Alumni Events

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2019 Upcoming Events

SSW Alumni/student Event

Oakland, California
Date:  Sunday, September 15, 2019
Time:  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Let's Get Together!  Join us for an alumni/student gathering - meet local SW alumni, reconnect with old friends and welcome current students on field placement to Northern California.  We will also have a brief talk/discussion about supervisee developmental stages and ways to use supervision.  Alumni -- please bring a dish to share.  Coffee, tea juice and bagels will be prvided.

For more information, location and to RSVP, contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at sswalum@smith.edu or (413) 585-4290.   This is an animal dander and fragrance free event.
 

Previous Events

SSW Alumni Dinner

Philadelphia, PA
Date:  July 27, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Valanni
                  1229 Spruce Street
                  Philadelphia, PA
 
Are you attending the Philly Trans Wellness Conference?

Join us for dinner, drinks and conversation about growing a vibrant network of SSW LGBTQI alumni. Space is limited --No charge
This event is hosted by Kelly Wise, MSW'05, Ph.D., LGBTQI Alumni Representative and the SSW Office of Alumni Relations and Development.
Contact the SSW Office of Alumni Relations and Development at (413) 585-4290 or sswalum@smith.edu to RSVP.
 

Northampton, Massachusetts

Date: June 28, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location:  Smith College Campus Center
                   Northampton, MA 01063

The 2019 conference will bring together practitioners and scholars from around the country to explore Healing and Resilience: Theory, Evidence and Excellence in Clinical Practice.  

Lunch provided
Cost: $170
Continuing Education Credits: 5.5

Social workers and clinicians play a vital role in cultivating healing and resilience. In a society with increased political polarization and growing rates of depression, anxiety, suicide and individual and collective trauma, this work is more important than ever. Join us and learn proven ways to help those we serve to cope with loss, develop grit, foster connection and take an active role in building their own health and happiness.

Smith SSW alumni, field supervisors and students are invited to join us for complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Smith College Conference Center immediately following the event. For all other conference attendees there is a $10 fee.

Learn more or register now
 

SSW Alumni/Student Event

Thank you for your interest in this event. We have reached maximum capacity and the event is now closed. Stay tuned for new opportunities in the fall!

Northampton, Massachusetts

Date: May 16, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location:  Smith College School for Social Work
                   Lilly Hall (2nd Floor Conference Room)
                   Northampton, MA 01063

Join us for an evening presentation by David Levit, Ph.D. ABPP, Psychodynamic Ways of Working with Shame.  This event is hosted by the Pioneer Valley Area Coordinators - Joan McKelvey, MSW'88, Lisa Jaffe, MSW'15 and Phuong Do, MSW'03.  Two Continuing Education Credits will be offered.  Light fare will be served. 

Contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 413-585-4290 or sswalum@smith.edu for more information.
 

SSW POC Alumni/Student Dinner

Washington, DC
Date:  May 10, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Pisco Y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar
                 1823 L Street, NW
                 Washington, DC 20036
                 (between 18th and 19th Streets)

 

Join us for dinner, drinks and conversation about growing a vibrant network of SSW POC alumni and students.  -- No Charge --
This event is hosted by Gabrielle Holder, M.S.W. '03, Co-Chair, Alumni Leadership Council, Erin Matthews, M.S.W. '05, Alumni of Color Representative and the SSW Office of Alumni Relations and Development.

To RSVP and for more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 413-585-4290 or sswalum@smith.edu.
 


SSW Alumni/Student Event

New York City, New York
Date: April 9, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location:  The Culture Center
                  410 Columbus Avenue
                  New York, NY 10024

Join us for a lecture and discussion on adoption.  This special event, co-hosted with the Smith College Office of Alumni Relations, will bring together SSW alumni, SSW students, Smith College alumnae, and guests for an insightful discussion on experiences and issues surrounding adoption.

Featured Speaker: Sherry Fine, M.S.W. '88, LICSW
SherryFineAdoptionPanel

Sherry Fine's background is in both education and counseling. As a teacher, school psychologist, special ed director and elementary school principal, she has been an advocate for children and their families for many years. Twenty years after completing her M.S.W. at Smith College, she began a counseling agency, “The Adoption Network” addressing adoption-related issues.

