Formerly the senior director for human resources at Princeton University and the University of Chicago, Arnie Aronoff has brought his professional expertise to educational, nonprofit, social service, and other organizations as a consultant, coach, and trainer for over fifteen years. Mr. Aronoff is an experienced instructor who has been teaching for the Professional Development Program at SSA since 1996. He earned his doctorate from the University of Chicago and pursued advanced training in organizational development from the National Training Laboratories in Applied Behavioral Science (NTL) and the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.
Donna R. Baptiste, EdD
Donna R. Baptiste is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Marital and Family Therapist with an active clinical practice at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. She provides therapy and psycho-education for individuals, couples and families across the lifespan. She is currently senior faculty in the Center for Psychological and Family Studies and in the Counseling Master degree program also at Northwestern University, teaching courses related to marriage and family therapy, counseling methods and child and adolescent development. Prior to her work at Northwestern, she was Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Associate Director of the Center for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).
Adi Barak is an assistant professor at the Bar-Ilan University School of Social Work in Israel. He earned his MFA in Theater and a PhD in Social Work from Tel-Aviv University, Israel. His practice engages the worlds of narrative therapy; applied theater and creative generative writing in projects such as ex-offenders' storytelling (University of Chicago Gray Center For Arts And Inquiry) using playback theater in conflict resolution groups (Israel); and developing therapeutic models that apply the use of theater in narrative therapy (Dramatherapy, Journal of the British Association of Dramatherapists ) and creative writing in grief therapy ( The British Journal Of Social Work). Mr. Barak is also a qualitative researcher who studies narratives to understand how they are constructed, and how social meaning-making processes influence personal identities.
Victor Bernstein is Research Associate (Associate Professor) at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. In addition, he is a consultant, trainer, and co-founder of the Ounce of Prevention Fund (Illinois) Developmental Training and Support Program. Mr. Bernstein conducts research on parent-child interaction. His principal interest is in using observation and inquiry to strengthen relationships in order to improve the developmental outcomes in children born at risk. He has written articles on how to use videotape and developmental demonstrations to encourage positive involvement between parents and children. He has trained staff from a variety of primary prevention, Early Head Start, early intervention (birth to three), child welfare and drug treatment programs in these techniques.
William Borden is Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago, where he teaches courses on contemporary psychodynamic theory, human development, and comparative psychotherapy. He has written articles, essays, and books on relational perspectives in contemporary psychoanalysis, integrative perspectives in psychosocial intervention, brief psychotherapy, and narrative psychology, and conducted empirical research on stress, coping, and development across the life course. His current work focuses on recent developments in neuroscience and integrative perspectives in psychosocial intervention. Mr. Borden has worked as a clinician, supervisor, and consultant in mental health settings since 1983. He received the SSA Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000, and has been teaching in the PDP at SSA for over twenty years.
Sybil Madison-Boyd is Director of School and Leadership Development for the Urban School Improvement (USI) Network. In this role she provides instructional leadership coaching to principals and their teams. She also leads the Academic and Social Support Learning group which focuses on developing proactive approaches to address barriers to learning. Ms. Madison-Boyd has worked in urban, public schools for almost twenty years. She earned her doctoral and master’s degrees in Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with honors, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Andrew Brake is an assistant professor of social work at Northeastern Illinois University. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. As a practitioner, Mr. Brake has over twelve years of experience working for some of Chicago’s leading youth serving organizations and schools. His research broadly examines social and academic supports in urban, public high schools. He is particularly interested in the role of trust and relationship-building in teaching and social work practice, as well as the lead roles that school social workers can play in improving school policy and practice.
Rebecca Brashler, MSW
Rebecca Brashler is the Director of Global Patient Services (GPS) at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. GPS coordinates specialized case management services for Military, International, Worker’s Compensation and other patients with unique needs who come to the Rehabilitation Institute from around the world to seek state of the art Rehabilitation Services. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her MSW from the University of Maryland with a joint certificate from the Johns Hopkins Medical School/Kennedy Institute. Ms Brashler is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University with an appointment in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Her clinical interests include spinal cord injury, brain injury, family adjustment to disability, and hospital ethics consultation.
