In Brief

Volume 4: Issue 13 -November 2010

In this issue:

Summer Lecture Series by Joan Berzoff Available for CEU Event Viewing
On-line Journals Available Through Taylor and Francis Publishers During November
Volunteer Opportunities
Day Garrett Nominations
Professor Emerita Joan Laird Seeks Your Help!
SSW Faculty and Alumni News
Planned Giving Update
On-line Directory and Listservs

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Summer Lecture by Dr. Joan Berzoff Available for Viewing
We have produced DVD copies of SSW resident faculty member Dr. Joan Berzoff's recent Summer Lecture Series presentation, "The Transformative Nature of Grief and Bereavement" which is available to alumni who would like to host, facilitate and/or participate in small regional alumni events throughout the country. We will provide CEUs for the event and assist in support and planning activities. Please contact Pat Gilbert in the SSW Alumni Office if you would like to facilitate/host an event in your city. You can contact Pat at (413) 585-4290 or

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On-line Journals Available Through Taylor and Francis Publishers during November
Taylor and Francis is allowing open on-line access to all of the journals it publishes during the month of November. There are many journals available and you may want to browse these and download articles for future reading. To view the selections, visit

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Volunteer Opportunities - Please fill out the SSW Volunteer Form Today!
The School for Social Work relies heavily on the efforts and goodwill of our alumni to help us in the areas of prospective student networking, mentoring current students, providing reduced rate psychotherapy to students, hosting SSW events and participating in our on going fundraising effort. Our Volunteer Opportunities Form has been updated to more easily capture information on the areas of volunteer interest of our alumni. Please visit
for more information. You can register to be a volunteer by completing the Volunteer Opportunities Form or by contacting Pat Gilbert, Alumni Affairs Office, at (413) 585-4290 or

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Day-Garrett Award Nominations
We are seeking nominations for the annual Day-Garrett Award. Your professional contacts and affiliations in the field make you an ideal source of nominations for this prestigious Smith College School for Social Work award. If you would like to submit a nomination for the Committee's consideration, please complete the on-line form available at The deadlline for nominations is February 15, 2011. Nominate someone today!

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Professor Emerita Joan Laird seeks your help!
Professor Emerita Joan Laird has begun work on a prosopography (a group biography) of three late 20th century leaders in the development of social work theory and practice: Carel Germain, Carol Meyer and Ann Hartman. The personal and professional lives of these three social work educators intersected in many places and across several decades. They were close friends, colleagues, and sometimes rivals as they re-examined the interfaces between person and environment, exploring the use of new metaphors and new theoretical bases for theory and practice. Carel Germain's and Ann Hartman's papers are in the Sophia Smith archives, while Carol Meyer's are at Columbia University.

Professor Laird hopes to correspond with and interview many of the colleagues and students who knew and worked with one or more of these women. If you would like to contribute, to reminisce about your experiences, please contact her at

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SSW Faculty and Alumni News

West Coast Faculty Lectures
Two SSW resident faculty members recently spoke to students, graduates and other invited guests on the West Coast in October. These two lectures, one by Joshua Miller, Ph.D. in Seattle, Washington and the other by Kathryn Basham, Ph.D.'90 in San Francisco, California were warmly received and attendees were able to obtain CEU credits and network with classmates and colleagues at these events.

Dr. Miller's lecture entitled "Psychosocial Capacity Building in Response to the Haitian Earthquake" gave him a chance to talk in clinical depth about his recent trips to disaster-riddled Haiti. Dr. Miller gave a similar presentation on campus at Smith earlier this spring and it was a treat to be able to have him speak to our Seattle alumni group. Barbara Lui, M.S.W.'75 generoursly opened her house and provided refreshments for the talk which drew over 15 current SSW students and alumni..

Dr. Basham's presentation entitled "Transitioning Home: Refuge or a New Combat Zone for Military Couples" was attended by over 25 current SSW students and alumni.. We would like to warmly thank Erin Butler, M.S.W.'92 for helping to plan and organize Dr. Basham's talk which was held at the VA in San Francisco, California. Erin also helped organize the SSW Admissions Open House at the VA the previous evening.

Each lecture was followed by a question and answer session and refreshments were provided. We look forward to planning more of these faculty events for next spring.

Hello from Goa, India!
Lisa Aronson, M.S.W.'74 is an alumna on the move. Lisa is a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar affiliated with a non-government organization in Alto Porvorim, Goa, India. She has been working on some interesting projects since she began her grant three months ago. Her projects include:
- co-editing a casebook for training Indian paraprofessional school health counselors
- a pilot project to see if some developmental/psychodynamic concepts can be integrated into the paraprofessional training course.
- a pilot project working with caregivers and management at an orphanage to increase their sensitivity and capacity with the children in their care.
- Lisa also received a sub-grant under Fulbright to teach/consult at a children's instituttion in

MMD Newswire, November 1, 2010
New book argues that true happiness comes from love and work, not money
In his new book "Money and the Pursuit of Happiness: In Good Times and Bad," Richard Trachtman, Ph.D.'78, presents ideas on how to understand money and use it wisely. Richard also recently spoke this summer on campus to a group of SSW faculty and students prior to the release of this book.

Newark Post, June 25, 2010
University of Delaware study says state wastes millions of dollars on treating low-risk juvenile sex offenders
University of Delaware professor Chrysanthi S. Leon and Smith professor David L. Burton, Ph.D. authored, “Net Widening in Delaware: The Overuse of Registration and Residential Treatment for Youth Who Commit Sex Offenses."

Race-Talks, May 26, 2010
Opinion: What really separates the Tea Party from The Black Panther Party
SSW alumna Crystal Hayes, M.S.W.'04, an activist and writer, recalls the day in September 1973 when the police came to her home and arrested her father, Robert Seth Hayes, a member of the Black Panther Party.

CRI Beyond Beijing, May 26, 2010
Campus Safety
Professor Joshua Miller, Ph.D., participated in a discussion of a recent spate of attacks on school children in China.

Daily Hampshire Gazette, April 14, 2010
Smith professor helps out in Haiti
In March, Joshua Miller, Ph.D.,a professor in the Smith College School for Social Work, flew down to the island nation of Haiti to help the people reclaim their country and their lives following a devastating earthquake. Dr. Miller has been helping people to move on after mind-blowing disasters for about a dozen years, said Haiti is the worst disaster he has witnessed, bar none. "I've seen some terrible things," said Dr. Miller shortly after the
17-day humanitarian mission to Fonfrede. "This is by far the most tragic situation I've ever seen."

New Haven Register, March 15, 2010
Surprise mom and dad, your parenting differences can actually be your strength
SSW Professor Marsha Kline Pruett, Ph.D., has co-written a new book with her husband, Dr. Kyle Pruett, a nationally renowned author and an eminent child psychiatrist at the Yale Child Study Center. The book is titled “Partnership Parenting: How Men and Women Parent Differently — Why It Helps Your Kids and Can Strengthen Your Marriage.”

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Planned Giving Update

Please let us know if you have included SSW in your estate plans so that we may recognize you as a member of the Smith College School for Social Work Planned Giving Society. Also, please let us know if you are considering making a gift of stock or a related security. David Brown, Director of Development and Alumni Affairs, would enjoy speaking with you about ways you might consider supporting SSW through a gift of an annuity or other giving vehicle. You can contact David at (413) 585-7964 or

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On-line Directory & Listservs
Find classmates and search for SSW alumni in a particular geographical location! This self-service tool is available to you now through the on-line directory. General information about networking and navigational tips specific to SSW can be found at:; to log into the on-line directory, go to: where you will find the log-in box in the upper right corner of the page.

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