On October 18, the Center for Great Expectations (CGE) will honor three Rutgers School of Social Work affiliates at their Annual Gala, “Empowering Futures, Transforming Communities 2019.” Among the honorees are Dean and Distinguished Professor Cathryn C. Potter, Assistant Professor Emily Bosk, and Part-Time Lecturer Debra Ruisard who will be honored for their contributions to the Center’s mission of public service and care.
Under Potter’s tutelage, Bosk provides research support for a National Child Traumatic Stress Network trauma grant offering support across CGE’s continuum of care, including residential, outpatient, supportive housing, and in-home treatment for opioid dependent women with children. Ruisard serves as CGE’s Chief Clinical Officer and is the architect of CGE’s trauma-informed C.A.R.E. (Culture, Approach, Relationship, and Empowerment) treatment model, strengthening cognitive, emotional, behavioral, physical, and spiritual competencies of each client.
The Center for Great Expectations serves pregnant and or parenting women and adolescents and their children through residential treatment services, permanent supportive housing, and in-home services, who are experiencing substance use/co-occurring disorders. Katy’s Place, a child development center, provides daily care for children whose parents are participating in CGE programs. Roots to Recovery, CGE’s outpatient center provides treatment for men and women with substance use/mental health disorders. CGE provides a safe place, a safe presence and a safe path to over 600 individuals and families each year.