The "Kelsunn-on-the-Air" Social Work Podcast
By Silas , Your "E-Journalism Social Work Advocate"
The "Kelsunn-on-the-Air" Social Work PodcastApr 25, 2023
Real Talk - A Discussion About Social Work Salaries
Kelsunn Communications, Inc (www.kelsunn.org) invites you to this indepth and informative interview about the inequities in Social Work Salaries. Here is a little of what our three distinguished guests will be sharing:
Olivia Knox, MSW: NASW-NYS Chapter Policy Coordinator (naswnys.org)
She is one of the co-authors of a detailed research project on Social Worker Salaries. She says, “A new report shows social workers are not being paid equal to similar professions. The report, from the National Association of Social Workers New York State Chapter finds 34% of social workers surveyed are at the same salary they were when they started their job. Knox adds that, “many feel that “Stagnant Wages” are why social workers are leaving the field.
Adrienne LoPresti, LCSW-R: Executive Director of YES Community Counseling Center (www.yesccc.org)
She shares some other interesting insights on this topic. She shares that one of the reasons “why the inequity in salaries exists is because Social Work is seen as being a mostly “female-dominated” profession. She shares her thoughts on what is needed for reform within the various systems of influence such as the government sectors, NYS Dept. of Education, Medicaid, and Private Insurances.
Randi DiAntonio, LMSW: Vice President of the NYS Public Employees Federation (PEF) (pef.org)
She talks about a major research project her organization did. She shares the data showing the impact that inequitable salaries are having on the public Social Work profession. She states that “More than 70% of survey respondents indicated their work location has at least one vacancy for a social worker. As a result, social workers who choose to stay on the job are working harder than ever.
2023 NSABSW Honors Black History Month & Black Social Work Pioneers
The Nassau - Suffolk Association of Black Social Workers (NSABSW) invites you to this re-broadcast of our February 28, 2023 Black History Month "FB Live" Celebration. This special edition also segued into Social Work Month 2023 - highlighting some of the Black Pioneers of Social Work. This presentation will educate audiences to the origination of the National Association of Black Social Workers, and how this organization was born out of "Protest" when the main stream Social Work organization in this country would not let Black Social Workers speak to the needs of the Black Community at the time. Look, Listen, Learn and be educated as Black Social Work Pioneers are Celebrated!!!
Kelsunn Communications Presents This "Social Work Month 2023" Production
Kelsunn Communications, Inc. Invites you to enjoy this tribute to the Profession of Social Work and a salute to all the professional social workers in the country. Thank you for all that you do. Happy Social Work Month!!!! https://youtu.be/iY-wbrvhKHU
This year’s Social Work Month theme is “Social Work Breaks Barriers,” to highlight how social workers have enriched our society by empowering people and communities to overcome hurdles that prevent them from living life to the fullest.
The annual Social Work Month campaign in March is a time to inform public, policymakers, and legislators about how social workers have always broken barriers when it comes to the services they provide in an array of sectors, including hospitals and mental health centers, federal, state, and local government, schools, community centers, and social service agencies.
People become social workers because they have a strong desire to help others and make society a better place. Social work is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). More than 700,000 professional social workers are hard at work nationwide, but that number is expected to rise to almost 800,000 by 2030, BLS said.
Dr. Yvonne S. Thornton: The Ditchdigger's Daughters - Black History Month 1997 - Re-Air
The Ditchdigger’s Daughters is the story of Donald Thornton, a laborer, and his wife Tass, a domestic, who managed to shepherd their six daughters into careers of professional status. Consider the results of their efforts: Two physicians, an attorney, a court stenographer, a dentist and a registered nurse.
Written by middle daughter Yvonne S. Thornton, M. D., The Ditchdigger’s Daughters is far more than a goody goody story. Although music, self sacrifice and upward mobility all figure prominently in this memoir it also merits readers’ attention for its effective recreation of the characters, its important messages, its genuineness, its overall excellence, and its inspiration.
The book contains plot turns that everyone can identify with. Parts of the story even read like a thriller. When the two oldest daughters’ defect from the family because of Donald’s stringency, they start a chain of reactions that threaten the viability of this heretofore loving and stable unit. Donald becomes verbally and emotionally abusive to Tass. As a result Tass experiences a depression that necessitates clinical treatment. The remaining daughters were filled with fear and confusion at these events. The Thornton family found themselves facing a crisis of epic proportions: would this black family survive? The answer is not as neatly packaged as a sitcom, and reflects the messy fits and starts of real people living real lives.
Yvonne was the first to fulfil her father’s dream of becoming a physician. Her recounting of her climb to become a respected and successful Obstetrician-Gynecologist is an endearing portrait of a physician as a young woman. As a black female doctor she suffered many rude comments and one remark, made by a white male colleague who said, "I assume you know what you’re doing", was particularly distressing. "I arrived back home crying and raging’. If I’d been a man, he wouldn’t have talked to me like that. If I’d been white, he wouldn’t have questioned my ability to do what was right."
Since the book’s publication in 1995 it has received much acclaim as a Literary Guild Selection and a Pulitzer Prize nominated book. A for television movie was made with Carl Lumbly portraying Donald Thornton.
Listen carefully to this ditchdigger’s daughter. Dr. Yvonne S.Thornton is a woman who has walked this walk and knows of which she speaks.
"New Me, New You - New Year" W/Linda K. Edwards
To all my listeners, as you all know by now, this podcast is known for among other things "highlighting and uplifting" the Social Work Profession and those who reach out to help others. These are some of the core values of the Social Work Profession. Also, as Social Workers we are known for having connections to resources that can benefit those we serve. So, today’s discussion is intended to do just that.
We are talking with our esteemed guest, Ms. Linda K. Edwards, a well-known community volunteer and entrepreneur from the NY Tri-State area. She is the founder of New Me, New You, Inc. & Father Time, Inc., two highly regarded non-profit organizations there. Ms. Edwards is affiliated with “NAMI” National Alliance on Mental Illness and SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She also donates her time and resources to volunteer with the Nassau County Department of Social Services Foster care/Adoption Unit.
This past year Ms. Edwards was nominated for the 2022 Who’s Who Publishing Registry which recognizes Executives and Professionals for their accomplishments and contributions to the Global marketplace.
New Me, New You W- Ms. Linda K. Edwards _Trailer
Ms. Linda K. Edwards, is Executive Director & Founder of New Me, New You Inc, & Father-Time Inc, Both Non-Profit Organizations!! She is a Community Volunteer and an Entrepreneur. Ms. Edwards says she has a passion for reaching out and helping others. That is the sole mission of her volunteer and business activities!!!
Film Producer - Greg Williams Discussing His Latest Film
Greg Williams is the award-winning filmmaker of feature length documentaries, The Anonymous People (2014 PRISM Award for Outstanding Documentary) and Generation Found. In 2015, he produced the historic Unite To Face Addiction Rally on the National Mall when tens of thousands of people from around the world gathered to end the silence surrounding addiction. This was the first time major musicians, politicians, actors, athletes, models, journalists, authors, and advocates joined together in unison, to solve the most urgent health crisis of our time. The event was memorialized in a PBS special, The Concert To Face Addiction, that Greg produced. He also produced the launch event and companion TV special for the release of the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, Listen: Facing Addiction In America when Viacom aired the special simultaneously on 11 of its cable networks, which was seen by millions.
Greg is a health policy consultant and communications specialist, providing strategic oversight and direction to numerous initiatives. Most notably, Greg manages the Alliance for Addiction Payment Reform, a national collaboration aimed at improving outcomes for patients, payers, and health systems, and served as a managing editor of the Addiction Recovery Medical Home Alternative Payment Model.
Greg has over a decade of experience working with non-profits and government agencies on addiction. As person in long-term recovery from addiction himself, Greg’s work has been dedicated towards creating positive changes in access to quality health care and recovery supports for the over 40 million Americans with a substance use disorder.
Greg is the award-winning filmmaker and producer of three feature length documentaries: The Anonymous People, Generation Found, and Tipping The Pain Scale. In 2015, he executive produced the historic UNITE to Face Addiction Rally on the National Mall when tens of thousands of people including from around the world gathered alongside major musicians to end the silence surrounding addiction. He also produced the 2016 launch event of the first-ever Surgeon’s General Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health: Facing Addiction in America as well as the 2021 Recover Out Loud concert event in partnership with Google, iHeart Radio, and Variety. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, ABC World News, LA Times, and countless other news outlets. He also serves as a member of the United States of Care’s Voices of Real Life advisory group.
Greg received his master’s degree in addiction public policy and media production from New York University.
Greg Williams, Film Producer - Tipping the Pain Scale, Trailer
Greg Williams is the award-winning filmmaker and producer of three feature length documentaries: The Anonymous People, Generation Found, and Tipping The Pain Scale. In 2015, he executive produced the historic UNITE to Face Addiction Rally on the National Mall when tens of thousands of people including from around the world gathered alongside major musicians to end the silence surrounding addiction.
Ms. Haley Ingersoll, MSW - Mental Health & Wellness Advocate
The "Kelsunn-on-the-Air" Social Work podcast invites you to this insightful interview with Ms. Haley Ingersoll, MSW. Here's some information about this dynamic Social Worker. Her expertise primarily lies in mental health advocacy, health care quality improvement efforts, and also program and project administration and management.
She was a 2020 – 2021 Network of Social Work Management Policy Fellow. Her presentation was entitled “The Healthcare System: Curing What Ails”. She is passionate about wellness, advocacy, and communication, blending her background in social work and communications to effectively share resources and support organizational outreach.
Ms. Ingersoll has cultivated copywriting, advocacy, project management, and relationship-building skills, positioning herself as an asset in a variety of sectors and levels of an organization. She sees herself as an adaptable, life-long learner and is continually seeking ways to be a change agent. True to her social work values, Haley strives to bring a person-centered, equity-focused orientation everywhere she goes. Ms. Ingersoll values and prioritizes work with organizations that empower and exact change with their stakeholders. She thrives in cross-collaborative settings, and believes that with creativity, strategic partnerships, and thoughtful implementation, we are capable of bridging disparities in pursuit of a more equitable society.
Mental Health Advocate Haley Ingersoll, MSW - Trailer
Listen to this trailer featuring Mental Health Advocate, Ms. Haley Ingersoll. You'll hear a clip of her thoughts about Mental Health & Wellness. You'll also hear about how and when you can hear this informative and wide-range interview in it's entirety!!!
Vote, Vote, Vote !!!!!
GOTV Means - Get Out The #Vote!!!
