Yehudah Alcabes, LCSW, CSAT, CASAC-G, EMDR
Yehudah graduated from Long Island University in 2013 with a master’s degree in clinical social work with a focus on treatment of addictive disorders. He is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist from the International Institute for Trauma Professionals. In addition, he is a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor and has been acknowledged by New York State as a specialist in the treatment of Gambling Disorder. Yehudah brings a unique blend of highly-respected professional training with a passionate belief in the importance of education of Social Work students. He offers clinical supervision for state licensure and maintains a private practice specializing in individuals with Addictions and Trauma. Professor Alcabes has developed course curriculum on the emerging field of Process and Behavioral Addictions.
Lydia Bartram, MSW
A two-time FAU alumna, Lydia earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work. She received her MSW from Florida Atlantic University in 2008 and is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology. Serving as the guiding force at FAU’s Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development for close to a decade, Lydia has left an indelible mark on the lives of hundreds of young children. With more than 20 years’ experience working with children and families, she has successfully managed programs in early childhood education, special education, and therapy and support for young children and their families. Her areas of specializations include, school leadership and administration, early childhood education, early intervention, inclusion, program development, mentoring and training.
Lydia is a seasoned education leader and college instructor and an international speaker, researcher and author. Remaining active on the international level for several decades, she has participated in relief and advocacy efforts in support of orphans in Romania, Peru and Bolivia, Tarascan Indians in Mexico, indigenous communities in Brazil’s Amazon jungle and HIV/AIDS intervention and prevention projects in Uganda.
Dwanne S. Clayton, MSW, RCSWI
Dwanne received her BSW from Florida Atlantic University in 2006 and her MSW from Barry University in 2009. She is currently a registered Clinical Social Worker Intern. Dwanne’s early social work career begin with family empowerment, domestic violence, and community organization. She has worked in the areas of children and family mental health, family strengthening, family empowerment and preservation, inpatient and outpatient mental health and child welfare for 12 years. Durning her time in child welfare she held the positions of front line worker, supervisor, and department Director.
She left child welfare in 2016 and moved into medical social work, working as the lead Trauma Social Worker at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Presently, she is works at Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute with the senior population directing the Memory Disorder Center, one of 16 MDC’s through out the state of Florida. She is part of a multidisciplinary team that provides comprehensive evaluations and treatment for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Dwanne continues to be passionate about child welfare teaching Social Work Practice with Vulnerable Children and Families. She has been an adjunct at FAU since the Fall of 2016, and she is certified as a BSW and MSW field supervisor.
Ellen Cohen, LCSW
Professor Cohen, LCSW is a clinical psychotherapist with a MSW from Adelphi University, Garden City, New York. She is Board licensed in Florida State and offers individual clinical supervision for licensure. Presently Professor Cohen is The Clinical Coordinator for Youth & Family for Henderson Behavioral Health, Palm Beach . Overseeing Programs for youth suffering from Trauma and Behavioral Health, Substance Use Disorders. These programs use the Wraparound Evidenced Based Process . Professor Cohen is both a Wraparound Certified Facilitator and coach for both these certifications. Prior, Professor Cohen has worked with adults as the Program Manager for The Henderson Behavioral Health FACT Team, an Assertive Community Treatment Program in Palm Beach County. Specializing in the treatment of persons suffering from chronic and severe mental illness. In 2016, Professor Cohen worked for South East Florida Behavioral Health Network, ( The Managing Entity), and initiated an LGBTQ Liaison initiative with approximately 30 Behavioral Health Agencies in the Palm Beach County District. Her work at SEFBHN also included , assisting in Annual Service Delivery Review’s for Behavioral Health or Substance Abuse Agencies contracted with SEFBHN. These reviews included auditing clinical state-mandated documentation. Presently Professor Cohen is also currently collaborated with COMPASS Community Center, in Lake Worth, in co-creating a Therapeutic Group for LGBTQ / Transgender Youth. The projected start days October 2018. Professor Cohen is also presently involved in offering The Boundary portion training for the new state-mandated 50-hour requirement for all case managers. Professor Cohen has worked with numerous agencies and modalities over the past 20 years. She has managed and directed several state-funded programs, including Preventive Services, Out Patient Community Mental Health Counseling and has developed and supervised programs for legally involved clients, offenders and victims of domestic violence. She is also a supervisor for student interns. Additionally, Professor Cohen has taught Psychopathology in Clinical Practice, Advanced Theory and Practice with Families and Adults, Family Violence over The Life Span and Generalist Practice with Individuals.
