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Mark Horwitz

Mark Horwitz
Mark Horwitz, PhD, MSW, JD
Associate Professor

Background

I worked as a clinical consultant, psychotherapist, teacher, trainer, program evaluator and residential counselor before joining the Westfield State social work faculty in 2010.  My interests lie at the intersection of mental health and child abuse. I am currently a senior coach to WRAP-CT, the Connecticut wraparound child behavioral health system, and I have an active psychotherapy practice.  I am developing a model of family engagement and also working on an evaluation of factors that influence meeting attendance and kinship assistance in child and family wraparound services. I received my PhD in social work from the State University of New York at Albany, my MSW from Smith College and a law degree from the University of Connecticut.  I’ve worked and taught at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the social work programs at SUNY-Albany, Salem State University and Smith College, social service agencies and a juvenile court.  I have also trained child welfare social workers across the country in psychological trauma theory, social worker self-care and family engagement strategies.

How To Contact:

Department of Social Work
Westfield State University
577 Western Avenue, P.O. Box 1630
Westfield, MA   01086-1630

(413) 572-8343 (phone)

(413) 562-8147 (fax)

mhorwitz@westfield.ma.edu

Selected Publications and Reports

  • Horwitz, M. (2013) Family Engagement in Child Protection Social Work (submitted for publication).
  • Padykula, N.L. & Horwitz, M. (2012). Using psychodynamic concepts to measureinterpersonal competencies during social work training. Int. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Studies 9(1): 48-61.
  • Horwitz, M. (2008). DCF Family Conferencing. Prepared for the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, Hartford, CT.
  • Horwitz, M. (2007). Work-related trauma effects in child protection social workers. Journal of Social Services Research, 32(3), 1-18.
  • Horwitz, M. (2003). Building permanency with family group decision-making.  Prepared for the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human  Services, Washington, D.C.
  • Horwitz, M., Roche, O., Lovelace-Graham, V., and Prostak, N. (2001). Making kinship happen: Factors influencing the development of a kinship orientation and family group decision-making in child protection.  Prepared for the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.
  • Horwitz, M. (1998). Social worker trauma: Building resilience in child protection social workers. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 68(3), 363-377.
  • Bulkley, J. & Horwitz, M. (1994).  Adults sexually abused as children: Legal actions and issues. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 12, 65-87.
  • Horwitz, M. & Bulkley, J. (1994). Legal remedies for adults sexually abused as children. The Advisor: Journal of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, 7(2), 1-8.
  • Horwitz, M. (1992). Prior acts evidence in child sexual abuse proceedings, American Bar Association Juvenile and Child Welfare Law Reporter, 11:10, 259-260.

Selected Presentations

  • Effective Family Engagement in Child Protection Practice, International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect European Regional Conference, Dublin, Ireland, September, 2013.
  • When Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are Exposed to Domestic Violence, International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect European Regional Conference, Dublin, Ireland, September, 2013.
  • Work-Related Trauma Effects in Child Welfare Staff. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Atlanta, GA, October, 2011.
  • Family Engagement in the Intensive Case Practice Model. Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, October-December, 2010.
  • Building Resilience in Child Protection Social Workers. Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, June, 2009.
  • Engagement, Empowerment and Family Conferencing in Child Protection Social Work. Connecticut Department of Children and Families, September, 2004-June, 2008.
  • Family Conferencing as Core Child Protection Practice. American Humane Association Family Group Decision-Making Conference, Long Beach, CA, 2005.
  • Evaluation of Family Group Decision-Making as a Permanency Planning Tool. American Humane Association Family Group Decision-Making Conference, Minneapolis, MN, June, 2003.
  • Building Resilience in Child Protection Social Work Staff. Fourteenth National Conference, National Centers for Child Abuse and Neglect, Washington, D.C., April, 2003.
  • Confidentiality, Privilege and Expert Testimony for Child Welfare Professionals. Child Welfare League of America National Conference, Miami, FL, October, 1999.
  • Building Resilience in Child Protection Professionals. Fourteenth National Symposium on Child Sexual Abuse, Huntsville, AL, March, 1998.
  • Parental Competency and Expert Testimony in Termination of Parental Rights Proceedings. Eleventh National Conference, National Center for Child Abuse and Neglect, Washington, D.C., September, 1996.
  • Adults Sexually Abused as Children: Legal Actions and Issues. American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children National Conference, Boston, MA, May, 1994.
  • Repressed Memories of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Legal Dilemmas and Responses. American Bar Association, Center on Children and the Law National Conference, Washington, D.C., April, 1994.