The results are in! Join us on October 11, 2018 for the community roll-out of the Human Service Workforce Study, sponsored by the Human Services Council, Silberman School of Social Work, and the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work.
The Report, Business as Usual? A Wake-Up Call for The Human Services, reflects the experience of nearly 3,000 frontline NYC human services workers who assess how business principles and practices in their agencies affect service delivery and the values and mission of the social work profession. The important findings of this hot-off-the press study of NYC human services workplaces will be presented by the authors Mimi Abramovitz, DSW, and Jennifer Zelnick, Sc.D.
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Three panelists will present their doctoral research–case studies based on their practice in child welfare, domestic violence, and substance abuse agencies. Their reports highlight how Abramovitz and Zelnick’s findings play out in specific human service settings.
Be part of a dialogue with your colleagues to explore the impact of these findings for your agencies, professional practice, and clients and consider fresh approaches to improving service delivery.
- Mimi Abramovitz, DSW, the Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor of Social Policy at the Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, CUNY, received her BA from the University of Michigan and her MSW and DSW from Columbia University. Dr. Abramovitz publishes widely on issues related to women, poverty, human rights, the human service workforce, and the U.S. welfare state. Her books include Regulating the Lives of Women: Social Welfare Policy from Colonial Times to the Present (3rd ed.); the award-winning, Under Attack, Fighting Back :Women and Welfare in the U.S (2nd ed.); The Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy (4th ed.); and Taxes Are a Woman’s Issue: Reframing the Debate. An activist and a scholar, her research appears in both the academic and popular press and she works community /advocacy groups. She was named a “top leader” by the NYC chapter of the NASW; inducted into both the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and the Columbia University School of Social Work Hall of Fame. Most recently she was honored by the Council on Social Work Education as the 2018 recipient of its prestigious Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education Award.
- Jennifer Zelnick, Sc.D, Professor and Social Welfare Policy Chair at the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work, received her BA from Temple University, her MSW from the University of Pittsburgh, and her Doctor of Science in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Dr. Zelnick’s practice background is in domestic violence, substance abuse, and youth employment, community and labor organizing, and healthcare reform advocacy. Her research is focused on the health and human service workforce in the United States and South Africa, including social work’s contributions to public health, the work environment for human service workers, and the impact of work on health and well-being. She is a research associate with the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New-England Workforce, and In the Public Interest. She is the recipient of a recent mid-career award from the National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter.
- Jocelyn Lewiskin PhD, MSW LCSW, is a seasoned clinician with 15 years of direct practice experience. She spent many years working in an East Harlem outpatient substance abuse program providing individual and group counseling to clients and as the HIV Program Manager. Jocelyn currently works in private practice in Manhattan and continues to work with issues related to addition and trauma. In addition, to her clinical practice, Jocelyn also served as an adjunct professor at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College teaching clinical practice courses. She received her PhD from the Social Welfare Doctoral Program, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
- Deborah Mullin PhD, MS, LMSW, After receiving her MS in Social Work from Columbia, Debbie spent a decade working at a domestic violence agency, starting as a shelter intake counselor and leaving as director of non-residential services. Debbie left DV work to become the director of family services at a Community Action Agency located in Stamford, CT. Frustrated by the agency’s focus on outputs over process, she left that position in order to pursue further education in social policy. She received her PhD in Social Welfare Policy from Fordham in 2016. For several semesters, she was an adjunct instructor at Fordham, teaching policy, human rights, research, and human behavior. She is now an adjunct assistant professor at Silberman School of Social Work, where she teaches social welfare policy.
- Rita Sanchez-Torres, PhD, MALS MPhil, is a clinical social welfare manager with over 20 years of experience in the New York City child welfare system. Rita has worked in all child welfare branches, from Residential services to Respite Care, to Foster Care and Prevention. Rita currently works as the program director of the first Prevention Program in the City that opened in 1972. Rita has been able to experience first-hand the implementation of the performance management model in the child welfare system She received her PhD in Social Welfare Policy from the Silberman School of Social Work.