Rebecca Canelos is Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor at Hines VA Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Her clinical interests and areas of expertise include motivational interviewing, treatment of trauma and substance use disorders, and gender-specific care for women veterans. She provides clinical supervision to social work students specializing in the treatment of substance use disorders as well. In addition to her clinical work, Ms. Canelos is a consultant for the VA’s national Motivational Interviewing Training Program and is a current member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Ms. Canelos graduated from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration where her studies focused on clinical social work, evidence based practices, and the treatment of substance use disorders.
Evette Cardona is Vice President of Programs at the Polk Bros. Foundation where she began as an intern in 1998. She is the Vice Chair of the board of directors of the Donors Forum and chairs its Diversity and Inclusiveness committee. She is a native Chicagoan and a graduate of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, where she received the 2008 Elizabeth Butler award for outstanding professional success and achievement in social work, the U of C’s Leadership in Diversity Alumni award in 2010, and where she proudly teaches a course in philanthropy and public policy. Her undergraduate degree in art and design is from the University of Illinois Chicago. Before entering the field of philanthropy, Ms. Cardona's experience included working with teenage mothers and their children at Christopher House, and teaching photography through Urban Gateways and various freelance audio-visual and photography assignments. She has been active in Chicago’s LGBT community, was a member of the Center on Halsted’s inaugural board of directors, and in 2002 was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame in 2002.
E. Summerson Carr is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and Associate Faculty in the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Gender Studies. Ms. Carr conducted ethnographic research at a drug treatment program for homeless women where she explored how American ideas about addiction, language, and personhood are put into practice by counselors, case managers, and clients. She recently initiated a second ethnographic study of motivational interviewing; she focuses on how practitioners are trained and develop expertise in this approach, which is currently impacting a number of fields of clinical practice, including addiction treatment. Ms. Carr received a PhD in Anthropology and Social Work at the University of Michigan, where she also earned an MSW, an MA in Anthropology, and a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies.
Don R. Catherall, PhD
Don R. Catherall’s career has focused on the areas of traumatology and relationships. He is the editor of the Handbook of Stress, Trauma and the Family and Family Stressors: Interventions for Stress and Trauma and has authored two other books, as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. His most recent book, Emotional Safety (Routledge, 2007), utilizes Silvan S. Tomkins’ affect theory to help therapists get a better view of the emotional relationship in couples therapy. Mr. Catherall maintains a full-time private practice in Chicago and teaches at both Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.
Nancy Chertok is Director of Field Education at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She provides consultation to field instructors, field liaisons, and students with the goal of optimizing learning experiences in the field. Ms. Chertok earned her master's degree from SSA and an LCSW from the State of Illinois. She has been the Director of Case Management Services at La Rabida Children's Hospital and Research Center, and program director for a multi-service program serving children and adults with autism, as well as providing clinical services to individuals and couples in private practice and through the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation. Ms. Chertok has worked in clinical, administrative, and supervisory positions for the past twenty-five years.
Denise Davis, MSW, LCSW is in private practice where she sees children, adolescents, adults and couples and supervises and runs study groups. She is a member of the Midwest Self Psychology Study Group, the co-chair of International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology’s (IAPSP) Child and Adolescent Initiative, as well as a member of IAPSP’s Advisory Board. Ms. Davis has been a presenter at IAPSP Conferences and a discussant for IAPSP’s online journal club. She is the author of Moments of Meeting: A Self Psychological Approach published in the International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology and is authoring a chapter in a forthcoming book entitled Moments of Meeting to be published by the Routledge Relational Perspective Series in Fall 2016.
Tim Devitt, LCPC, CADC has worked with behavioral health programs for over 25 years as a homeless outreach worker, team leader, therapist, program director, researcher, trainer, consultant, and executive level administrator. His current position as Vice President, Clinical Operations, at Thresholds, a large psychiatric rehabilitation agency in Chicago, involves overseeing clinical programs and growth initiatives. He has presented nationally and co-authored papers and a book chapter on topics related to the integration of mental health and nicotine and other substance use practices, is lecturer at the University of Chicago, School of Social Services Administration, and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.