Ms. Fine is the producer of a documentary, Forever Families, 7 Stories of Adoptees of Single Parents. She also co-authored the book Single Adoptive Parents. Ms. Fine’s most recent project has been the development of an NGO for Living Water Children’s Centre, representing orphanages worldwide.

Ms. Fine is bilingual (Spanish/English) and a single mother of two internationally adopted children. To register, visit http://www.cvent.com/d/36qlls or contact the SSW Office of Alumni Relations at sswalum@smith.edu or (413) 585-4290.
 

SSW Alumni/Student Event

American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW) Conference Lunch Reception

Durham, North Carolina
Date: March 29, 2019
Time: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Location:  Durham Marriott City Center/Durham Convention Center
                  201 Foster Street
                  Durham, NC 27701
                 (room location TBD)

Are you attending the AAPCSW conference?  If so, please join us for a lunch reception co-sponsored with AAPCSW) at the conference.
Contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 413-585-4290 or sswalum@smith.edu for more information.
 

SSW Alumni/Student Event

Houston, Texas
Date:  March 8, 2019

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Gather in Houston with Dean Marianne Yoshioka, fellow alumni and students to visit with friends old and new and learn about the new opportunities in Texas for Smith SSW students.  This event is hosted by Helen Chong, M.S.W. '98 and Lynn Goode, M.S.W. '10.
Contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 413-585-4290 or sswalum@smith.edu for more information.
 


SSW Alumni/Student Event

American Group Psychotherapy Association Conference (AGPA) Dinner Reception

Los Angeles, California
Date:  March 1, 2019
Time:  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: The Border Grill
                 445 South Figueroa Street
                 Los Angeles, CA 90071

Let's get together -- join us for dinner during the AGPA Conference in Los Angeles.  Visit with old friends and make new ones.  This event is hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations and Development.
Contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 413-585-4290 or sswalum@smith.edu for more information.
 

SSW Alumni/Student Event

New York City, New York
Date:  January 29, 2019
Time:  6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location:  Centre for Social Innovation
                   601 West 26th Street, Ste. 325
                   New York, New York
 
Join us for a presentation by Avigail Hurvitz-Prinz, LCSW, M.S.W.'14, Reflections on LGBTQ+ Sexuality in the Consulting Room.  2 Continuing Education Credits will be offered. This event is hosted by Janah Boccio, M.S.W. '03, Area Coordinator and Wendy Bassett, M.S.W. '03.
Contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 413-585-4290 or sswalum@smith.edu for more information.


SSW Alumni/Student Event

Reception at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Orlando, Florida
Date: November 9, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Swan and Dolphin Hotel
                 Walt Disney World
                 Orlando, Florida
 Room:  Southern Hemisphere 3/Fifth Level

Join us for the SSW Centennial Celebration reception at the 2018 Annual Program Meeting of CSWE - Orlando.
Contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 413-585-4290 or sswalum@smith.edu for more information.


SSW Alumni/Student Event

Providence, Rhode Island
Date: October 30, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Join us for an alumni/student gathering - view the SSW documentary Clinical Revolution: The Smith College School for Social Work at 100 - meet local SSW alumni, reconnect with old friends and welcome current students to their field internships in Rhode Island. This event is hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations.
For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at sswalum@smith.edu or (413) 585-4290.


SSW Alumni/Student Event

Atlanta, Georgia
Date:  October 27, 2018
Time:  6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join us for an alumni/student gathering - meet local SSW alumni, reconnect with old friends and welcome current students on fireld placement to Georia.  This event is hosted by Lena Richardson, M.S.W. '73 and Lauren Walther, M.S.W '11, Georgia Area Coordinators.
For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at sswalum@smith.edu or (413) 585-4290.


SSW Alumni/Student Event

Durham, North Carolina
Date:  October 21, 2018
Time:  2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Join us for an alumni/student gathering - meet local SSW alumni, reconnect with old friends and welcome current students on fireld placement to North Carolina.  This event is hosted by Sarah Schwartz, Baesmith, M.S.W '15.
For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at sswalum@smith.edu or (413) 585-4290.


SSW Alumni/Student Event

Seattle, Washington
Date:  October 7, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. - noon

Join us for an alumni/student gathering - meet local SSW alumni, reconnect with old friends and welcome current students to their field internships in Seattle.  This event is hosted by Alana Honigman, M.S.W. '12.
For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at sswalum@smith.edu or (413) 585-4290.


