RamosimagePresident George Ramos

“From 2006 until today, I have been working as a  Child Protective Specialist for  NYC Administration for Children’s Services, NY.  This is a full-time position in which I  perform investigations of reports of child abuse/neglect and ensure child safety and welfare. I interview clients, write comprehensive reports for family court. While adhering to agency and state deadlines, I prepare petitions on abuse/neglect cases and testify in family court on fact-finding hearings and other proceedings. I place children in protective custody as needed, and participate in various trainings regarding child protection, domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health issues.
During the time I was working for NYC ACS, I was also interning part-time as a mental health counselor for ACS  and for Veritas, Inc. For both agencies, I assessed clients, developed treatment plans, and led individual and group therapy sessions utilizing Evidence Based Models for mental health, family issues, and addiction issues. I reviewed and evaluated clients’ progress in relation to measurable goals described in treatment and care plans, and coordinated counseling efforts with other mental health professionals, doctors, nurses and social workers.”
My participation in Best Practice Trainers, Inc. has been ongoing since we presented live workshops on CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Co-Occurring Disorders in New York City in 2013. I am now a doctoral student at Cumberlands University, and very interested in the topic of support for Mental Health clinicians. I’ve helped design the pretest and posttest questions for the trainings to reflect my interest.

Vice President Dan

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Currently I hold the position of Vice President of Best Practice Trainers, Inc. BPTI provides research and  trainings on substance abuse and mental health topics for social workers and other clinicians. I provide a business perspective for our organization.
After graduating from the Business Administration program at  Baruch College in New York City, I began working full-time in the Data Analysis Team at Argus Information and Advisory Services.
I have been a part of the development of BPTI since I built its website in 2010. I became certified to give substance abuse workshops and participated as a trainer in the Youth at Risk workshop given in New Paltz, NY, in 2010. I have advised the Board about how to market their trainings to better advantage and am often a consultant concerning E-learning or IT methods. As this current project unfolds, I am very interested to see whether the ‘game’ section of the training enhances the implementation of substance use practices among clinicians.  I have begun my Master’s work in Data Analytics, and am looking forward to the integration of analytic methods with business practices. It is a very exciting field, with many opportunities.

Treasurer Timothy Campbell

1 042 Currently, I hold the position of Treasurer of Best Practice Trainers, Inc. BPTI is a not-for-profit organization, with a research and training mission. It’s trying to promote the idea of Evidence-based Practice, making online trainings available for clinicians and social workers. I’ve assisted the organization in several ways. As Treasurer, I’ve helped develop and am implementing the budget that underpins the current research project.
I’ve been involved with BPTI since I assisted with the Youth at Risk trainings in 2010. I’ve continued to be involved because. . . .I like to think about very basic assumptions or concepts that social workers and other clinicians use. I like thinking about terms that they use, like Mental Health. What IS Mental Health? What ISN’T Mental Health? How does Mental Health differ from non Mental Health. What does it mean to promote mental health? When is one person mentally healthier than another person? I think those questions are really interesting. Once we have answers to those questions, it can inform a lot of the other practices that we do. Once we know what it means for one person to be mentally healthier than another – once we have operationalized that variable – we can set up experiments and test for what makes one person mentally healthier than another.
At the very foundation of social work, there are these concepts that people don’t necessarily have a very good grasp  or definition of. They can point to examples but they don’t have the core of what these concepts mean. I find it interesting to think about those questions.
My interest in ethics began when I was an undergraduate.  I took a couple of ethics classes  and I found they were really interesting. I just liked thinking about ethical puzzles.  I liked being forced toward positions that were counter-intuitive by way of making my beliefs consistent or coherent. I liked arriving at my conclusions through argumentation – having reasons for my beliefs – questioning dogmas.  I just enjoy that sort of activity.  So, that’s how I got my start and what moved me into this field.
Obstacles? One thing that I had to do as part of my career and education is that I had to live overseas for a while, in Sweden, doing a post-doc. That was not an easy thing. I had to learn to put up with some things in order to further my career and continue to do the work I really love. I think if someone can be in that situation and can get through all the difficulties that come with being overseas and apart from family, then they can deal with anything.

Secretary Ruth Campbell

PT crop 3“As a licensed LCSW clinician, I have worked with teens, young adults, couples and older adults for thirty-six years.  My private practice has been operative since 1998. I generally like working with clients who are beginning to understand that they can choose their path and want to work with someone to discuss their own understandings, wants, and needs as they move toward change. I have office hours in New Paltz six days out of the week. One day a week I open my office in New York City.”
Experiences with teaching/training: “I supervised and trained Bachelor’s Degree psychology students in their field placements at the University of Michigan during my MSW training. This led me toward expertise in teaching, field work supervision and the understanding of mental health issues in social work. I was an adjunct instructor in the Master’s Degree Social Work program at Fordham University for seven years, teaching general social work classes as well as clinical assessment and diagnosis. I am currently engaged in creating classes (CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Co-Occurring Disorders) for long distance learning, and doing research on what motivates clinicians to use these practices.” Link to CV here.