Afua Forson, LMFT, M.D.Afua Forson, MD, LMFT specializes in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has been schooled in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) (Sue Johnson), and has obtained her license to practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a background in medicine, which has allowed her to effectively integrate mental health issues with a medical etiology into her clinical work. Her training in medicine allows her to understand the difficulties that chronic medical issues can cause in relationships. Read more about Dr. Forson at her website here.

Ruth Campbell, LCSW Ph.D.Ruth Campbell, LCSW, Ph.D. is currently in private mental health practice in New York City and in upstate NY. She has 40 years’ experience working in mental health settings as a clinician, teacher, and author, and over 20 years’ experience in direct practice with Substance Use Disorders. She is a thoughtful and thought-provoking writer. Read her bio .

Richard Coleman, LMSWRichard Coleman, LMSW is currently in private practice in upstate New York. He has over 50 years experience working in mental health settings as a clinician and author, and 20 years experience in direct practice with Substance Use Disorders. He is an engaging and dynamic clinician. Read his bio here.

Smita Dewan, LMSW, Ph.D.Smita Dewan, LMSW, Ph.D. is currently an Assistant Professor at the New York City College of Technology/CUNY. She has her doctorate in Social Work from Fordham University, and a law degree from the National Law School of India University. Her research interests include social work with immigrants and refugees, international social work, human rights and social justice, and program evaluation.  Read more about Dr. Dewan here.

Tim Campbell, Ph.D. is a research fellow at the Institute for Futures Studies, (IFS) Stockholm, which conducts advanced research within the social sciences. The IFS contributes to the public debate through its seminars and publication activities. Dr. Campbell has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Rutgers University. Dr. Campbell’s interest in this particular project in the ethics field stems from his interest in ethical dilemmas concerning quality of life. Read more about Dr. Campbell here. 

Kathryn Krase, Ph.D., LMSW, J.D. is an expert on the professional reporting of suspected child maltreatment. She has authored multiple books and articles on the subject. She is Principal Consultant with Krase Consultant. She has years of experience consulting with government and community based organizations to develop policy & practice standards. Read more at her website here.

George Ramos, LMHC, Ph.D.George Ramos, LMHC, Ph.D. resides in New York City and is an administrator with Palo Alto University in California. He is an expert in Child Protective interventions, and an expert in immigration evaluations. He says “I am now very interested to find how those with immigration issues can be better served by our mental health system. My webinar on mental health evaluations for immigrants is another way to examine and diminish barriers that immigrants experience to getting services.” Read more on his bio here.

Allison Ross, LCSW, Ph.D.Allison Ross, LCSW, Ph.D. is the Deputy Director of Sanctuary for Families, a NYC not-for-profit organization, and oversees all non-residential services including adult and children and family services at all Sanctuary locations.  Dr. Ross was a leader in expanding Sanctuary’s Mentors Program. Allison is an adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work and New York University School of Social Work. She says, about working with Sanctuary for Families, “It is an honor to work alongside passionate and talented staff who share my commitment to our clients and to each other. They inspire my dedication to this work, day after day, year after year.” Read more here.

Tina Iler, LCSWRTina Iler, LCSW, has over 25 years of extensive experience working with individuals. She says of her practice “I believe in people’s resilience and wisdom, and their ability to transform and heal from whatever has caused them a need to seek help. Throughout my career I have been truly amazed by the courage and growth that I have witnessed.” She has focused on developing Motivational Interviewing skills, and has given several webinars on Motivational Interviewing for beginning and intermediate users.
Read more on her bio here.

Andrew Schaeffer, CSCS, MHC internAndrew Schaeffer, CSCS and MHC intern is studying at Antioch University in New England, and completing his MHC internship at Connections Counseling PLLC. He takes a psychodynamic and existential approach to therapy, while using CBT, developmental techniques, and Imago Relational Therapy whenever helpful for individuals or couples. He has a long history of working with physical training to accomplish wellness and the ability to regulate physical responses to distress. He states, “I am a personal trainer, strength coach, fitness educator, and student. I believe personal wellness is about how we interact with the world and how the world interacts with us.” Read more here.