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Ann Burack-Weiss (1936 - )
Ann Burack-Weiss has a long and distinguished career with specialties in the fields of aging and HIV/AIDS. Her work spans social practice, supervision, and education. She has made unique and critical contributions to the understanding of the demands and needs of caregiving and caregivers. Her book, The Caregiver's Tale: Loss and Renewal in Memoirs of Family Life, is a collection of memoirs that describe caregiving as a life transforming experience of self-discovery and a changed view of the world. Dr. Rita Sharon, director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons comments “…. this book is a germinal study in life writing theory and narrative medicine.” (Click here for a background interview on the contributors and unexpected findings of this book).
Burack-Weiss has made major contributions to social work practice and supervision. She taught two generations of students at the Columbia University School of Social Work and is the coauthor of Gerontological Social Work Supervision and Social Work Practice with the Frail Elderly and Their Families: The Auxiliary Function Model.
Burack-Weiss was Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University's School of Social Work from 1990 until 2007. She conducted training seminars in 1990 and 1986 at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. Burack-Weiss was also training consultant to Brookdale Institute on Aging and Adult Human Development at Columbia University from 1981-86. She taught courses on aging at New York Technical College, Bryn Mawr College, and the Institute of Gerontology, Utica College of Syracuse University.
Burack-Weiss provided clinical support at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York for more than 15 years.
She has published over 50 journal articles and book reviews and presented over 150 keynote addresses and panel presentations since 1977.
She also maintains a private practice and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and is currently a partner at SBW Partners, LCSW in New York.
Burack-Weiss received her DSW (1990) and MSW (1971) from Columbia University’s School of Social Work in New York. She received her BS from Simmons College in Boston in 1958.
She received her LCSW in New York in 2005 and became a member of ACSW in 1973.
Significant Achievements and Awards
Burrack-Weiss's outstanding contributions were recognized in 1989 when the New York City Chapter of NASW awarded her both the Social Work in Aging Award and the Diego Lopez Award for outstanding service to people with AIDS.
Burack-Weiss, A. & Brennan, F.C. Gerontological Supervision: A Social Work Perspective in Case Management and Direct Care (2nd. Ed.), Routledge: NY, 2008.
The Caregiver's Tale: Loss and Renewal in Memoirs of Family Life, Columbia University Press: NY, 2006.
Burack-Weiss, A. & Brennan, F.C. First Encounters Between Elders and Agencies: a Practice Guide, Columbia University: NY, 1984.