Patricia Colucci-Coritt,Ph.D., LCSW, LMFT

pat-colucci-corittsPatricia Colucci-Coritt,Ph.D., LCSW, LMFT assumed the Directorship at Family Institute of Westchester (FIW) in 2009. From 1997-2009 Pat held the position of Director of Training at FIW. In addition to her work at FIW, Pat maintains a private practice in White Plains, NY and Stamford, CT.

Pat has written and published a number of articles as well as chapters in major family therapy textbooks. She conducts workshops on a variety of marital and family issues for traditional and non-traditional families including blended families, families of adoption, gay and lesbian families. She has also done extensive work in the area of infertility.

Pat earned her MSW from Fordham University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Walden University. Dr. Colucci-Coritt is an approved supervisor of The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of the American Family Therapy Academy.

Ruth Rosen Cohen, LCSW

ruth-rosen-cohenRuth Rosen Cohen, LCSW is the Director of Training at Family Institute of Westchester. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University School of Social Work and Smith College School of Social Work and a lecturer at New York University’s School of Social Work. She is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and an AAMFT approved supervisor. Her private practice is in White Plains and Manhattan.

Ms. Cohen worked in child welfare for 24 years, retiring as the Director of Social Work Practice at the Jewish Child Care Association. She was part of a consulting team to the Israeli government reviewing services to children and families. She was also a member of the Ackerman Institute for the Family’s project on intrafamilial sex abuse. Ms. Cohen has published articles and has been an invited trainer and speaker at forums throughout the greater New York area. She currently is a member of a group of therapists and financial professionals focusing on money and family relationships.

Ms. Cohen received her MSW from Boston University and completed her postgraduate training at FIW under the mentorship of Betty Carter.

Anna Piliero

anna-pilieroAnna Piliero joined the Family Institute of Westchester in October of 2010 in the position of Office Manager.  Anna oversees the day-to-day functions of FIW and works closely with both faculty and trainees.

Anna comes to us with 26 years of experience including that of Accounts Payable Manager and Administrative Assistant.

Anna, a lifetime resident of Westchester County, is a wonderful asset to the FIW family.

Barbara Gewirtz, LCSW, BCD

barbara-gewirtzBarbara Gewirtz, LCSW, BCD is in private practice and a senior faculty member at Family Institute of Westchester. Ms Gewirtz was an Adjunct Professor of Social Work at New York University and Fordham University Graduate School of Social Work.

She was also a faculty member at the Center for Family Learning. She has led numerous community and professional workshops and seminars on a variety of topics including marital and couple issues. For many years she was a consultant to Scarsdale High School’s International Mentor Program and has been a co-ordinator and guest lecturer at the Scarsdale Teachers Institute, teaching teachers about family and multicultural issues. She was formerly the Director of the Tokyo Community Counseling Service. Ms Gewirtz also hosted and produced “Family Focus”, a local Westchester cable show.

Elliott J. Rosen, Ed.D., L.M.F.T.

elliott-rosenElliott J. Rosen, Ed.D., L.M.F.T. served as Director of the Family Institute from 1997 to 2009 after having succeeded Betty Carter as the Institute’s director.  A clinical member and approved supervisor of The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Family Therapy Academy, he is also a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). He served for many years on the national faculty of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and was chair of the Research/Academic section of the NHPCO. For seven years he was Professor of Psychology at Pace University in White Plains and directed the behavioral science curriculum of the graduate Physician Assistant program at Mercy College, in Dobbs Ferry, NY.

In addition to his private practice and his work at FIW, he lectures extensively on marriage and family issues, ethnicity, and the grieving process. He is also a Parent Coordinator, working with parents in high conflict divorce. (For more information, you may access the website)

Dr. Rosen is the author of Families Facing Death: A guide for health care professionals and volunteers, published by Jossey-Bass, as well as numerous articles and papers on death, grief, gender, ethnicity, and family therapy. He is particularly involved in the area of bioethics, serving on the Ethics Committees of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, and he was chair of the New York AMFT ethics committee. He was founder of the Bioethics Committee of Jansen Memorial Hospice and served as its chair for many years. To order a copy of Dr. Rosen’s book, Families Facing Death, click here.

A graduate of Rutgers University, Dr. Rosen completed his graduate study at Columbia University and post-graduate work at the Center for Family Learning and Family Institute of Westchester

Jane Lewis, A.C.S.W.