Aren Drehobl, LCSW, CADC is a psychotherapist, substance abuse counselor, trainer, and consultant with eighteen years of experience in the social services. Aren currently works as a Clinical Field Consultant at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and as a therapist in private practice. Prior to these roles, Aren was the Program Manager of Recovering With Pride, Howard Brown Health Center’s substance abuse treatment program. Aren's specialty interests include LGBTQ-affirming therapy, recovery from trauma, substance use and abuse, and issues facing transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. Aren has presented workshops on these and other topics to thousands of professionals in schools, nonprofits, and businesses. As a transgender/genderqueer therapist, Aren brings both consumer and provider perspectives to discussions of gender identity diversity. Aren holds a Master of Arts in Social Service Administration from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.
Sophia F. Dziegielewski
Sophia F. Dziegielewski is a licensed clinical social worker and professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Central Florida (UCF), in Orlando, Florida.She is also Chair of the UCF Institutional Review Board which provides oversight for the protection of human subjects in university-related research studies and is Editor of the Journal of Social Work Research. Throughout her academic, administrative, and practice career she has been active in mental health practice and research, maintaining her license and serving as an expert witness in the courts. She is the recipient of numerous awards and supports her research and practice activity with over 135 publications, including 8 textbooks, 85 articles, and the book, DSM-5™ in Action, 3rd Edition.
Matthew W. Epperson is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Service Administration. His areas of interest include: Intervention research on co-occurring problems of HIV, substance abuse, mental illness, and criminal justice involvement; HIV prevention and epidemiology; Substance abuse and mental illness; Criminal justice affected populations; Use of multimedia tools in intervention development and delivery; Dissemination/translational research; and Criminal justice content in social work education. Mr. Epperson has over 15 years of clinical and administrative social work experience in mental health, substance abuse, and criminal justice settings.
Carol Ganzer, PhD
Carol Ganzer is on the faculty of the Institute for Clinical Social Work where she teaches contemporary psychodynamic theory. She is the managing editor of Clinical Social Work Journal and has served on its editorial board. Ms. Ganzer has worked in the mental health field as a clinician and supervisor since 1996. She received a PhD in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an MSW from Jane Addams College of Social Work, and a certificate in advanced psychodynamic clinical practice from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She has presented and published articles on the application of psychoanalytic theory to practice with vulnerable populations and on issues of supervision and consultation. She maintains an independent practice of psychotherapy and consultation in Chicago.
Jill R. Gardner is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Chicago. She has been a lecturer at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Clinical Social Work. She is a frequent presenter at workshops and in-service programs and has published papers on the use of self psychology in brief treatment and supervision. She also does executive coaching and has consulted to numerous organizations and businesses on management and organizational issues. Ms. Gardner has more than thirty-five years' experience in community mental health and private practice in Chicago.
Gary Gilles is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University. He has maintained a clinical practice since 1987 and currently has a private practice in Palatine, Illinois. He serves as an adjunct faculty member for Trinity International University in Psychology and Communications and for Argosy University in undergraduate Psychology. In addition, he has developed a number of professional continuing education courses and delivers these regularly at schools and businesses. He is former managing editor of Chicago Caregiver Magazine and frequently contributes to other publications writing on topics pertaining to physical and mental health.
Kathy Gould is Program Manager of the Illinois Autism Partnership at Easter Seals of Metropolitan Chicago, which assists school districts to develop the capacity to successfully educate and support students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She was State Director of the Illinois Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project from its inception in 1998 through its close in 2014. She has a BA (Education) from University of Oregon and MS (Psychology) from Chaminade University (Hawaii) and has written, implemented, and administered special education training grants and projects for over twenty- five years. She presents across the state of Illinois and nationally on ASD and how to assist schools and families to improve their ability to educate and support children with ASD. For the last eight years, she directed and coordinated IATTAP’s Focus Family Support for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Scott M. Granet is a licensed clinical social worker based in Northern California. He has worked with the Palo Alto Medical Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health since 1989, where he provides individual, couples, family, and group therapy. He specializes in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum disorders. In 2008 Mr. Granet opened the OCD-BDD Clinic of Northern California. He earned his MSW from New York University.
