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Mental Health Supervisor at South Nassau’s SIBS Place Honored with 2011 Town of Hempstead Pathfinder Award In ‘Health Services’

Suzanne Kornblatt, mental health supervisor at South Nassau Communities Hospital’s SIBS Place, was recently honored with the Town of Hempstead Pathfinder Award in “Health Services.” SIBS Place is a not-for-profit free program for children who have a brother, sister or parent with cancer or other devastating illness.

As mental health supervisor for the past seven years, Suzanne monitors the overall operations of SIBS Place, including supervising the creation of the children’s monthly therapeutic curriculum, planning and facilitating on- and off-site special events, and providing support and guidance to program participants. She serves as a liaison to families, providing information and referrals, facilitates a weekly parent support group, and offers staff members and volunteers supervision and in-service training. Suzanne co-facilitates community education training on siblings’ response to illness and anxiety management in children. She also maintains the SIBS web site and creates quarterly newsletters to increase community awareness and facilitate agency networking.

Realizing the importance of community awareness, Suzanne has tirelessly devoted herself to making people and businesses in the community aware of SIBS Place and its mission. She has helped educate the community about the needs of well children and how the dynamics in a family change when sickness occurs, whether it’s that of a child or a parent. Over the years, Suzanne’s efforts have helped to stimulate annual fundraising efforts by a number of schools/groups with the proceeds benefitting SIBS Place. These include Hewlett High School’s “Hoops for Hope,” Woodmere Lanes’ “Rock for SIBS” and “Bowl-A-Thon,” as well as many other fundraising events.

Suzanne holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University. She also has a Certificate for Clinical Supervision from Adelphi University and a Certificate in Cognitive Behavior Therapy from Columbia University. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Educational Specialists. In 2000, Suzanne was recognized by the Hewlett Woodmere Public Schools Committee on Special Education for her advocacy on behalf of children with special needs and in 1995 she received the Board of Education Award on behalf of her work with children and the community.

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