PhD Cand., Fordham University
Buddhist Chaplain, NYU Global Spiritual Life
Director and Head Priest, Monju-do Zen Fellowship
Focus: Multifaith Leadership, Religious Pluralism, Religious Studies and Theology.
Education: MAR, theology, Yale Divinity School
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 and the former Director of Intake and Assessment at Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Currently, he has a private psychotherapy practice in Chelsea. Mr. Whipple is also a Lead Teaching Assistant for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute where he is a certified senior consultant.
Scott A. Whipple worked extensively with people with HIV/AIDS during the pandemic. His areas of expertise including working with LGBTQ populations. 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. He has also presented at the International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations - in Grenada, Spain and Toronto, Canada.
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 - and is a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist.
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 Wilkins, Ph.D., LCSW is the Advance Care Planning Program Manager at NYU Langone Health where she oversees the enterprise-wide implementation of Advance Care Planning as an integral component of person centered care. Over the past two decades, Dr. Wilkins has intervened in direct practice with children and adults in acute care settings, palliative care, and intimate partner violence. She has conducted groups work in varying settings. Dr. Wilkins is a graduate of the University of Malta, University of Toronto, and NYU Silver School of Social Work. She has published and presented on advance care planning, palliative care, hospital social work, social group work, and intimate partner violence. She serves as symposium co-chair on the International Association for Social Work with Groups board, social work representative on the national Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) board, and member of the New York State Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) executive board. She is Faculty at NYU Silver School of Social Work, and NYU School of Medicine.
Deirdre Williams, LCSW obtained her MSW and is a Doctoral Candidate at NYU. She obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience from Quinnipiac University. She is an adjunct professor at Fordham University and New York University, teaching the Advanced Integrated Practice with Organizations and Communities and the Social Welfare and Policy courses, respectively. She currently works advocating in and out of Brooklyn Family Court for youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems in New York City at the Legal Aid Society, specializing in delinquency matters. She simultaneously works as a Director at the Restorative Center, employing restorative justice circles for the community and trainings for attorneys, social workers, teachers, and community organizers and members. As a social worker, Ms. Williams is dedicated to building foundations and addressing gaps in systems as she encourages people to have a sense of ownership and empowerment of his/her own narrative.
Elisa C. Wong is Vice President at ICL, a behavioral health organization serving older adults, adults, families and children throughout the five boroughs. Elisa oversees implementation of evidence-based strategies or develops new strategies to work cross-functionally in diverse settings within the organization, to move these strategies from the abstract to the applied, and create the processes to ensure their effectiveness. She has worked in the social work field for over twenty-five years.
Elisa has an extensive background in program evaluation, community practice, and program development. Her professional areas of interest include integrated health, older adults, and social connectedness using an anti-oppression lens. Elisa has presented on these subjects both locally and nationally. She is also the co-author of “Social isolation: A solution-focused approach” as well as “How we learned to love and understand data”, both published in Behavioral Health News.
Elisa earned her PhD from NYU Silver and her MSW from Columbia University.