Seth Densen, MSW
Seth received his MSW from Adelphi University in 2008 after receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah in Family Studies and Human Development. His career in social work began when he successfully advocated for mandatory Holocaust education in public schools in the state of Utah. Upon relocating to Florida, Seth served the state as a Child Protective Investigations Supervisor with the Department of Children and Families. He is passionate about child welfare and effectuating change on macro levels. Presently, he is a social worker with the Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), a division of MorseLife Health Systems which enables seniors to live independently at home for as long as possible by addressing the social, emotional, medical, and everyday needs and challenges older adults often face. Seth regularly teaches Social Welfare Policy, Social Work Practice III, Case Management, and various other courses.
Atensia Earp, MSW
Atensia is a Master’s level Social Worker and received her graduate degree from the University of South Carolina in 2010. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina in 2006. She is currently a registered Clinical Social Worker Intern. Atensia has a range of macro experience beginning in South Carolina and spanning to Florida, where she moved in 2012. Atensia has a vast amount of experience working with the HIV / AIDS, LGBTQ+, medical social work, and homeless populations in the areas of program management and development, supervision, monitoring, quality assurance, and training.
Atensia decided to expand her focus to mental health in 2016 and has provided outpatient therapy to a range of individuals and families with diverse needs to include trauma, depression, and substance misuse. Currently, Atensia is a Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor and a School Social Worker for Broward County Public Schools. She enjoys being an advocate for social justice and equal education for children and families throughout the district. She is vice president of Broward County School Social Work Association, is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Florida Association of School Social Workers, and is a Certified Field Instructor for Master’s level students, whereby she can actively engage and provide mentorship to up and coming social workers.
Pam Figoras, LCSW
Pam received her BSW from the University of New Hampshire and her MSW from the University of Georgia. She has been an LCSW since 1993 and has worked in both the private and public sector. In addition to providing therapeutic services for individuals and families, Pam has quite a bit of successful experience working at an administrative level designing and overseeing specialty programs. As a Certified Clinical Supervisor since 2001, Pam has enjoyed educating, inspiring, and professionally seasoning social work students and registered interns working toward licensure. Her areas of expertise include Anxiety Disorders, Adoption, and Leadership Development. In addition to working as an Adjunct instructor, Pam is contracted with Compass Community Center to provide services for transgender youth and maintains her private business as an adoption social worker.
Marcel Fort, LCSW
Marcel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Florida native from Miami. His desire to help those with mental health issues, particularly addiction, motivated him to complete a B.S. degree in Social Psychology, then a Master of Social Work Degree at Florida Atlantic University in 2006. Along with teaching at FAU, Marcel currently has a private practice and works in a men’s trauma inpatient treatment program. He has held the positions of Case Manager, Primary Therapist and Clinical Director. Marcel works with adults and late teens with issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, lack of direction and meaning of life questions, and substance abuse. He specializes in addiction, post-treatment and early recovery challenges, helping those impacted by the addiction of others, co-dependency, and adjustment problems. In addition, Marcel is trained in Post-Induction Therapy, and often uses experiential therapy practices.
Crystal Nasser Gill, LCSW
Crystal Nasser Gill, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist, Infant Mental Health Specialist and EMDR Therapist received her BS in Psychology from Florida State University and Masters Degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University before becoming a licensed clinical social worker.
Crystal is currently an adjunct instructor at the master’s level in the Field Education Department at Florida Atlantic University’s Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work. Crystal also maintains a private practice in Palm Beach Gardens. Through play and filial therapies, Crystal is able to provide counseling to parents/caregivers and their children who find themselves amidst varied emotional and behavioral challenges. These early intervention techniques often result in increased pro-social behavior that heightens the child’s self-confidence, self-control and school readiness.Crystal has presented at countless seminars and workshops aimed in training other licensed professionals and child care providers in play therapy methodology throughout Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
In addition, Crystal serves as a board member for the MCL Foundation, which focuses its resources on easing the financial burdens and emotional distress of local children and families in crisis.
Jeannie Hoban, LCSW
Jeannie Hoban received her MSW from Florida International University in 1994. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Higher Educational Leadership at FAU.
Jeannie is the Director of the Student Counseling Center at Palm Beach State College, where she is also an Adjunct professor in the Human Services Program. Jeannie has been with PBSC for over 9 years and has supervised over 60 MSW interns from FAU and other universities.
Much of Jeannie’s previous professional experience has been in the field of family violence. She has worked with adult and child victims and perpetrators. She was the domestic violence coordinator for the 15th Judicial Circuit and was one of the founding members of the domestic violence council and fatality review team for Palm Beach County. After 15+ years in this area, Jeannie was experiencing professional burnout and received training in Compassion Fatigue. This new information was transformative in her career. Now, in the field of higher education, Jeannie continues to lecture on compassion fatigue and professional burnout. More importantly, she works to help prevent it in other professionals.
