Jeanne Bertrand Finch




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    Jeanne Bertrand Finch, D.S.W.
    Clinical Associate Professor
    Assistant Dean
    Graduate Program Director
    Director, Student-Community Development Specialization
    Phone: 631-444-3167
    Fax: 631-444-7565




    D.S.W., Columbia University
    M.S.W., Simmons College
    B.S., Boston College



    Child Welfare

    Dr. Finch, is currently Assistant Dean and Graduate Program Director at the School of Social Welfare. She is also Director of the School’s Student-Community Development Specialization, a unique specialization preparing MSW students for social work within the context of higher education. From 2000-2008, Dr. Finch served as the school's Assistant Dean for Field Instruction. She is co-author of Learning To Teach, Teaching To Learn (CSWE press, 2005), a guide for social work educators on field education.
    Dr. Finch's field of practice is child welfare. She has worked within the British child welfare system and served as a manager of a South London assessment team that managed all in-coming reports of child abuse and neglect and as a manager of a team that provided preventive and protective services to children and families. Upon return to this country, Dr. Finch worked for the Council on Accreditation of Services for Children and Families (COA) in New York City to develop practice standards in the areas of foster care, group home care, and adoption for the State of Delaware’s Division of Children, Youth and their Families. She has also provided private practice services to children in foster care from several Long Island foster care agencies.

    Dr. Finch has presented at numerous conferences, both nationally and internationally. Her areas of interest include field education and issues relating to child welfare and families in need of preventive and protective services.  Her doctoral research was related to the special issues facing drug involved mothers and their children. This work was published as Mothers in Recovery: Their Perspectives on Drug Involvement and Motherhood (2009, Lambert). She has written on issues of child welfare, and has taught social work practice with children, child welfare, and both foundation and advanced micro social work practice. She has been an active participant in the New York State Child Welfare Education Consortium on several projects. This work is published in the Journal of Public Child Welfare (2010) An Empirically Based Field Education Model: Preparing Students for Culturally Competent Practice with New Immigrants.        

    Dr. Finch received a, M.S.W. from Simmons College and her B.S. from Boston College.


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