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Friends of the School of Social Work


Friends of the School of Social Work

The Friends of the School of Social Work connects social work alumni with one another and with Salem State University through networking events and professional development opportunities. This organization sponsors two professional development workshops each year, one in the spring and one in the fall semesters. The Board of Directors of the Friends of the School of Social Work solicits nominations for and presents an annual Outstanding Social Worker Alumni Award to a bachelor of social work (BSW) or master of social Work (MSW) graduate of Salem State University. 

The Friends of the School of Social Work Mission Statement

The mission of the Friends of the School of Social Work is to engage alumni of the Salem State University School of Social Work in programs and activities which advance Salem State University and public education for social workers, and which cultivates and retains the loyalty and support of its alumni, and provides linkage between the educational process and the field of social work.

Outstanding Social Worker Alumni Award

The Friends of the School of Social Work's Outstanding Social Worker Alumni Award honors School of Social Work alumni who have shown dedication to the field of social work by:

  • making outstanding contributions to the social work profession
  • performing outstanding service in their chosen area
  • nurturing professional development of social workers

Please provide as much biographical information as possible to help the screening committee with their decision. Nominate an individual now.  
Nominations need to be completed on or before January 15, 2018.

Contact Us For More information
Alumni Relations
Phone: 978.542.7530

Executive Board Members

  • Sarah Shepard '00, '05G, President
  • Vanessa Aluia '11G, Vice-President
  • Kim Graham '08, Historian and Secretary

Board Members

  • Amy Au '11, '13G
  • Catherine Galenius '04G, Greater Lynn Senior Services
  • Robin Gillette '79, '90G, Beverly Public Schools
  • Dominique Grasso '17
  • Beverly Johnson '97G, Probate and Family Court
  • Daniel Larson '09G
  • Kristin Macek '07
  • Kelly Quinn '08, '10G
  • Alexandra Selman '12
  • Joseph M. Wamness '00G
  • Gretchan Wilwerth '11G

Ex-Offico Member 

  • Shelley Steenrod

Past FSSW Workshops

List of Spring and Fall Workshop Topics and Presenters


Family Issues Related to Adults with Severe Mental Illness in Post-Deinstitutionalization
Phyllis Solomon, PhD
Saturday, March 25, 2017

2016-Spring Workshop

Broadening Options for Individuals with Opioid Use Disorders
Jonathan Blodgett, Essex District Attorney
Leonard Campanello, Chief of Police, Gloucester
Dr. Michael Levy, Ph.D. Director of Substance Use Services at North Shore Medical Center
Joanne Peterson, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Learn 2 Cope
Luis Diaz, Long Term Recovery
Shelley Steenrod, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Salem State University
Saturday, March 5, 2016

2016-Fall Workshop

Suicide Prevention through Relational Connections
Rebecca G. Mirick, PhD, LICSW
Saturday, September 19, 2016


Trauma-informed Interactions with Clients
Presented by Laurie S. Markoff, PhD
Saturday, March 28, 2015

Interprofessional Education as the Foundation for Interprofessional Practice: Learning about, with and from other professionals
Carol Gawrys, DNP, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor, Salem State University
Jeramie Silveira OTD, OTR/L, Associate Professor, Salem State University
Cheryl Springer, PhD, MSW, LICSW, AssociAte Professor, Salem State University
Monday September 21, 2015


Dr. Funk's Tour of the Brain
Janice Funk, PhD
Saturday, March 8, 2014

Supports, Services, and Advocacy: Seeking Human Rights for People with Developmental Disabilities
Patricia M. Connolly, MCP, PhD
Monday, September 22, 2014


Social Work Practice in Emerging Innovative Health Care SystemsVictoria Stanhope, MSW, PhD
Saturday, April 27, 2013

Ethics, Confidentiality and Release of Information
Jonathan M. Lukens, MSW, MBE, PhD
Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Mindfulness: Skills for Self and Client Care
Jefferson Prince, MD
Saturday, March 24, 2012

International Social Work and Social Development: The Case of El Salvador
Robert McAndrews, PhD, JD and Sandra Yudilevich Espinoza, PhD
Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Homecoming as Safe Haven and/or the New Conflict Zone: Attachment and Detachment in Military Families
Kathryn Basham, PhD, LICSW
Saturday, March 26, 2011

Systems of Care: Social Workers' Critical Role in Care Coordination
Lisa Johnson, MSW, PhD
Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Buried in Treasures: Understanding and Treating Hoarding
Gail Steketee, PhD, MSW
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Enhancing Professional Competencies in Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders
Jeff Driskell, LICSW, PhD and Lisa Krinsky, LICSW, MSW
Wednesday, September 22, 2010


The Transformative Nature of Grief and Bereavement
Joan Berzoff, MSW, EdD
Saturday, March 28, 2009

Effective Substance Abuse Treatment in Social Work Settings
Shelley Steenrod, PhD, LICSW
Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Suicide Prevention and Intervention Across the Life Cycle
David F. McMahon, MD and Carley Lubarsky, LICSW
Saturday, March 29, 2008

The Identification and Assessment of Munchausen by Proxy: Child and Family Outcomes
Catherine C. Ayoub, RN, MN, EdD
Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Adolescents in Social and Educational Settings: Perspectives on Gender and Ethnicity
Anne Driscoll '76 and Yvonne Ruiz, PhD
Saturday, March 31, 2007

Social Work Resilience: The Challenge and the Possibilities of Maintaining Resilience in a “Risky World”
Mary Byrne, PhD, LICSW
Thursday, September 27, 2007


The Treatment of Substance Abuse: Recent Trends and New Approaches
Michael S. Levy, PhD
Saturday, April 1, 2006


Personality Disorders
April Berry-Fletcher, MSW, LICSW
Saturday, April 9, 2005


Mediation Practice for Social Workers
Robert K. McAndrews, PhD, JD 
Narrative Therapy
Elizabeth Buckley, LICSW and Philip R. Decter, LICSW
Saturday, March 27, 2004

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