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Lyn Slater

Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services
Clinical Assoc. Prof. and Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Family and Child Advocacy
New York, NY, USA

Dr. Lyn Slater is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Social Services at Fordham University and the Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Family and Child Advocacy. Professor Slater coordinates the Social Work and the Law specialization and teaches, along with law professors, interdisciplinary courses and seminars for social work and law students. She also teaches Generalist Practice and Social Justice. Professor Slater received an M.A. in Criminal Justice from SUNY Albany, an M.S.W. from Hunter College and a doctoral degree in Social Welfare from CUNY Graduate School and University Center. She was also the Supervising Social Worker at the School of Law’s Family Advocacy Clinic, where interdisciplinary teams of law and social work students provide preventive interventions and legal assistance to families that have children with special needs. Dr. Slater’s research interests are; interprofessional family centered care, interprofessional education, practice and program evaluation and the impact of interaction with the legal system on child welfare workforce retention.

Before coming to Fordham, Dr. Slater was the Director of the Child Sexual Abuse Project at Lawyers for Children, one of the first legal organizations to use an interdisciplinary approach in the representation of children. In that role she was qualified by New York City Family Courts as an expert in child abuse with a specialty in child sexual abuse, worked with a number of organizations in the development of the first Child Advocacy Centers in New York City, developed an intervention and resource handbook for Family Court Judges for cases involving sexual abuse, researched, wrote and implemented a psycho-education intervention for children, parents, foster parents and foster care workers that addressed sexual abuse and was active in local and national interdisciplinary training efforts. She was a past President of the New York City Chapter of APSAC (American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children), a member of the APSAC Task Force on the Development of Standards for Attorneys Representing Children and has presented at numerous conferences on the challenges and rewards related to inter-professional collaboration in child welfare settings.  Prior to coming to Lawyers for Children, Dr. Slater worked for fifteen years in residential treatment settings for abused and neglected adolescents and children in supervisory and administrative positions. As a consultant and trainer in child welfare her area of expertise was the professional development and retention of line child care workers and the development of collaboration and interdisciplinary teamwork with the goal of facilitating more effective agency conferencing and treatment plan development.


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