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Telehealth Tales from the Social Work Field: A Practical Primer for Working with Clients Across the Lifespan

Join Rutgers School of Social Work for the 2021 David J. Stern Endowed Lecture on Innovations in Social Work and Gerontology on Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 4:30-6:30pm EST. Attendees are eligible for free continuing education credits. 

Delivering macro and clinical social work services during the pandemic has been challenging, requiring a range of skills and expertise that may not have been previously necessary. This presentation will include macro and clinical social workers who will share their expertise on the logistics and techniques for delivering services via telehealth.

Through case examples and practical strategies, these experienced professionals will provide participants with a space to dissect and learn about practicing virtually and consider the potential short- and long-term implications for practice and policy. This event will benefit social workers that are at any point of their career, from entry-level to seasoned professional.


This lecture series was endowed by Robert M. Stern (Rutgers B.A. and J.D.) as a surprise birthday present for his father, David. It is their hope that by demonstrating successful interdisciplinary approaches to addressing human needs this lecture series will establish Rutgers as a thought leader and encourage the broader community to adopt such approaches.

David J. Stern, M.S.W., is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with honors in philosophy. After working at the NYC Department of Social Service, he served for two years as a social work specialist and medic in the U.S. Army. With help from the G.I. Bill and the remarkably affordable tuition of Rutgers University, David was able to attend Rutgers School of Social Work and earn his MSW. He was named the Outstanding Student of the Year and received the Mark Forman Award for Excellence in Group Work. 

With the strong recommendation of Professor Marcos Liederman, David was appointed as Assistant Executive Director of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a multi-service settlement house on the east side of NYC, and, after 11 years became its executive director. Eight years later he joined the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged as its CEO and the CEO of its eight housing corporations and two homecare affiliates. JASA, the largest geriatric social service agency in New York, serves more than 45,000 older adults annually.

In 2003 David was recruited to become the Chief Professional Officer of the Living Independently Group, a company that designed and developed passive monitoring technologies that enabled older adults to live more safely and independently in their homes. The company was subsequently acquired by GE and merged into Care Innovations, a joint Intel-GE initiative. David retired in the fall of 2012.

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