Jeannie’s research interests include: student mental health, student housing and food insecurity, intersectionality, and campus threat assessment. She has lectured widely on these topics.
Yasmine D. Holbrook, LCSW
Yasmine Holbrook received her MSW from Florida Atlantic University in 2013. She maintains a clinical social work practice providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families and has special interest in individuals living with chronic illness, caregiver related stress, and first responders. Mrs. Holbrook has worked as a mental health professional for several organizations. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Board of Director for Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida, and Aging and Disability Resources Center Advisory Board Council. She teaches Advanced Theory in Social Work Practice with Adults and Family.
Tina Landeen, LCSW
Tina Landeen earned her MSW from Florida Atlantic University, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an EMDR therapist. She has extensive experience in child welfare, working with families in Riviera Beach and Belle Glade. Her clinical experience includes psychiatric settings, juvenile justice, and intensive on-site therapeutic settings. Tina specializes in sexual abuse treatment, trauma treatment, and neurobiological treatment approaches. She is certified in children’s yoga. In addition to teaching at FAU, Tina has a private practice in Boca Raton where she serves adults, adolescents, and children.
Gavin Malcolm, LCSW
Gavin Malcolm is the Director of Population Health at Broward Health as well as an Adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University School of Social Work. Broward Health is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is one of the largest public health systems in the country. Gavin has been with Broward Health since 2005, where he started as Trauma Social Worker and Supervisor for the social work staff. He attended Oberlin College for his bachelors in Psychology and English. He obtained his MSW from Boston University with a focus on gerontological studies. Gavin has spent his entire career working in multidisciplinary teams and brings that experience to the culture change agent that is Population Health. His current foci are on reducing readmissions across the Broward Health system, implementing the Population Health module, and standardizing best practices across Broward Health and the community physicians participating in the Broward Health ACO.
Sherrie K. McGregor, MSW
Adjunct Field Faculty
Professor McGregor received her MSW from Kent School of Social Work in Louisville, KY in 1984. She began her social work career working with developmentally delayed and chronic mentally ill adults in a sheltered workshop setting. From there, she served as a case manager in acute rehabilition hospitals in the South Florida area and specialized in brain injury and spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Sherrie has experience in home health care and served as Director of Social Service for a local nursing home. She was a volunteer and then a supervisor for Special Olympics Healthy Communities Nutrition Program. Sherrie was also served as an adjunct professor for field placement social work students at FAU during her work in acute rehabilitation and while working in the nursing home setting. She is currently volunteering at Lynn Cancer Institute in Boca Raton assisting with a creative workshop for current patients and cancer survivors.
Jeffrey Shearer, LCSW, ACSW, MCAP
Jeffrey earned his Master of Social Work degree from Florida State University in 1992 and attained his Licensed Clinical Social Worker certification in 1994. He is a member of The American College of Health Care Executives, The Academy of Certified Social Workers, is a Certified Master’s Level Addictions Professional (MCAP) credentialed by the Florida Certification Board, as well as Nationally Rostered Child Parent Psychotherapist.
Jeffrey is also the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Tykes & Teens, the premier children’s mental health organization on the Treasure Coast. He was inspired to open the agency after witnessing an overwhelming need for affordable, accessible mental health services for local children. He has a deep passion and conviction that all children deserve quality mental health services regardless of their ability to pay. Under his leadership, Tykes & Teens has grown to serving more than 2,000 clients annually and has served more than 30,000 clients and their families in the past 22 years. Jeffrey has expanded the agency’s services from Martin County to include all the counties of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee, providing care at 46 service locations including outpatient offices, schools, and child care centers. His agency also serves clients in their homes for the Infant Mental Health program.
As an innovative leader, Jeffrey has brought several new programs to the agency to meet the ever-changing needs of their clients. He has recruited and developed an incredible leadership team comprised of leading clinical, administrative, fundraising, and marketing professionals. In addition to leading the agency, Jeffrey provides clinical supervision to the staff and maintains a client caseload so he can remain in touch with the needs of their clients. This is unique among CEOs in mental health services, and keeps Jeffrey’sfocus strong on the most important aspect of the agency – providing quality and innovative services to the children and families whom they serve.
Jeffrey’s clinical expertise is working with children who have been traumatized, specifically from sexual abuse. He is an adjunct faculty member at Florida Atlantic University in the Master of Social Work program and is an emerging national leader in children’s mental health. He is a well-recognized speaker at the state and national level on mental health, having lectured at more than 100 seminars and presentations. His clinical expertise spans several areas, including Trauma-informed care, Addiction, CBT, CPP, and Reflective Practice.
