Zhuhai, China –April 7, 2017–The Network for Social Work Management (http://www.socialworkmanager.org), a professional, international organization whose mission is to strengthen social work leadership in health and human services, will conduct a 5 day management skills training at the BNU School of Social Development and Public Policy (http://international.ssdpp.net.cn/?ssdpp/pid/152/tp/154.html).
Founded in 1999, SSDPP is an empirical research-based, interdisciplinary institution with a focus on social policy, social welfare civil society development, public health, risk-management & governance.
This training is a follow up to the 1st Annual Leadership Institute held last August, 2016 in Beijing, China and was based on the Network’s 21 Human Services Management Competencies (https://socialworkmanager.org/competencies/), organized into four domains (Executive Leadership, Resource Management, Strategic Management, and Community Collaboration). This follow-up training will provide a more in-depth look at Executive Leadership, a domain that covers 11 Network competencies. Additionally, this collaborative will delve deeper into topics identified by BNU which include: Strategic Planning, Program Design and Development, Fundraising, Marketing and Public Relations.
This year, the Network has been fortunate to team up with 3 devoted Network members, Amanda M. Stylianou, PhD, MSW, LCSW, Samuel B. Little, PhD, LCSW-C, Sarah Lange, MSW and longtime board member, Gary Bess, PhD to develop and provide this 5-day training intensive.
Please be sure to follow @TheNSWM and Executive Director, Lakeya Cherry @lakeya_cherry for photos and updates from the 2nd Annual Leadership Institute.
Amanda M. Stylianou, PhD, MSW, LCSW
Samuel B. Little, PhD, LCSW-C
Samuel B. Little, PhD, LCSW-C, is Assistant Dean and Director of Field Education at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW) in Baltimore. His office is responsible for the placement of 900 plus students in the MSW program, collaborating with agency administrators in Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. He collaborates with faculty on grant applications and research projects, coordinates training for field instructors, works with the self-study team on reaccreditation of the graduate program, and manages the field education database and electronic field notebook.
In addition to his work at the SSW, Dr. Little is an Adjunct Professor at Howard University’s School of Social Work in Washington, DC, Executive Director of the Family Empowerment Institute of Maryland, and Founding President of the National Alliance of Resident Services in Affordable and Assisted Housing (NAR-SAAH), a membership organization for resident council leaders and human services managers. He also held executive level positions in the field of employment, public housing, research, and human services combined with university teaching and consulting. He is an accomplished professional with extensive experience in the management of resident programs, having served as Associate Deputy Director at the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, Director of Resident Services at the District of Columbia Housing Authority, and Executive Vice President for Resident and Community Services at the Philadelphia Housing Authority. He also was Executive Vice President at Alliance Network based in Denver, CO. In this role, he expanded affordable housing programs globally and collaborated with a vast network of public and philanthropic organizations transform blighted communities into neighborhoods of choice.
Dr. Little consults extensively on programs for vulnerable families and conducts certification training for executive staff, governing board members, neighborhood councils, and human service managers of public and assisted housing agencies in various regions of the country. He speaks regularly at housing and social work conferences on capacity building programs, field education in social work, ending homelessness, and social determinants of health.
Among his publications are “Responding to the Grand Challenge to End Homelessness: The National Homelessness Social Work Initiative,” Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services: 2016, Vol. 97, No. 3, pp. 153-159; “Resident Leadership in Public Housing,” Proud Neighbor Magazine (Spring, 2007); “Grandparent Raising Grandchildren: Kinship Care in Baltimore Public Housing,” in Tradition and Public Policy Perspectives in Kinship Care (ed: Rowena G. Wilson and Sandra E. Crewe), The Haworth Press, 2007. pp. 167-180; and ”Public Housing Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities,” “Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Resident Services in Nicaragua,” Proud Neighbor Magazine,” Philadelphia, PA, 2006; Journal of Health and Public Policy (Vol. 16, No.1/2, 2002, pp. 93-107); “Housing Developments Embrace Cardiovascular Health Opportunities,” Office of Prevention, Education and Control, National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, 2002; “Final Report: 1999 Jobs-Plus Resident Leadership Conference,” The Empowerment Network Foundation and MDRC, Adelphia, MD, 1999.
Dr. Little earned degrees from Morgan State University (BA), University of Pennsylvania (MSW) and University of Maryland Baltimore (PhD).
Gary Bess, PhD
Gary Bess, Ph.D is the owner of Gary Bess Associates (GBA), which provides grant writing, program evaluation and consultation to nonprofit and government agencies (www.garybess.com). GBA specializes in public and private grant writing for the human services, including Federally Qualified Health Center applications. Dr. Bess holds two masters’ degrees in social work and applied sociology from Case Western Reserve University and Kent State University respectively, and a doctorate in social work from the University of Southern California (USC). He has taught in graduate schools of social work at UCLA, USC, and at California State University (CSU) in Long Beach and Chico. For several years Dr. Bess directed free medical clinics in southern California, including the South Bay Free Clinic in Manhattan Beach and the Los Angeles Free Clinic, before opening GBA in 1991.