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SSW Lecturer and SOGI Director Lev Wins Award

arlene lev award.jpgWe would like to congratulate School of Social Welfare lecturer, Arlene Lev, on receiving the Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy Award from the American Family Therapy Academy. This award recognizes innovative contributions to family therapy theory and practice. Recipients are pioneers in the field who enhance clinical approaches, social action efforts.

Professor Lev has been a lecturer at the University of Albany for 25 years, and of late is the Project Director for The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Project here on campus. This innovative project enhances competencies for social work students who are entering into clinical practice with LGBTQ clients and their families, and at the same time promotes LGBTQ education and access for any student at UAlbany interested in the field. This project includes the development of specialized coursework and field placements for social work students in partnership with the Pride Center of the Capital Region .

Professor Lev’s innovative work has been acknowledged through the receipt of many campus awards as well, including:

Departmental Diversity Award, for the School of Social Welfare, University at Albany for the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Project, Lavender Graduation, 2011.
Unsung Hero Award from the University at Albany, Lavender Graduation, 2010.
Community Service Award, Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council, 2010.

You can find Professor Lev’s publications at the Dewey Library!

The complete lesbian & gay parenting guide. Arlene Istar Lev. New York: Berkley Books, c2004.
Dewey Library HQ 75.28 U6 L48 2004

Transgender emergence: Therapeutic guidelines for working with gender-variant people and their families. Arlene Istar Lev. New York: The Haworth Clinical Practice Press, c2004.
Dewey Library RC 560 G45 L48 2004

Professor Lev also has written chapters in these books at the Dewey Library:

LGBT-parent families : innovations in research and implications for practice. Abbie E. Goldberg, Katherine R. Allen, editors. New York:Springer, c2013.
Dewey Library HQ 75.27 L43X 2013

Handbook of LGBT-affirmative couple and family therapy. Jerry J. Bigner, Joseph L. Wetchler,editors. NY: Taylor and Francis, c2012.
Dewey Library RC 488.5 H3345 2012

Encyclopedia of domestic violence. Nicky Ali Jackson, editor.NY:Routledge, c2007.
Dewey Library Reference: HV 6626 E534 2007

Sexual orientation and gender expression in social work practice : working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. edited by Deana F. Morrow and Lori Messinger. NY: Columbia UP, c2006.
Dewey Library HV 1449 S49 2006

There are also many of Professor Lev’s articles available through our databases, here are a selection:

Rachlin, K. & Lev, A.I. (2011). Challenging Cases for Experienced Therapists Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 15:180-199.

Lev, A., Winters, K., Alie, L., Ansara, Y., Deutsch, M., Dickey, L., Ehrbar, R., Ehrensaft, D., Green, J., Meier, S., Richmond, K., Samons, S., Susset, F., (2010). “Response to Proposed DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria,” Professionals Concerned with Gender Diagnoses in the DSM.

Lev, A.I. (2010). How queer - the development of gender identity and sexual orientation in LGBTQ-headed families. Family Process, 49 (2), 268-290.

Lev, A.I. (2009). The ten tasks of the mental health provider: Recommendations for revision of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health's Standards of Care. International Journal of Transgenderism, 11 (2), 74-99.

If you see Professor Lev, congratulate her on receiving the prestigious Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy Award!

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