Here's an urgent message from 3 Voting Rights Champions who have since passed away. However, their words ring truer today than ever!!! Please heed the words of the Late Supreme Court Justice @RuthBaderGinsberg, The Late Congressman @JohnLewis, and the Late Congressman @ElijahCummings. They remind use that everyone who is able to MUST go out and exercise their FRANCHISE!!!! Countless others gave their lives for all of us to have this right. And make no mistake about it, it is our legal right to be able to vote, it is not a privilege to be either bestowed or denied on the whim of others!!! So in closing on November 8, 2022 --- VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!!
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"Tipping The Pain Scale" - A Podcast Promoting This Film Screening
Kelsunn Communications, Inc (www.kelsunn.org) is proud to bring you this podcast which features a discussion about a ground-breaking film on addiction & treatment. The film is called “Tipping the Pain Scale” - The film’s slogan is “Addiction isn’t a choice, Compassion is!! The discussion features three champions of addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery methods, Mr. Steven Chassman, CEO of LICADD (www.licadd.org), Dr. Carol Carter, Founder of Sunshine Prevention Center (https://www.sunshinepreventionctr.org/), and Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn, all of Long Island, NY.
It has been released to celebrate September as "National Recovery Month". We were also graced with an opportunity to interview the film producer, the Award-Winning”, Mr. Greg Williams. The film will air locally on October 6, 2022 at 7pm in Port Jefferson, NY at Theatre Three, 412 Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY. We are encouraging everyone who hears this podcast anywhere in the NY-Tristate arear, to attend the film screening. There is no charge to attend. After the film, there will be a panel discussion also. In addition to that, there will be information on how other organizations and agencies can have a screening as well. Make sure to be there!!!
Juneteenth 2022 Celebration Co-Sponsored by MLK Center, Long Beach, NY & NSABSW
Kelsunn Communications is proud to bring you this re-cap of this Juneteenth 2022 Celebration put on jointly by the Nassau/Suffolk Association of Black Social Workers (NSABSW) & The MLK Community Center of Long Beach, NY. This celebration was held at the center on Saturday, June 18, 2022. This podcast focused on community youth. We produced this in the form of a Vox Populi (More widely known as a "Vox Pop" - Meaning "Voice of the People""). We posed the question of "How Do You Boost Your Self-Esteem"? Through this podcast we share their responses.
Nassau County, NY Legislator Carrie Solages - "A Friend of Social Work"
Kelsunn Communications (www.kelsunn.org), is honored to bring you this interview featuring the "The Honorable Carrie Solages" Legislator of the 3rd District of Nassau County, NY
The Honorable Carrie Solages is the second of four children born to Philippe and Micheline Solages, an immigrant couple who came to New York from Haiti in search of political and economic stability, risking their lives to create a better life for their family.
Legislator Solages graduated with academic honors at the top of his class from Carey High School in Franklin Square. He then attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. from 1997 to 2001.
He recalls his greatest accomplishment during his time at Georgetown coming only two days shy of his graduation in 2001. After almost four years of organizing and appealing to the administration, Carrie learned that his efforts to receive funding from alumni were finally a success and the University thereby cultivated an interdisciplinary program in African American Studies.
Legislator Solages went on to attend Boston College Law School. While there he focused on Constitutional law, Civil Rights Law and First Amendment law. Selected by Harvard Law School and Boston College for a joint program in legal historical studies, Carrie produced research cataloged by both institutions. Simultaneously, the ambitious law student worked as a legal intern at Catholic Charities of Boston.
Carrie returned to New York after law school and served as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County. In 2006, Carrie began working with the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) and currently serves as Vice President of the organization.
That year he also joined the family law firm of Solages & Solages, P.C. In 2007, Carrie was appointed to serve as Commissioner for the Commission on Human Rights of Nassau County by County Executive Tom Suozzi.
The Honorable Legislator Carrie Solages - Trailer
The Honorable Legislator Carrie Solages joins the program to talk about a range of issues that are important to him as a Public Servant. He also strongly promotes Social Workers and all the good they do in communities everywhere. Legislator Solages speaks of his admiration for Social Workers and the impact they have on the lives of those they serve. What makes it more amazing is the first-hand accounts he gives of his personal experiences working with Social Worker.
My Most Impactful Social Worker, The Late Mr. Dalton Murchison!!!
To Everyone: This interview is a tribute to a professional Social Worker who had a profound impact on my life. His name is Mr. Dalton Murchison. Last year I was fortunate to re-connect with him after many, many years. I had many Social Workers through the years. But he had the greatest impact on me. Mr. Dalton Murchison. Always went above and beyond while serving as my Social Worker.
After reconnecting with him I, I was fortunate enough to interview back in May of last year. I featured him in Social Work Fellowship project I worked on from November 2020 to June 2021. The final project premiered on June 18, 2021. For the project I interviewed 6 professional Social Workers. Mr. Murchison’s interview was the capstone of the project. I featured him as a Social Worker who made a huge difference in my life. I also highlighted him during the NASW-NYS Long Island Regional Awards Ceremony that evening.
Many in his family witnessed how I highlighted and detailed what Mr. Murchison did for me and the impact he had on my life at a young age. Sadly, on July 18, 2021 one month to the day that I featured him Mr. Murchison passed away. The documentary and the awards ceremony were aired all over the country and globally. I am so glad I got to publicly acknowledge and thank Mr. Murchison before he passed. Please make sure to listen, comment, download, and share this story that has so much meaning to me. Thank you.
Trailer - "My Most Impactful Social Worker"
Prepare for the upcoming story saluting an impactful Social Worker in my life. I was fortunate enough to re-connect with him after many years. Throughout my pursuit of my Social Work degree I always made it a habit to single him out for what he meant to me. I was able to do it several times after we re-connected. The upcoming podcast will share that story.
Dr. Melanie Sage, LCSW, Recites "A Love Letter to Social Workers"
Dr. Melanie Sage, LCSW, Is the Author of the Powerful and Widely Read Essay, “Love Letter To Social Workers” https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/love-letter-social-workers-front-lines-covid-19-sage-licsw-phd/.
She penned this at the height of the Covid 19 Pandemic!! It was published on April 9, 2020. She sent our studios at Kelsunn Communications an audio recording of her essay. We produced this mixdown version of the essay, laying her vocals over one of our music tracks and featured it in our interview with her during our Covid-19 Special Series. (https://anchor.fm/kelsunn-on-the-air/episodes/CV-19-Seg--4---Dr--Melanie-Sage--LCSW-eg963p) It is certainly worth re-visiting as she transitions from Social Work Academia into "Social Work Technorati ".
Thank you Dr. Sage for this timeless contribution and salute to our profession!!
"Kelsunn-on-the-Air" Juneteenth 2021 Podcast Wins Award of Distinction
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Re-Cap: 4-30-22_Black-Mens-Mental-Health Conference Vox-Pop ("Voice-of-the-People")
Here's a brief re-cap of the widely attended and the hugely successful inaugural "Black Men's Mental Health & Wellness" Conference called "Breaking The Ice", held two weeks ago at Adelphi University. This re-cap is in the form of a production style called a "Vox Populi" or "Vox Pop" for short. It's Latin and it means, "Voice of the People"!! There were attendees from as close as Garden City and Central Islip and as far away as North Carolina and Bermuda!! Congratulations to organizers, Ms. Shanica Pickens, MSW & Assistant Dean of The Adelphi School of Social Work and Mr. Arron Muller, LCSW & CEO and Therapist at Life Matters Psychological Services.!!! Here's what some of the attendees had to say.
Black Men's Mental Health & Wellness Conference Promo Podcast
The Adelphi University School of Social Work will present “BreaKING the Ice: Black Men’s Mental Health and Wellness Conference,” a conference highlighting the importance of mental health and wellness among Black men, on Saturday, April 30, 9a – 4p on the on the Garden City Campus. The conference is free to attend, but registration is required. Make sure to register soon as seats are filling up fast. The last day to register is April 15, 2022. Here is the link:
The conference will examine mental health from a holistic standpoint by exploring the multiple issues affecting health and how various institutions interact and reinforce one another.
“In these times of uncertainty, the pandemic coupled with the number of suicide cases amongst Black men, attention must be paid right now to discuss and normalize Black men’s mental health and wellness,” said Schanica Pickens, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Director of the Masters of Social Work program.
In collaboration with Arron Muller, MSW ’12, CEO of Modify Wellness Inc., and the Adelphi University School of Social Work, “BreaKING the Ice” will feature keynote speaker Damyn Kelly ’83, PhD ’20, JD, president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of New York, a nonprofit organization that focuses on early childhood education, foster care, immigrant services, supportive housing, immigration legal services and a school for special needs children. Dr. Kelly is one of the foremost social work leaders in New York and is one of the rare Black executives heading a large social service organization. He is a frequent speaker, presenter and lecturer on issues pertaining to diversity, equity and inclusion with a special emphasis on the lack of executives of color in the nonprofit sector. He also emphasizes the lack of Black males in leadership positions.
Moderating the conference is Alain Berrouet, director of intergovernmental affairs for the New York City Department of Education. The conference will include a distinguished panel of community leaders, alumni and therapists. Panelists will share their stories, experiences, coping skills and resources for achieving mental wellness.
"Raise-The-Wage" For Social Workers_Eps. #5 - Dr. Lois Stein: DSW, LMSW
Kelsunn Communications brings you this 5th Episode of a 6-Part Series feat. Dr. Lois Stein, DSW. Dr. Stein received her BS degree in Community Service Education from Cornell University and her MSW and DSW in Social Welfare from Adelphi University. Her social work career began as a medical social worker and expanded over 40 years to include mental health, drug and alcohol and special needs counseling. She works with children and adults, in a safe and stigma-free setting, focusing on a variety of issues such as anxiety, addictions, coping skills, depression, family conflicts, life transitions, parenting, relationships, identity, school issues, self-esteem, stress, and mood disorders. Dr. Stein incorporates a multi-modalities approach to treatment. In addition to her extensive direct practice with children, adults and families, Dr. Stein served as the Assistant Dean of Academic Services and the Director of the MSW Program at the Adelphi University School of Social Work in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She also served as the Director of the Inaugural BSW & MSW Programs at Long Island University (LIU) in Brentwood, NY. Dr. Stein created an innovative program at LIU whereby she introduced H.S. Students to the Social Work profession. She arrange for the students to get credit for the classes and those credits were accepted at several area colleges and universities in their Human Services and Social Work Programs.
Eps. #5 - Trailer: "Raise-The-Wage" For Social Workers_ Dr. Lois Stein
Dr. Lois Stein received her BS degree in Community Service Education from Cornell University and her MSW and DSW in Social Work from Adelphi University. Her social work career began as a medical social worker and expanded over 40 years to include mental health, drug and alcohol and special needs counseling. Dr. Stein taught at Adelphi University School of Social Work in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She also served as the Director of the Inaugural BSW & MSW Programs at Long Island University (LIU) in Brentwood.
