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(Updated 1/17/18)

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

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 we are 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. We also welcome Rhonda Gainwell, who is joining our school as the new budget coordinator. 

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

  • 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 AM to 12 PM.
  • CBT Certification Course, with Jeffrey Shearer, LCSW: January 13, February 3, March 3, April 28, 2018 from 9 AM to 4 PM.
  • The Art of Bouncing Back: Building Personal and Client Resilience, with Robin Rubin, MSW – February 9, 2018.
  • Interpersonal Mindfulness – Cultivating Presence in Relationship: with Phyllis Hicks, NCLPC: March 9 and 10, 2018 from 9 AM to 5 PM.
  • 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 http://cdsi.fau.edu/ssw/office-of-professional-development

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 is March 23, 2018, at 4:30 in the Acura Lounge at FAU Stadium. This evening includes fundraising for student scholarships, fantastic hors d’oeuvres, interesting presentations by student essay-contest winners, awards to field instructors and community leaders, and catching up with our wonderful alumni, professors, supporters, and friends from the community. For further information, please contact Robin Rubin 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

On Monday, November 20th, students and faculty delivered 37 pumpkin pie baskets to families at The Lord's Place (Palm Beach County) for Thanksgiving. Special thanks to Renita Carter for her assistance with this project.

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:
https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1W32BhNfKdiOa. In March, Prof. Georgia Brown and Dr. Allan Barsky will be presenting a workshop on ethics and technology in field education at the BPD Social Work Conference in Atlanta.

A recent article in Forbes Magazine article refers to the new NASW, ASWB, CSWE and CSWA technology standards, which were developed by a national task force including Dr. Allan Barsky. In recent years, there has been a vast proliferation of videoconferencing and other online psychotherapy. The technology standards are being used to promote safer practice. Please see

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