Linda Grobman Interviews Rosita Mazzi
Social workers building bridges internationally: Linda Grobman interviews Rosita Mazzi
In my role as the publisher and editor of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER, I have been fortunate to meet many social workers who are working throughout the world, doing good work. I have met them in person, through e-mail, on Facebook, in Google Hangouts, and many other ways.
One of those social workers is Rosita Mazzi. We originally met online through our common interests in social work. Then, earlier this year, she told me she was traveling to the U.S. this summer.
So, earlier this month, Rosita visited THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER's office in Harrisburg, PA. I was happy to be able to spend time individually with Rosita, as well as to arrange two speaking engagements where she shared her ideas and research with social work students and practicing social workers.
Rosita works as a social worker in an outpatient addictions treatment center in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Her primary mode of treatment is family therapy. In her talks with me, as well as with students at Temple University Harrisburg and social workers at the PA Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), she presented research in which she and her colleagues found that family treatment was more effective than individual treatment alone in working with clients in their center.
I wanted to share a bit of my visit with Rosita with YOU, so please listen to the interview above for a little "taste" of our visit!
I want to thank Rosita for sharing her ideas and experience with me and with other U.S. social workers during her travels. Also, thank you to professors Paul Felker and Chris Harris and their students at Temple University Harrisburg for welcoming her into their classroom. Finally, thank you to Ron Simon, Amy Sagen, and the rest of the staff at PA NASW, and to the social workers who attended the presentation at the PA NASW office.
Linda May Grobman, MSW, ACSW, LSW, is the publisher and editor of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine.