Thursday 17, October 2018
Ossining Library’s Budarz Theater: 53 Croton Ave, Ossining, NY 10562
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Brenda DeEsso, LCSW-R
Social Worker, Ossining Union Free School District
Brenda DeEsso is a licensed clinical social worker employed by the Ossining School District. Ms. DeEsso works at Anne M. Dorner Middle School (AMD) and Ossining High School (OHS). She has worked with adolescents in a school setting for over 10 years. Her experience includes working with students who have experienced depression, anxiety, substance use and trauma. She advises the Youth to Youth club at both AMD and OHS. Youth to Youth engages young people through meaningful activities and experiences to develop and implement their own ideas to create positive change. Ms. DeEsso has previously worked with a clinical practice group using cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic and solution focused theories in the treatment of various mental health disorders.
Andrew Bell, LCP & Ph.D.
Dr. Andrew Bell is a licensed clinical psychologist and Program Director of Children’s Mental Health at Westchester County Division of Children’s Mental Health (Ph.D. Columbia University, 2003; M.S. Columbia University, 1994; M.A. New York University, 1989). His work experience in community mental health includes psychiatric aide, homeless outreach worker, inpatient psychologist, outpatient therapist, ER psychologist, and director of a Bronx public hospital’s child psychiatric ER.
In 2005, he helped create and direct the mental health component of the Safe Schools, Successful Students Initiative, a joint public/private partnership serving 12 high-need Bronx middle and elementary schools. As director, he ran a mobile crisis program, and provided consultation and training to school staff. He currently serves as Program Director of Children’s Mental Health at Westchester County’s Department of Community Mental Health and has published original peer-reviewed research on topics such as personality disorders, dreams, and public health strategies to reduce preventable ER visits and hospitalizations. He received Family Ties’ Champion of Children award in 2014 and was recognized in 2015 by Fordham University’s Children and Families Institute for Research, Support, and Training.
Ph.D and Professor
“Dr. Mac” is a professor of special education at Hunter College of the City University of New York. There he directs the graduate program that trains teachers to work effectively with students who display mental health and/or behavior disorders. Author of four books and scores of articles, Tom has served as President of the International Teacher Educators of Children with Behavior Disorders and the New York State Council for Children with Behavior Disorders. His humorous and informative BehaviorAdvisor.com, is one of the most visited classroom management websites on this subject. Tom has presented sessions nationwide on the topic of childhood trauma.