Jane Lewis, A.C.S.W. has been on the faculty of Family Institute of Westchester since 1984. Ms. Lewis received her MSW from Adelphi University in 1978, and completed her postgraduate training at Family Institute of Westchester. She is a clinical member of the National Association of Social Workers.

For the past twenty-two years, Ms. Lewis has worked in Connecticut as a clinical social worker at the Greenwich Hospital Psychiatric Treatment Center doing both individual and marriage and family therapy. She also has a private practice in marriage and family therapy in White Plains and Greenwich.

Karen Fleming-Sherman, APRN, LMFT

karen-flemingKaren Fleming-Sherman, APRN, LMFT, conducts her private practice in the Armonk-Bedford area and in White Plains. She has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University in their Nurse Practitioner Program for the past six years. Karen lectures and conducts workshops in local hospitals and community agencies on the impact of chronic and life threatening illnesses on family functioning, an area of particular interest; as well as gender issues, divorce, adoption, coaching and the impact of money on the balance of power in couple relationships. Karen has been a Senior Faculty Member at the Family Institute of Westchester since 1988.

Betty Carter, MSW, Director Emeritus

betty-carterBetty Carter is the founder and director emerita (1977-1997) of FIW, and an internationally acclaimed author and teacher of family therapy.  Her accomplishments include five major books and innumerable chapters and articles which have immeasurably enriched the field.  She has received four personal awards for “significant contributions to the field of family therapy,” and served on the editorial advisory board of Family Process, The Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, and The Journal of Feminist Family Therapy.

A co-founder of “The Women’s Project in Family Therapy,” Betty and her collaborators are credited by many as having transformed the shape of family therapy thinking and practice.  Betty’s Multicontextual Model (or FIW Model) of family therapy forms the basis of the theoretical and methodological model taught here at FIW.  This approach, which expands and deepens the pioneering work of Murray Bowen, is considered by many as among her most impressive accomplishments  Betty is retired and living in Amherst, Massachusetts. Betty’s book for couples is Love, Honor and Negotiate.  

Betty’s textbooks and popular book, Love-Honor-Negotiate can be located through Amazon.com

Adjunct Faculty

Laura Gates, LCSW

Laura L. Gates is a licensed clinical social worker who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a specialization in social work with families.  She is a clinical member of A.A.M.F.T. and a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work.  She joined the faculty at Family Institute of Westchester following a two-year teaching fellowship.  Ms. Gates also completed her post-graduate training at FIW and was involved in the Core Clinical program and the Gay and Lesbian training track where she was taught to work with traditional and non-traditional families from a family systems model. She is a former staff member of the Caron Foundation; an internationally renowned chemical dependency treatment center.  Ms. Gates is now working in Arizona.

David Aftergood, MD

david-aftergoodDr. Aftergood is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Einstein College of Medicine. He is in full time private practice in Westchester County specializing in Integrative Psychiatry. This holistic approach integrates psychotherapy, pharmacology, hypnotherapy, EMDR and mindfulness meditation practice according to individual needs.

Natalie Schwartzberg, LCSW

Natalie Schwartzberg, LCSW has been a member of the FIW faculty for 22 years. She has given workshops and lectures as well as teaching at  the NYU school of social work. Natalie maintains a private practice in individual and marital therapy  in the Flat Iron section of Manhattan.

Visiting Faculty

Pamela Young, LCSW, LMFT, BCD

pamela-youngPamela Young LCSW, LMFT, BCD is an approved AAMFT supervisor and maintains a private clinical and supervisory practice in Scarsdale, NY. She is also a member of the American Family Therapy Academy.

She received her BA from Simmons College and her MSW from Hunter College. She is a graduate of The Ackerman Family Institute and The Family Institute of Westchester. She also received advanced training in family therapy at NIMH.

Pam was a senior faculty member and the Director of Clinical Services at FIW. She also was a senior social worker at the Hillside Division of the LIJ-North Shore Medical Center and a consultant to the psychiatric research department. For many years she was an adjunct faculty at Columbia University School of Social Work and a lecturer at Adelphi University School of Social Work. She has led numerous professional, post graduate continuing education, and community workshops throughout the United States and Israel.

Pam is currently interested in looking at the impact of the economy on individuals, couples, and families.

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