William Woods Professor Called to Help in New York City

William Woods University assistant professor of social work will put his clinical skills to work as he reports to New York City to help out.

George Garner left this week to go to New York City as part of a Missouri team that will be working with the firefighters, police and families involved in the Sept.11 terrorist attacks.

Before joining the William Woods faculty, Garner completed 40 hours of training to become a Certified Crisis Responder for the National Organization for Victim Assistance.

“As we all know the recovery efforts are continuing and the trauma experienced by the survivors and their loved ones is far from over,” Joanne Fulton, director of the department of social work at William Woods, said.

“Understanding the extent of this tragedy for those directly involved is hard for all of us to imagine. We are grateful that George and his team have the necessary skills to help at Ground Zero in New York.”

Garner, a licensed clinical social worker (L.C.S.W.) and director of field education for the William Woods social work department, will spend a week in New York City.

“One of the strengths of our program is that both George and I do a lot of clinical work. We’re not just in the classroom,” Fulton said. “I’m kind of envious that he can do something to help out in New York City. Imagine what he’ll be able to share with his students when he returns.”