"Raise-The-Wage Episode #4 -Feat. Ms. Sarah C. Butts, LMSW Director of Public Policy, NASW
Sarah Christa Butts, LMSW Is the Director of Public Policy with the National Association of Social Workers, in Washington, DC. Ms. Butts is responsible for leading the association’s public policy, political and legislative affairs agenda, overseeing field organizing, working at both the national level and with NASW chapters, political candidates’ fundraising and endorsement efforts, as well as developing and advancing the association’s strategic goals and objectives related to influencing the legislative and executive branches of government.
Prior to joining NASW, Sarah served as executive director of the Grand Challenges for Social Work at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She was also a Senior Administrator within the Dean’s office at University of Maryland, School of Social Work. Ms. Butts is the founding administrator of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) and played a significant role in the organization’s development as a 501c3 and launching of Grand Challenges from 2013-2017. She is a co-author on the AASWSW working paper to End Homelessness and contributing author on a new book, Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society, published by Oxford University Press. Prior experience includes roles at the Family League of Baltimore, Maryland Department of Human Services, Social Services Administration and Baltimore County Department of Social Services. Ms. Butts holds an MSW from University of Maryland Baltimore and a BSW from University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy.
Ms. Butts also played a major role in developing The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) 2021 Blueprint of Federal Social Policy Priorities articulates meaningful actions the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress should take to address the COVID-19 crisis, promote mental and behavioral health, eliminate systemic racism and ensure civil and human rights for all. The Blueprint’s 21 issue areas are organized according to the Grand Challenges for Social Work, a research-informed social policy agenda, developed by the social work profession, to address our society’s most pressing social problems. NASW’s Blueprint is a roadmap for social progress and reflects social work’s best thinking on the pathway to a more just and equitable society.
Kelsunn Communications Proudly Presents: Social Work Month 2022 Tribute
This is the audio track of photo montage video (***Click here to access the YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/xR6DFElpQf0 ) saluting all that Social Workers do ... Year-Round, All the time!!
This montage also includes a recitation of the moving essay, "What Social Workers Make". The essay states many of the different ways that Social Workers Positively impact society in general and people, families, communities, and systems in particular.
Near the end of the tribute everyone is reminded that it is imperative to "Raise-the-Wage" of Social Workers so that they are paid commensurate to the enormous impact they have on the lives of those they serve. There is a subtle reminder that we love helping others but at the same time we want to be compensated more equitably.
Thank you all for your self-less dedication!!!
Happy Social Work Month to all Social Workers World-Wide!!! (www.kelsunn.org)
Raise The Wage Ep.#4 Trailer - Ms. Sarah C. Butts, MSW, NASW Director of Public Policy
Sarah Christa Butts, MSW, is currently the Director of Public Policy for the National Association of Social Workers. Previously she was the Executive Director of the Grand Challenges for Social Work and Senior Administrator within the Dean’s office at University of Maryland, School of Social Work. Ms. Butts is the founding administrator of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) and played a significant role in the organization’s development as a 501c3 and launching of Grand Challenges from 2013-2017. She is a co-author on the AASWSW working paper to End Homelessness and contributing author on a new book, Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society, published by Oxford University Press. Prior experience include roles at the Family League of Baltimore, Maryland Department of Human Services, Social Services Administration and Baltimore County Department of Social Services. Ms. Butts holds an MSW from University of Maryland Baltimore and a BSW from University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy.
Ep. #3 - Raise-the-Wage For Social Workers, Feat. Dr. Tracy R. Whitaker, DSW
Dr. Tracy Whitaker is an associate professor and the associate dean for academic and student advancement at the Howard University School of Social Work. In this role, she provides leadership for and coordination of the curriculum offered by the School of Social Work, including strategic planning, resource allocation, implementation, evaluation, reaccreditation and continuous improvement. Prior to joining the faculty of Howard University, Dr. Whitaker directed the Center for Workforce Studies & Social Work Practice at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for over a decade. In that role, she led the first national benchmark study of licensed social workers in 2004 and the first compensation and benefits study of the social work profession in 2009. Dr. Whitaker received her BA, MSW and DSW from Howard University.
Dr. Whitaker provides leadership for and coordination of the curriculum offered by the School of Social Work, including strategic planning, resource allocation, implementation, evaluation, reaccreditation and continuous improvement. She collaborates with the dean and the executive leadership team to develop and support the enhancement of the faculty human capital. Dr. Whitaker also provides leadership in initiating, evaluating, and improving student services and activities in the School of Social Work, including developing and implementing strategies to recruit graduate students and to increase retention and graduation rates; addressing student matters related to advising, petitions, appeals, withdrawals, academic offenses, probation, suspension, and reinstatements; and serving as advisor to student government groups. Dr. Whitaker leads efforts to create, maintain and promote a positive learning environment.
This is a Kelsunn Communications Production (www.kelsunn.org)
Raise The Wage Ep.#3-Trailer: Dr. Tracy R. Whitaker, DSW
Dr. Tracy Whitaker is an associate professor and the associate dean for academic and student advancement at the Howard University School of Social Work. In this role, she provides leadership for and coordination of the curriculum offered by the School of Social Work, including strategic planning, resource allocation, implementation, evaluation, reaccreditation and continuous improvement.
"Raise-The-Wage": Ep.#2 -Feat. Dr. Katherine Briar-Lawson, MSW
We at Kelsunn Communications(www.kelsunn.org) welcome you to this informative 6-Part Series entitled “Raise-The-Wage: The Case for Equitable Salaries for Social Workers and Other Human Services Professionals”. This series aims to launch a discussion about the value of Social Workers in all the roles they play. This series also highlights the impact Social Workers and other Human Service Professionals have on the clients, communities, and agencies they serve and why they should be compensated according to their impact. For our 2nd Episode we feature Dr. Katherine Briar-Lawson, MSW - Dean Emeritus and Professor of the School of Social Welfare, Albany State University, NY. ((https://www.albany.edu/ssw/faculty/katharine-h-briar-lawson)
Dr. Briar-Lawson, MSW is a national expert on family focused practice and child and family policy. Among her books (co-authored) are Family-Centered Policies & Practices: International Implications (2001), and (co-edited) Innovative Practices with Vulnerable Children and Families (2001), Evaluation Research in Child Welfare (2002), Charting the Impacts of University-Child Welfare Collaboration (2003), Social Work Research (2010), Social Work Practice Research (2010), and Globalization, Social Justice and the Helping Professions (2011), and The Children’s Bureau: Shaping a Century of Child Welfare Practices, Programs and Policies (2013), and Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprises in Economic and Social Development (2020).
She chaired the Gerontological Task Force for the National Association for Deans and Directors and served as a past president. In addition, for 10 years she served as a Co-PI of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute and currently collaborates with its Leadership Academy for Deans and Directors and its National Advisory Board. She is the recipient of the 2015 NASW International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award and the Council on Social Work Education Significant Lifetime Achievement Award in Social Work Education. She is also recognized as a National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Social Work Pioneer for long and consistent history of dedication and innovation to the Social Work Profession.
"Raise The Wage" Episode #2 Trailer Featuring - Dr. Katherine-Briar Lawson
This trailer announces that coming up on Thursday, January 20th Episode #2 will launch. This episode will feature the widely known and highly respected Social Work Scholar & Professor, Dr. Katherine Briar-Lawson. Dean Emeritus of the Albany State University School of Social Welfare.
“Raise-The-Wage": For Social Workers, Feat., NASW President, Dr. Mildred "Mit" C. Joyner, LCSW
Dr. Joyner joined the faculty at West Chester University (WCU) in 1979 as assistant professor and served as the director and chairperson of the undergraduate social work department, a position she held for several decades. While at WCU, Professor Joyner presided over the campus Frederick Douglass Society, chaired the Committee of 16, developed the civility award, developed the Frederick Douglass Junior Ambassadors, led university town hall meetings on Embracing a Just Community, organized and obtained funding for the annual delivery of a MLK Day for the university and surrounding community, and was the chief architect of the university's campus climate committee. Professor Joyner also developed an interdisciplinary Race Relations course, which received an award from students for effective delivery of critical content on race.
In 2011, Professor Joyner, a full professor of social work, received the emeritus rank with full rights and privileges from the West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Later in 2011, she retired from the university and created MCJ Consultants which specializes in organizational change and achieving equity. Professor Joyner is a former president of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Concurrently, she served on the board of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) and represented the United States. She also served as president of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD). She holds membership in BPD, CSWE, and NASW.
She is the recipient of numerous awards including: 2005 AGE-SW and BPD Gerontology Leadership Award for stellar national leadership in the field of gerontology; the BPD Lifetime Achievement Award; Living Beyond Breast Cancer Founders Award for leadership and stewardship; the first Dr. Inabel Burns Lindsay Award from Howard University School of Social Work; the Central State University Hall of Fame Award as a Distinguished Alumni; the First William Culp lecturer by Abilene Christian University School of Social Work; and the CSWE Lifetime Service and Leadership Award. In September 2019, Mit Joyner received the prestigious NASW of Pennsylvania Phyllis Black Lifetime Achievement Award for her leadership and commitment to social justice and the quest for obtaining equity for all.
Professor Joyner is married to the Honorable J. Curtis Joyner, a Senior Federal Judge of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Together they have three daughters Dr. Jennifer Joyner-Hall a clinical psychologist in Washington, DC; Nicole M. Joyner, a human resource director in Atlanta, GA; and Jacqlyn A. Joyner an attorney in Washington, DC. Her greatest role is being “Gg” to her two grandsons David Anthony Hall IV and Jacob James Joyner Hall.
"Raise The Wage"Trailer - With Dr. Mildred "Mit" C. Joyner, NASW President
Coming up on Thursday, December 23, 2021 at 5AM (Also in video on my YouTube Channel) will be the 1st of my 6 interviews with distinguished Professional Social Work Leaders. The series is called "Raise the Wage" - The Case for Equitable Pay for Social workers and Other Human Service Professionals. I am honored to have been afforded the opportunity to interview Dr. Mildred "Mit" C. Joyner, currently serving as President of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Dr. Joyner talks about a myriad of topics including how we as Social Workers need to promote ourselves more. She also talks about the wide array of industries and vocations Social Workers are involved in. This is an interview you won't want to miss!!!
“Raise The Wage” – The Case for Equitable Pay for Social Workers
Problem Statement: Social Worker salaries need to be increased so that they are commensurate with their skill, education and credentials. Above anything else Social Work salaries need to be commensurate with the impact that Social Workers have on the lives of others? We also need to get society to move past the fact that Social Work is a “female-dominated” profession. In addition to that the vulnerable populations served are looked down upon and seen as morally flawed and therefore not deserving of the best of services. Those two facts alone negatively impact salary considerations for Social Workers.
