The Social Service Workforce and the Practice of Working With Vulnerable Children and Families

9:00 am
3:00 pm
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9AM-12PM Hammer Health Sciences Center, Room LL103
Hammer LL103 (from 9AM-12PM); Rosenfeld building 8
The Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health
The Child Protection in Crisis Learning Network & The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance
Mailman School Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Open to the Columbia Community, Open to the Public
The Child Protection in Crisis Learning Network and the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance are hosting the second part of our three-part symposium series "Measuring the Immeasurable: Building the Evidence Necessary for Effective Child Protection and Family Welfare Policies and Programs" at the Mailman School of Public Health.

Three panels will discuss the social service workforce and the practice of working with vulnerable children and families.

The schedule of events will be:

Panel 1: Learning About Measuring the Social Service Workforce from the Experience of Other Social Sectors
9:15am to 10:30am in LL103 in the Hammer Building, 701 W. 168th St.
Moderated by: Jessica Rose, Senior Technical Advisor for Monitoring and Evaluation, Health Systems Strengthening Team, USAID
Presentations by:
- Jane Spinak, Edward Ross Aranow Clinical Professor of Law at Columbia University and the co-founder of the Child Advocacy Clinic
- Helen de Pinho, Assistant Professor of Population and Family Health at Mailman and Associate Director, Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program

Panel 2: The State of the Evidence Concerning Social Service Workforce Strengthening
10:45am to 12pm in LL103 in the Hammer Building, 701 W. 168th St.
Moderated by: Maury Mendenhall, Senior Technical Advisor, Orphans and Vulnerable Children, USAID, Office of HIV/AIDS
Presentations by:
- Joan Zlotnik, Director, Social Work Policy Institute, National Association of Social Workers
- Rebecca Davis, Associate Professor at Rutgers School of Social Work and Director, Center for International Social Work Studies
- Mari Hickmann, Monitoring & Evaluation Program Advisor at Futures Group International
- Mark Preston, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Columbia University School of Social Work

Lunch: 12pm-1:15pm in the atrium outside the Rosenfeld 8th floor auditorium.

Panel 3: University Research and Training Partnerships for Faculty Development
1:15pm to 2:30pm in the 8th floor auditorium of the Allan Rosenfeld Building, 722 W. 168th St.
Moderated by: Mette Christiansen, Director of the Concentration in Human Services in the Department of Sociology, New Paltz State University of New York
Presentations by:
- Martha Haffey, Director, Building Professional Social Work, and retired Associate Professor from the Hunter College School of Social Work of the City University of New York
- Martha Bragin, Associate Professor at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, and Chair, Global Social Work and Practice with Immigrants and Refugees
- Tina Maschi, Associate Professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and Founder and Executive Director, Be the Evidence Project

Light breakfast and lunch will be served.

For more information, please contact Eva Noble at


Eva Noble