Politico: NYU to tackle social worker shortage in schools
NEW YORK, NY, May 17, 2023 — NYU Silver School of Social Work Dean Michael A. Lindsey has announced that the School is launching a Social Worker Training Academy in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. The news was conveyed in an address to more than 500 graduates from the Class of 2023 and those gathered to celebrate them yesterday at the United Palace in Manhattan.
New York City Public Schools Chancellor David C. Banks, who spoke later in the graduation ceremony, said, "There remains a dire shortage of qualified mental health professionals, making it all the more important to attract highly trained individuals such as the NYU Silver graduates to join us in our schools and make a meaningful impact in the lives of our students."
Politico Pro covered the announcement.
NEW YORK — New York University’s social work school is planning to launch a training academy with the Department of Education to address the shortage of school-based social workers.
Details: Students at NYU Silver School of Social Work will be placed in New York City public schools, according to university spokesperson Sheryl Huggins Salomon.
Michael Lindsey, the school’s dean, said the new initiative will boost the pipeline of qualified professionals as well as the skills of school-based social workers based in vulnerable communities.
“It will be a national exemplar for how schools of social work and municipalities can work to address the critical shortage of school-based social workers,” Lindsey told graduates in Washington Heights Tuesday.
Impact: The course of study will include “tailored academic, professional and social supports” in schools citywide, Lindsey said.
Those supports will entail special seminars related to practice in schools and training for supervisors as well as practice classes centered on K-12 students.
Linda Lausell Bryant, the school’s associate dean of academic affairs, will spearhead the initiative.