Motivation: My motivation to pursue this policy is embedded in my deep and profound passion for the profession. It is vitally important that policy-makers recognize and acknowledge the profound impact Social Workers make in every aspect of society. Having experienced first-hand the powerful impact Social Workers can have on a person‘s life is why I need to make sure that Social Work salaries are raised to an equitable level. l desire for others to experience that same “Power of the Profession” and be inspired to “pay it forward”. Therefore, we need to attract, recruit, train and retain highly talented and passionate individuals to become social workers.
Motivation: One of the first areas I believe should be addressed is to make sure that there is universal nation-wide “Title Protection” in the public sector. What this will do is prevent government-funded human service organizations from hiring non-educated and non-credentialed employees and identifying them as “Social Workers”. This allows agencies to pay them less and brings down the value of professional Social Workers. I believe that there should be "Social Work Student Loan Forgiveness". Research shows that high student debt and less than equitable salaries discourage many from pursuing a Social Work career. Lastly, it is vitally important for all Social Workers, regardless of what their job is, to always identify themselves as Social Workers. This is especially true of the many CEO’s and ED’s who have Social Work Degrees and are earning 6-figure salaries. This will go a long way of dispelling the myth that “you can’t earn high salaries” with a Social Work degree.
*** Full Version Originally Launched on 8/19/21
On Saturday, June 19, 2021, The "Kelsunn-on-the-Air" Social Work Podcast, Award-Winning Flagship offering of “Kelsunn Communications” (www.kelsunn.org) went on location to record this podcast live. This podcast recording marked the commemoration of the first-ever Federally Designated & Recognized "Juneteenth Holiday". This took place at the 3D's Aftercare, Inc. Community Center in Baldwin. This community celebration was the culmination of many months of planning . It was collaboratively sponsored by The Nassau/Suffolk Association of Black Social Workers (https://m.facebook.com/nassausuffolkabsw/) and the 3D's Aftercare, Inc. (https://www.3dsaftercareinc.org/) Community Center in Baldwin. Throughout the course of the day there were a myriad of cultural activities and workshops. We asked organizers and participants to stop by and share their thoughts and reflections on the historic occasion. We were delighted to hear and record some of the comments attendees and members shared. A couple of youth also stopped by to give their opinions on the historic day. This is a collection of the comments and contributions set to an African-themed, originally created music bed. Tune in to listen wherever you get your podcasts. Please remember to download, like, and share.
Z-100's Radio Personality Skeery Jones Says Vote for Silas!!
Well everyone, there's only 5 weeks left for the competition. Here is Z-100's Executive Producer of the "Elvis Duran in the Morning" Show, Skeery Jones, urging you all to vote .... for my podcast!!
Once again, I am honored to be competing in the annual Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s 2022 “Best of Long Island” contest in the “Best Podcast” Category. My podcast is competing against 16 other podcasts. I would like to thank you all for your votes and your continued support – just keep on voting!!!
I am truly proud to say that the Award-Winning, "Kelsunn-on-the-Air" Social Work Podcast (https://anchor.fm/kelsunn-on-the-air) is only Social Work podcast in the competition!!!
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So please do!! Thank you all ever so kindly for your vote and your support!!!
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Highlighting the "Sunshine Alternative Education Prevention Center"
The Sunshine Alternative Education and Prevention Center (https://www.sunshinepreventionctr.org/), founded in 1992. It is a true grass-roots organization that formed from the personal experiences of its 2 co-founders, Dr. Carol Carter and Ms. Tamara Pelosi. Their collective desire was to help their own children. Today that dream has turned into a reality that now reaches hundreds of children and families with hope for a brighter future.
The stated mission is to provide a safe, nurturing environment for all children and families that is designed to build self-esteem & positive social skills, empower youth to make healthy choices and decisions, prevent or reduce substance abuse and violence, and strengthen the connections between families, schools and communities.
Sunshine Prevention Center provides a variety of prevention-focused programs and services to the youth and families in Suffolk County.
The prevention-focused programs are multi-faceted, engaging the children and families in relationship activities, skill-building activities, and enrichment activities.
Our programs include: Social Skills and Leadership Programs, Teen and Adult Anger Management, Teen Support Groups, Summer Prevention Programs for ages 4 - teens, Parenting Support, and Substance Abuse Prevention for Mandated or Court-ordered Adults and Outreach Services for schools and agencies.
Sunshine also provides an Alternative Education Program for high school youth who are in danger of or placed on long term suspension due to behaviors relating to substance use or violence. This program incorporated academic instruction and prevention-focused support that aims at building on positive skills. Participants are referred by home school district.
Sunshine Prevention Center is located in Port Jefferson Station in a building donated by the Town of Brookhaven. Sunshine provides substance abuse and violence prevention programs and services that include: social skill programs, youth and teen leadership programs, an alternative education program for high risk teens, outreach services, a unique summer camp and a variety of other services to meet the needs of children and families on Long Island.
Today Sunshine is a respected leader in the field of substance abuse and violence prevention reaching hundreds of children, teens and adults annually.
The Sunshine Prevention Center “Blessing Box”
The blessing box is now open and available to anyone in need. The box is located at 468 Boyle Road Port Jefferson Station and is right by the side walk. You can drive by, stop and take any items that you need. The box will be stocked daily and is easily accessible.
A Conversation With Legislator Kara Hahn, MSW - Political Social Worker
The Honorable Legislator Kara Hahn, MSW - Representing the 5th Legislative District of Suffolk County, NY.
Legislator Hahn is the National Association of Social Workers(NASW) NYS Chapter 2020 “Public Elected Official of the Year”
Kara Hahn(https://www.karahahn.com/)is the Suffolk County Legislature’s Deputy Presiding Officer. First elected in 2011 to represent the very same community in which she was raised and is now raising her family, Kara has worked to make government more open and responsive while strengthening the County’s central mission of protecting public health and safety. Legislator Hahn’s initiatives to better our environment and open spaces has earned her the role of chairwoman of the Legislature’s Environment, Parks & Agriculture Committee, while her leadership on issues ranging from domestic violence to drug overdoses has earned her key roles on the Legislature’s Health; Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Services & Preparedness and Public Safety Committees. During her time in public office, Legislator Hahn has championed forward thinking public policies that have saved hundreds of lives by putting opioid antidotes in the hands of first responders and training lay persons to use the antidote in cases of suspected overdose; allowed County health professionals to follow-up with overdose victims who were saved in order to get them into treatment; enabled victims of abuse to better gauge their risk of being re-assaulted or killed by an abuser, and kept guns out of the hands of individuals deemed to be a threat to themselves or others.
Because of her thoughtful leadership, Kara was elected to serve as the Legislature’s Majority Leader from 2016 through 2019 and chosen as the body’s Deputy Presiding Officer earlier this year.
Prior to her election, Kara held roles as a Public Policy Coordinator for a child care advocacy organization, a Senior Public Relations Specialist for a multinational high technology corporation and the Director of Communications for the Suffolk County Legislature. Kara holds a Master’s degree in Social Work Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. She is resides in Setauket with her husband Christopher and two daughters. Legislator Hahn is presently running for Congress.
***This is a "Kelsunn Communications" Production(www.kelsunn.org)
Re-Cap of 6-19-21 “Official Juneteenth Holiday” Community Celebration
The "Kelsunn-on-the-Air" Social Work Podcast, Award-Winning Flagship offering of “Kelsunn Communications” (www.kelsunn.org) went on location to record a podcast live on Saturday, June 19, 2021. This marked the commemoration of the first-ever "Federally Designated & Recognized" Juneteenth Holiday. This took place at the 3D's Aftercare, Inc. Community Center in Baldwin. This community celebration was the culmination of many months of planning . It was collaboratively sponsored by The Nassau/Suffolk Association of Black Social Workers (https://m.facebook.com/nassausuffolkabsw/) and the 3D's Aftercare, Inc. (https://www.3dsaftercareinc.org/) Community Center in Baldwin. Throughout the course of the day there were a myriad of cultural activities and workshops. We asked organizers and participants to stop in and share their thoughts and reflections on the historic occasion. We were delighted to hear and record some of the comments attendees and members shared. A couple of youth also stopped by to give their opinions on the historic day. This is a collection of the comments and contributions set to an African-themed, originally created music bed. Tune in to listen wherever you get your podcasts. Please remember to download, like, and share. We would also be grateful for donations of any amount. Your support enables this podcast to continue to expand its reach. Also, we are a Registered 501(c)(3), Not-for-Profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. Thank you!!
***2021 - "1st Place Media Award" Re-Launch of "Destigmatize to Normalize" - A Needed Mental Health Discussion
In January of 2020 the “Kelsunn-on-the-Air” Social Work Podcast released this podcast episode, entitled “Destigmatize to Normalize”. This segment of was recorded at the Molloy College School of Social Work, in Rockville Centre, NY. The main topic was on breaking down the #stigma that prevents individuals from seeking help to deal with their #mentalhealth issues.
In 2021, this Kelsunn Communications (www.kelsunn.org) Production finished in “1st Place” In the Press Club of Long Island (#PCLI) Annual Media Competition in the “Podcast Category”!!! This is the re-launch of this episode. Please take time to re-visit this vitally important discussion!!! Thank you!!
This episode featured an in-depth discussion about Mental Health challenges. The podcast featured the following three distinguished guests who were a part of this dynamic, informative discussion:
Dr. Lisa Zakiya Newland (www.educate2elevatecs.com), Chair of the #MolloyCollege School of #SocialWork as well as President of the #NassauSuffolk #Associationofblacksocialworkers.
Mike Veny (https://www.mikeveny.com/)best-selling author of #TransformingStigma",a highly requested Ted-X presenter.
Frank Pomata, #MentalWellness advocate and noted Public Speaker,
Philanthropy Infusion Ep# 5 - With M.Woodard & Dr. Copeland
Philanthropy Infusion – Host: Ms. Michele Woodard
Guest: Dr. Jacqueline Bouvier Copeland
***This is a “Kelsunn Communications Production” (www.kelsunn.org).
Today’s guest is, Dr. Jacqueline Bouvier Copeland, Founder of Black Philanthropy Month (http://www.blackphilanthropymonth.com/), founded in 2011. “Black Philanthropy Month” is a 10-year old global collaboration to celebrate, promote and elevate Black giving and funding in all its forms every August and year-round. This global celebration, which is recognized by the UN and 30 governmental entities.
Dr. Copeland is also Founder & CEO of (The WISE Fund ) which stands for the “Women Invested to Save Earth” Fund (https://thewisefund.org). The WISE Fund is an impact enterprise providing funding for promising underrepresented innovators using technology and other tools for social and environmental impact, particularly in Africa, Australia, Brazil, The Caribbean, India, USA and Diasporas.
