Click below to view the photo album from the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work Spring 2018 MSW Induction Ceremony.
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Former Mayor of Delray Beach, FL, Jeff Perlman, recently reflected on his experience attending the Spring 2018 Induction Ceremony for the FAU Phyllis & Harvey Sandler School of Social Work in an article for YourDelrayBoca.com.
He titled the article “Here’s to the Healers”, and we invite you to read an excerpt below:
“… I was especially struck by the pictures of the graduates flashed across screens with their career intentions below their smiling faces.
They were going to devote their lives to child welfare, abuse, adoption, addiction, victim’s rights, mental health, education—social work. Is there anything more valuable than the healing of society?
And I found myself growing emotional as I saw their faces and listened to the speakers who are really the best that our society has to offer.
They care. They love. They are passionate, committed and dedicated to working with those who need help, nurturing and healing.
The specter of Parkland hung heavy in the room. It’s fresh. It’s local.
We live in a violent and volatile society, but while that level of mental illness is at the top end of what can and does go wrong all too often these days, it’s also the day to day issues that calls for an army of healers.
And I thought, who tends to the families of the two young Delray Beach men who were killed in separate scooter and dirt bike accidents in the past two weeks? Who is there to help the children left alone after a murder suicide recently in our community? The tragedies—some publicized, many hidden—are an everyday occurrence in every community in America.
And it’s not just tragedies, accidents, violence, crime, abuse, addiction etc., that afflicts us—it’s how we relate to each other as people. The vitriol on social media, cable TV, in Congress, across borders, religions, political persuasions and on and on that erodes our social fabric and compels us to wonder where the healers are.
And I thought, here they are.
Here are the people who will make a difference in our world. They won’t get rich doing so, at least in the conventional sense, but they will surely enrich our world.
As Dr. Michelle Hawkins, Vice Provost of FAU reminded the MSW graduates: we have to teach the world to be kinder. We don’t have to be mean spirited, we can be kind-spirited.
“Who knew a chair could be a pain killer?” That’s what the news reporter for this segment said after hearing the positive effects chair yoga can have on patients with osteoarthritis.
It’s all part of the latest research study conducted by Dr. Juyoung Park, Associate Professor in the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work at FAU.
One patient not only significantly reduced her pain, but also her blood pressure and was able to come off three medications for hypertension.
Watch the full news segment here and see why 80 percent of patients experienced decreased pain with regular chair yoga sessions.
On Thursday, May 3, 2018, nearly 300 bachelor students and 140 masters students accepted their diplomas from the College for Design and Social Inquiry at Florida Atlantic University. To all of our students, it has been our pleasure to have you in our classrooms and to watch you grow and learn in your programs.
Whether you are continuing your education or ready to apply your knowledge in the workforce, we look forward to watching your next chapter unfold. Remember that we are here for you and rooting for your success each step along the way.
As Chairman of the FAU Board of Trustees Anthony Barbar said during his undergraduate commencement speech, “It’s now our turn to learn from you.” Be well and best wishes!
- 21 Bachelor of Architecture
- 127 Bachelor of Arts
- 16 Bachelor of General Studies
- 14 Bachelor of Public Management
- 23 Bachelor of Public Safety Administration
- 70 Bachelor of Social Work
- 16 Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
- 8 Bachelor of Urban Design
- 9 Master of Nonprofit Management
- 6 Master of Public Administration
- 12 Master of Science
- 106 Master of Social Work
Want to explore the degree programs in the College for Design and Social Inquiry at FAU? Call our Academic Advising Team today: (561) 297-2316
Spring 2018 Undergraduate Commencement
Spring 2018 Graduate Commencement
Congratulations to Dr. JuYoung Park, Associate Professor in the FAU Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work, for her recent publication in the Journal of Public Health.
Dr. Park is the lead author of an in-depth arthritis study that reveals some surprising findings about arthritis prevalence and age-related trends.
“Dr. Park’s contributions are reaching national and international recognitions,” said Dr. Naelys Luna, Director of the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work. “She is an outstanding scholar, and we are all immensely proud of her.”
Cindy Sterne, Adjunct Instructor in the School of Social Work, was recently recognized as the Broward “Faculty Member of the Year” during the Broward Achievement Awards Luncheon hosted by Student Affairs and Broward Campus Administration.
