Violence has become one of the major focal points inour society today. The prevalence of family violence has created long-term difficulties for individuals, families and society. Violence is directly responsible for increase in substance abuse, incarceration and mental health difficulties.
SUNY at Stony Brook is uniquely equipped with some of the finest educators and researchers in the area of family violence. The School of Social Welfare has had a long-standing commitment to, and collaboration with, the community regarding issues of violence. It is with this vision that the School of Social Welfare collaborates with University and Community leaders to develop multi-disciplinary training, research, and policy analysis in the area of family violence through the establishment of the Family Violence Education and research Center.
On October 24, 2011 Stony Brook University held its inaugural Converging Science Summit in the Student Activities Center. This summit was designed to promote collaboration and share best practices in the healthcare fields. The summit, hosted by Stony Brook University Medical Center and the School of Nursing, was a resounding success. Pictured below is Dr. Kathleen Monahan from the School of Social Welfare, and Ms. Carol Forgash, L.C.S.W., a clinical social worker, who presented their poster titled, "The Dental Health Needs of the Adult Sexual Abuse Survivor." The poster outlines some of the issues that adult sexual abuse survivors experience with their dental care, what dentists can do, and how mental health clinicians and dentists can collaborate.