Linda Benoit ’03 MSW, addiction therapist and private practice owner, recently attended and spoke at the Spandana 2018 – Responding to Realities international conference in Mangalore, India. Her address, titled “Best Practices in Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Observations from the Field”, focused on the substance use disorder treatment system in the United States and how these treatments helped and were perceived by clients. On her trip, she also spoke to social work students and faculty at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, the School of Public Health, in Manipal.
Irwin Krieger ’84 MSW has had 2 books published in the past year by Jessica Kingsley Press: Counseling Transgender and Non-Binary Youth: The Essential Guide (2017), and Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents, 2nd edition (2018). He was the 2017 recipient of the CT NASW’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Irwin has closed his private practice and continues to provide clinical supervision as well as training, for clinicians and educators, regarding services for transgender youth.
Heidi (Forrest) Henaire ’02 MSW and Kristopher Henaire ’03 (CLAS), ’16 MBA
Heidi (Forrest) Henaire ’02 MSW and Kristopher Henaire ’03 (CLAS), ’16 MBA announce the birth of their daughter, Ella Grace. She joins two year old brother Colton. Heidi works for the State of Connecticut as an Education Consultant and Coordinator for Deaf Services and Kris is Director of College Counseling at Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury.
Michael Marshall, LMSW ’17 MSW was elected to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Social Workers – Connecticut Chapter. Marshall was also selected as a Credentialed Delegate Assembly Representative for the National Association of Social Workers in Washington, D.C. He was one of 200 Delegates nationwide to recently vote on the acceptance of a revised edition to the NASW Code of Ethics, the first revision made to their professions’ code since 2008. Marshall also received his Licensed Master Social Worker certification from the CT Department of Public Health and was hired as a Outpatient Clinician at a community based non-profit agency in Norwich, Conn.
Stephen Smith ’78 MSW has retired from State Service after 26 years as a supervisor for the Mass Department of Welfare/Social Services and 22 years as a Health Facility Specialist with the Mass Dept of Public Health, Division of Health Care Quality. Recently he (and his wife, Nancy), re-visited Cambodia and Vietnam with several former South Vietnam veterans. Stephen served as a combat infantry sergeant, from 1969-70, with the 1st Infantry, 1/4 Calvary Mechanized and 101st Airborne Divisions. Recently, He was honored to lay a wreath at the Normandy Beach monument in France on behalf of an uncle who served at D-Day, and as a representative of the Army Divisions mentioned above.
Hope Payson LCSW ’92 MSW of Barkhamsted, CT is co-producing a documentary film based on the connection between childhood trauma and neglect. The film, Recovering Community, uses the personals stories of 13 Connecticut individuals with histories of trauma and addiction along with clips of interviews of experts in the field to explore the roots of both addiction and recovery. More information about the movie can be found on the movie website and on Facebook.
David Matulis ’77 MSW, a member of the UConn Radio Station WHUS, was recognized by the ADVOCATE Best of Hartford Readers’ Poll 2014. He was awarded For the Best Radio Personality -“The Cruzer” and awarded For the Best Radio Show – “20th Century Rock 91.7 FM WHUS.”