Instructor: Maris Blechner, LCSW, M.Ed.
Date: Monday, May 22, 2017
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Course Code: SWCHIWEL/9
Description: No matter what your particular field of practice, from drug rehabilitation to education to private clinical work, it is inevitable that at some point you will encounter adult foster children, adult adoptees, foster parents, adoptive parents, or birth parents who have relinquished their children or lost them to the foster care system. Child welfare is an often -misunderstood segment of society. It is critically important for all practicing social workers to understand the various components of child welfare, and what is the best and worst of that system, in order to best help their own clients.
CE Hours: 3
About the Instructor:
Maris H. Blechner, LCSW, M.Ed.
Maris Blechner is an adoptive and birth parent, a licensed clinical social worker and educator, and a nationally respected trainer and speaker who has spent the last thirty-six years working for the improvement of the lives of older children in the child welfare system. One of the founders of the parent-led multi-service adoption agency that she directed for twenty-six years, Maris relates proudly that she comes from the citizen-activist child-advocacy community and brings that neighborhood and personal family experience to her professional work. These days she also enjoys mentoring for Children’s Corps, doing specialized consulting and training, and teaching on Wednesdays at her own school, the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She has recently been featured as a story-teller (about adoption) on the Moth Radio Hour, on NPR and podcasts, and even on the BBC.
PHONE REGISTRATION: (212) 650-3850
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COURSE: (212) 396-7619