Roni Berger, PhD, LSCW was born and raised in Israel. Dr. Berger holds a BSW, MSW and PhD from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Diploma in Psychotherapy from Tel Aviv Medical School. Her fields of expertise are cross cultural aspects of trauma and posttraumatic growth, immigrants, families, specifically stepfamilies, evidence-based practice and group work. She published and presented extensively nationally and internationally. Dr. Berger serves on numerous editorial and advisory boards of professional organizations and consults nationally and internationally (Australia, Hong Kong, Nepal and Israel). Prior to her immigration to the United States in 1990, she worked in Israel in academia, direct practice with individuals, families and groups in the fields of health and mental health, and, supervisory and administrative positions in diverse social, medical and educational settings. Dr. Berger received several awards and grants and is a Fulbright Senior Specialist.
Outstanding Service Award to Eileen Chadwick, the retired Director of the Hudson Valley Center
Trauma and Women’s Reproductive Health
Marilyn S. Paul, Phd, LCSW
Amidst a conflict-ridden social and political discourse surrounding reproductive rights, and with ever expanding reproductive technologies, there often exist unanticipated personal challenges for women, men and families as they journey through reproductive years. Through case presentations, this workshop will illustrate diverse real-life situations that highlight the intersection of loss and trauma and will offer useful evidence-based practice strategies to address them. Ample time will be afforded for questions and discussion.
Trauma in the Lives of the LGBTQI Population
John Rizzi, PhD, LCSW
This workshop will introduce participates to the multiple sources of trauma and its effects commonly experienced by members of the LGBTQI community. Identification of both risk and protective factors will be discussed. Clinical vignettes will be used to illustrate the ways in which the effects of trauma impact members of the LGBTQI community in both overt and covert ways. Practice interventions will also be discussed.
Interaction of Disability and Trauma
Nicole Feist, MPA, LCSW
Everyone who lives long enough will become disabled. Nonetheless, disability remains a stigmatized condition. Disability may be caused by a traumatic experience. An existing disability may complicate healing from unrelated trauma. This workshop will help practitioners understand the unmet needs of two of the fastest-growing groups of clinically-undeserved Americans: Veterans and elders with disabilities. We will discuss evidence-based practice strategies to effectively address co-occurring trauma and disability.
Ohiro Oni-Eseleh, MBA, LCSW
With the current sociopolitical tides in the United States and around the world, the immigrant experiences of anxiety, social rejection and identity conflicts are multiplied and the potential for fear is both heightened and magnified. Using personal stories and case presentations, these issues will be explored in this workshop and appropriate clinical strategies relevant to the current sociopolitical climate will be discussed.