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Alan Siskind has had an extensive and distinguished career in social work and mental health as a clinical practitioner, administrator, teacher and author. He retired as executive vice president and CEO of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, one of the nation’s premier voluntary mental health and family service agencies serving over 65,000 clients annually throughout New York City and Westchester County. Over his lengthy career his administrative and practice innovations included broadening the agency's funding base, forming coalitions with other social agencies, and initiating services to previously underserved Jewish persons with needs, including those with chemical dependency and AIDS.
Siskind was with the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services since 1973. His various positions within the organization have been assistant director and director of Linden Hill School; director of Hawthorne Cedar Knolls School in Hawthorne, New York; director of residential and day treatment services; and upper management of the organization from 1985 until the present. He has also been in private practice since 1972.
Siskind earned his DSW from Smith College in 1972. He received his MS from Columbia University in 1966 and his BA from Boston University in 1964. His wife, Marla, is also a social worker.
Significant Achievements and Awards
2006: Coalition of Voluntary Mental Health Agencies Founder’s Award; Latino Social Work Task Force Leadership Award; and Human Services Council Leadership Award
2004: Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine
2004: Columbia University School of Social Work Hall of Fame
1998: Who’s Who of American Executives
1989: Colloquium of Distinguished Alumni, Boston University
Siskind, A.B. (2006). From a multi-cultural institution to an anti-racist institution: A traditional Jewish organization meets the challenge. Foreword in Journal of Emotional Abuse, Fall 2006.
Siskind, A. (1987). Issues in institutional child sexual abuse: The abused, the abuser, and the system. Residential Treatment for Children & Youth, 4(2), 9-30.
Siskind, A. B. (1982). Stages of Residential Treatment: Clinical and Milieu Considerations. Family and Child Mental Health Journal, 8, 26-39.
The Jewish Week