Cindy Sterne, LCSW, ACSW, MCAP, ICADC, CCTP
Cindy earned her Master of Social Work degree from Florida Atlantic University in 2004 and her Bachelor of Social Work degree from FAU in 2003. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2006 and a Qualified Supervisor since 2008. Cindy is a member of The Academy of Certified Social Workers, is a Certified Master’s Level Addictions Professional (MCAP), is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional trained in EMDR. Cindy has a passion for group work, which she teaches to professionals in the community as a member of the Florida Institute for Group Facilitation. She also serves on the Florida Certification Board’s Behavioral Health Advisory Board. Cindy brings more than 30 years of clinical social work experience to FAU. She is committed to helping each person understand their inherent value and worth. Her work as a therapist includes providing services to children, adolescents, and families in inpatient and outpatient care, as well as working with youth in foster care and those involved in the juvenile justice system. Cindy’s clinical expertise includes Addictions, Co-occurring Disorders and Group work. In 2017, Cindy was recognized as the Florida Atlantic University Broward Achievement Awards Faculty Member of the Year.
Allyson Tomchin, LCSW
Allyson Tomchin earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from University of South Florida in 1992 and her Masters Degree in Social Work from Barry University in 1993. She is an LCSW, a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, a Qualified Parenting Coordinator and a business owner. She has worked in the public sector for ten years in various areas. She began her career as an outpatient counselor at Broward Addiction Recovery Center, BARC. At age 25 she has the opportunity to take a grant off of paper and into real life by creating Cool School a Gang Prevention program on South Beach. This was a joint venture with Barry University, Miami Dade County Public Schools, the State Attorney General’s Office and the Miami Beach Police Department. She along with her colleagues were able to make Cool School a 501 ©(3) and ran it successfully for several years. She remained at Fienberg Fisher Elementary School and ran the Full Service School offering and coordinating health, mental health, day care, case management, afterschool activities, and special needs testing for 900+ families. She has supervised both BSW and MSW students from Barry University, FIU and FSU. She took a brief sabbatical and worked in the roofing industry crafting her grant writing skills in the private sector by writing training manuals for innovative roofing products. Following that she opened Directive Energy and since 2003 she has served hundreds of individuals, groups and couples. She provides Solution Focus counseling services for individuals 12 and up. In addition to the counseling practice she works as a Family Mediator and Parenting Coordinator in the field of high conflict divorce assisting with co-parenting efforts and drawing up Parenting Plans. She trains professionals on how to be Parenting Coordinators and Family Mediators. She is one of only four trainers approved by the Florida Supreme Court to train in Parenting Coordination. She is an avid public speaker, a past contributor to South Florida Parenting Magazine, a past co-host of 3 Loud Women an internet talk show, a past Board member of NAWBO, The National Association of Women Business Owners, a past President of Sisterhood at Temple Solel, has served on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee and she is currently a proud Adjunct Professor of Social Work at FAU. She lives, works and plays with her family in Hollywood Florida.
Cheryl Williams, MSW
Sheryl Williams received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Bethune-Cookman College in 1995 and earned her MSW from Barry University in 2005. She is currently a registered Clinical Social Worker Intern. In addition, Sheryl maintains her Florida Child Welfare Child Protection Certifications in Case Management, Case Management Supervision, Quality Assurance Review, and Family Team Conferencing Facilitator. Sheryl’s career in social work begin in 1995 with the Department of Children and Families and Virginia Department of Social Services in which she had worked in the areas of children and family mental health, economic services, family empowerment and preservation and family strengthening. Sheryl has also worked with Tenet Healthcare System as an inpatient and outpatient health counselor.
Sheryl begin her career with ChildNet, Broward’s Lead Community Base Care in 2003. Currently, Sheryl is the Program Officers for Case Management & Adoptions, to which she oversees the daily operations and service delivery for three case management divisions and ChildNet’s adoption division. In this capacity, Sheryl directs the intensive case management activities and operations for the Early Childhood Court, Family CFR Grant, and Dependency Drug Court, ChildNet’s specialty court divisions in Broward County. Sheryl’s tenure at ChildNet began as a front-line Child Advocate and she has consistently been promoted to leadership roles with increasing levels of responsibilities, reflecting her results-driven and outcome-oriented style of management. Sheryl brings a wealth of experience in direct case management and child welfare program operations to ChildNet’s management team with her prior experience before ChildNet, including several positions in the social services field. Sheryl is also a representative of the Undoing Racism Workgroup with the Urban League of Broward County. She has been an adjunct at FAU since Fall 2019.