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

​​​​​​​​​​​The Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work  at Florida Atlantic University extends congratulations to its class of 2018 BSW and MSW graduates! To our returning students, enjoy the summer and we look forward to welcoming you and all our new students in the fall term.

Master's Doctor of Social Work in Advanced Clinical Practice Degree Program

Information Session
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 [6:00 PM-7:30 PM]
Room: CU 123 [Culture and Society Building] 

The Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work is pleased to host the Doctor of Social Work Program (DSW) Information Session. The Information Session will outline the key features of the doctoral program and the benefits of pursuing clinical social work doctoral education at Florida Atlantic University. Potential applicants will be introduced to the doctoral program’s structure, curriculum and admission process. The Doctoral Program Coordinator, Dr. Manny J. González, will be present to answer any questions that you might have about the program and pursuing doctoral education at this point in your professional career.  

We look forwarding to meeting you—and learning more about your interest in our Doctor of Social Work Degree Program—at our upcoming Information Session. 

RSVP: If you plan to attend the Information Session, kindly confirm your attendance by emailing Dr. Manny J. González, Doctoral Program Coordinator, at:

Directions to Florida Atlantic University/Boca Raton Campus may be found at
this link.

Professional Development Courses

The Office of Professional Development is offering the following professional development workshop with CE credits:

  • LCSW Exam Prep Course, David Landsman-Wohlsifer, LCSW, PhD, November 3, 2018, April 13, 2019, or May 11, 2019 from 9 AM to 4 PM.
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Gus Castellanos, MD, Sept. 13 to Nov. 15 (10 days)
  • The New NASW Code of Ethics: Are you ready? Allan Barsky, PhD, JD, November 2, 2018 (9 to noon)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Michelle Quilter, PsyD, November 9, 2018 (9 AM to 5 PM)
  • Building Your Social Service Administrator’s Toolkit, Janine Ribeiro Chow-Quan, Robin Molan, Stephanie Scott, January 18, 2019 (9 to noon)
  • Loving with the Brain in Mind, Mona Fishbane, PhD, February 11-12 (9 to 5 PM)
  • Interpersonal Mindfulness, Phyllis Hicks, DMin, March 8-10
  • Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy,  Andrew Tatarsky, April 5-7, 9 AM to 4 PM
  • CBT Certificate Course, David Landsman-Wohlsifer, LCSW, PhD, and Jeff Shearer, LCSW, May 6-10 (9 AM to 4 PM) 

For further information and registration, please see

The Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work will be offering a certificate in addictions in 2019 for clinical students wishing to become CAP or MCAP certified. Students seeking this certificate will complete a specific set of courses focusing on assessing, developing, and providing substance abuse treatment services and plans. In addition, students will complete an internship in a substance abuse related field placement. This certificate is open to concentration year and advanced-standing MSW students.

In addition to providing CEUs for LCSWs, LMHCs, LMFTs, and Psychologists, The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler School of Social Work is excited that they can now also offer CEUs for Nurses through their
Professional Development Office.

Student Achievements and Honors 

Master's Fellowship for Social Work Student

                                      After working in underserved schools and communities and realizing the scope of the oppression                                                  and poverty experienced by the people populating these systems, MSW student and Provost                                                          Fellow, Dre  Johnson, was awarded a highly-coveted Master's Fellowship by the Council on Social Work                                        Education for the academic year 2018-19. 

Dre Johnson, born and raised in Rochester, NY attended the State University of NY College at Brockport and is a member of Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society. Dre also studied African & African-American Studies at the University of Ghana (West Africa). He most recently served as a School Social Worker for 2 years at one of the best schools for urban education. The experienced lobbyist, educator and advocate has published research on Systemic Racism and Equity. 

CSWE’s Minority Fellowship Program is designed to increase the number of individuals trained to work with underrepresented and underserved racial/ethnic minority persons with or at risk for mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.

Keren Gonzalez, an MSW candidate in the Sandler School of Social Work, will be competing in FAU’s 3MT (three-minute thesis) Competition with other students from across the university. Her research topic is, “Teaching Field Educators about Courageous Conversations concerning Racism and Religious Bigotry.” Please come out to hear and cheer Keren on. She will be presenting on Wednesday, October 17th at 4 PM (in Heat 4) at the S.E. Wimberly Library on the 5th floor (Boca Raton Campus).

Faculty Appointments 
New Faculty Affiliate for FAU Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Initiative

                                               LeaAnne DeRigne, Associate Professor, was recently appointed as an affiliate faculty to the FAU                                                   Peace, Justice, and Human Rights (PJHR) Initiative. She is now eligible to apply for all PJHR internal                                                     grants, as well as to participate in all PJHR organizational meetings and serve on various                                                                   committees.

Faculty Research and Publications
'Best Paper of the Year' from American Journal of Public Health

JuYoung Park, Associate Professor, has won a “Best Paper of the Year” Editor’s Choice Award from
the American Journal of Public Health for her co-authored study “Various Types of Arthritis in the
​United States: Prevalence and Age-Related Trends from 1999 to 2014”.  
Read more…

Dr. Allan Barsky, PhD, JD, published an article on cultural competence and humility in the New Social Worker magazine, available to
read here.

Faculty Conference Presentations 
Community Engagement Grant for Pilot Study 

Assistant professors Marianna Colvin and Heather Howard received a grant
from the FAU Office of Community Engagement to conduct a pilot study that aims
to understand long-term recovery services from a critical feminist framework, including
relapse prevention, potential barriers, and challenges in recovery and treatment engagement
for this vulnerable population. 

This study will also increase understanding of how community stakeholders in family law
may support women in multiple systems they are interacting with such as healthcare, family
​ court, and child welfare, and how to link parenting women to continuing care in their recovery.