Dr. Copeland created Reunity (www.reunity.net) , a women’s philanthropy network which is now part of The WISE Fund. She also created the initial design of My Brother’s Keeper, an Obama Administration legacy initiative.
Dr. Copeland also founded Renewell, a sustainability company providing corporate services for a more just and equitable world.
Dr. Copeland is an expert on cultural and ecosystem diversity issues. She is recognized by Congress as a HistoryMaker for her innovative civic contributions and is recently recognized as one of the world’s TOP 100 Philanthropy Leaders by the advocacy group, Philanthropy Unbound.
She is a professor, trainer, curator, blogger, frequently sought-after keynote speaker and published author on a wide range of business and ESG issues.
Dr. Copeland holds two masters degrees, one in urban design and the other in cultural anthropology, with a PhD in anthropology all from the University of Pennsylvania. Her undergraduate degrees are from Georgetown University’s liberal arts and foreign service schools in literature and African studies. She also studied African history and culture at University of Ife in Nigeria under Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka.
Philanthropy Infusion Ep.#4- M. Woodard & E.J. Cooper: CEO, Young, Black, & Giving Back
Philanthropy Infusion – Host/Creator: Ms. Michele Woodard
Guest: Ms. Ebonie J. Cooper-Jean
***This is a “Kelsunn Communications Production” (www.kelsunn.org).
Today’s guest is, Ms. Ebonie Johnson Cooper, Founder & CEO of the Young, Black & Giving Back Institute (http://www.youngblackgivingback.org), which was established in 2014.
The mission of the institute is to educate, inspire, and empower black Gen-Xers and Millennials to invest in changing their communities through philanthropy.
The institute’s founder, Ms. Johnson-Cooper started “Give 8/28”, a national giving day dedicated to promoting financial support for black-led, black-benefitting grassroots nonprofits. (https://www.give828.org/giving-events/ybgb21). The initiative was started by her in 2018. Last year, “Give 8/28” raised over $250,000. This year’s goal is to raise $500,000!
Listen to Ebonie talk about the mission of YBGB Institute, why black giving is vital to create and sustain thriving communities, why August 28 was chosen as the national black annual giving day, the significance of Give 8/28 and moving equity in philanthropy forward.
Ebonie earned a master’s degree in Divinity/Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary, a Master of Science in Public Relations & Corporate Communications from NYU and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from North Carolina A & T State University.
She is Principal Consultant of Friends of Ebonie, LLC, an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland and a sought-after public speaker.
With her time and talent, Ebonie has created many strategic partnerships for her work including by not limited to Wells Fargo Advisors, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Johns Hopkins University, Kellogg Foundation, University of Georgia and United Way of the National Capital Area.
Philanthropy Infusion: Ep. #2 - Host: Ms. Michele Woodard, Guest: C'Ardiss "CC" Gardner Gleser
***This is a “Kelsunn Communications Production (www.kelsunn.org)
Today’s guest is, Ms. C’Ardiss “CC” Gardner Gleser, who holds the inaugural position of Director of Programs & Strategic Initiatives at the Satterberg Foundation (https://satterberg.org) located in Seattle, Washington, a family foundation focused on promoting a just society and a sustainable environment. In this role, CC dedicates her time working with nonprofits focused on equity and changing educational outcomes for underserved children. Separately, CC is Creator & Founder of the Seattle Equity Summit.
Join us to hear CC speak openly and honestly on the topic of equity in philanthropy, her role as the first person of color to join the Satterberg Foundation team, why qualifiable data is vital to equity work and the intricacies of the Seattle Equity Summit (www.seattleequitysummit.org) she created and launched in 2019.
CC is a graduate of Yale University earning a bachelor’s degree in African American Studies and an M.Ed., Education Administration from Seattle University.
CC’s time and talent reaches far beyond her work at the Satterberg Foundation. CC serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Andrus Family Fund, she has been a ‘Connecting Leaders Fellow’ with the Association of Black Foundation Executives since 2017, is Vice Chair of Programs for the Philanthropy Northwest Board of Directors and is the Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Charlotte Y Martin Foundation.
CC graciously volunteers her time and talent to several organizations including (but not limited to): The Bush School in Seattle where she serves as Trustee, Social Venture Partners Seattle, The Yale Black Alumni Association, and Treehouse – a nonprofit addressing the education and enrichment needs of youth experiencing foster care.
Philanthropy Infusion - Host: Ms. Michele Woodard, Guest: Coach Carmen Duncan
***This is a “Kelsunn Communications Production (www.kelsunn.org)
Today’s guest is, Coach Carmen Duncan, MSW - Founder & CEO of “Mission Accomplished Transition Services” (https://matransitionservices.org/) A non-profit organization she established in 2012 with the purpose of helping students at the high school, trade school and, college level, and students on a path to entrepreneurship, remove obstacles that prevent them from pursuing their dreams and entering the careers they are most passionate about.
Coach Carmen has been successful in raising over one million dollars for her organization and now has 8 employees to help carry out the organization’s mission. She is a social entrepreneur and philanthropist who has received several awards honoring her leadership. Coach Carmen has also served as the keynote speaker at several events including, The 2016 Women’s Fund of the Capital Region Trailblazers awards in upstate NY, The 2015 Black Women’s Association of Albany’s - Women of Distinction awards, the Women’s Employment Resource Center’s annual awards event, and in February of this year Coach Carmen was one of several Social Workers featured in the NASW-NYS Chapter’s “This is Social Work” Video Project highlighting all the various roles Social Workers serve in. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOurff7Cb1c&t=11s)
Listen as she speaks with passion about her work and her desire to make a difference. Coach Carmen also sends out a call for those looking to be philanthropic to consider donating to support her vitally important work.
Kelsunn's 1st International NY-to-Israel Interview W/Ms. Anat Ben Salmon, Psychotherapist
Kelsunn Communications is excited to bring you this first-ever, International NY-to-Israel Interview. Make sure to log in and listen as I interviewed Mrs. Anat Ben Salmon, a Veteran Psychotherapist. She was on location in Israel at the time of this interview. Mrs. Ben Salmon shares her unique perspectives on parenting, teens, and adolescents. She also discusses how she developed some of her therapeutic methods. You might also find of great interests the the roles of Social Workers in her country. She says they are asked and expected to do much more therapeutically, much sooner in their careers. She states that Social Workers in Israel hold a very prominent position in society. Ms. Ben Salmon also highlights trainings that she and her partner have developed that have an universal approach for therapist globally.
Kelsunn Communications Introduces "Michele Woodard" Creator of Philanthropy Infusion
"50 Years of Service" The EAC Network - Empower, Assist, and Care
https://eac-network.org/ EAC Network is a not-for-profit social service agency that empowers, assists, and cares for over 43,220 people in need through 100 programs across Long Island and New York City. Our mission is to respond to human needs with programs and services that protect children, promote healthy families and communities, help seniors, and empower individuals to take control of their lives.
EAC Network has built a powerful legacy as a leading human and social services organization that improves quality of life for our most vulnerable neighbors. As experts at the vanguard of providing innovative programs, we are making plans that continually ensure the sustainability of our organization and our ability to deliver solutions that meets the changing and growing needs of our most underserved populations.
We help people within five service areas: Children & Youth, Family & Community, Behavioral Health & Criminal Justice, Senior & Nutrition Services, and Vocational Services.
EAC Network reached an important milestone: 50 years of uninterrupted service to those in need within our local communities! We continue to see a dramatic need from vulnerable populations coming to us for help. Our professional staff and dedicated volunteers respond by providing help to Empower, Assist, and Care for individuals in crisis. To learn more about EAC Network’s history, click on the button below and read our Milestones Magazine.
Silas, your "EJournalism Social Work Advocate" Promoting NASW on WHPC 90.3, Nassau Community College
Hear Silas W. Kelly, LMSW doing the voice-over to this Promo to promote a workshop. This was for a Workshop held in April of 2018 to address how to re-integrate the formerly incarcerated back into society. This worshop was co-sponsered by the National Association of Social Workers NY State Chapter( NASW-NYS) and Nassau Community College's Human Services Academic Department. The script was written by Silas and the Production was done by Shawn Novatt, Program Director of WHPC !!! Thank you Shawn!!!
Z-100 "Get Active" Public Afairs Show, 1st Place, 2018 Media Award - Sarah O' Connor & The INNcredible Bike Ride,
****This just in: Since November of 2020, This episode, “Sarah O'Connor and the INNcredible Bike Ride”, is rated #2 in Melbourne, Australia in the "Education Category". https://www.owltail.com/podcast/RHVmv-E-Journalism-Social-Work-Advocate
In 2017, World Famous WHTZ 100.3 (Z-100) on-air personality Skeery Jones and CEO & Founder of Kelsunn Communications www.kelsunn.org SIlas W. Kelly, LMSW co-co-produced and co-hosted this public affairs program on "Get Active" the Z-100 Weekly Public Affairs program. This is the amazing story of Sarah O' Connor & The INNcredible Bike Ride". The young lady rode her bicycle from NY, NY to LA, CA to raise money and awareness about hunger and homelesness on Long Island, NY, and nation-wide. All monies raised were to go to a non-profit Social Work/Human Services agency on Long Island called The "Interfaith Nutrition Network", better known as The "INN" https://the-inn.org/ She raised over $15,000 to support their efforts. $3000 of that total was raised after this broadcast aired. The segment was subsequently awarded 1st Place in 2018 in the category of "Radio - Breaking News" in the annual "Press Club of Long Island" (PCLI) Media Competition. Listen to her amazing story which highlights her committment to serving others.
Since 2019 this has Ranked #1 in Austraila!!! - Promoting the Social Work Profession - **2017 NASW Media Award-Radio**
***This Segment is currently Ranked #1 on the Owltail.com Podcast Hosting site in Melbourne, Austrailia. It has been Ranked at #1 since August of 2019 in the Social Sciences Category: https://www.owltail.com/podcast/RHVmv-E-Journalism-Social-Work-Advocate/best-episodes
Long Island News Radio 103.9 FM Radio Jobline Inteview W/Scott Passeser: Producer/Host
National Association of Social Workers official Silas W. Kelly, LMSW used a wide-ranging interview with Long Island News Radio to talk about the rewards and challenges of the social work profession in 2017. This segment was later awarded the NASW Media Award for "Radio".
Introducing The Award-Winning "Urban Social Work Journal"
"Urban Social Work Journal" Founders: Dr. Brenda Williams-Gray, DSW; Dr. Carl Mazza, DSW; and Dr. Dana Burdnell Wilson, PhD-LCSW discuss their award-winning Publication. In 2018 the journal won the Prose Award "Honorable Mention" distinction as the Best New Journal In Social Sciences. The award is given out by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). USW aims to establish a forum for dialogue, debate, critical analysis and identification of relevant and cutting edge solutions for today’s urban communities. The journal also provides knowledge useful across disciplines and for work across the life course. This journal accepts: data-based, or empirical- based, qualitative and mixed method research articles; articles on theories, particularly alternative and re-conceptualized theories; conceptual articles, particularly state of the art and critical literature reviews; book reviews; endnotes.
