Tricia B. Bent-Goodley is Professor of Social Work and Director of the Doctoral Program at Howard University School of Social Work and also serves as the Director of the Howard University Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program and Chair/Director of the University’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. Dr. Bent-Goodley’s research has focused on areas such as violence against women and girls, HIV prevention, and healthy relationship education. She has developed community and faith-based interventions in domestic violence and relationship education with a focus on strengthening the Black family. She is the author/co-author of three books in the areas of domestic violence and social policy and has a forthcoming book on Black marriages and families. She serves as a Consulting Editor for several scholarly journals, and distinctly in a number of local, state, and national elected and appointed leadership positions. Prior to coming to Howard University, she served as an administrator and clinical practitioner in Harlem and Queens County, New York. Dr. Goodley received her Ph.D. in Social Policy, Planning and Analysis from Columbia University and her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.
Beth Counselman Carpenter, PhD, LCSW (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University in the residential Masters and online DSW programs and clinician in private practice in CT. Her research interests include post-traumatic growth, feminist models of mothering, and the role and use of technology to decrease barriers to service provision in social work settings, particularly the LGBTQIA+ community. Her most recent projects are examining the practices of self-care and mentoring in retention of faculty with marginalized identities, and analyzing secondary data to understand factors of post-traumatic growth in individuals who have completed transition. Her co-edited text: Working with Grief, & Traumatic Loss: Theory, Practice, Personal Reflection & Self-care for Clinicians will be published by Cognella Publishing in October 2019. Beth has a BA in Sociology from the University of Richmond, an MSW from New York University and a PhD from Adelphi University.
Eileen Dombo, PhD, LICSW, began her teaching with NCSSS in 2000 as an adjunct professor and as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2006, currently teaching master’s level courses. She has over 15 years of experience in trauma treatment and services to sexual abuse survivors as a direct service practitioner, supervisor, and clinical director. She has provided numerous clinical trainings to prepare clinical social workers for the individual, couples and group treatment with survivors of sexual trauma. In addition, she has worked with many organizations to address issues of vicarious trauma and burn-out in social workers. Dr. Dombo's research interests are in testing clinical models of practice; exploring effective therapeutic intervention techniques for social workers in trauma treatment; and exploring the links between trauma work and vicarious trauma. She is the former Clinical Director of the DC Rape Crisis Center in Washington, D.C., where she supervised six staff members and numerous volunteers, she conducted evidence-based practice research, coordinated data management, and managed six federal grants.
Maurice S. Fisher Sr., PhD, has been in clinical practice for 35 years. He is currently in full-time clinical practice in Roanoke, Virginia. Dr. Fisher holds a master’s degree in clinical social work and a doctoral degree in clinical social work and social policy. He is licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia in mental health and substance abuse. He is certified in Virginia as a sex offender treatment provider and a certified substance abuse counselor. Dr. Fisher holds numerous other national mental health and substance abuse treatment certifications and chaired the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) section committee for NASW.
Jennifer Jones currently serves as the Director of the Change in Mind (CiM) Institute at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities - a hub for disseminating knowledge on the latest advances in neurosciences. For the past three years, Jones led the Change in Mind Initiative to infuse, align, and accelerate brain science research into nonprofit agency practice, policy and systems. Prior to her positions with the Alliance, Jones served as the Associate Director of the Wisconsin Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), and led the agency’s efforts on Adverse Childhood Experiences. Jones was also responsible for CTF’s strategic planning, public policy, and communications efforts. For her last two years at the agency, Jones served as Interim Executive Director, at the Board’s request, and coordinated all activities related to the Governor-appointed Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board. Preceding her positions with the Children’s Trust Fund, Jones served as the communications specialist in the Secretary’s Office at the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and as a child welfare policy advisor in the Wisconsin Division of Children and Family Services. Jones also served as Director of Marketing with the Alliance for Children and Families, the Grants Manager with the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, and the Executive Director of the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness. Jones is currently on the Board of Directors of the Hunger Task Force. Jones received her bachelor’s in social work from Marquette University and her master’s in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Nancy Kusmaul, PhD, LMSW received her MSW from the University of Michigan and her PhD from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. She is an Assistant Professor in the Baccalaureate Social Work program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Dr. Kusmaul worked in health care for more than a decade, in nursing homes, hospitals, home care, and adult day care. Her research focuses on organizational culture, trauma informed care, and the impact of trauma experiences on the workforce. She is particularly interest in the experience of direct care workers in organizations, particularly Certified Nursing Assistants in long term care settings. She is a member of the Baltimore County Elder Abuse Coalition and the Maryland Nursing Home Culture Change Coalition.
Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW has been the NASW Chief Executive Officer for more than five years, leading efforts that grow and support the social work profession in the United States. Dr. McClain previously served six years as Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, a position appointed by Governor Deval Patrick, addressing reports of abuse and neglect for the state’s most vulnerable children, partnering with families to help them better nurture and protect their children. Prior to that position, Dr. McClain was Vice President and Executive Director of Value Options New Jersey where he built and oversaw administrative, clinical and quality management program infrastructures that increased access to behavioral health services for children and youth, including those in the juvenile justice system. During this time, Dr. McClain developed and maintained a provider network capable of delivering high quality, responsive services to 450,000 Mass Health members. Dr. McClain grew up in Texas, and is a distinguished alumnus of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from West Texas State University, a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a PhD in Social Work from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. He was an adjunct faculty member in the Urban Leadership Program at Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work.
