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(Updated 4/5/18)

​​​​Heartbroken and in deep sorrow, the faculty, staff, and students at The Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work stand alongside of the students, teachers, families, first responders, law enforcement officers, friends of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and the Broward County community, as we mourn the lives of the victims of this horrific and senseless act of violence. As social workers, we will engage in actions to ensure that we assist and support those who were impacted by this tragedy. We will bring the strength and resiliency that our community sorely needs. We must focus all our energy, efforts, studies, training, and our life on not merely ending violence, but fostering harmony and connectedness among one another and instilling hope at times when hopelessness inundates our communities. In this time of crisis, let us commit ourselves to our calling to serve others and improve lives. We will work alongside our community and take all necessary actions to restore hope and make it a safer and more equitable place. Many of our faculty, alumni, and students have already reached out to offer trauma counseling and other help. Our students are also organizing to advocate with Congress. Thank you to everyone who is responding to make our communities whole again.

The Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work  at Florida Atlantic University is pleased to announce that we have hired two instructors to assist with our growing programs: Donna Drucker and Precious Skinner-Osei. Both Donna and Precious have been teaching with us on a part-time basis. We are very pleased to welcome them as full-time instructors. 

The Office of Professional Development is offering the following professional development workshops and seminars with CE credits:

  • LCSW Exam Prep Course, with David Landsman-Wohlsifer, PhD, LCSW, April 14 and May 12, 2018 from 9 AM to 4 PM.
  • The New and Improved NASW Code of Ethics: Are you ready? with Allan Barsky, JD, MSW, PhD: Friday April 13, 2018, from 9 AM to 12 PM (3 Ethics CEUs).

For further information and registration, please see

Students and alumni are welcome to join us for the “Social Work Career and Internship Fair” on Monday, April 9 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m (Boca Raton Campus Breezeway). For employers who would like to participate in the fair, please contact Samantha Yorke at (561) 297-4703.

Our annual “Heart of Social Work” soiree was held March 23, 2018.  Congratulations to all the award winners: Yulan Millican – MSW Student Best Essay Award; Nicole Morales – BSW Student Best Essay Award; Brad Sorte – Outstanding Alumnus Award; Dr. Patrick Kenny – Outstanding Field Instructor Award.

Two BSW students, Victoria Arcay and Yve Lopes, received the FAU Undergraduate Research Grant. Currently, they are working as research assistants for Dr. Juyoung Park’s study on the effects of chair yoga in older adults with dementia.

MSW Graduate, Jonathan Beer, is highlighted in a Social Work Today article at

FAU welcomes applications for the VINE Project, which matches alumni with current students, to act as mentors. For further information, please contact Patricia Gustaffson at

Dr. Heather Thompson recently published an article in the Children and Youth Services Review. It highlights the experiences of foster care youth with independent living services: In March, Prof. Georgia Brown and Dr. Allan Barsky will be presenting a workhop on ethics and technology in field education at the BPD Social Work Conference in Atlanta.

The Masters of Social Work Induction Ceremony is scheduled for May 2, 2018, at the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium, celebrating the entry of our MSW graduates into the profession. MSW and BSW students will graduate in a commencement ceremony on May 3, 2018 (afternoon for BSWs and evening for MSWs).

Dr. David Landsman-Wohlsifer conducted a training at Sunserve Collaborative on 2/23 on “Navigating Sex & Sobriety.”

Congratulations to MSW student, Haidee Cano, who was accepted to present a research poster at the national Latino Social Workers Organization Conference 2018 (Seattle, WA, on March 22-23). She presented a poster titled: Yo También Importo: How Empowerment Groups Assist Undocumented Latina Survivors of Gender-Based Violence.

Kudos to Dr. Juyoung Park for her publication, “Various types of arthritis in the United States: Prevalence and age-related trends from 1999 to 2014,” in the American Journal of Public Health, 108(2), 256-258.

Dr. Heather Howard will be presenting at an upcoming conference in Jupiter on “Parenting Representation in Dependency Court.”

Congratulations to Everiste Ambris for winning the NASW Broward Unit Educator of the Year Award!! He was presented the award on 3/10 during the SW Month celebration at the Brookdale Willow Wood. Congratulations to Dr. Marianna Colvin for winning the Social Work Educator of the Year Award and to our student Kimberley Small who won the Social Work Student of the Year for Palm Beach Unit! We are very proud of their accomplishments and outstanding representations of our school’s excellence.

Dr. LeaAnne DeRigne and Dr. Dani Groton escorted 70 wonderful students to Tallahassee for NASW’s Legislative Education and Advocacy Day – great for our state’s leaders to meet social work leaders from across the state. Kudos to all who participated.

Congratulations to Dr. Allan Barsky. His article on the recent NASW Code of Ethics revisions was selected as the 2017 Top Article of the Year by the editor of the New Social Worker Magazine - For podcasts on the new code and technology standards, please see and Dr. Barsky will also be presenting at upcoming NASW conferences in North Carolina and New Jersey, and with a consortium of field directors in New York City.

Kudos to Keren Gonzalez (MSW student) and Talia Lewis (BSW student) who will be presenting a poster at the upcoming NASW FL conference in Ft. Lauderdale on “Dialogues on Racism and Religious Bigotry.” 

We are very proud of MSW student, Claude Cayemette, recipient of the Minority Fellowship Program for Youth by the Council on Social Work Education. The purpose of the program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health-care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent master’s-level behavioral health professionals serving children, adolescents, and populations in transition to adulthood (aged 16–25). Claude participated in a training with master’s students from all over the USA who are talented and passionate about social work and have a desire to make a positive impact in their respective communities. We walked away from this program feeling energized and empowered to use my master’s degree to improve the lives of our targeted population. The guest presenters were engaging, informative and motivating. They provided mentorship that Claude will utilize throughout his career as a social worker.