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Friday, May 11, 2018
8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Mid Hudson Regional Hospital Enter the main entrance of the Atrium Building and go down one floor.

Alumni and Friends Day in the Hudson Valley

The number of Americans 65 years old and over is projected to be over 70 million by 2030 and nearly 10 million of them are expected to be 85 years old and above. This reality produces significant challenges and opportunities for aging individuals, caregivers, healthcare practitioners and our society at large. This conference is appropriately themed to highlight the opportunities and equip participants with the appropriate practice tools to address the challenges associated with working with the elderly and their families.

In addition to the plenary and keynote address titled “Successful Aging: Positive Views On Confronting Challenges In Later Life”, there will be four break-out workshops on Family Caregiving in the 21st Century, Social Work Practice With Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ) Older Adults, Developmental Process, Trauma and Clinical Supports for Working With Older Veterans, and Elder Abuse and Entitlement Benefits for Older Adults.

This event is free, but pre-registration is required.

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Andrew Safyer, PhD, LCSW

Welcome Remarks

Andrew Safyer, Ph.D., LCSW 
Dean, Adelphi University School of Social Work

Keynote Speaker

Daniel Kaplan, Ph.D., LICSW, LMSW, CSW-G, QDCS

Dr. Kaplan is a gerontological clinical social worker with expertise in mental and neurological disorders. He is an Assistant Professor at Adelphi University School of Social Work. His research includes intervention studies and workforce development initiatives to optimize services, clinical interventions and supportive environments for older adults with mental and neurological disorders living in the community.

Daniel Kaplan, Ph.D., LICSW, LMSW, CSW-G, QDCS

He is the former National Director of Social Services for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Dr. Kaplan holds clinical social work licensure in New York and Massachusetts, as well as an NASW certification in advanced gerontological clinical social work. He earned his doctorate at Columbia University and then held a postdoctoral research fellowship in the NIMH Geriatric Mental Health Services Research program at the Weill Cornell Institute for Geriatric Psychiatry.   


Family Caregiving in the 21st Century: Pitfalls and Potenials

Philip Rozario, PhD

Philip Rozario, PhD

Philip Rozario, PhD

Philip A. Rozario, Professor of Social Work at Adelphi University School, focuses his scholarly interest on well-being in later life, specifically for frail individuals and their families within the long-term care framework. His past research endeavors (including peer reviewed publications and presentations) have included the examination of service use by depressed older adults, quality of life, well-being of African American women family caregivers, well-being of participants at senior centers, and productive engagement and outcomes in later life. He was awarded the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar award in 2003, a visiting scholarship award from the National University of Singapore in 2010, a visiting expert award from the Agency for Integrated Care of Singapore in 2015, and a visiting senior scholar at Asia Research Institute of Singapore. More recently, he examined the impact of the Maintenance of Parents Act on social work practice and narratives of successful aging in Singapore. He serves on the editorial boards of four peer-reviewed journals and is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.  

Social Work Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ) Older Adults

Bradley Zodikoff, PhD, LCSW

Bradley Zodikoff, PhD

Dr. Bradley D. Zodikoff, Ph.D., LCSW is Associate Professor of Social Work at Adelphi University. His scholarship focuses on the service utilization and help-seeking patterns of older adults and their family caregivers across aging, health, and mental health service systems. His research has examined service use and access issues involving specific constituencies of older adults at-risk such as older spousal caregiver-care recipient couples coping with severe chronic illness, older adults with mental illnesses and their family caregivers, and gay and lesbian older adults. He teaches in the MSW and Ph.D. programs at Adelphi. A graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work, he is a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar.

Developmental process, trauma and clinical supports for working with older veterans

Thomas Quinn, PhD, LCSW

Thomas Quinn, PhD, LCSW

Thomas Quinn. PHD, LCSW-R, has over 25 years of experience working with combat war veterans from our nation’s conflicts from WWII up to the present combat hot spots. As the team leader of a combat veterans center, he has worked with issues of trauma and the pernicious influence of trauma on the veteran, the veteran’s family, and the community. It has been through this work and examining  scientific research, he has found complicated trauma is more than a confluence of symptoms; rather, reactions to trauma impact the unique developmental stages throughout the life cycle and can directly impact the fundamental nature of “character.” This presentation will explore the process of trauma as a continued assault on brain functions as well as introduce evidence-based treatment methods.  Lastly, this presentation will argue the lessons learned treating combat veterans are largely generalizable to persons other than combat veterans who experience trauma. 

