Our Vision

SWEET envisions a world in which all clinicians and advocates always have the required resources to make a transformative impact.
 
SWEET institute- Our Causes

Our Causes

 

·     Mass Incarceration and Justice Involved Individuals

·      Homelessness and Mental Health 

·      Trafficking and victims of Trauma

·      HIV and Health Disparities

·      Oppression and Vulnerable Populations

·      Child Abuse and Resiliency 

·      Stigma and Engagement

 
 

Our Mission

SWEET rallies a community of clinicians and advocates behind the causes we all care about.  A strong community united in vision and purpose can bring needed change.  This can be accomplished through solidarity, empowerment, and education.

 
SWEET Institute- Mardoche Sidor, MD
SWEET Institute- Our Mission
 
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Our Values

Our core values include:

•  Service              

•  Leadership               

•  Innovation              

•  Community               

•  Empowerment

 
SWEET Institute- Our Values

"SWEET is such a special place where I feel comfortable to take risks and really engage in new learning and growth."

— Lily T., WPA

 

Our Approach

SWEET helps catalyze a transformative impact by creating a space to reflect, emphasizing Collective Learning, and focusing on the unique strengths of each clinician and advocate.

 

Our Paradigm Includes:

•  Soft skills and critical thinking

•  Collective Learning

•  Socratic and Desire Methods

•  Empowerment tools

•  Education-Beyond-School

•  Emphasis on clinical and system-based practices

•  A diverse team, modeling the importance and value of  collaboration in making change.

 

ALL SESSIONS ARE FACILITATED BY

  Mardoche Sidor, MD,   Quadruple Board Certified Psychiatrist

Mardoche Sidor, MD, Quadruple Board Certified Psychiatrist

  Karen Dubin-McKnight, PhD, LCSW

Karen Dubin-McKnight, PhD, LCSW

 
 
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Our SWEET Story

 

It was March 6, 2017, when Mardoche Sidor, a psychiatrist, and Karen Dubin-McKnight, a social worker, sat for their usual work-lunch meeting.  This time something weighed heavy on their hearts: “I am tired of seeing all these dedicated clinicians, so passionate and brilliant, end up burntout, because the status quo just does not care about them,” says one. “Yes, it’s frustrating. They stand for a cause, work hard, seek the client’s best interest, and yet they are deprived of the space they need to make an impact,” added the other.

 

Mardoche and Karen agreed that something had to be done and teamed up to fight the status quo.  Little did they know that was the beginning of the SWEET Institute.

 

What status quo, you may ask? 

 

This status quo is the one where community and collaboration are just buzzwords; The one where we are made to believe that in order to provide the best care to our patients and clients, we have to sacrifice our own wellness; and the one where the only form of accessible training is “on the job,” but with a lack of supervision or a safe place to reflect.

 

We’ve experienced it, engaged in it, even felt trapped by it, and we cannot wait to break free from it!  We are here to tell you that, together, we can make the difference, fight social injustice, and support our patients and clients through meaningful change, by creating a community to prevent burnout and promote self-care. This can happen by coming together, learning together, and fighting together.

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At SWEET, we believe that together we can catalyze a movement, that we can and must challenge the status quo, and that we can effect meaningful change. We know that we no longer have to choose between self-care and excellent clinical care, and we know that by providing the right support for staff, and helping them be empowered, we are creating a community that fosters the best outcomes for patients and clients, for agencies, and the system.

Mardoche and Karen decided to team up to initiate the change. 

But they cannot do it alone! 

We need you! 

To build this community and challenge the status quo.

To create the space we need and make the difference we all so yearn for. 

Let us do it together!

 
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“Being a social worker is more than a profession. It’s part of my identity, as someone who embraces change, growth, and healing.  

From an early age, I was always sensitive to the suffering of others, and later by the injustice and inequality that is so prevalent in American society.  

It called me to do this work, and 15 years later that foundation still drives my work every day.”

— Eric G., WPA