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Social Work Continuing Education: Instructor Bios

Simona Graham, LMSW

Simona Graham is a Fordham Alumni, licensed Social Worker, psychotherapist and Private of The LMSW Exam Tutorial Program. Over the past years she has consulted with numerous organizations regarding LMSW Exam development. She is a member Fordham University Task Force for the social work licensure exam and taught review courses on preparation for taking the social work licensing exam at the LMSW level at Fordham University, NYC Children Services, and different organizations throughout New York City for all social work graduate Students. Ms. Graham has received great reviews for her efforts in assisting social workers in passing their licensing exams and obtaining their licensure.

Elaine Congress, DSW

Dr. Elaine Congress received her B.A. magna cum laude from Brown University, her M.S.W. from Columbia University, and her D.S.W. from City University of New York (Hunter College School of Social Work). She also has a M.A.T. in English from Yale University and a M.A. in Psychology from the New School for Social Research. Before entering academia, Dr. Congress worked as a practitioner, supervisor, and administrator at a community mental health clinic.

Dr. Elaine Congress is Professor and Associate Dean for Continuing Education and Extra Mural Programs. She also has served as Director of the Doctoral Program.

Dr. Congress is the North American Representative to the International Ethics Committee of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) and serves on the United Nations team for IFSW.

Dr. Congress has written extensively in the area of social work ethics, cultural diversity and social work education, including seven books and over forty professional journal articles and book chapters.

Dr. Congress has presented on social work ethics, cultural diversity and immigrants at national conferences in San Francisco, Anaheim, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, Charleston, Orlando, and international conferences in Canada, France, England, Australia, Finland, Holland, Korea and Singapore. Dr. Congress has two podcasts, one on the culturagram a family assessment instrument she developed and the second on social work with immigrants and refugees. These podcasts can be accessed at

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