Biography

Stephanie Sabar, MSW, LCSW


             Education and Training: I received my B.A. from Brown University, where I graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1960. In 1970 I received my M.S.W. from Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. I also earned a Professional Designation in Studies in Gerontology from UCLA Extension in 1984. I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California since 1985. My Gestalt clinical training took place at the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles from 1992-1996.
 
            Work: For more than 25 years, I worked as a clinical social worker in home health, senior centers, an HIV/AIDS agency, and hospice home care. My clients were the elderly, people with HIV/AIDS, hospice patients, and their families. As a volunteer, I led support groups for people with HIV/AIDS at the Shanti Foundation and facilitated a support group for M.A.P. (Mothers of AIDS Patients). I also was a volunteer therapist for ten years at The Pacific Center for AIDS Counseling and Psychotherapy and at AIDS Project Los Angeles, where I received APLA’s Longtime Service Award in 2001.
             Throughout all my years as a social worker, I have worked with people dealing with illness, disability, aging, dying, death, or bereavement. As a result, I have developed a deep interest in the experience of loss, how people understand and make sense of it, or not, and what can make it possible, or impossible, to cope and go on living, in spite of their suffering.  Wanting to share what I have discovered and the resources I have collected or developed, I have included a bereavement link on this website, where you can find my article on bereavement, relevant handouts, poems, and readings, as well as a comprehensive bibliography on attachment and loss, bereavement, grief and mourning.
    
           Personal/Family: I was born in 1938 in Brooklyn, NY, grew up in New Haven, CT, and, since 1972, have been living in Los Angeles, CA, where my husband, Yona Sabar, is a Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA.
              I retired in 2005 and have spent much of my time, since then, writing articles and developing material for this website. As a mother and grandmother, I also take time to visit my children and grandchildren, who live in Washington, DC, and in Israel.