Debra A. Hass is Principal and Founder of Serendipity Consulting which emphasizes program development and management, evaluation, research, and writing. She has over 20 years of professional and volunteer experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors including serving as a senior policy associate at the Women Employed Institute and as a foundation program officer focused on early childhood development. She is a lecturer at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, teaching Evaluation of Social Welfare Policies and Programs. Ms. Hass holds a bachelor's degree from Beloit College and a master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
Janna A. Henning is a Professor at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago and the founder and coordinator of its Traumatic Stress Psychology Concentration. She also maintains a part-time private practice. Her teaching and research concentrates in trauma-focused approaches to intervention, death and dying, life-threatening illness, caregiving, bereavement and loss, and gender in psychotherapy. Ms. Henning earned her BA in Political Science and JD in Law at Indiana University and her MA and PsyD in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School. She is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, a Certified Thanatologist (Death, Dying and Bereavement), and certified in Clinical Hypnosis.
M. Dolores Higgs is a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), in its Chicago campus. She has taught Spanish and English language courses in Mexico and the United States. She received her master's degree in teaching from National Louis University. Ms. Higgs also has a specialization in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from UNAM and an Illinois ESL certification. In addition, Ms. Higgs is finishing a 2nd master's degree in Spanish linguistics from New Mexico State University.
Brit Holmberg, MSW, MDiv
Brit Holmberg, LCSW, MDiv. works with individuals of diverse ages and backgrounds at the Samaritan Counseling Center. He uses a strengths-based, holistic approach to treat a variety of mental health challenges including life adjustments, grief, depression, anxiety, and adolescent emotional issues. He received his Master of Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago and his Master of Divinity from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. Mr. Holmberg has been engaged in anti-racism work since college and once interned for the Peoples' Institute for Survival and Beyond in New Orleans, LA.
Paul Holmes is Founder and Managing Partner of the Emotion Management Program (EMP). He has wide-ranging experience working with multiproblem client populations and has provided dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) services since 1994. Mr. Holmes's current interests focus on the impact of mindfulness on private experiences associated with self-injurious behavior and emotional dysregulation. Mr. Holmes is a lecturer at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and was previously a faculty member in the University's Department of Psychiatry. He has been an instructor in the Professional Development Program at SSA since 2001.
Martha Holstein has worked in the field of aging for over thirty years and has been doing training in and teaching ethics for more than twenty years. She is an independent consultant with the Center for Long-Term Care Reform, a program of the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. Ms. Holstein writes frequently on ethical issues and aging largely from a feminist perspective. She earned her master's degree in history from the University of Missouri and her Ph.D. in medical humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She has taught Professional Ethics at Northwestern University and at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies, and Health Care Ethics and Ethics and Aging at Loyola University. She currently teaches Health and Aging Policy at SSA.
Bharathi Jayaram is the Associate Director of Field Education at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She provides consultation to field instructors, field consultants, and students with the goal of optimizing learning experiences in the field. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a registered dual disorder professional with more than 13 years of experience in a variety of settings. Prior to her current position at SSA, Ms. Jayaram worked as a Clinical Therapist with Alternatives, Inc., an agency serving youth, adolescents, and families.
Carla Leone is on the faculty of the Institute of Clinical Social Work in Chicago and the director of a group private practice in Lincolnwood, Illinois. She a member of the governing council and advisory board of the International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology and the chairperson of that organization’s Couples Therapy Interest Group. She is the author of several papers on the application of self psychology and intersubjective systems theory to couples and family therapy and has been a regular presenter on these topics at national and international conferences. She is currently working on a book on couples therapy.
Jeff Levy is Co-Founder and CEO of Live Oak, Inc., along with being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. He is also a lecturer at SSA, University of Chicago. He holds dual master's degrees in social work and recreation therapy. Mr. Levy specializes in offering services to children, adolescents, families, and gay men-with an emphasis on addressing issues surrounding violence and trauma. He has presented workshops and seminars locally, regionally, and nationally. He has published several articles-the most recent of which have been published in The Psychotherapy Networker. Prior to his work at Live Oak, Mr. Levy was the Clinical Director at Teen Living Programs in Chicago and the Director of Program Development at The Center for Contextual Change in Skokie, specializing in services to individuals and families impacted by trauma.
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Nikki Lively has over ten years of experience in providing individual, couples, and family therapy, and specializes in the treatment of perinatal mood disorders, and the impact of these mood disorders on partner and parent-infant relationships. Ms. Lively maintains a private practice where she works with women and families, as well as provides clinical supervision and consultation. Ms. Lively received her training at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration from which she holds a Masters degree in Social Work, and the Erikson Institute from which she completed the certificate program in Infant Mental Health.
