Founder Dominique Moyse Steinberg
Dominique Moyse Steinberg, MSW, DSW
PROJECT co-founder and Director of Group Work Services, Dominique Moyse Steinberg has over 30 years of experience in social work as practitioner, supervisor, educator, program director, trainer, scholar, and program evaluator.
Retired from full-time faculty at Hunter College School of Social Work, where she served as Chair of the Social Group Work Sequence, Moyse Steinberg continues to work with social work students in her role as graduate-level thesis adviser for Smith College School of Social Work and in her ongoing training and consulting practice throughout the country.
Along with numerous articles to her credit, Moyse Steinberg is the author of The Mutual Aid Model of Social Work with Groups; co-author of Making Joyful Noise: The Art, Science, and Soul of Group Work; and editor of Orchestrating the Power of Groups. With special interest in practice ethics and effectiveness, Moyse Steinberg trains, consults, and presents internationally. With almost 30 years of teaching research, Moyse Steinberg is also author of The Social Work Student’s Research Handbook. In 2010, she created Custom Elder Care, dedicated to creating resources that enhance quality of life for older adults in care and their caregivers; currently sits on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Social Work with Groups, Inc; and is a member of the editorial review boards for two professional journals: The Journal of Teaching in Social Work and Social Work with Groups. Finally, Moyse Steinberg is certified by the following organizations as a professional mediator: Association of Family Conciliation Courts, New York Center for Divorce Mediation, and UCLA School of Business Management.
“As most of us know from our growing-up years,” Moyse Steinberg says, “groups can be wonderful but harmful too, especially when they exclude or force conformity. That’s why when I went to social work school, I was immediately drawn to social group work as a way of working with people. It embodies everything I believe human service should promote: democracy in action, humanism (mutual good will), and respect for difference. That’s how I’d like the world to be – all of us in it together in the best sense of it. So, when you engage people into the social group work experience, you help them work toward their best. It sounds cliché, but it’s true. Through certain norms like mutual aid that are integral (and unique) to social group work, people develop new skills to take to other groups, making them better too.” And what I especially love about our approach to team conferencing,” adds Moyse Steinberg, “is that it helps staff to experience the strength and joy of a group process that is all about positive relationships. They get opportunities to see the values of social group work and to pass them on in their own practice. To my mind,” she notes, “there is a natural fit between social group work and team conferencing. Social group work is a beautiful way of working with people, and when facilitated with the value set of social group work, team conferences allow practitioners to experience that value set and then pass it forward.”
Contact Dominique Moyse-Steinberg at firstname.lastname@example.org