I am pleased to say I have the opportunity to join the Dedicated Team at Sherry Blair Institute for Inspirational Change! I am a Licensed Social Worker and an MSW Graduate of Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work. I received my B.A in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Montclair State University. During my undergraduate years, I have engaged in research and published journal articles with my fellow peers. I have had the privilege to be on the board of Psychology Club, Active Minds, Multicultural Psychology Scholars, and UNICEF. I have presented at National Mental Health Campus Conference and received a 5-Start Chapter award. Since the start of my Master’s Program, I have worked with populations ranging from children to elders on family issues, crisis interventions, “talk therapy”, family therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and substance abuse. I’ve worked with children, ages 5-21 and their families in a school setting and behavioral inpatient setting. I had the opportunity to assist children who struggle from emotional/behavioral issues as well as developmental disabilities. Treatment approaches I find useful and beneficial for my clients are strengths perspective, Humanistic approach, CBT, and other client-centered therapies.
I currently teach courses at Montclair State University in the Psychology department and Child Advocacy department. I appreciate the opportunity to teach and engage students in these fields to promote knowledge and skills needed for their future careers. I will begin a Couples/Family Therapy program at Training Institute for Mental Health in September 2016. I am ecstatic about the program and believe that learning never ends!
In the past couple of years, I have engaged and completed Engagement Strategies, Motivational Interviewing, and Working with Transgender Clients trainings in order to better prepare myself in helping organizations provide families with beneficial services.
My goals for treatment in this institute are to help families and children reach their own goals. However, my personal goals in this program are to develop such a positive and respectful therapeutic relationship to help promote change.
I have always been motivated to use my ability, experience and education to help people overcome problems and make their lives better. I hope to continue utilizing skills that I have developed in other social service settings during my position at Sherry Blair Institute for Inspirational Change. I am confident I will build a mutually beneficial and professional relationship as a social worker full of passion and integrity, and will undoubtedly treat Sherry Blair Institute for Inspirational Change as my own home.