Marion Malcome, MSW
Marion Malcome, LCSW, received a BS in Psychology with a Minor in Afro-American studies and a MSW with a concentration in Community Mental Health both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has extensive training and experience in clinical diagnostic assessment, and providing mental health support to adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses. She is currently the Team Leader for an Intensive Case Management team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, a Psychotherapist at Urban Balance, as well as the Co-Founder and Chief Consultant at SydneyMalcome LLC. Ms. Malcome is passionate about community mental health and dedicated to reducing stigma about mental health on an individual and community level.
Dennis McCaughan is a licensed clinical psychologist in the independent practice of psychotherapy and consultation. He received his doctorate from the University of Chicago and for many years was affiliated with the adolescent services at Illinois State Psychiatric Institute, where he held a number of clinical and training positions. He is currently on the faculty of the Institute for Clinical Social Work and has taught at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, and at SSA since 1997 in the areas of human development, interpersonal psychoanalysis, and psychotherapy. Mr. McCaughan is a consulting psychotherapist at the St. James Cathedral Counseling Center, Chicago and The Community House, Hinsdale, Illinois, and is a contributing editor to Schools: Studies in Education.
Stanley G. McCracken is a Lecturer at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. He has published in the areas of evidence-based practice, psychiatric rehabilitation, chemical dependence, behavioral pharmacology, behavioral medicine, aging, and staff training. He is co-author of Interactive Staff Training and Practice Guidelines for Extended Psychiatric Residential Care. Mr. McCracken has thirty years of experience as a clinician, educator, and consultant specializing primarily in mental health, chemical dependence, and dual disorders. He serves on a number of editorial, review, and advisory boards in evidence-based practice, mental health, chemical dependence, and multicultural/multilingual mental health services. Mr. McCracken is a licensed clinical social worker and registered dual disorder professional.
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Susan McCracken is a licensed psychologist in private practice, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, stress-related illnesses, and pain syndromes in children, adolescents, and adult survivors of incest and sexual abuse. In addition to over thirty-two years' experience in medical centers and hospitals across the city, she has significant teaching experience and has been a lecturer staff member at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration since 1995.
Michael A. McNulty is a psychotherapist with twenty-five years' experience who maintains a private practice in Evanston and Highland Park, Illinois. He is a Certified Gottman Relationship Therapist, Trainer, and Consultant, and former Adjunct Faculty member of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where he taught couples therapy. He has presented workshops to professionals and paraprofessionals on The Gottman Method, trauma, and other topics in a variety of settings in both the United States and Sri Lanka. He recently served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist and received a grant to support his work training Sri Lankan lay counselors. He also has a subspecialty in working with the emotional aspects of learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder and has published on the psychological experience of living with dyslexia over the course of life.
The Professional Development Program mourns the loss of SSA graduate and PDP instructor, Jason T. McVicker, AM '94
Jason T. McVicker was a licensed clinical social worker and registered dual disorder professional with more than fifteen years of experience in a variety of settings. A former Director of Mental Health Services at Center on Halsted, the largest LGBT community center in the Midwest, he worked previously as Program Supervisor at Chicago House and Social Service Agency, Inc. He was a former Master Practitioner Instructor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA), where he earned his AM degree. Mr. McVicker was a Lecturer at SSA, as well as at the Jane Addams College of Social Work (UIC) and the Loyola University School of Social Work.
SSA Senior Lecturer, William Borden, shared the following reflections:
Jennifer Mosley is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Her fields of special interest include policy advocacy and lobbying, government-nonprofit relations, human service organizations, civic engagement, and social justice philanthropy. Her research focuses on the role of nonprofit organizations as political actors. At SSA, she teaches courses on policy formulation and implementation, advocacy & social change, and organizational theory. Her practice experience is in the areas of child welfare, community-based advocacy, and regional grantmaking. Ms. Mosley received her BA in psychology from Reed College and her MSW and PhD in social welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles.
