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July 29, 2010

Award-Winning Social Worker to Speak at Commencement

Two doctoral and 97 master’s degrees will be awarded Aug. 20.

1NORTHAMPTON, Mass – Dusty Miller, an expert on addictions and trauma, will deliver an address to 99 graduate students during the Smith College School for Social Work’s 90th commencement ceremony.

Miller, a consultant with the ATRIUM Training and Consultation Institute in Belchertown, will speak Friday, Aug. 20, at 4 p.m., in the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility. The event is free and open to the public.

A past recipient of the honor Psychologist of the Year by the Traumatic Stress Institute in Windsor, Conn,, and the Fifth Annual Human Service Award from the Holyoke Hospital Center for Psychiatry, Miller’s expertise includes relationships, self-injury, self sabotage, family violence and sexual abuse, and trauma and spirituality.

Previously she served as co-director of the Willing Spirit Retreat Center in Truro, Mass.; supervisor and trainer at the Franklin County Women’s Research Project; and research director of the Women’s Research Project in New Haven, Conn.

2Among her publications are “Stop Running from Love: 3 Steps to Overcoming Emotional Distancing and Fear of Intimacy,” “Women Who Hurt Themselves: A Book of Hope and Understanding” and “Your Surviving Spirit.” In addition, she has authored articles and book chapters, presented at national and international conferences and served on editorial boards for nearly three decades.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in English literature, magna cum laude, from Cornell University, Miller received a master of arts degree in women’s studies from the Goddard-Cambridge Graduate Program in Cambridge, Mass., and a doctor of education degree in counseling psychology/family therapy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She completed a postdoctoral internship in family therapy at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.

One of the oldest and most distinguished schools for clinical social work in the United States, the Smith College School for Social Work enrolls women and men pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in social work with a concentration in clinical practice. Students alternate three summers of intensive on-campus classroom instruction with two eight-month periods of extensive fieldwork at agencies across the country.

Since its founding in 1918, the school has led the field in developing innovative educational and fieldwork responses to war and trauma. Students often pursue fieldwork at veterans hospitals nationwide.


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