Gabriel McGaughey serves as the director of well-being for Children’s Hospital of Milwaukee Community Services. In this role, he hopes to push child welfare and other public systems toward a more holistic approach to working with children with the goal of improving their immediate health and long-term well-being. Previously, Gabriel served as the director of Children’s Child Welfare program, overseeing the implementation of a new program design. With more than 16 years of experience, he has worked at every level of social work from field work at group homes and prevention programs to data analytics and administration. Gabriel joined Milwaukee Child Welfare in 2003 as a case manager, eventually taking on a supervisory role. In 2007, he moved into quality improvement where he created analytic processes to better understand the needs of children and families in foster care. Gabriel holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mary C. Ray has been a Virginia clinical social worker in full-time private practice in Old Town, Alexandria since 1990. Mary has worked for decades to help the clients she serves access their innate resilience and develop their relational skills while also supporting her colleagues in doing the same. She specializes in trauma treatment, couples therapy, family therapy, communication, problem solving, sex therapy and peak performance. Mary currently works with organizations, individuals, couples and their families. In addition to holding a Master’s degree in clinical social work, Mary is an advanced clinician in Imago Relationship Therapy, a certified EMDR therapist, an EMDR Facilitator and Consultant in Training, a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, a Certified Sex and Couples Therapist, and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. She trained at the Family Institute of Virginia in structural and communication family therapy. Mary holds various other credentials and has both given and participated in many trainings. Prior to private practice Mary worked in settings where she was able to assist those directly and indirectly affected by trauma. Mary is currently the Co-Chair of the Friends Board for the Alexandria Mental Health Center, an organization working to decrease stigma, educat e clinicians and provide citizens with clinical and physical backup.
Dr. Leticia Villarreal Sosa is an associate professor at Dominican University’s Graduate School of Social Work and visiting professor. She earned her Ph.D. at The University of Chicago, SSA. She has over 14 years of practice experience as a school social worker in a variety of settings including urban, suburban, high school, elementary, and alternative education. She is currently serving as a trauma therapist for asylum seekers and conducts forensic evaluations. She continues to do research and publish in the area of school social work, immigrant adaptation, trauma, international social work, adult education, mental health, and school equity. She is the Editor in Chief of the International School Social Work Journal and the Editorial Board of Children & Schools. In addition, she serves as a board member of the School Social Work Association of America. Currently she is working on several international projects focused on the development of social work and social work education in Azerbaijan and Ecuador. Most recently, she has published a new book which was selected for the Book of the Year Award by SSWAA, School Social Work: National Perspectives on Practice in Schools that promotes school social work aligned with the national practice model developed by SSWAA and a special focus on an intersectional approach to diversity. She is also the co-chair of The Committee on International School Social Work Collaborations, leading a group of international professionals and academics in promoting school social work education, training, and standards globally. Locally, she has led various community-based research projects related to the development of the Taller de Jose accompaniment model. She is the recent recipient of a Spencer Grant for a collaborative project that focuses on the experiences of immigrant youth in the schools and the role of school social work.
Carol Tosone, Ph.D. is Professor and Director of the DSW Program in Clinical Social Work at New York University Silver School of Social Work, as well as recipient of the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Tosone is a Distinguished Scholar in Social Work in the National Academies of Practice in Washington, DC. She completed her psychoanalytic training at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in New York where she was the recipient of the Postgraduate Memorial Award. Dr. Tosone also served as a Fulbright Scholar, and as a Distinguished Visiting Lydia Rappaport Professor at Smith College. Dr. Tosone is Editor-in-Chief of the Clinical Social Work Journal and is editor of 4 books, author of numerous professional articles and book chapters, and executive producer and writer of training and community service media.
Marleen Wong, Ph.D., is Senior Vice Dean, David Lawrence Stein and Violet Goldberg Sacks Endowed Professor of Mental Health, Executive Director of the USC Telehealth Clinic and Director of Field Education at the Suzanne Dworak Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. Formerly the Director of Mental Health, Crisis Teams and Suicide Prevention Programs at the Los Angeles Unified School District, she has been engaged in a 20 year community based research partnership with RAND Health and the UCLA Partnered Health Research Center. She is the Principal Investigator for the Trauma Treatment Adaptation Center for Resilience, Hope and Wellness in Schools, a SAMHSA funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network initiative. Identified as one of the "pre-eminent experts in school crisis and disaster recovery" by the White House and the "architect of school-safety programs" by the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Wong has developed school based trauma recovery programs, crisis intervention and disaster response and recovery training for school districts and law enforcement in the United States, Canada, Israel, China, Japan and Southeast Asia. In 2018, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). In January 2019 she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. Dr. Wong is one of the original developers of the evidence based Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) and Psychological First Aid for Schools: Listen Protect Connect Model and Teach.
Jeff is an ACSW, LCSW, CSAT and CAADC and is currently the Clinical Director/Owner of New Hope Recovery Center and New Hope Counseling Center in Chicago. His areas of clinical expertise include working within the LGBTQI community, all forms of addiction with individuals as well as their partners, severe and persistent mental health issues as well as all forms of trauma and its impact on holistic recovery. He has extensive experience speaking nationally and internationally on issues related to addiction, mental health, trauma and the LGBTQI community. He is on the Board of Directors for the NALGAP, is currently the Chicago Chair of NASW-IL and was recently awarded the 2015 NASW-IL Social Worker of the Year.