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March 21st 2013:Social Workers: Research and Reality

Social workers serve in a variety of capacities from a statistician studying trends in the social work labor force to a public figure on a reality television show. Dr. Tracy Whitaker addresses the information gap and strengthens the link between science and service (research and practice). Psychotherapist Mark Gaynor goes where others fear to tread entering the homes of animal hoarders enduring the stench and the filth to offer a helping hand to freedom from their obsessions. Learn how they help others.

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Tracy Whitaker, DSW, ACSW

Tracy Whitaker, DSW, ACSW earned her MSW and DSW from Howard University. As the Director of the NASW Center for Workforce Studies, she conducts studies and disseminates information about the professional social work labor force, and implements innovative training programs in emerging areas of practice. Dr. Whitaker has held management positions at NASW with responsibility for policy and social work practice, international and equity programs, and government relations and political action. She served as the executive director of a transitional center serving homeless women with substance addiction and mental health issues; as a court monitor overseeing the deinstitutionalization of St. Eli
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Mark Gaynor, LCSW

Mark Gaynor, LCSW has practiced in the field of Social Work for over thirty years. After graduating from the Columbia School of Social Work he went on to augment his professional training at the New Hope Guild Psychotherapy Post Graduate Center in New York. He was Senior Social Worker at the prestigious Yale Psychiatric Institute. Quickly recognized for his level of contribution, he broadened his role at Yale by moving into the position of Clinical Manager for the Partial Hospital Program. In 1980 Mark opened what is now a thirty-year private practice serving adults and adolescents with mental health and addiction disorders. He has developed a specialty in the area of bariatric treatment.
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