Social Work Month 2021 - NASWNYS Leadership: Dr. Fletcher, Exec. Dir. & Mr. Capiello, Board President
Happy Social Work Month!!!!
In this Special Podcast Episode we kick-off Social Work Month 2021 with the NASWNYS Chapter Leadership. Listen as Dr. Samantha Fletcher, Exec. Dir. and Mr. Michael T. Capiello, Board President give a State-of-the-Chapter overview. Dr. Fletcher, visits the show again to talk all things Social Work.
Mr. Capiello details how the board stays in lock-step with the Chapter ED, and Staff to meet the needs of the vast number of Social Workers in NY State. Listen as they discuss how the Chapter has dealt with the "3 P's" that have been so prominent in the last year ... those being, The "Pandemic, the Protest, and the Politics"!!!
Also you won't want to miss them discusssing the "Revolution" in Social Work that the Chapter has initiated, a movement that has gone global!!! They also detail a major PR campaign called "This is Social Work" https://naswnys.org/this-is-social-work/ that features Social Workers from all over the state detailing the myriad of roles we play and industries we function in!!! Make sure to listen, like, chare, subscribe, and download!!
Black History Month - Featuring Dr. Veronica Hardy, LCSW
Exciting News!!! Clinical Social Worker, Dr. Veronica Hardy’s Book Launch Countdown is under way and in full gear!! Be on the look-out for "Becoming Un-Tangled" being released on March 1st! – The beginning of “Social Work Month”. Listen for her promo’s in the middle and at the end of this podcast for more information!!!
Dr. Veronica L. Hardy holds a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, Master of Social Work degree, and clinical social work licensure. She has multiple book publications including The Process of Grief: The Underrated Form of Self-Care (Workbook for Helping Professionals), academic journal articles focusing on racial equity in schools and child sex trafficking, as well as co-authored grants focusing on schools and trauma. She has served on professional and community boards including the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board (Vice Chair), United Way of Robeson County (Board and Executive Committee), and the Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics (Board of Copy Editors).
Listen as she talks about the role the Church has played in the African-American Community, the importance of spirituality in social work assessments of clients, and much more!! Also you won't want to miss your invitation to come to the "Social Work Lounge"!!!
To learn more about Dr. Hardy, to purchase a book publication, or to schedule a speaking engagement for your organization or virtual event, please visit https://www.drveronicahardy.com/
"Ranked #1", on Owltail.com In Austraila - National Association of Social Workers (NASW) - NYS Region 5 Leadership Round Table
***This Just In: This episode was just "Ranked #1" in the Science, Social Sciences Categories in Melbourne, Austraila on their https://www.owltail.com/ Podcast-Hosting website!!!
In this, the first Episode of Season #3 of the "Kelsunn-on-the-Air" Social Work Podcast we are proud to feature the 3 Members of the NASW NY State Chapter's Region 5 Leadership Team. Listen as they talk about the areas they represent, plans for the upcoming year, and much much more. You will hear from the following officers as Follows:
NASW Region 5 Representative to the Board of Directors, Ms. Afsha Malik, MSW: Afsha (she/her/ hers) received a Bachelor of Science in Social Work with a Legal Studies minor from Molloy College. She is a recent graduate of Columbia School of Social Work Master’s Program where she focused her studies on “Social Enterprise Administration” with particular attention to contemporary social issues. She also chairs the New Emerging Workforce Committee, which she helped create to address "emerging" social workers' needs and issues.
NASW Nassau Division Chair: Professor Jessica J. Mitchell, LMSW: Ms. Jessica J. Mitchell is Social Worker, who is also an experienced political and campaign strategist who has worked throughout the tristate area. Ms. Mitchell is skilled in grassroots organizing, campaign management, and legislative action. For the last five years she has been an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare where she teaches courses in policy, legislative advocacy, and political campaign management. She is currently a Ph.D.student at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University.
NASW Suffolk Division Chair: Alexandra is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development & Inequality Studies. She received her Master of Social Work, with a specialization in Community, Policy, & Political Social Action, from Stony Brook University, School of Social Welfare, as a Phi Alpha Honor Society member. Alexandra established and launched a social justice coalition, New York Social Action, which advocates for equitable policy change.
Region 5 consists of Nassau & Suffolk County in NY State
Re-Air: "Election Day 2020" - Feat. Political Social Workers: Jessica J. Mitchell, LMSW & Chantel Jackson, LMSW
This is an edited version of the complete broadcast aired on October 5, 2020, just prior to election day last November 3, 2020.
Dr. Donna Volpitta, CEO - Pathways to Empower - The Resilient Mindset Model
Log-on to listen to my fascinating interview with Dr. Donna Volpitta. She is the Founder and Education Director of Pathways to Empower (pathwaystoempower.com). Dr.Volpitta, has a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D) and she makes the brain science of resilience and mental health easy to understand and apply. Donna draws on her experiences as a seasoned educator and mother of four adolescents to bring humor and practical advice to all of her audiences. So many speakers are inspirational, but Donna combines inspiration with education, providing participants with strategies that they can use right away. Her use of adorable characters, concrete examples, and easy-to-understand metaphors takes complicated material and makes it very simple to understand and apply.
Dr. Volpitta holds Advisory Board positions for One Revolution Foundation and Kids Helping Kids, both of which develop resilience in youth. She is a Global Presence Ambassador for Parenting 2.0 and a member of the Character Collaborative. She is an expert for Understood.org and Modern Mom and has given presentations at numerous professional conferences.
Dr. Volpitta is a former classroom teacher with experience in both general and special education. She holds a doctoral degree in Learning Dis/Abilities from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Dr. Lakeya Cherry, DSW: CEO of The Network for Social Work Management
Dr. Lakeya Cherry, DSW, MSSW is the Chief Executive Officer of The Network for Social Work Management, an international membership organization dedicated to strengthening leadership in health and human services. Under her leadership, the Network has grown globally and introduced new, innovative programming that meets the needs of social work and human services leaders everywhere. At her previous position with 2U, Inc., a technology company partnering with prestigious universities to place degree programs online, she was a Senior Regional Field Manager for the University of Southern California School of Social Work’s online Master of Social Work program. Dr. Cherry was in charge of spearheading national partnerships and managing field education agency development initiatives. She has also held a variety of direct service positions in the nonprofit sector and volunteers during her free time. Dr. Cherry currently serves on the board for the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP).
She earned her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Legal Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Dr. Cherry earned her Doctorate in Social Work from the USC .Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Her capstone project, “Changemakers of Color: A Model for Racial Equity in the Nonprofit Sector” focuses on addressing the racial leadership gap in the nonprofit sector.
Dr. Cherry holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from the National Human Services Assembly in collaboration with The Fund-Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, the Executive Education Program at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, and ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. She is also a StartingBloc Fellow, #IamRemarkable Facilitator, and Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator.
The “Anat Ben Salmon Live” Show W/ Silas W. Kelly, LMSW: Discussing why Social Workers are Essential (Audio Only)
Kelsunn Communications Founder and CEO, Silas W. Kelly, LMSW was a guest on the “Anat Ben Salmon Live” Show on which was “Streamed Live” directly from “Israel” on Sunday, November 22, 2020. Listen or view (Click here to view: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnVRcpPJ-5A&feature=youtu.be)the show in its entirety right here. Silas, your "E-Journalism Social Work Advocate" is host of The "Kelsunn-on-the-Air" Social Work Podcast heard right here on Anchor, was interviewed by veteran show host and highly experienced psychotherapist, Mrs. Anat Ben Salmon. They discussed the vital roles Social Workers play here in the U.S. and in Israel!!Make sure to experience this exciting Israel to NY connection!! Many thanks to Ms. Salmon for this wonderful opportunity!!
CV-19 Seg. #13_Ed Paley, LCSW: Private Practice Social Worker
Ed Paley has been a Professional Social Worker for 50 years. He received his MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work in 1979. He specializes in Grief, Loss, and Bereavement. He has a private clinical practice in East Meadow, Long island where he provides therapy to children, teens, adults, families, and groups.
In 2014, Ed was asked to serve on the Advisory Board of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Ed is a member of the steering committee of the Long Island Chapter of the International Association of Social Work with Groups.
In 1985, Ed obtained a job at North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center where he worked until 1996. While there, he became the coordinator for social work interns and he implemented and coordinated a Family Bereavement Program.
Ed also co-facilitated the first group on Long Island for people who lost a loved one to suicide. After the terrible tragedy of September 11th, 2001 , he was asked to train Social Workers on helping children and adults to cope with the aftermath of this tragedy.
Ed supervised social work interns from 1982-2010. He has given workshops on bereavement throughout the United States. He was named NASW Nassau Division, Social Worker of the year in 2016.
GOTV 2020 VOTE - Because V-ictory O-ften T-akes E-veryone!!!
This is a Tribute to 3 Voting Rights Giants: The Late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, The Late John Lewis, and The Late Elijah Cummings. Listen, Be Inspired & GOTV!!! Get Out The Vote!!! That is the best way to honor their memory!!!
CV-19 Seg.# 12 - Dr. Aisha M. Washington, LCSW
Our special Guest for today’s show is Dr. Aisha Mitchell Washington, LCSW. She Is currently a Clinical Director at Behavioral Health Connections - Atlanta, a Universal Health Services, Inc. entity. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a Doctorate of Social Work. She published her dissertation about teen athletes and opioid addiction on ProQuest. She specializes in working with youth, families, and children. She is also well versed in behavioral health; forensics; medical social work; and domestic violence issues. Aisha also has a Master’s of Science in Human Resource Management from Troy University. She obtained this degree to support organizations and top-notch employees. Dr. Washington strongly believes that the power of any organization is in the strategic planning, recruitment, motivation, and guidance of employees. She is described as a pragmatic, innovative social strategist. Dr Washington is experienced in providing transformational leadership. She is well-versed in using data analytics and trends to support business initiatives and increase patient intake and census, as well as promoting patient care and safety. Prior to that, Dr. Washington served as Social Services Chief at the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.
(Ad) CV-19 Seg.#11- M.Payne-MSW, Adelphi SSW
Miriam Payne is a graduate of Lehman College, Bronx, N.Y with a B.S. in Health Education and Promotion. Ms. Payne is currently employed at New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH), the #1 hospital in the state of New York, as a Unit Assistant. In her role, she is the bridge of communication between the interdisciplinary team across numerous departments within the hospital, multitasking to ensure that all patients are put first. In the Neurology department where she works, Ms. Payne interacts with patients and family members from diverse ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status, and cultures.
