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(Updated 9/28/17)

The FAU School of Social Work's MSW program was ranked #2 of Top Social Work Schools for 2017 according to student reviews from GraduatePrograms.com

The Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work  at Florida Atlantic University is pleased to announce that we are recruiting one Associate Professor and one Assistant Professor to assist us with our growing programs – including the Doctor of Social Work program, now in its second year. For questions or to apply, please contact our Recruitment Committee Chair, Dr. Allan Barsky at​  abarsky@fau.edu.

​The Office of Professional Development has developed a very interesting schedule of professional development workshops and seminars with CE credits, including:

  • LCSW Exam Prep Course with David Landsman-Wohlsifer, PhD, LCSW, October 15, 2017, from 9:00-4:00
  • Understanding and Treating Sexual Addiction with Yehuda Alcabes, LCSW, Friday, November 3, 2017, from 9:00 – 4:00
  • Family Roles and Clinical Interventions for Family Members of Individuals Struggling with Substance Use Disorders with Ana Moreno, LMHC, Friday October 11, 2017, from 9:00-12:00
  • Dialogues on Race, Religion, and Social Justice: Skills for Engaging Clients and Others in Difficult Conversations with Allan Barsky, JD, MSW, PhD, Friday January 12, 2018, from 9:00-12:00
  • The New and Improved NASW Code of Ethics: Are You Ready? with Allan Barsky, Friday April 13, 2018, from 9:00-12:00

For further information and registration, please see http://cdsi.fau.edu/ssw/office-of-professional-development

Congratulations to MSW student Claude Cayemitte won the Council on Social Work Education Minority Fellowship Award. In faculty news, Dr. Danielle Groton co-authored

“’Give Us a Chance’: Understanding Job Seeking Among Women Experiencing Homelessness” in the Journal of Employment Counseling. Dr. LeaAnne DeRigne’s research on paid sick leave an psychological distress was published in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry and was featured in CNN’s Health Minute and on Huffington Post, among other news outlets (

The Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work’s Child Welfare Institute continues to find meaningful ways for professors and students to engage with the community through practice-informed research. In the Spring of 2017, The Community Alliance of Palm Beach County partnered with professor Heather Thompson and four MSW students/graduates - Shanekia Calbert, Jacquesta Paul, Verena Wylie, and Matt Panetta. They provided the Community Alliance with a literature review on addressing the needs of children and families in the child welfare system through provision of supervised visitation programs. Prof. Joy McClellan presented the findings at September’s Community Alliance Open Meeting.

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