SSW Alumni/Student Event

Washington, DC
Date:  September 30, 2018
Time:  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for an alumni/student wine and cheese gathering - view the SSW documentary Clinical Revolution: The Smith College School for Social Work at 100 - meet local SSW alumni, reconnect with old friends and welcome current students to their field internships in Washington.  This event is hosted by Gabrielle Holder, M.S.W '03
For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at sswalum@smith.edu or (413) 585-4290.


SSW Alumni/Student Event

New York City, New York
Date: September 25, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location:  The Culture Center
                  410 Columbus Avenue
                  New York, NY 10024

The Smith College School for Social Work is proud to partner with the Smith College Office of Alumnae Relations and the Smith College Club of NYC to present Women Who Changed the World and the NYC premiere of Clinical Revolution: The Smith College School for Social Work at 100 - a documentary film produced by Smith College and WGBY Public Television and special guest appearance by Susan Hood '76 award-winning author of Lifeboat 12 and Shaking Things Up: 14 Women Who Changed the World. To register visit http://www.cvent.com/events/women-who-changed-the-world/event-summary-9eef6096615a41128d88d149e4eb0623.aspx  Two Continuing Education Credits will be offered.
For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at sswalum@smith.edu or (413) 585-4290.
 

SSW Centennial Celebration

Northampton, Massachusetts
Date: June 29 - July 1, 2018

Join us on campus as we celebrate the 100 years of empowering change at the Smith College School for Social Work!  Laugh, share, reconnect and recognize the remarkable ways in which your fellow Smith SSW alumni are making a difference in the world today.
Your registration fee covers meals, entertainment and up to 12 CECs.  Learn more and register today! https://www.smith.edu/ssw/100 
 

SSW Alumni/Student Event

Seattle, Washington
Date: April 25, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Join us for an alumni/student gathering - meet local SSW alumni, reconnect with old friends and say goodbye to current students on field internship in Seattle.  This event is hosted by Alana Honigman, M.S.W. '12.
For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at sswalum@smith.edu or (413) 585-4290.
 

SSW Alumni/Student Event

Northampton, Massachusetts
Date: April 14, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location:  Hotel Northampton
                  36 King Street
                  Northampton, MA 01060

Please join us for dinner after the Saturday session of the Smith College Women of Color Conference.
This event is hosted by the SSW Office of Alumni Relations.


SSW Alumni/Student Event

Smith College Women of Color Conference: Persistence, Possibilities & the Power of our Voices
Northampton, Massachusetts

Date: April 13 - 15, 2018

Description
During this two-day event, you will connect with distinguished alumnae and faculty of color, dynamic speakers, and current Smith students for an exciting weekend of personal and professional development. You’ll find inspiration in the personal stories of alumnae of color who persisted, pursued possibilities within a range of professions, and used the power of their voices to influence change.

You should attend if you are…
Looking to expand your knowledge of diversity and inclusion
Looking to influence change in your community, but unsure of how to make it happen
Eager to learn how to use the power of your voice to advocate for yourself and others
Unhappy with the status quo
Considering a career change
Interested in networking and connecting with other dynamic alumnae of color in solidarity

This event is co-sponsored with Smith College and the Smith College School for Social Work. For more information and to register visit https://alumnae.smith.edu/events/womenofcolor/

SSW Alumni/Student Event

New York City, New York
Date: March 20, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: The Culture Center
                 410 Columbus Avenue
                 New York, NY 10024

Join us for a lecture by Erika Malm Cooley, LCSW entitled "Debunking the Myth of Work-Life Balance: Everyday Choices to Live a Life of Meaning and Purpose."

Description
As women, professionals, mothers and partners, we receive numerous messages about the importance of creating a work life–balance. We’re encouraged to believe that if we just work hard enough, a sense of balance is attainable. This striving keeps us stuck on a wheel leading to nowhere— If we just try harder, we will get to who and where we want to be. However, our attempt to create external balance in our lives leads to internal feelings of inadequacy, and inevitably deep suffering.
 
In this experiential and participatory presentation, based in attachment theory, psycho-spiritual practices, and neurobiology, attendees are invited to consider challenging questions of what’s working and what’s not. The goal is to engage in a conversation that emphasizes connection with self and others, offering tools to facilitate living in a more fluid state of alignment, both in our work and home lives. Participants will leave with practical strategies to put into action on an everyday basis.

