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Self-Care for Social Workers 2020

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Join us for an engaging conversation focused on best practices for social workers relative to self-care, particularly given the challenges faced as part of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This complimentary virtual workshop is sponsored by the Friends of the School of Social Work in partnership with faculty from the Salem State School of Social Work.

Event Details

Wednesday, November 18

6:30 pm, Presentation
7:30 pm, Question and Answer Session
7:45 pm, Event Concludes

1 CEU for social workers will be offered.

Register for the workshop.

About the Presenters

Felix (Phil) Amato, MSW, PhD is an associate professor in the School of Social Work. He has been at Salem State University since September 2005. Amato received his BA in psychology from Stonehill College and his M.S.W. and PhD from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. He spent 18 years at McLean Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital working with adolescents, young adults and older adults. In addition to his clinical work, Amato worked for five years at the North End Union, a community multiservice center located in Boston's North End. He has been teaching since 1993 and has taught at Wheelock College, Boston University, Boston College, Southern Maine Community College, and Salem State University.

Monica Leisey, MSW, PhD is a graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. She has been a National Institute of Health, National Library of Medicine Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Award Fellow as well as the MSW Program Coordinator for the Salem State University School of Social Work. A believer that social workers are change agents, Monica’s social justice focus informs the work that she does both in and out of the classroom. Her two major areas of scholarship include Social Work education and Social Work Administration. While fulfilling her duties as an associate professor, Monica is currently serving as Co-Chair for the University’s reaccreditation process as well as Co-Chair for the President’s Sustainable Path Forward Task Force. Leisey is also a Co-Chair for Voices Against Injustice and is an Associate Editor for Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping.  

Fran Kuehn, LICSW, MEd joined the faculty at Salem State this past January after a 19-year career as a School Social Worker at Brookline High School in Brookline, MA. Fran is a certified CBT clinician and a Diplomate in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Fran has taught graduate students in Schools of Social Work since 2007 and maintains a clinical practice in Newton, MA.


Yvonne Ruiz, PhD, LICSW, professor of social work at Salem State University. She teaches courses on human behavior in the social environment, human diversity, Latinx social work practice, and practice with immigrant and refugee populations. Her clinical experience and research focus on the well-being of Latinx children and families. She is involved with the National Coalition Building Institute that provides training in diversity, equity, and inclusion and the Racial Justice Council of the National Association of Social Work Massachusetts Chapter.

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