Lesley M. Waite holds a master's degree from NYU in Educational Theatre where she studied Drama Therapy with Dr. Robert Landy. She also holds an MSW from Hunter School of Social Work, where she wrote her first article, "Drama Therapy in Small Groups with the Developmentally Disabled" in Social Work with Groups, Vol.16(4), 1993 by the Haworth Press, Inc. Currently Lesley runs a drama therapy group with young adults with challenges such as ASD, Down's Syndrome, and other intellectual Disabilities. She has a private practice one day a week, and she teaches a continuing education course entitled Drama Therapy in Social Work Practice. Her golden retriever, Summer, is a therapy dog and works one day a week in her office.
Michele Greene Weisman currently maintains a private practice, is a supervisory consultant, and an adjunct professor.
Dr. Weisman has been teaching in the practice curriculum at the NYU Silver School of Social Work since 1991. Her practice and administrative experience is in the domain of trauma and abuse, with particular expertise in the area of sex offenses. She has worked in agencies and private practice with both victims and offenders and their families since 1986. Dr. Weisman’s dissertation explored Therapist’s Recognition and Management of Countertransference in Work with Sex Offenders.
Her areas of interest reflect a wide scope of clinical subjects. She has published in the area of chronic illness and has led workshops on secondary traumatization, family therapy, working with adolescents, and clinical supervision. Dr. Weisman’s current interest and research is in the systemic aspects of abuse and the role that early intervention can play in the negation and elimination of abuse. She is also studying the impact of cultural issues in clinical supervision.
She earned her PhD and MSW from New York University Silver School of Social Work.
Ms. Weiss is a licensed social worker and health advocate presently employed by Westchester Jewish Community Services, whose professional focus has been providing supportive services to individuals and families facing serious, chronic debilitating and life limiting illness through a palliative lens.
Presently, she is spearheading a community based project to educate and empower Westchester clergy, lay leaders and their congregants to engage in discussions of end of life wishes and the importance of completing advanced directives that will ensure the fulfillment of those wishes. In addition, she is in the initial phase of creating a community based, palliative care focused program to address the growing emotional and physical needs of dementia patients and their caregivers whose loved ones have been given a dementia diagnosis.
Ms. Weiss conducts a variety of community workshops and has presented workshops and webinars for the NYU Silver School of Social Work Post-Master’s Certification Program in Palliative Care on the topic of Building an Understanding of End of Life Care for the Intellectually Disabled/ Developmentally Disabled (ID/DD) Adult in Group Homes. She has held adjunct positions at Fordham Univ Graduate SSW and Sarah Lawrence College Graduate Health Advocacy Program.
Ms. Weiss holds a Master’s degree of Social Work from UCONN, a Master’s degree of Health Advocacy from Sarah Lawrence College and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo. She is a member of NASW, and sits on the Board of the Westchester End of Life Coalition, the Collaborative for Palliative Care of Westchester, and is a longtime member of the Cancer Coalition of Westchester.
Caroline L. Werner is a faculty member of New York University’s School of Social work where she teaches graduate courses in the field of Policy. She is also on the faculty of Beth Israel’s Continuum Center for Heath and Healing where she has a private counseling practice. Ms. Werner is a certified Stress & Wellness Consultant and Director of CLW Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in burnout prevention, stress management, and improving satisfaction, retention, and engagement of employees. Ms. Werner is actively involved in the field of education reform policy and advocacy. She has assisted in bringing several new public elementary schools to a historically low-performing neighborhood in New York City.
Ms. Werner leads workshops for corporate clients on workplace satisfaction and engagement, reducing stress, win-win communication, team development, and retaining employees, particularly following maternity leave. These measures save her clients money, improve employee retention and productivity, and create a more positive work environment. Ms. Werner also provides one-on-one counseling for individuals on anxiety, depression, stress, finding satisfaction in work and personal life, relaxation, interpersonal relationships, self management, work life/personal life balance, and professional development. She incorporates Wellness, Mind/Body Medicine, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques in her work with clients, all of which are evidence-based practices.
Ms. Werner is co-author of the chapter “Broker-Dealer Litigation and Arbitration” in Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (2nd ed.) (Thomson West, 2005).
Ms. Werner is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University; Brooklyn Law School, where she was a Dean’s Merit Scholar, winner of the Leonard P. Moore Memorial Prize, and served as a member of the Journal of Law and Policy; and New York University School of Social Work. Ms. Werner also trained at the Mind/Body Institute at Harvard Medical School and the Canadian Institute of Stress/Hans Selye Foundation.
Scott A. Whipple is the former Director of Mental Health and Social Services at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in Manhattan. Currently, he has a private psychotherapy practice in Chelsea. Mr. Whipple is also a teaching assistant for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.
Scott A. Whipple working extensively with people with HIV/AIDS during the pandemic. His areas of expertise including working with lesbian, gay and bisexual people and with people of transgender experience. For the past 15 years, Mr. Whipple has specialized in working with survivors of trauma including adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. He has presented at the international Male Survivors Conference.
Scott A. Whipple earned his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Case Western Reserve University where he received the Darrow Theatre Award and was a member of The Actors' Company. He later received a Master of Social Work from New York University where he received the NASW Award for Outstanding Accomplishment as a Student. Mr. Whipple later completed the Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice at NYU. He is certified in Somatic Experiencing and EMDR - two modalities of working with trauma.
Alicia White earned her MSW from New York University and continued post-graduate studies at Hunter School of Social Work, where she received additional clinical training. She obtained training at Ackerman Institute, Training Institute of Mental Health and Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies. She is a licensed clinical social worker who has dedicated two decades in the field. Prof. White's work experience includes child welfare, education and forensic social work. In her final years with the Legal Aid Society, Prof. White pioneered her role as the first mitigation specialist within New York’s public defender system to provide therapeutic intervention to human trafficking survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. She has established herself as a human trafficking expert and has conducted numerous trainings and presentations at national conferences. Prof. White received the Mid-Career Exemplary Social Work leader award from NASW-NYC chapter in 2015 and the Social Work Image Awards (with Brooklyn Defender Services) in 2016. She currently supervises a team of the most dedicated and hard-working social workers she has ever had the pleasure of working with, at Brooklyn Defender Services.
Christine Theuma Wilkins is a social work manager in palliative care at New York University Langone Medical Center. She is also the domestic violence coordinator for the hospital.
Her areas of expertise include clinical social work, intimate partner violence, pediatric oncology, palliative care, hospital social work, social group work, and qualitative research. Her PhD dissertation was a qualitative study that centered on men with a history of abuse towards their female partners and explored their understanding of their behavior.
Dr. Theuma Wilkins earned an MSW from University of Toronto in 1998, making it to the Dean's Honor List, and a PhD in clinical social work from New York University in 2011. She was a recipient of a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship in 2000, a graduate assistantship in social work in 2001, an NYU Medical Center Employee Excellence in Leadership Award in 2004, and a Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Award in 2007.