John E. Mundt is a licensed clinical psychologist who has experience in working with clients of all ages and from across the diagnostic spectrum. He has been a Staff Psychologist at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (Chicago, IL) since 1992, providing both long-term and time-limited psychotherapy, as well as psychological assessment and case management for veterans. Since 1996, he has been the psychologist in the Medical Center's acute-care partial hospitalization program, with a focus on brief treatment of PTSD stemming from combat, sexual assault, and inner-city violence, as well as other types of trauma. Mr. Mundt has presented nationally (in more than 40 cities) on the topic of mental health issues in the returning combat veterans. He has been an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 1994. Mr. Mundt holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Faiza Omer is a school social worker with over nine years of experience working in CPS. Ms. Omer received her master’s degree from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. She began her career in education as an eighth grade teacher and later pursued a career in the field of school social work to improve the social-emotional supports necessary for helping youth attain educational success. She currently leads and coordinates professional development and social-emotional supports for her school and provides field instruction for school social work interns.
Theo Pintzuk, LCSW, is in private practice as a psychotherapist and consultant. Her clinical work is informed by Self Psychology and other contemporary psychoanalytic theories as well as trauma theory and post-modernist theories of gender, sexuality, and identity.
Janice M. Pyrce is President of Pyrce Healthcare Group and a lecturer at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She has been a national speaker on many health-care topics and has presented at meetings of the American Hospital Association, National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems, and other professional organizations. Ms. Pyrce has over two decades of health-care experience at the executive level and has been teaching in the Professional Development Program since 1997.
Stephanie Renno is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the Rush University Medical Center Road Home Program: Center for Veterans & their Families, as well as a National Trainer and Consultant for Behavioral Couples Therapy for Substance Use Disorders at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She has extensive experience providing specialized evidence-based practice interventions for service members, veterans and their families. Ms. Renno graduated from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration where her studies focused on clinical social work, evidence based practices, and the treatment of substance use disorders.
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Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is a trainer and consultant whose work has reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands. He has worked with adolescents for over twenty-five years in a variety of roles, ranging from social worker, consultant, and administrator. Mr. Sanders is author of five books and numerous workbooks. He had two stories published in the New York Times best-selling book series, Chicken Soup for the Soul. In 2003, he was named Professional of the Year by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor Certification Association for his work as a trainer and consultant.
Gina M. Samuels is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Service Administration and a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture at the University of Chicago. Ms. Samuels's work also promotes the application of interpretive research to inform foster care and adoption practice and policy. She has practiced social work in the areas of child welfare and child protective services, juvenile justice, Afrocentric school-based tutoring programs, and group therapy with female youth. She currently serves as a Research Expert on the Illinois Adoption Advisory Council and a Board Member of MAVIN Foundation, a national organization addressing the needs and concerns of multiracial populations and transracial adoptees in the United States. Her publications explore issues of kinship, sociocultural development, and racial/ethnic identity for youth and adults whose lives and family systems have been shaped by adoption or foster care. Ms. Samuels earned her MSSW and PhD in social work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Amy Schigelone earned her A.B. in Sociology from the University of Chicago, and her MSW and Ph.D. in Social Work and Sociology from the University of Michigan, where she was a National Institute on Aging fellow. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Medical Ethics while working as an Assistant Research Professor in Geriatrics at the University of Chicago Hospitals. Ms. Schigelone is a former hospice social worker and has both research and clinical experience working with older adults and end of life issues. She teaches courses at SSA on Aging and Mental Health and Death and Dying, and works with adult clients across the lifecourse in private practice in Oak Park and Chicago as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
Matthew D. Selekman is a couple and family therapist and addictions counselor in private practice. He is the co-director of Partners for Collaborative Solutions, an international family therapy training and consulting firm in Evanston, Illinois. He is an Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Mr. Selekman received theWalter S. Rosenberry Award in 2006, 2000, and in 1999 from The Children's Hospital in Denver, Colorado for having made significant contributions to the fields of psychiatry and the behavioral sciences. He is the author of numerous family therapy articles and five professional books. Mr. Selekman has presented workshops on a collaborative strengthsbased brief family therapy approach with challenging children, adolescents, and adults extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Australia.
Helene M. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and has a background in both private practice and public interest law, including two years as a guardian ad litem with the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian representing children in abuse and neglect proceedings and supervising courtroom attorneys. Her legal practice includes representation of children as their court-appointed attorney in custody and visitation cases and representation of parents in abuse, neglect, custody and visitation cases. Since 2005, she has taught courses on social work and law and on family policy at SSA. She is the immediate past chair of the Chicago Bar Association Domestic Relations Committee and presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Family Defense Center.
