President Afua Forson
I am a marriage, couples and family therapist with a particular interest in the role of intimate attachment among adult individuals and couples. My therapy sessions are designed to provide a collaborative exploration of relationships. The focus often falls on the ways that a person’s communication choices affect their connections to loved ones. I am especially interested in working with couples across varying cross-cultural backgrounds. I employ theoretical models that encompass evidence based, emotionally focused therapy and narrative therapy.
Working as a therapist – a labor of love in my case- is a second career for me, having spent over twenty years now as a board certified physician with a background in women’s health. I continue to practice internal medicine within my role as a hospitalist in upstate New York. It is my work as a physician that served as a pathway to the vocation of psychotherapist. As a therapist I am able to fully appreciate the depth and complexity of the people I see: this feels like a luxury that, unfortunately, the world of managed care medicine rarely affords.|
I feel that as a therapist with an internal medicine background, I bring a unique perspective to the therapy room. Like other therapists, I move in the arena of thought and emotion. In being a physician, I keep an eye to the endless ways in which physical issues affect emotional life, communication and all matters of the heart. My hope is to provide an inclusive perspective that promotes a better understanding and acceptance of one another.
Vice President Dan Campbell
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. 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 Rich Mohrmann
“Currently, I am the Treasurer and lead technologist for BPTI. I have been engaged in the securities industry since 1994 when I joined Morgan Stanley as a senior technologist. I have driven development on significant technology initiatives delivering risk management, order execution, and algorithmic trading applications. I have also managed business development for trading, market making, risk, and money management for both buy-side and sell-side firms. In my position as Treasurer and lead technologist, I work with the other BPTI participants to ensure the efficient and economical delivery of mental health training services.”
In addition, Rich has driven development on reference data initiatives for top tier banking organizations and is an enthusiastic participant in enterprise data management concerns. Rich holds a B.S. in computer science from Union College and an M.S. in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Secretary Ruth Campbell
“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 (The “Essentials” courses on CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Co-Occurring Disorders) for long distance learning, and doing research on what motivates clinicians to use these practices.”