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October 26, 2003

Smith College Dean Carolyn Jacobs to Discuss Life's Transformative Moments Nov. 1

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Carolyn Jacobs, the Smith College Elizabeth Marting Treuhaft Professor and Dean of the School for Social Work, will discuss “Spirituality: Transformative Moments in Life Stories” at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, in Seelye Hall, Room 106.

Providing examples of transformative moments, Jacobs will illustrate how people use spirituality to name what they value, to respond to challenges and to make decisions. She will give particular attention to understanding the personal meanings attached to symbols, rituals, beliefs and divine figures, and to thinking about internal relationships to spiritual resources.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of Smith’s chaired professor lecture series.

Jacobs has written extensively on the topic of spirituality in social work, including authoring a chapter on “Spirituality and End-of-Life Care Practice for Social Workers” in Joan Berzoff’s book “Living with Dying.” Jacobs has also presented on this topic within the School for Social Work’s network of field agencies and served as chairperson for spirituality symposiums at several annual programs of the Council for Social Work Education.

After receiving her bachelor’s from Sacramento State University, Jacobs attained her master’s in social work from San Diego State University and her doctorate from the Heller School of Brandeis University.

The Smith College master’s of social work is nationally recognized for its specialization in clinical social work. The School for Social Work was founded to address the psychological needs of soldiers returning from World War I, and, for more than 80 years, it has been a leader in academic and clinical excellence. .

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