Alison Aldrich, LCSW-R, ACSW
Alison Aldrich joined NYU’s School of Social Work as Clinical Assistant Professor in September 2007. Prior to receiving her MSW at Columbia University School of Social Work, Alison was a fine arts photographer in conjunction with the International Center of Photography/NYU Master of Photography Program.
Professor Aldrich’s practice experience for over a decade has been in the field of HIV and AIDS. In this regard Alison has worked as a Case Manager, Social Work Supervisor, Family Intervention Specialist, Program Manager, and most recently as the Assistant Director of Clinical Services at Bailey House, a community-based housing program that provides supportive housing to homeless HIV-positive individuals and families with mental illness and substance abuse histories.
Ms. Aldrich is also involved with the Gender Identity Project at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center having co facilitated numerous cycles of support groups for the transgender community including those that assist Trans-Partners, Trans-Couples and Trans-Families.
Professor Aldrich’s work within the field learning community is extensive having served as a Field Instructor since 1998, Faculty Advisor at NYU for the past three years and Educational Coordinator for Bailey House since 2000. In this regard Ms. Aldrich has coordinated placements for students from Hunter, Adelphi, Fordham, SUNY Albany and Columbia University School of Social Work.
Professor Aldrich’s areas of interest include harm reduction strategies, disclosure issues in the LGBT and transgender communities, and substance abuse in individuals with HIV and AIDS. Over the past three years, Ms. Aldrich has presented workshops at the NASW Addictions Institute on ‘Engaging Individuals with Substance Abuse Disorders in Non Treatment Settings’, ‘A Development Approach to Self Disclosure in Treatment Relationships and ‘Motivational Interviewing Approaches with Dually Diagnosed Individuals with HIV and AIDS’.