Upcoming Professional Development Group Meetings:

Our next Professional Development Presentation will be held Friday, April 26, 2019, 6 -7.30 pm at NYU Silver School of Social Work.

Presentation Title: “Working with End of Life Issues in the Asian American Community”

Presentation Foci:

  • Examine the concepts of death and dying, grief and bereavement from a universal and Asian cultural perspective.
  • Discuss engagement approaches with Chinese immigrant clients and their families in coping with culturally tabooed/sensitive issues.
  • Use of case vignettes to illustrate the therapeutic benefits of the bereavement counseling process.

Presenter’s Bio: Pamela Yew Schwartz, Ph.D. is a founding member of the New York Coalition for Asian American Health. She is a bilingual and bicultural clinician who received her doctoral degree in psychology from NYU. She worked in the mental health field for over 40 years, twenty-seven of them in Manhattan Psychiatric Center as well as in Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center. For the past 12 years, she has been involved in bereavement work at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s Hospice & Palliative Care program, working with patients, family members and bereaved individuals on an individual and group basis. She serves on the New York Asian American Advance Directive Task Force and she also maintains a private practice.

Dr. Schwartz has published and presented in the area of mental health and Chinese immigrants, specifically topics related to depression, suicide, loss, as well as Asian culture and bereavement and end of life issues.

Peer supervision will follow after the meeting.  All are welcome!




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