“I truly could not be more grateful for receiving this entirely unexpected and most wonderful award,” Sterne said. “Being given the opportunity to teach for my beloved Alma Mater is really one of those ‘beyond my wildest dreams’ experiences.”
“To have a positive impact on the next generation of social workers is one of the most important ways we can serve our profession and our community. Being able to share my passion with others, to help students realize how important and valuable they are and our work is – well, it just doesn’t get much better than that.”
Congratulations to Kimberley Small, winner of the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work Student of the Year Award!
“Kimberley is a powerhouse,” said Joy McClellan, MSW Program Coordinator and Instructor at the School.
“She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work as well as neuroscience, was awarded advanced standing admission to the MSW program, and was awarded one of our highly competitive Provost Fellowships, enabling her to engage in research with the Comprehensive Center for Brain Health here on campus. That’s all in addition to working with the Social Work Honor’s Society, Phi Alpha, to provide a job fair and a leadership seminar for her fellow classmates,” McClellan continued.
After being nominated by Dr. David Landsman-Wohlsifer, one of her instructors, Kimberley was also just named a Diversity Scholar by the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) and will be attending their annual conference this year in Austin, Texas, where she will join a cohort of other Diversity Scholars from around the world and enjoy opportunities for mentorship, career advice, and additional training.
According to Sara Dochterman, program coordinator for the School’s Professional Development division and School Instructor, Kimberley’s name appears with virtually every student-led project.
“Persistent and dedicated, Kimberley lives the values and ethics of social work,” Dochterman said. “In the classroom, she shines as one who strives to master the information and skills offered, and stands for her classmates to do the same. She is a powerful force ready to make a difference!”
Look out, world – Kimberley has a promising career ahead, and we look forward to watching it unfold.
BY BRITTANY SULLIVAN | 4/28/2017
Florida Atlantic University today announced a $7 million gift from longtime benefactors Phyllis and Harvey Sandler to name The Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work within the College for Design and Social Inquiry.
“I am extremely passionate about improving the well-being of all, especially the lives of the students and faculty at Florida Atlantic University,” said Phyllis Sandler.
The gift also will establish two new Centers within The Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work – the Robin Rubin Mindfulness and Wellness Center and the Substance Misuse, Mental Health and Research Center. A portion of the gift will go toward renovations to the College for Design and Social Inquiry.
“We are extremely grateful to Phyllis and Harvey Sandler for this transformational gift,” said FAU President John Kelly. “The Sandlers understand that social work plays a major role in America’s mental health and social services. Their generosity will help grow our program in remarkable ways and support some of the best and brightest students in the field.”
FAU began its relationship with the Sandler family more than 10 years ago when Phyllis and Harvey’s daughters, Robin Rubin and Amy Ross, decided to go back to school to earn their degrees in social work. Both graduated with honors, and Rubin went on to earn her master’s degree, teach part-time at FAU’s School of Social Work, as well as assemble the School’s first Social Work Community Advisory Board.
“This gift will give for generations to come,” said Wesley Hawkins, Ph.D., dean of the College for Design and Social Inquiry. “Because of the enormous generosity of Phyllis and Harvey Sandler, social work students and faculty can now more fully address the social issues that have plagued our society for centuries – substance misuse, child abuse, health care, suicide, depression – the list goes on and on. The impact and ripple effect of this gift is enormous for helping those in need in our communities for years to come. I am thrilled and very grateful to now call our school: the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work.”
For the past five years, the FAU School of Social Work’s Community Advisory Board, populated by some of Boca Raton’s most prominent community leaders, has highlighted the importance of the social work program at FAU and its impact on the local community. Because of this, FAU’s Phyllis Sandler Heart of Social Work annual fundraiser was created for the social work program and its students.
“It feels so good to give back,” said Harvey Sandler. “It’s important to make investments in your community and take pride in where you live.”
Phyllis and Harvey Sandler have a long history of philanthropic efforts in the community. Together they have named the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler Pavilion at the Lynn Cancer Center and The Phyllis Sandler Center for Living Well at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital. They also named and endowed The Phyllis and Harvey Sandler Center for Jewish Life Enhancement at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center. The Sandlers are also one of the largest contributors to the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and created the organization’s Sandler Family Major Gifts annual event.
