Faculty member publishes book for social workers in mental health professions
May 15, 2008
May 15, 2008
Contact: Julianna M. Pietak
Barry faculty member publishes book for social workers in mental health professions
Book was published in spring 2008 through Wadsworth Publishing
Miami Shores, Fla. – Dr. Susan Gray, professor of social work at Barry University, recently completed the second edition of her book, “Psychopathology: A Competency-Based Assessment Model for Social Workers.” The textbook has been published through Wadsworth Publishing and was released in spring 2008.
Dr. Gray based the book on her clinical experience, which includes a range of positions as a social worker in mental health services, including director of clinical social work services for the children’s and adolescent unit of South Florida State Hospital. In it, she provides strategies for social workers in their role working with persons with mental disabilities, including a new chapter on substance disorders. Dr. Gray’s perspective is framed by a “strengths-based” perspective, using methods that build on clients’ strengths and resilience, specifically in these relationships.
The new edition also features a companion DVD, in which Dr. Gray presents interviews with clients who live with specific mental disorders. There is also an accompanying website that includes interactive activities for students, including “virtual flashcards.”
Gray has been a member of the Barry University faculty since 1980. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Caldwell College for Women, a Master of Social Work at Rutgers University, a Doctor of Education at Nova Southeastern University, and a Master of Business Administration and doctorate’s degree from Barry University. Gray is a licensed clinical social worker and brings to Barry a diverse clinical practice background. Her professional interests include clinical supervision, licensure and professional regulation, community mental health and professional practice in rural areas.
The book is published with the help of deceased Barry faculty member, Marilyn Zide, who co-authored the first edition. Zide was a professor at Barry University, where she taught full-time. In addition, she maintained a private practice and also provided agency-based consultation and training workshops in her areas of expertise which included solution-focused therapy, cultural diversity/sensitivity, and bereavement group-work.
For more information, please contact Dr. Susan Gray at (305) 899-3918.