Social Welfare Policy and Services Sequence

Social welfare policy is the context through which the public sanctions the delivery of clinical social work services and legitimizes the role of the social work profession.

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Policy courses are designed to enhance the training of clinical social work students by contributing to their knowledge of the major historical developments in the American social welfare system, and their knowledge of policy developments within specific areas of practice including health, mental health, child welfare, family, aging and/or disability.

Contemporary policy issues are examined in relation to economic developments, demographic changes in the population, the evolution of knowledge about public issues, technology and advances within the profession.

As part of the Policy Sequence you will participate in the Community Based Anti-Racism Experience (CBARE) which engages you in social work activity that goes beyond direct clinical work with individuals, families and small groups and promotes anti-racism in organizations, neighborhoods and our larger social systems.

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Sequence Chair and Faculty
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JaLisa Williams, M.S.W., LCSW

Lecturer | Practicum Faculty Adviser | Chair of the Social Welfare Policy and Service Sequence
JaLisa Williams, M.S.W., LCSW, is a fierce therapist, educator and curator who has worked to create intentional spaces and conversations regarding self-care…
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Rose Marie Äikäs, M.S.W., M.A., Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor
Rose Marie Äikäs is a professor at CUNY-Queensborough Community College, where she teaches courses in criminal justice and social work. Her current research…
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Anderson Al Wazni, M.S.W., Ph.D. Candidate

Adjunct Associate Professor
Anderson (Andy) Al Wazni is a 2014 graduate of the Smith College SSW M.S.W. program and current doctoral candidate in social work at the University of North…
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Chelsey Branham, M.A.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Chelsey Branham (she/they, Chickasaw/Cherokee/Pawnee) is the owner and CEO of One Whole Village Consulting, LLC. She specializes in transformational equity in…