I am the Director of Art Therapy at St. Thomas Aquinas College and I have a private practice where I work with families, couples, and individuals offering psychotherapy, play therapy and art therapy. I am recently retired from my position as a Student Assistance Counselor in the Clarkstown Central School District. My focus of practice is family systems therapy, DBT techniques, traditional psychotherapy, and art therapy. In the past I have traveled with STAC students to St. Petersburg, Russia, to bring art therapy to an orphanage. In May of 2019 I will travel to Beijing to teach a series of 2 courses at the Apollo Institute. I have an MPS from Pratt Institute and an MSW from the Columbia School of Social Work.
She is a licensed clinical social worker, with about 10 years of experience in clinical practice. Earned her BS in Psychology from Fordham University, MSW from NYU, and currently a doctoral student at Fordham University. Currently is a clinical supervisor at Bellevue Hospital’s Psychiatry Department. Experience working in a community PROS program, public and private hospitals, in a variety of psychiatric settings, from adult/child/adolescent psychiatric emergency room, inpatient & outpatient programs, collaborative care programs, and medical detox. Extensive experience with group facilitation, with persons with mental illness, co-occurring substance use disorders, and survivors of domestic violence; group curriculum design, and staff development and trainings. Her academic and research areas of interest include, evidence based mental health practice, treatment engagement approaches, and care transitions among those with serious and persistent mental illness.
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Earned an MSW from NYU in 1996. Worked in adult learning, employee assistance and substance abuse tx. Particular interests include world of work and short term/solution focused therapy. Began working at NYU Silver in 2006, assisting the Field Learning Dept with NYC placements. Currently placing all NJ and Rockland county students and doing 2nd year advisement.
Dr. Lefkowitz has over twenty-five years of experience in healthcare, specializing in mental health. She has worked with individuals with serious mental illness and chronic medical illness. Dr. Lefkowitz has experience with individuals of all ages, from childhood and adolescence through late life. She was the program director of a clinic serving those with serious mental illness, many of whom were living with disabling medical comorbidities. She trained at The Child and Adolescent Clinic at The Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic as well as the adult inpatient services at Payne Whitney where she led groups for individuals with substance use and depression and late life adults with depression. She has conducted research in identity development and maintenance in chronic illness. Currently, she serves as an administrator at a mental health clinic, at which she is also a psychotherapist.
Dr. Leifman is an international recognized expert in the area of human development. He currently advises and consults with corporate clients, consulting firms, not-for-profits and individuals specifically on: career development, executive coaching, change management, counseling, psychotherapy, human resources, out-placement, training, recruiting and staffing and time management. He has been in Private Practice for over 20 years. He has a Masters in Communications Management from Syracuse University, A Masters In Social Work from New York University and a Ph. D. also from New York University. His dissertation is on, "Family of origin roles and adult work roles in relation to employee adjustment, satisfaction, and success." He has guest lectured at Harvard, MIT, NYU, CUNY, Stanford and the College of Aeronautics. He has worked and lived internationally.
Professor LoGiudice is the Director of Disability Access and Compliance at The City College of New York. His focus of practice/research is in disability, LGBTQ, sexuality studies, intersectionality, organizational theories.
LoGiudice, J. (2016. Restructure, Reframe DS Offices by Implementing Disability Studies Concepts, Disability Compliance for Higher Education 22 (6), 1, 4
Master of Social Work, NYU, 2008
Cheryl Lopez, LCSW is a Sanctuary train the trainer who has completed a Masters Degree from Columbia University. Currently, she is pursuing her doctoral degree at NYU to advance trauma-informed clinical practices and sensitive multicultural approaches for Latinx communities. Her career has focused on providing trauma-informed clinical care to diverse populations and ages. She has focused on child development, complex trauma, and the benefits of evidence-based interventions such as Art/Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Cheryl has established school-based mental health programs in an inner-city school and village districts and has adapted DBT to meet the emotional needs of Latinx families. She is passionate about teaching and learning by helping individuals and their families overcoming barriers impeding their recovery. Her work has been providing therapy, supervision, and teaching to students, clients, and administrators.
Kelsey Louie is the Chief Executive Officer of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the nation's leading provider of HIV/AIDS care, prevention services, and advocacy. He was recently appointed to Governor Cuomo’s Taskforce to End the AIDS Epidemic in NYS by 2020.
Kelsey previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Harlem United Community AIDS Center, Inc., overseeing the agency’s $42M dollar budget and managing operations, administration, finance, development, programs, and healthcare services.
Kelsey’s rigorous, data-driven management style, sophisticated evaluation processes and commitment to staff development have brought concrete, measurable results to the lives of clients and staff throughout his fourteen-year career in social services at such as New York Foundling, Veritas Therapeutic Community Inc. and the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.
Kelsey holds an MSW from New York University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Karolina Lukasiewicz is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. Her research is focused on welfare programs addressed to refugees and asylees in the United States. She is also a principal investigator in two projects focused on immigrant communities in NYC. She has been studying the situation of immigrants for over ten years. She received ten various international fellowships and awards for her work with immigrant communities. Her articles have appeared in journals such as International Migration and Journal of Family Issues. Additionally to her academic engagement, Karolina is involved in several clinical initiatives as a case manager, employment trainer and conversation partner in organizations assisting refugees. She is a member of different professional organizations, including Influencing Social Policy and International Association for the Study of Forced Migration. Karolina received her doctoral degree at the Jagiellonian University, the Center for Evaluation and Analysis of Public Policies.