This event is co-sponsored by the SSW Office of Alumni Relations and the Smith College Club of New York City.  Two CECs will be offered. Refreshments will be served.

Contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 413-585-4290 or sswalum@smith.edu for more information.


SSW Alumni/Student Event

New York City, New York
Date: March 10, 2018
Time: 10:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: The Culture Center
                410 Columbus Avenue
                New York, NY 10024

Join us for a discussion on postpartum depression with panelists Sara Haines '00, Dr. Catherine Birndorf '88, Dean Marianne Yoshioka, and Assistant Professor Peggy O'Neill.

This special event, co-hosted by the Office of Alumnae Relations and Smith School for Social Work, will bring together Smith Alumnae, SSW Alumni, SSW students, and guests for an insightful discussion on experiences and issues surrounding postpartum depression.

For more information about the panelists and to register visit www.cvent.com/events/exploring-postpartum-depression-a-panel-discussion/event-summary-fbbba0d295844ba882c9610807ae3b5c.aspx
Two M.S.W. Continuing Education credits will be offered.

Contact the Office of Alumni Relations for more information at sswalum@smith.edu or (413) 585-4290.


SSW Alumni/Student Event

Los Angeles, California
Date: March 4, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Smith College School for Social Work in collaboration with the California Society for Clinical Social Work are pleased to present a lecture by Hannah Karpman, PhD, M.S.W., entitled "Our Family Thicket": Family Formation Processes in LBGTQ Families and the Implications for Clinical Work (with a focus on known donor families)"

Description
Drawing on research from the Known Donor Project and the larger body of literature on LGBTQ parents and their children, this lecture will summarize the major findings from research and discuss their implications for social work practice in a variety of settings.  Topics covered will include paths to family formation; potential barriers clients may encounter during their processes; and specific clinical considerations when working with known donor families.  We will then examine two clinical vignettes and open a discussion about assessment, conceptualization and ongoing work with each family.

2 Continuing Education Credits will be offered. This event is hosted by Monica Blauner, M.S.W. '79, Southern California Area Coordinator.

Contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 413-585-4290 or sswalum@smith.edu for more information.


SSW Alumni/Student Event

Houston, Texas
Date: March 2, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location:  White Oak Kitchen + Drinks
                 5011 Westheimer
                 Houston, TX 77056
                 (http://www.whiteoakhouston.com/)

Let's Get Together!  Please join us for dinner and conversation.  This event is hosted by Kurt White, M.S.W. '04 and Paul Gitterman, M.S.W. '94.

Contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 413-585-4290 or sswalum@smith.edu for more information.


SSW Alumni/Student Event

Northampton, Massachusetts
Date: January 23, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location:  School for Social Work
                  Lilly Hall, 2nd flr. Conference Room
                  Northampton, MA 01063

Join us for an evening presentation by David Levit, PhD, ABPP entitled "Somatic Experiencing: Interweaving a Bio-Psychological Model into Psychodynamic Therapy for Trauma and Dissociation."

Description
We know that the deepest disturbances must be reached to foster the deepest changes and growth.  But what do we do when some of our patients suffer relentlessly through dissociated, dysregulated states of catastrophic proportions, when these states are repetitive but not generative, when our psychodynamic forms of holding, provision, and containment are just not good enough?  After a number of years in psychodynamic practice, Dr. Levit trained in Somatic Experiencing (SE), a non-psychodynamic, bio-psychological model for treating trauma.  He will present clinical process in order to explicate the SE model and to illustrate how SE perspectives and approaches can inform and enrich our psychodynamic ways of looking, listening, and responding.  He will emphasize how SE can supplement and enfold into psychodynamic processes of intersubjective regulation, crucial for patients who are exquisitely vulnerable to severe over-activation (overwhelming anxiety, panic, terror, agitation, rage, explosiveness, etc.) and/or under-activation (freeze, numbness, emptiness, deadness, etc.).   He will share a professional and personal journey of interweaving SE into psychodynamic therapy.

Two Continuing Education Credits will be offered and light fare will be served. This event is hosed by the Pioneer Valley Area Coordinators - Lisa Jaffe, M.S.W. '15, Amanda Starfield, M.S.W. '08, and Joan McKelvey, M.S.W. '88.

Contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 413-585-4290 or sswalum@smith.edu for more information.