Drena Fagen is co-founder and the Director of Programs and Adult Services at New York Creative Arts Therapists PLLC, a group practice specializing in the integration of creative arts therapies with best practice and evidence-based psychotherapy treatment.
Her area of expertise is in the use of art therapy with high-functioning adults in individual and group psychotherapy and corporate environments. She also specializes in educating social workers and other helping professionals on burnout and vicarious trauma through on-site workshops for community based organizations and on-going therapy groups. She has extensive experience developing and implementing social work-informed art therapy programs in foster care, juvenile justice, and other agency settings. She has received post-graduate training in parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) and trauma-focused CBT.
Drena received a BA from the University of Florida, an MPS (Master of Professional Studies) in creativity development and art therapy at the Pratt Institute in 2001, and an MSW from NYU in 2006. She is a nationally board-certified art therapist (ATR-BC).
As the McSilver Institute’s Assistant Director of Policy and External Affairs, Dan plays a leading role in efforts to inform policy through community-led research projects and evaluation efforts, drafts legislative testimony and issue briefs, and supports a wide range of health care policy projects in areas including system transformation and Early Childhood Mental Health. Prior to joining the McSilver Institute, Dan spent over six years in government affairs and community engagement roles focused first on higher education and then public health policy. He received his MPA with a concentration in Public Policy from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. He teaches Policy I and II as an adjunct faculty member at Touro College’s Graduate School of Social Work and for the past three years an advanced policy course on legislative advocacy at the NYU Silver School of Social Work.
Christine Fewell teaches advanced practice and substance abuse classes at the Silver School of Social Work. She is co-coordinator and faculty advisor of the Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders Focused Learning Opportunity and associate editor of the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. She has a private practice providing psychotherapy and supervision.
Dr. Fewell has extensive experience working with people with substance abuse problems and their families and has published widely in this area. Other areas of interest include mentalization and its application to clinical practice, social work licensing, and ethical social work practice.
She earned her MSW from the University of Chicago, her PhD at the Silver School of Social Work, and a certificate in psychoanalysis at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.
Straussner, S. L., & Fewell, C.H. (Eds.). (2011). Children of substance-abusing parents: Dynamics and treatment. New York, NY: Springer Press.
Rachel Foster is Campaign Director for New Abolitionists, a national multimedia campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking. She is a Founding Co-Chair and Executive Council Member of World Without Exploitation, the national coalition working to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation. She has been an advocate at the Tompkins County Task Force for Battered Women and Sanctuary for Families, a community organizer at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, and a senior staff attorney and Board Officer at Brooklyn Legal Services, and a Board Member of the Citizens Committee for Children, Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, Arts and Ideas in Motion, and Community Board Two. Rachel received the New Yorkers Who Make a Difference Award from United Neighborhood Houses for her work representing disenfranchised New Yorkers. She is the President of Heights Advisors, a real estate firm, and a Co-Founder of the Brooklyn Cat Cafe, an animal shelter and adoption center.
Monroe France is the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Diversity Initiatives at New York University. Monroe has over 20 years of experience as a professional trainer, educator, faculty member, consultant, strategist, and keynote presenter. His areas of research and courses include, social justice education, intergroup dialogue, race and ethnicity, intersectionality, class, global social justice, and gender and sexaulity. He has implemented, and managed social justice and human rights education programs, nationally and internationally. Monroe’s expertise in anti-oppression and social justice work has led to his appearing on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show, regular radio interviews and presenting keynote addresses at national conferences and universities across the globe. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the NYU Silver School of Social Work and the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Communication. Monroe currently serves on the board of trustees for the OutRight International and has received numerous honors and accolades, including New York University’s 2012 Distinguished Administrator of the Year Award, the 2014 Trailblazer Award from re:gender (formerly National Council for Research on Women) and the 2016 National Association for Student Personal Administrators’ Diversity Achievement Award.
Social Work Manager of the Institute of Advanced Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. My focus is on health and mental health with an emphasis on infectious diseases, trauma and substance use/abuse. I am also the Project Director of a Harm Reduction Program for people who are HIV positive and currently using substances. Focus of this program is the use of CBT, Evidence Based Interventions, Seeking Safety and Motivational Interviewing. In addition I Coordinate the Social Work Graduate internship program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. I am also certified in Trauma Informed Care. I received my Masters in Social Work from Adelphi University.
Adjunct Lecturer at Lehman College, teaching addictions and gender studies. Clinical Social Work professional with 18 years of experience in clinical and administrative positions, specializing in female addiction, with an emphasis on drug-addicted and dual-diagnosed women and families. Founder of the first single gender Day Center for addicted women, in Israel. Industry workshop leader to Mental Health and Addictions professionals. Current DSW candidate at New York University's Silver School of Social Work.
Presenter at "Lisbon Addictions 2017" conference.
Publications: Straussner, S.L.A. & Fridman, E. S. (in press). Substance use by urban children. In Phillips, N.K. & Straussner, S.L.A. Children in the Urban Environment: Linking Social Policy and Clinical Practice (3rd ed). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas
Ellen Friedman is a teacher, consultant, and has a private practice. Main professional interest are mental health and substance abuse. Recently received the Make a Difference Award from the Commissioner of OASAS.
Education -- MSW- Hunter, Analytic Training, PhD New York University.
Dr. Mathylde Frontus is the Founder and Principal of MKF Ventures, LLC., a social enterprise operating two consultancies that serve non-profit organizations and other neighborhood institutions. Avant-Garde Consulting offers capacity building services and technical support, and Avant-Garde Behavioral Health Resources offers mental health consultation.
From 2004-2016, Dr. Frontus served as the Founder and Executive Director of Urban Neighborhood Services (UNS), a multi-service agency in southern Brooklyn. During her tenure at UNS she also founded two multi-stakeholder coalitions to reduce the incidents of community violence: the Coney Island Coalition Against Violence and the Coney Island Anti-Violence Collaborative.
Dr. Frontus earned her BSW and MSW from New York University; her M.A. from the Clinical Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University; her M.T.S from Harvard Divinity School; and her PhD from the Columbia School of Social Work.