , and Chrisann Newransky, Ph.D ., in collaboration with Kwansei Gakuin University, brought 11 Adelphi social work students to Japan for a study abroad course titled Social Problems and Policy Solutions in Japan—an elective that will be offered again in Summer 2020. During January 2018 Intersession, social work students took the Social Work in a Global Context course in Mumbai, India, taught by Subadra Panchanadeswaran, Ph.D.
Mental Health Professionals Learn Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Workshops

The highly ranked School of Social Work recently trained our region's mental health pros to use cognitive behavioral therapy to help those struggling with depression, anxiety and trauma. Next, it will train these professionals in trauma competency and also show how to use mindfulness in their practices as well as their own lives.
Research Shows That When Fathers Are Engaged, Children Thrive

A study by Diann Cameron-Kelly, Ph.D. , associate professor and B.S.W. program faculty chair in the School of Social Work, identifies the benefits that emotionally involved fathers provide their children . According to Dr. Cameron-Kelly, a father's caregiving, reading to a child and activities with the child are directly related to the child's cognition, emotional regulation and social behaviors. 
Elizabeth Palley: Don’t Omit Child Care From Family Leave Discussions

A professor of social work and social policy at the School of Social Work, Elizabeth Palley, Ph.D., recently contributed an op-ed to The Hill , to urge legislators to include universal child care in any future discussions of family leave. Her interest in the issue was sparked by both personal and professional experiences with child care. In 2014, she published In Our Hands: the Struggle for U.S. Child Care Policy .
Spotlight on the Hudson Valley Center: Helping a City Battle the Opioid Crisis

M.S.W. interns from our Hudson Valley learning hub are playing a vital role as Newburgh, New York, fights to end its opioid epidemic. These students spend a required 300 hours of fieldwork each semester in their own communities. Lately, they have been deployed to work in opioid addiction and intervention and have been counseling patients at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh to seek treatment and end the cycle of opioid addiction.
Alumni Spotlight
Florie St. Aime '11, M.S.W. '13

Florie St. Aime ’11, M . S.W. ’13 , has increasingly become an activist for change . She’s helped train mental health professionals in Haiti through Global Trauma Research Inc., and she began an LGBTQ+ Dinner Series to encourage healing in the wake of the Pulse nightclub killings in Orlando, Florida.
In the News
The School's Scholastic Accomplishments
From 2017 to the present, the School of Social Work’s scholastic accomplishments have included 34 refereed journal articles , 32 refereed conference presentations and 34 invited presentations . In addition, the School was awarded more than $12 million in grants , all told, with many spanning multiple years. These grants ranged as high as $3 million.

Adelphi's Social Work Programs Rank Among the Best
The School of Social Work consistently ranks among the best in social work education. On the list of 251 Best Graduate Schools nationwide in U.S. News & World Report' s latest rankings, the School is ranked No. 38 or among the top 15 percent in the country. “The high ranking speaks to the vibrancy of our faculty, the quality of their scholarship and the School's active leadership in the profession," said Andrew Safyer, Ph.D. , the School’s dean.

The School Achieves Full Reaccreditation for Eight Years
During the past several years, the School has been engaged in its reaccreditation at both the undergraduate and master's degree levels to ensure that it is in compliance with the standards put forth by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), its accrediting body. This process entailed the School's submission of a self-study document in April 2017 that described its programs' missions and goals, curriculum, commitment to diversity and inclusion, attention to student development and success, faculty scholarship and dissemination, and administrative structure and resources, and that also demonstrated achievement in its program competencies.

In Fall 2017, the School hosted CSWE site visitors to verify what was in its self-study and learn more about its program and its delivery. “At its February 2018 meeting, we received full accreditation for eight years for both programs with no concerns or progress reports,” Dean Safyer said.
Upcoming Events
The Call Is Out for Lodge Prize Nominations
Nominations are now being sought for the Richard Lodge Prize of the Adelphi University School of Social Work—recognizing social work academicians who have made outstanding contributions to the social work profession. The recipient will receive an honorarium and deliver the Richard Lodge Prize Lecture at the School of Social Work's Alumni and Friends Day in May 2019.

The prize is named for the late Richard Lodge, Ph.D. , a leading social work educator and Adelphi professor. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, Dr. Lodge had a distinguished career that included service as executive director of the Council on Social Work Education, dean of the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University and professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Adelphi's October 25th Hudson Valley Reunion for Alumni
The seventh annual Hudson Valley Reunion Dinner and Networking Social is set for Thursday, October 25, 2018. Co-hosted by the Hudson Valley Social Work Chapter, the event will be at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Register now .

Upcoming Continuing Education Workshops
Thursday, November 1, 2018
The Troubled Triangle: The Developmental Neurobiology of Addiction, Attachment and Trauma . Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, Hyde Park, New York, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Friday, November 2, 2018:
Treatment of Patients With Substance Use Disorders and Dual Disorders . Ruth S. Harley University Center, Garden City campus, New York, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Transitioning From Practice to Management . Alumni House, Garden City campus, New York, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon.

Thursday, November 29, 2018
Grant Writing and Grants Management and Fund Development . Alumni House, Garden City campus, New York, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Friday, December 7, 2018
Hauppauge Education and Conference Center, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019–Friday, January 11, 2019
Dealing With Dementia: Alzheimer's Disease and Other Neurocognitive Disorders, with Daniel Kaplan, Ph.D. Taconic Innovations, Wappingers Falls, New York, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

For registration and other details on these and other continuing education events, visit here.
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