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I am a licensed clinical social worker and have been the Director of the Boston Social Therapy Group for the past 25 years. I grew up in a large Irish Catholic family from Claymont, DE, and my father was in WWII and grandfathers were in WWI. I went into social work wanting to make a difference in the world coming out of growing up in the 60s, with a religious Catholic upbringing, and getting involved in the anti-Nuke movement of the late 1970s. I went to the University of DE and got a BA in sociology in 1982 and an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984. After working for a few years in the field of mental health and not feeling very effective, I met Dr. Fred Newman and Dr. Hugh Polk and was inspired by what they with many others had built for progressive mental health. I completed the East Side Institute for Short Term Psychotherapy’s two-year certificate program in 1991 and was happy to work closely with Dr. Fred Newman. I was fortunate to be one of his three co-therapists in a ground breaking “Community Group” he started with over 100 people, where he was the patient and the 100 people were the collective therapist. I did that for 5 years in the 90s and still use many therapeutic lessons I learned there. I’ve worked in community mental health settings, hospitals, and clinics in Wilmington, DE, Abington, PA, Bronx and Manhattan NY, and Boston. I also was on staff at the East Side Institute for two years after my training there. Currently I run two social therapy groups a week, one which is 25 years running — working to build performatory and creative environments for emotional growth. I also work in the addiction field in Boston supervising two women’s residential programs at the Dimock Center, which is a community health center in Roxbury and 155 years old. I ran a group called Let’s Develop for 15 years that ended in July 2017 at Dimock named after Newman’ first book – Let’s Develop! I continue working on my social therapeutic muscle by doing group supervision led by Christine La Cerva and as a client in coaching practice with Joyce Dattner.