Elder Abuse and Entitlements for Older Adults

Commissioner Josanna Berkow

 Josanna Berkow

Josanna Berkow

Josanna Berkow is a Family Law Specialist certified by the California State Bar. She was appointed Commissioner of the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Contra Costa where she presided over child custody, parentage, dissolution, and child and spousal support cases for twenty years. Commissioner Berkow also taught family law at the John F. Kennedy University College of Law in Pleasant Hill, California for many years where she established a special certification program for Children, Families & the Law (CFL). She continues to work as a private judge for California uncontested dissolution Judgments.

Moving to New York in 2015, Commissioner Berkow is now also admitted to the New York State Bar. Working through the New York State Unified Court System Attorney Emeritus Program with the Worker Justice Center of New York, Commissioner Berkow provides legal services to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking working in agriculture and related industries. She is also a certified mediator with the Dutchess County Mediation Center and a member of the Dutchess County Coalition on Elder Abuse.

Commissioner Berkow taught Family Law to hundreds of California judges and helped write the Family Law curriculum for the California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER). She taught at CJER, the Witkin Judicial College, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, State and County Bar Associations, and other professional organizations representing accounting and mental health professionals. Commissioner Berkow served on the California Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Family and Juvenile Law, the Family Law Education Committee and co-authored Family Law Forms, (The Rutter Group, a Division of West, a Thomson Reuters Business, 2011). She also co-wrote an article in the Journal of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) titled Special Needs Children in Family Court Cases, 43 Family Court Review 4, pp. 566-581 (2005). Commissioner Berkow chaired Contra Costa County’s Domestic Violence Advisory Council for several years and has done extensive training on family violence and child custody issues for lawyers, judges, law enforcement and mental health providers.Prior to her appointment to the bench, Commissioner Berkow served as a California Deputy Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals Division and later as Statewide Coordinator for Child Support and Child Abduction Programs.  Prior to that Commissioner Berkow was a Hearing Officer and Staff Attorney for the Federal Labor Relations Authority. She began her legal career in Washington D.C. as Staff Counsel to United States Senator Paul Sarbanes of Maryland.

Lisa Morris

Lisa Morris

Lisa Morris

Lisa Morris has been part of the credit union industry for over 22 years holding a variety of marketing and public relations positions. Currently she is the Assistant Vice President of Public Relations and Corporate Communications for Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, and is responsible for all PR efforts, financial literacy programs, community outreach, and governmental relations across the credit union’s four-county field of membership in Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, and Putnam Counties. She teaches a variety of financial literacy topics, including basic budgeting, identity theft prevention, and elder financial abuse prevention. 

Wendy Baur, LCSW

Wendy Baur

Wendy Baur, LCSW

Wendy Baur is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She is a case supervisor for Dutchess County Adult Protective Services (APS) in the intake unit.  She has been a supervisor for nine years, seven in the APS intake unit and two in the Housing Unit.  She supervisors senior case management investigating allegations of abuse, neglect, maltreatment, and financial exploitation of vulnerable adults.  She administers, supervises, and coordinates case management services for persons at risk.  Wendy started with the agency in 1991 and prior to supervising, she held case manager and investigator positions in both APS and Child Protective Services.  

Wendy writes psychosocial assessments on home studies for family and surrogate court interviewing families for adoption.  Wendy has taught at SUNY New Paltz and Dutchess Community College. She has supervised college internship students since 1998.  Additionally, Wendy has degrees in nutrition and Ayurveda.  She presents workshops and provides counseling integrating therapy with nutrition and Ayurveda.  

For more information, please contact:

Debbie Perez
p – 845.471.3348 ext. 8103
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