Barry C. Sanders
75 Steve Drive, Taunton, MA 02780 508.802.5462 Sanders4Taunton@gmail.com
Summary of qualifications
- 25+ years experience developing creative, effective solutions to complex problems.
- Proven ability to develop consensus within groups of people with diverse perspectives and interests.
- Effective community leader, capable of building collaborative professional relationships with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and community based groups.
- Demonstrated commitment to the community with a history of involvement in variety of community building and social justice efforts.
- Extensive knowledge of the impact of poverty, substance abuse, mental health and violence on communities and families.
Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA
Master of Social Work, May 2011
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Bachelor of Arts, 1989, Psychology
University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland
Junior Year Abroad, 1985/6
Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA September 2019 - Present
Adjunct Faculty in the School of Social Work, working with MSW students in their final year.
Department of Mental Health Brockton & Plymouth, MA September 2014 - Present
Clinical social worker responsible for providing culturally competent outpatient mental health services to support people with significant mental illness live and work in their communities.
Served as Human Rights Coordinator, ensuring that persons served by the agency are treated with respect and dignity.
First Parish Church in Taunton Taunton, MA December 1993 - March 2018
Responsible for developing, organizing and implementing programs for children and youth.
Coordinating public events to build community awareness of social justice issues
Riverside Community Care Norwood, MA October 2011 to November 2013
Independently provided emergency mental health assessments including risk of suicide, risk of harm to others and overall mental status. Developed emergency treatment plan including determination of level of care needed (inpatient/outpatient). Also assessed patients with substance use disorder. Arranged admission to inpatient facility, detox or other level of care.
Department of Children and Families Taunton/Attleboro, MA August 1991 - September 2014
Professional social worker engaged in a variety of roles to protect children and support families dealing with issues of domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness and poverty.
Developed and implemented innovative programs to empower families and keep children safe.
Human Services of Southeastern Massachusetts Attleboro, MA August 1988 - July 1991
Social worker attached to a child sexual abuse treatment team, providing support and guidance to families in need.
Memberships and affiliations
Service Employees International Union, Local 509
former union steward, Chapter Board Member and Chapter Secretary of Grievances
Massachusetts Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
National Association of Social Workers, Speakers' Bureau
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge #150
Downtown Taunton Foundation, Supporter
American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteer, deployed to Southeast Texas to help with Hurricane Harvey recovery.
Founding member and President of Friends of the Taunton Nursing Home.
Learn To Cope facilitator
Taunton Opiate and Substance Use Task Force. Working with local agencies, persons in recovery and other volunteers, developed an overdose outreach team and drop-in center to bring people closer to support and recovery services.
Organizer and co-host of the Silver City Meetinghouse, a grassroots multi-media effort to bring a civil conversation about important topics to the community of Taunton. Involves a weekly radio program, web presence and public forums. Awarded Bristol County Educators Association 2010 Media Award.
Community Liaison to Triumph, Inc. Head Start Policy Council.
Youth soccer coach and administrator with local, regional and international experience.
Greater Taunton Health and Human Services Coalition
Ward captain and campaign manager for issues-oriented and elected office campaigns
Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder. Good Samaritan Medical Center Caregiver Support Open House. 2016
The Private/Public Partnership: The Success of Family Group Conferencing through the Joining of a Private Mental Health Center with a Public Child Welfare Agency. American Humane’s Conference on Family Group Decision Making. 2006 and 2007
Family Group Conferencing: A Strength-Based and Family Centered Approach. Title 1 Dissemination Project, Inc. Annual Conference. 2005 and 2006