When Ms. Payne is not working, she attends graduate school at Adelphi University where she is pursuing a master’s degree in Social Work. After graduation, Ms. Payne desires to transition to a new role as a Medical Social Worker, where her communication skills from New York Presbyterian Hospital and her social work education from Adelphi University will be combine and utilized to ensure that patients and their family members receives optimum care throughout the discharge planning process at NYPH; the very hospital where she has been employed for over 10 years.
"Election Day 2020" - Feat. Political Social Workers: Jessica J. Mitchell, LMSW & Chantel Jackson, LMSW
Chantel Jackson, LMSW
Chantel Jackson is a licensed social worker, author, college professor and the Democratic Nominee for the 79th Assembly District in the South Bronx. Chantel believes that her W.H.E.N. (Wellness, Housing, Education, Now!) mission, will genuinely and totally transform her district into an even more healthy and wealthy community." She is a dedicated member of her community. Ms. Jackson is a proud member of the United Federation of Teachers, A NYC Public High School Social Worker, a College Professor, publisher author, and an Adelphi University School of Social Work graduate.
Jessica J. Mitchell, LMSW
Ms. Jessica J. Mitchell is Social Worker, who is also an experienced political and campaign strategist who has worked throughout the tristate area. Ms. Mitchell is skilled in grassroots organizing, campaign management, and legislative action. For the last five years she has been an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare where she teaches courses in policy, legislative advocacy, and political campaign management. Ms. Mitchell is currently a Ph.D.student at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. Ms. Mitchell is the Chair of the NASW-NYS PACE (political action) committee.
(Vote) CV-19 Seg. #10_Adelphi 2020 SSW MSW- Elisa Brown
Tune in to Segment #10 of This Covid-19 Special which features
Ms. Elisa Brown, MSW: Class of 2020 Adelphi University School of Social Work
Ms. Elisa Brown, a Brooklyn native, is a youth educator with nearly 15 years’ experience in leadership development, community organizing, counseling, and providing career services to Community youth. She is a recent May 2020 MSW Graduate of Adelphi University School of Social Work. In addition to her recently earned MSW she also has a BS in Human Services from Touro College and an MS in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College. She is also a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honors Society and the (NASW) National Association of Social Workers.
In 2003 she decided to shift her focus to young girls and their development. It was at that time that she founded https://girlskorner.org/, a startup non-profit with the mission of the encouraging, inspiring, educating, and building self-confident young ladies ages 11-18. Ms. Brown continues to serve the underserved in her community through their lifespan. During her field placement while studying at Adelphi, she was assigned the role of Eldercare Social Worker at the height of the pandemic. It was during this time that Elisa says she realized that she stepped into her true calling in “Social Work”.
Ms. Elisa Brown was highlighted in Adelphi University President, Christine Riordan’s May 2020 Newsletter. President Riordan single out Elisa and several other students who were thrust into the role of essential workers at the onset of the Corona Virus Pandemic.
CV-19 Seg. #9 - Dr.Laura S. Abrams, MSW - Chair, UCLA Luskin School of Social Welfare
Tune in to Segment #9 of This Covid-19 Special which features Dr. Laura S. Abrams: Dr. Abrams is Chair of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Social Welfare Department.
Listen as Dr. Abrams discusses among other things, how Covid-19 laid bare the healthcare disparities heaped upon BIPOC Populations. She talks about the connection between those disparities and the racial tensions that boiled over as people across the spectrum took to the streets to declare that things must change. Dr. Abrams masterfully ties all of this together as she discusses her research and the overall impact that the Pandemic had on her Social Work Students. especially as they had to abruptly cease their field placements and weren't able to pproperly termintae or say good bye to their clients. She also talks about her research.
Professor Abrams’ scholarship focuses on improving the well being of youth and young adults with histories of incarceration. Her ethnographic studies have examined youths’ experiences of criminality, risk, and institutions seeking to reshape their identities through both therapeutic and punitive practices. These themes are presented in her first book Compassionate Confinement: A Year in the Life of Unit C, (Rutgers University Press, 2013). Her second book Everyday Desistance: The Transition to Adulthood Among Formerly Incarcerated Youth (Rutgers University Press, 2017), examines how formerly incarcerated young men and women navigate reentry and the transition to adulthood in the context of urban Los Angeles. She has published over 75 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and is the author of two edited volumes: The Voluntary Sector in Prisons (Palgrave, 2016); and The International Handbook of Youth Imprisonment (Routledge, forthcoming).
Dr. Abrams is currently involved in several studies concerning juvenile justice, reentry, and transition age youth both locally and globally. The Institute on Inequality and Democracy funded a pilot study on global youth justice models in four countries, examining how issues of age, maturity, and culpability are constructed in law and practice. She also recently completed a study of very young offenders, incarceration, and health, funded by the University of California Criminal Justice and Health Consortiumand the UCLA Faculty Senate Trans-disciplinary Seed Grant. She is currently partnering with Professor Laura Wray-Lake on a mixed methods study of civic engagement among urban youth.
Black Philanthropy Month - Featuring Dr. Jacqueline Bouvier Copeland, Founder
Join us and get inspired listening to Dr. Jacqueline Bouvier Copeland’s extraordinary journey in the world of philanthropy and her exceptional contributions to advancing the social and economic wellbeing of disadvantaged communities in the U.S and around the world and her significant impact on black and brown communities. Hear how Dr. Copeland founded Black Philanthropy Month in 2011, and find out how Give 8/28 got started and the significance of that date. Dr. Copeland is the co-founder of Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network (PAWPNet), a global association of African-descent and allied women leaders, donors, and activists of all backgrounds. She is also currently the Founder and Chair of the WISE Fund (Women Invested to Save Earth). Dr. Copeland serves on the board of advisors for the alternative energy company, Uncharted Power and in 2013 she received the “Hero for Health Award” for her dedication and commitment to the social justice field and outstanding achievements in the areas of leadership and research.
CV-19 Seg.#8 - A.Peters, LCSW -Director of SW_Adelphi - Manhattan
Andrew J. Peters, LCSW, is the Director of Social Work programs at Adelphi University's Manhattan Center. He is also an adjunct professor teaching generalist practice, group work, and oppression and diversity.
He talks about Racial Injustice and Healthcare Disparities related to the pandemic. Prof. Peters educates listeners to why Social Workers are "Essential", and what their commitment is to assisting those in need.
Prior to Adelphi, Andrew worked for 18 years at Long Island Crisis Center, starting as a front line social worker and later serving as a clinical supervisor, program director and the associate executive director. During his tenure, he developed Pride for Youth, a matrix of health and wellness services for Long Island's LGBTQ+ young adults, and a street outreach project providing shelter and services to runaway and homeless youth. He has overseen school-based services, participatory research, legislative advocacy, educational theater, and EBP group and community interventions, and he formerly served on Nassau County's HIV Commission. He has overseen school-based services, participatory research, legislative advocacy, educational theater, and EBP group and community interventions, and he formerly served on Nassau County's HIV Commission.
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LI News 103.9 Radio Jobline- Scott Passeser & Silas Kelly: "The Pandemic & The Protest"
On Saturday August 15, 2020, “Radio Jobline” Executive Producer and Host, Scott Passeser interviewed Silas W. Kelly, LMSW – CEO & Founder of Kelsunn Communications, Inc. On LI News Radio Station, 103.9 FM. Listen as they discuss “The Emotional Impact of The Pandemic and The Protests”.
CV-19 Special Seg. # 7 - Dr. Veronica Hardy, LCSW
Dr. Veronica Hardy, LCSW: Dr. Veronica Hardy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, published writer, and Full Professor at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Throughout her career, Dr. Hardy has provided services in settings including residential treatment facilities, in her private counseling practice, and served as a faculty member in various social work and counseling programs.
Dr. Hardy has focused her attention on social justice and community issues including human sex trafficking of children and adolescents. She also focuses on racial equity in K through 12 school settings. She also heavily emphasizes the integration of spirituality and mental health in her therapy and counseling.
In her widely read book, “A Letter to My Sisters: Reflecting on God’s Promises”, Dr. Veronica L. Hardy uses a workbook style to guide readers through brief narratives, biblical insights, and reflective questions – encouraging them to contemplate on their experiences from a spiritual perspective.
Dr. Hardy has been honored with the Civic Excellence Award by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Sigma Iota Omega Chapter.
CV- 19 Seg. #6 - Dr. Flethcher, MSW: ED-NASW - NYS
Dr, Samantha Fletcher was selected as the Executive Director of the NY State Chapter of NASW in September of 2019. She has been instrumental in taking the chapter to new heights, especially since the on-set of the Corona Virus Pandemic. Dr. Fletcher details in this segment how she, the Chapter Board of Directors and her Staff supported the NASW Member and non-member Social Workers during the early stages of the Corona Virus Pandemic outbreak. Listen as she talks about how Dr. Fletcher recognized right away that in order to best support the general public during this crisis the State's Social Workers need to be strongly supported and advocated for.
Samantha is a member of the Cherokee Nation and strongly embraces native culture. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work (2014) and a Ph.D. (2018) from the University at Albany School of Social Welfare. Prior to her tenure at the University at Albany, she worked for over 15 years in human services including a family law firm, a crisis pregnancy center, an Islamic school, as well as a personal training business. After earning her Ph.D., Samantha served as the Assistant Dean of Academic Programs and the Director of Admissions in the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany.
She partnered with the Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to implement a social justice group for students, faculty, and staff called “The Gathering;” this endeavor increased awareness of social injustice for all members of the community and instantiated an on-going method for critically examining inequality at micro-, meso-, and macro-levels of analysis. She worked with a diverse team of administrators and faculty to implement quality educational programming for social work students at all levels (BA, MSW, and Ph.D.). In addition to enacting New York State and the Council on Social Work Education mandates for the School, a special emphasis of her work was to deepen and expand the School’s focus on social justice.
CV-19 Seg.# 5 - Dana Glickman - Kidz Helping Kidz
Ms. Dana Kane Glickman, LCSW – Is a caring, dedicated, and seasoned professional who has 38 years of experience providing individual, group and family psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and families. She is the founder and CEO of the highly successful organization, “Kidz Helping Kidz”, a place where all children feel accepted, special, important, and significant. Her organization has been working with children from Dix Hills, Long Island in NY to deal with the stress and anxiety brought on by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Listen to hear how she has been helping children and parents adjust, adapt, and cope during the Corona Virus Pandemic. Ms. Glickman skillfully re-created her services so that she could still provide the quality offerings her company has grown to be known for. Listen as she describes how she motivated her kids to think about others, reach out to others, and focus on the positives of showing gratitude and giving thanks. She masterfully helps the “children clients” she serves look for, find, and celebrate the positives amidst the calamity and negativity of the Covid-19 Global Pandemic!!
