Congrats to Our DSW Grads!

Sep 06, 2022

Congrats to Our DSW Grads!

Congratulations to Barry’s Inaugural Graduating Doctorate in Social Work Class!

From teaching to elevating their private practice, members of the Class of 2022 are bound for a range of career advancements.

With their Capstone Project complete and commencement on the horizon, members of Barry University’s first-ever graduating Doctorate in Social Work class are feeling enthusiastic. And the feeling is mutual for the faculty and staff of the School of Social Work, who have mentored this tight-knit class throughout their time in the program.

“Having the opportunity to help launch the program with my colleagues and then see the delivery of our trauma-informed leadership and practice curriculum for our inaugural cohort of DSW students is amazing,” said Program Director Dr. Mitch Rosenwald. “The students bring exemplary professional backgrounds to the program. Their engagement with their courses, their application of their knowledge and skills to clinical, agency, and community practice, and the production of manuscripts submitted for publication showcases their talents and  accomplishments.”

The 20 grads entered the program with a range of experience in the field of social work, including case management, clinical social work, addiction recovery, administration, school counseling, suicide intervention, domestic violence, veteran mental health, and more. Though their goals varied, all were eager to become leaders in trauma-informed care (TIC), the central focus of Barry’s doctoral program.

One grad, for example, entered the program with 15 years of experience and now plans to integrate TIC practices into the pediatric hospital where he currently works. Some program graduates plan to step into leadership, advocacy, or advanced clinical roles, while others will venture into academia.

As the graduates reflect on their favorite aspects of the DSW program, several highlights stand out. Chief among them is the program’s tightly focused curriculum and the personal and professional diversity within this class of students. “Attending Barry was a great decision, based on the diversity of the cohort and the amazing things we learned from each other in addition to the doctoral faculty.”


Such diverse representation is a hallmark of Barry University and an essential aspect of trauma-informed training, which prioritizes the lived experiences of all people. “I must credit the DSW program for giving me the skills to ensure my practice remains dynamic and evidenced-based in any setting,” said one member of the Class of 2022. “Perhaps the most critical insight as a social worker, community member, and citizen is an improved understanding of a trauma-informed perspective.”

The Doctoral Symposium for the Class of 2022 will be held on Friday, August 12, at Barry University’s Main Campus. Students will also take part in a formal commencement ceremony in May 2023.


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