Nick Turner received his Master of Arts in social work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. He has worked in various mental health and substance abuse settings with children, adolescents and adults. He is currently working as a clinician at Rush University Medical Center in the Center for Veterans and their Families. Additionally, Mr. Turner is a Lecturer at the University of Chicago. He also co-authored the book Mindfulness-Based Sobriety, a treatment guide for addiction recovery that was published by New Harbinger Publishing in January 2014. Turner is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC) and a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.
Rick Volden is a clinical psychologist and Certified Group Psychotherapist in private practice in Chicago. He works extensively with men in his therapy practice and provides individual, couple, and group therapy. Mr. Volden also offers case consultation and supervision to other clinicians, and is a frequent presenter at training sites and in continuing education programs. He is a former instructor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Areas of interest include self psychology, group therapy, developmental issues for men across the life span, and human sexuality.
Laura A. Wald, LSW, has been a clinical and special education social worker for over thirty-four years. She received her undergraduate degree in sociology and psychology from Indiana University and a master's in social work from The George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Her background includes working with children of all ages with learning disabilities, behavior disorders, chronic illness, and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder. Ms. Wald is a frequent presenter on family therapy and developmental disabilities. She is an instructor in autism spectrum disorder and family issues at the Erikson Institute in Chicago.
Kathleen Waligora graduated from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and currently serves as the Policy and Communications Coordinator for the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition. In this position, she has educated more than 2,000 individuals on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. Ms. Waligora has worked in health policy for more than seven years, including as an organizer for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin and a project coordinator for Building a Healthier Chicago, a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region V.
Rebecca White is a quantitative psychologist who specializes in the study of judgment and decision making. Her primary research interests include the study of self-predictions of goal achievement and individual differences in decision making processes. Ms.White received her PhD from the Ohio State University in 2005, after which she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo from 2005-2007. Ms.White has held research fellowships with the National Academy of Sciences and the National Opinion Research Center, through which she had the opportunity to apply her expertise in judgment and decision-making to projects that influenced public policy. In her consulting work as a Behavioral Research Specialist for Hewitt Associates, Ms.White provided analysis of the application of behavioral decision researchto management and human resource issues, particularly with regards to retirement and health care programs. Ms.White has taught several courses on psychological topics including judgment and decision making, social psychology, and statistics for behavioral science. Currently, she is a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Decision Research in the Chicago Booth School of Business.
Jancey Wickstrom, AM, LCSW is the Site Director at The Renfrew Center of Chicago, an eating disorder treatment facility. She graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa and The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She has trained nationally and internationally on the topics of mindfulness and Third Wave behavioral approaches. She contributed a chapter titled ‘Healing Self Inflicted Violence in Adolescents with Eating Disorders’ in the book Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice. Ms. Wickstrom is a lecturer at The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.
Kathleen Young received her Psy.D. from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University where she completed specialized coursework in the neuropsychology concentration. During her internship, she specialized in neuropsychology and geropsychology at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Battle Creek, Michigan. She also completed training in neuropsychology, geropsychology, and rehabilitation psychology at the Hines Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Ms. Young is completing her postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology where she specializes in working with patients with mild traumatic brain injury, dementia, mild cognitive impairment, and learning disabilities. Specialized areas of interest include working with older adults and the functional applications of neuropsychological assessment. Ms. Young is a member of the adjunct faculty at the American Schools of Professional Psychology where she also serves as director of the program’s Neuropsychology Concentration.
Gabriela Zapata-Alma LCSW CADC is the Director of Substance Use Treatment Programs at Thresholds, Co-Owner/Founder of Roots Counseling & Training Solutions, and a Lecturer at The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Ms. Zapata-Alma brings over 10 years of experience providing direct services, training, consultation, designing and leading programs using Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, Trauma-Informed Care, Housing First, and third wave behavioral interventions. She graduated from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, earning certifications in Evidence-Based Practice and Advanced Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Counseling. Ms. Zapata-Alma has presented locally and nationally on a range of topics specific to serving highly vulnerable and medically complex street-based populations; as well as provided consultation and technical assistance to programs serving homeless individuals, families and youth with co-occurring disorders locally, nationally, and internationally.