CV-19 Seg. 4 - Dr. Melanie Sage, LCSW
Dr. Melanie Sage, LCSW, Is the Author of the Powerful and Widely Read Essay, “Love Letter To Social Workers” https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/love-letter-social-workers-front-lines-covid-19-sage-licsw-phd/ – Is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Buffalo. Her practice background includes ten years in public child welfare, hospital mental health, and working with Veterans. She is the Director of Institute for Healthy Engagement and Resilience at the Buffalo Center for Social Research.
Her research passion is the beneficial uses of technology for promoting well-being, especially for marginalized youth, she is the Chair of husITa,the "Human Services Information Technology Association", an international non-profit that promotes ethical technology use, and a co-chair of the Social Work Grand Challenge of Harnessing Technology for Social Good Committee!!
CV-19 Special Segment #3_N.Gaines-MSW
Ms. Nzingha Gaines currently provides social & emotional support services as the Family Support Social Work Specialist for three Alternative Charter High Schools in Lee County Florida. She created the Facebook Page: MECCA (Making Engaging Community Connections Accessible) which hosts Weekday Live Episodes providing topics and resources specifically addressing the social/emotional impact of COVID-19 on parents with children. She is also a Mental Health Professional/Substance Abuse Counselor serving marginalized, disenfranchised youth, children and families for 28 years
Nzingha Gaines, MSW Consulting, the company Ms. Gaines founded, provides mental health and academic consultation, training, workshops locally, regionally, and nationally presentations specifically designed to address the deficit of Mental Health Literacy and Cultural Competence within school systems, community agencies and many religious/church organizations.
Segment 2_CV-19_NASW-MA_Ex.Dir. Gewirtz
Listen to Ms. Rebekah Gewirtz, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Chapter of The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), as she talks about Social Workers from Massachusetts immediately answering the call to assist the Elder Veteran Population during the Covid-19 Outbreak! Hear her explain why she penned the powerful opinion piece entitled, “As I See It: Social workers are essential personnel, so why aren’t we talking about them?” According to Ms. Gewirtz, she wrote this article to bring attention to the lack of recognition for the role Social Workers are playing in the battle against the deadly Covid-19 Pandemic!! She wants the public to recognize and appreciate what they do!
The “Social Workers – Confronting Covid-19 Series” Dr. Elizabeth Eckhardt, LCSW-"Social Workers In The Hospital”: Segment 1
The is the first segment in the "Kelsunn-on-the-Air" Social Work Podcast, Special Series entitled "Social Workers - Confronting Covid-19 with Compassion, Courage, and Character". Hear: Dr. Elizabeth Eckhardt, LCSW - Director of the Nassau County Bar Association’s Lawyer’s Assistance Program as she talks about the stressful and challenging roles Social Workers are dealing with in hospitals. Listen as she tells the stories of Social Workers being there for their patients, their patients families, and other healthcare providers. Feel the pain and hear the heartbreak as she details the traumatic experiences Social Workers are dealing with.
Emily Nonko - "Social Workers in the Library" 2nd Place "#PCLI 2020 Media Awards"
July 20, 2020 this Podcast was awarded 2nd Place in the Press Club of Long Islang, Society of Professional Journalist Media Awards!!!
Listen as Award-Winning Journalist @EmilyNonko discusses her findings on how Public Libraries are turning to Professional Social Workers to assist those in need. Hear how this collaboration to help those in need is becoming a national phenomenon. Many thanks to the Merrick Library in Nassau County, NY for providing the space for this interview.
"Destigmatize to Normalize"- A Needed Discussion on Mental Health & Wellness
***This Just In!!! "Destigmatize to Normalize", (Original Uploaded 1/24/20) a "Kelsunn Communications Production (www.kelsunn.org)Wins 1st Place (Podcast) in the 2021 Press Club of Long Island-Society of Professional Journalist Annual Media Competition!!! This engaging interview featured: Frank Pomata, Mental Health & Wellness Advocate/Public Speaker, Co-Producer of this Segment - Thank you Frank for connecting the show to Mr. Veny!!; Silas W. Kelly, LMSW (Founder/CEO} of Kelsunn Communications & Executive Producer/Host of the Show; Mike Veny, Award-Winning, Best-Selling Author of the Book; "Transforming Stigma" -- Thank you for gracing us with your presence, wit & humor Mike!! , and Dr. Lisa Z. Newland, LCSW-R, Chair of the Molloy College School of Social Work & President of the Nassau/Suffolk Association of Black Social Workers (NSABSW). ***Special Thanks To Dr. Newland and the Molloy College School of Social Work for Hosting This Recording Session!!!
Listen in to a valid & honest discussion about Mental Health & Mental Illness. Hear three interesting and knowledgeable "subject area experts" in their own rights talk about and tackle the issues. Hear some of their viable solutions to address some of those issues.
The F.R.E.E. Ensemble Players
***In Photo Pictured Left to Right:
Ms Bridget Livingston, Direct Care Staff Member & Directress & Vocal Coach of the F.R.E.E. Ensemble Players
Ms. Lois Logan, LCSW-R Social Worker & Musical Consultant to the F.R.E.E. Ensemble Players
Mr. Robert Budd, Executive Director of F.R.E.E.
Hello everyone. The organization that will be highlighted in this segment does magnificent work. The name of the organization is called “Family Residential and Essential Enterprises”, Better Known as “F.R.E.E”. The organization was founded in 1977. The organization proudly supports more than 4,000 individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental illness and traumatic brain injury. It is the mission of FREE to help individuals of all abilities realize their full potential. The story you are about to hear is amazing. However, the real story in this segment is about a talented group of “Differently-Abled” F.R.E.E. consumers. These consumers, on the Autism Spectrum were given the opportunity to realize their “full potential”. They had music and a message in them so they took that opportunity to heights unknown. This is an amazing story told by dedicated professionals about the positively, powerful impact music has on Mental Illness. Listen and be inspired.
D.Kirk - "Get Lifted by LiLi" !!!
Mental Health in the Workplace - An "EAP Social Worker" Perspective And A Personal, First-Hand Narrative
Listen as Social Worker & EAP Specialist, Megan Dwyer, LMSW, and Mental Wellness Advocate Frank Pomata, MA Discuss Mental Health and Wellness in the Work Place. Hear about the role EAP Social Workers Play in helping people navigate their problems so they can stay gainfully employed. Hear first-hand how mental illness can and has derailed the efforts of someone to stay gainfully employed. Listen to statistics from a research article published in the Harvard Medical School Journal on the impact un-diagnosed and untreated mental health issues have in the work place and on the economy. Listen as our guest provide suggestions on how to address this issue.
‘Election Day Special’ - In Memory of The Late *Congressman Elijah Cummings*
Please Click, Listen, Like, & Share this Election Day Special - In Memory of the Late “Congressman Elijah Cummings” by Silas, Your "E-Journalism Social Work Advocate". I interviewed NASW Member, Political Social Worker, and Stony Brook Social Work Professor Jessica J. Mitchell, LMSW. She shares her knowledge about the importance of Social Workers being Political involved. She also talks a lot about getting Social Work Students involved politically.
I dedicated the show to the late Congressman Elijah Cummings and begin and end the segment with a powerful message he shares from his mother before she passed, about voting.
Smithtown Youth Bureau & Suffolk Community College P.S.A. Project "Students Speak Up & Speak Out"
Long Island Youth connected to the Town of Smithtown’s Horizons Counseling and Education Center, The Smithtown Youth Bureau, and the Smithtown Youth Alliance had some things they needed to say to other youth. However, they needed a vehicle to be able to get those messages to as many young people as possible. They were encouraged to find their voice and use it to spread positive messages of hope and help regarding critical issues plaguing today’s youth. The issues they passionately wanted to talk to young people about were: “Vaping”, “Under-Age Drinking”, “Peer-Pressure” and “Marijuana Use. These are issues they and their peers face on a daily basis. Many of their friends have fallen victim to these problems. These youth wanted to do something about it.
Several Staff and Administrators of the agencies reached out to Staff Member, Silas W. Kelly, LMSW, current NASW-NYS Board Member and Self -Titled “E-Journalism Social Work Advocate”. Silas came up with the idea to reach out to his Alma Mater, Suffolk County Community College. Kelly studied Radio and TV (RTV) Production there many years ago. He pitched his idea to one of his former professors from the college, Alan Bernstein, recently retired Director of the RTV program, and one of his former Program Director’s from Kelly’s earlier radio days, and current College Radio Station Manager, Bill Terry, a 40-year radio veteran. Silas explained that students from the Youth Bureau wanted to produce PSA’s and the possibility of current students of the college’s RTV program handling all the technical production aspects of the project. The proposed collaboration was agreed upon. The Youth Bureau Students wrote PSA’s to address the four issues they identified and selected music beds to be used for each one as well. Arrangements were then made to take the students to record the PSA’s at Suffolk Community College’s Broadcast Facilities on August 1, 2018.
Current SCCC students Joe Adleman and Kevin Nessler of the Radio/TV Program handled all of the technical production of recording the PSA’s and doing the final mix-downs. Through a major collaborative effort the Youth Bureau students, with the support, guidance, and encouragement of Administrators (Matthew Neebe, LCSW– Director, Drug and Alcohol Counseling Services-Town of Smithtown-NASW Member), Stacey Sanders, BA – Smithtown Youth Bureau Director, along with Staff Counselors: Kelly Devito, Alexa Stern, Madlyn Makboulian, and Cynthia Grimley – Staff, and Counselors of the Town of Smithtown’s Horizons Counseling and Education Center, The Smithtown Youth Bureau, and the Smithtown Youth Alliance.
The students put together a masterful PSA project. These are the topics of the PSA’s in the order they are played and the students that voiced them:
1.) Vaping PSA: Alexa Grimley, Alexa Rand, and Sydney Rose
2.) Underage Drinking PSA: Abi Anand, Alexa Rand, and Vaishnavi Ravichandar
3.) Peer Pressure PSA: Alexa Grimley and Vaishnavi Ravichandar
4.) Marijuana PSA: Sydney Rose and Abi Anand
***Youth Bureau Student, Victoria DiFiore, was a PSA writer also.
These PSA’s have been shared by the Smithtown Youth Bureau, on various Social Media outlets, Local Newspapers, and The Internet.
"From Denial to Discussion" - Facing The Truth Finally
Listen as Frank Pomata discusses his personal challenges dealing with his own Mental Illness diagnoses. Hear how he ran from it and hid it for many years before deciding to "Come Out Of The Shadows" as he put it. Hear him advise listeners to seek help when they need it. Marvel at him as he tells how he triumphed over his stigma.