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Sylvia Andersen Haydash

Title: Social Worker and Clinical Therapist
Location: Southport, North Carolina, United States

Sylvia Haydash, Social Worker and Clinical Therapist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in diagnostic therapy for families.

Since 1998, Ms. Haydash has provided superior service in private practice as a social worker and clinical therapist at the local, regional, national and international level, supplying clinical diagnostic assessments for issues including substance abuse, dual diagnosis, child custody, separation and loss, grief counseling, attachment disorders, adoption issues, domestic violence, parental alienation and oppositional and destructive behavior. Her other responsibilities included case management, program development, grant writing, designing programs and training foster care workers and parents in principles of providing therapeutic care to children in foster care.

Proficient in bilingual capability for Thai and Laotian populations, Ms. Haydash obtained a certificate in Thai language proficiency in 1978 from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from George Mason University in Fairfax County, Virginia, Ms. Haydash continued her education with a Master of Social Work specializing in families and children, summa cum laude, from the Louis Kaplan School of Social Work. 

Ms. Haydash’s career highlights include serving as executive director from 1980 to 1983 of CARING, Inc., in Manassas, a program created to acculturate the large influx of Laotian, Cambodian and Vietnamese in the United States; deputy director of Holt Children Services from 1994 to 1996 in Hanoi, Vietnam; and clinical director from 1996 to 1997 with Children’s Services of Virginia, Inc.

Ms. Haydash initially desired to be a teacher, but when her husband was assigned to Asia as a military attaché, she had the opportunity to learn the local language. Due to her fluency in the Thai and Laotian languages, she became head of several programs targeting the underserved community of the country. This opened her eyes to the needs of so many people, which led to her desire to become a social worker. She takes a great deal of pride in having made a difference in the lives of so many children in Vietnam and working with the abused women in China and helping them overcome adversity.

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