Skip navigation

GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

GSSW Institutes

Erna and Brad Butler Institute for Families

GSSW's nationally recognized Erna and Brad Butler Institute for Families seeks to create strong systems, strong communities and strong families.

Staff at the Butler Institute are passionate about their goal of strengthening families. To meet that goal, they provide resources and support for the systems, programs and communities that families rely on. They offer tools, training and evaluation that build capacity and provide opportunities for learning, growth and improvement.

The Butler Institute for Families is proud to be housed at GSSW. For more than 20 years, Butler has been dedicated to family-strengthening work through system improvement at the local, regional and national level. Through this work, they have found that the greatest return on investment comes from a holistic and systemic approach that begins with the end in mind: Strong Systems, Strong Communities, Strong Families.

Institute for Human-Animal Connection

GSSW's Institute for Human-Animal Connection addresses the critically important relationships between animals and people through research, training and education, technical assistance, and advocacy. Multidisciplinary in focus, the Institute is the first program of its kind within a human services academic setting.

Contact Clinical Professor Philip Tedeschi, MSSW, LCSW, executive director, for more information.