Training the next generation of social workers
Binghamton’s master of social work program is relatively new, but under Laura Bronstein’s leadership as department chair, it’s already earning national recognition.
The University first awarded MSW degrees in 2005. Already, the department has received a grant to develop a program that prepares social workers to specialize in older adult care. It also received accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education.
In collaboration with Binghamton’s Decker School of Nursing and the Graduate School of Education, the MSW program has received a grant to develop, implement and evaluate school-based health and mental health services in two Binghamton elementary schools. Through that project, nurses, social workers and educators will collaborate to improve physical, mental health and educational outcomes for children and families served by the schools.
“The premise here is to interact with families where they are — at the school and at home — and use a multidisciplinary approach to learn what the issues are and provide and/or find the community services to support all family members,” Bronstein said.
Bronstein, an associate professor who holds a bachelor’s degree from Union College, earned her MSW from the University at Albany as well as a doctorate in social work from Barry University.
She teaches courses on topics such as Social Work in Health Care and School Social Work and counts interprofessional and interagency collaboration, social work education and social work practice with aging populations among her research interests.
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