I have worked in the fields of human services and psychological trauma in varying capacities for over 30 years, including positions such as Addictions Counselor in a state penitentiary, Program Manager for a Community Action Agency, Director of Trauma Services, Human Rights Consultant, and Vice President of Clinical Operations for a multi-site outpatient mental health agency. I have consecutively taught MSW coursework for the last 20 years, including at Springfield College, Smith College, Elms College, and currently in the MSW Program for Westfield State University.
In addition to an MSW from Springfield College, I am a Master Trainer in the Risking Connection Relational Trauma Model, certified in EMDR, and have completed training at the advanced level as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. I also served as a trauma consultant for a healing and reconciliation project in Rwanda and The Democratic Republic of Congo.
My clinical interests lie in serving the survivors and families of individual and community trauma as well as the providers who support them. I maintain a private psychotherapy practice and provide consultation and training to individuals and organizations regarding the far-reaching impact of psychological trauma, including vicarious traumatization and the development of trauma-informed practice.
I joined Westfield State as the Field Education Director in 2012 where I also have the pleasure of working closely with our BSW and MSW students and community partners to develop and nurture the signature pedagogy of social work education – the field experience.