“Naming the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work reflects the incredible generosity of the Sandler family and their commitment to making an impact in the lives of thousands of people,” said Naelys Luna, Ph.D., director of FAU’s School of Social Work. “This is an unprecedented gift that will allow us to develop and fund programs, scholarships and research placing our school as a national leader in social work. This gift will also provide the foundation for continuous academic excellence and remarkable growth preparing some of the most dedicated and committed social work students.”
Because of the Sandler family’s close relationship with Barbara and Dick Schmidt, an additional gift of $250,000 will be given to name the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler Student Athlete Lounge within the Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence. The Complex will play a central role in elevating FAU’s academic standing and will benefit students in all academic programs, including those not associated with athletic programs.
Our students put countless hours of hard work into these fascinating – and extremely timely – research projects. It was extremely rewarding to hear them talk through their findings and insights. Victoria, Yve, and Haidee, thank you for your efforts. You make us all immensely proud.
Victoria Arcay and Yve Lopes, both bachelor’s students in the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work, presented findings of their research project, Effects of Nonpharmacological Intervention in Older Adults With Dementia, at the 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Haidee Cano, a master’s student, presented her project, Yo Tambien Importo: How Empowerment Groups Assist Undocumented Survivors of Gender-Based Violence, at the 2018 Latino Social Workers Conference at the University of Washington School of Social Work.
FAU Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work Offers Condolences To The Victims of the Parkland Tragedy
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. FAU students who feel distressed or in need of emotional support can contact FAU counseling services at 561-297-3540.
Naelys Luna, Ph.D.
Director and Professor
Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work
The Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work is looking for candidates for 2 Assistant Professors and 1 Associate Professor. All positions are tenure-track. Please click on the links below for more information.
BY BRITTANY-SULLIVAN | 7/6/2017
Florida Atlantic University’s Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work within the College for Design and Social Inquiry recently celebrated Shanekia Calbert as its 1,000thgraduate of the Master of Social Work program.
The Master of Social Work program was launched in 2000 and currently has 296 students enrolled in the program. Graduates are nationally renowned for the depth of their clinical expertise, and are in great demand as senior practitioners and health, mental health, and human service leaders.
Prior to her graduation, Calbert received two job offers and has accepted a position through her internship as a clinical therapist at Family Unity, an agency devoted to providing high quality services to children and families.
“The difference between interest and commitment is when you’re interested in doing something you do it only when it is convenient, but when you are committed to something, you accept no excuses only results,” said Calbert.
Calbert will assist several families who are involved in the foster care system that require specialized behavioral health services, an area she studied while earning a child welfare certificate from FAU’s Child Welfare Institute.
“We are thrilled to graduate our 1,000th Master in Social Work student,” said Naelys Luna, director of the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work. “Our graduates are highly trained and committed clinical social workers dedicated to making a fundamental difference in the lives of people they serve in our communities.”
We periodically offer LCSW Prep Courses at FAU. Please visit our Office of Professional Development Website for details when they are announced.
The School of Social Work does not have any open positions at this time.
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Dr. LeaAnne DeRigne’s (Associate Professor of Social Work) recent research on the importance of paid sick leave benefits was published in the April issue of Health Affairs and has received wide press coverage and is being cited around the country by policy makers, lobbyists, and advocates pushing cities and states to mandate sick leave coverage. This is a wonderful example of research having an impact on real world policy changes.
Key findings from the study, which are representative of the nation, showed that regardless of income, age, race, occupation, full-time or part-time work status, health status or health insurance coverage, workers without paid sick leave were three times more likely to delay medical care than were workers with paid sick leave. They also were three times more likely to forgo needed medical care altogether. Furthermore, families of workers without paid sick leave were two times more likely to delay medical care and 1.6 times more likely to forgo needed medical care. The lowest-income group of workers without paid sick leave were at the highest risk of delaying and forgoing medical care for themselves and their family members — making the most financially vulnerable workers the least likely to be able to address health care concerns in a timely manner.
Robin Rubin launches Kindness Campaign
FAU SSW’s Dr. Barsky receiving NASW Excellence in Ethics Award in Washington, D.C. on 10/23/15.