Since 1994, Adam has been a full time clinical social worker at Beacon High School (a program of Walker) conducting individual and group therapy with adolescents who are challenged with significant emotional issues. In addition to his work at Beacon, Adam runs a private practice in Brookline and Watertown, MA where he works with individuals, couples and groups. Adam has run a Coming Out Support Group in this private practice for the past 16 years and is a sought after speaker on topics related to Coming Out, Work with GLBTQ clients and gender identity. Adam also enjoys consulting, training, guest lecturing at schools of social work and presenting at conferences. He has published an article with fellow board member, Mark Gianino in the Journal of Social Work With Groups, on the topic of being both and individual and group therapist for the same client. Adam was honored to receive the “Group Worker of the Year” honor from the MA Chapter of AASWG for his work with adolescents and his work with adults who are coming out. Adam earned his BS in Psychology from Tufts University and his MSW from Boston University School of Social Work.
Será received her MSW from Boston University, along with her Certificate in Advanced Group Work. She currently works for Riverside Community Care as the Clinical Coordinator for Life Skills Center & Riverside School, a day treatment program and therapeutic school for adolescents. Será is also a half-time instructor in the Department of Social Work at Wheelock College and an adjunct instructor at Boston University’s School of Social Work. Her interests include group work, group supervision, expressive therapies, family crisis intervention, and self-injury and suicide assessment/intervention with children and adolescents. Her current research project “Behind the Lens,” is a filmmaking group for adolescents managing mental illness, focusing on insight and recovery through filmmaking. Será has been involved on the IASWG MA Chapter board since 2008 after attending and presenting at the IASWG International Conference in Cologne, Germany. Since then she has been hooked and believes strongly in the use of group work to heal and engage all of those in need. Ask Será about what she loves, and group work and IASWG will be at the top of her list!
Dave developed his appreciation for the healing power of groups as an intern at the Life Skills Center (a Riverside Community Care program). His connection to IASWG was forged as a volunteer at the 2013 International Symposium in Boston where he met friendly people doing inspiring group work. Dave was fortunate to co-facilitate a workshop at that year’s symposium and screen a film he directed with three MSW students entitled “Better Together.” The film profiles Massachusetts group workers sharing stories that exemplify the process, change, and growth made possible by groups. After receiving his MSW from Wheelock College, Dave continued to practice group work as a Social Educator at Skills for Living, a community center for kids who find making and keeping friends to be a bit tricky. Dave is currently Program Director of Beal St. (a program of Bay State Community Services), an adolescent group home that utilizes the group model in support of kids reunifying with their families and transitioning to adulthood. Dave joined the IASWG Massachusetts Chapter Board in 2013 and currently serves as the Vice President and Chair of the Communications Committee.
In 2007 Tfawa received his MSW, with a concentration in Group work, from the Boston University School of Social Work. He was awarded the Herb Schneider Memorial Group Work Student of the Year in 2007 by the Massachusetts Chapter of AASWG. He is currently working at Fenway Health as a Psychotherapist, where he has created a therapy group, “Shades of Black: A Therapy Group for Gay/Bi Black Men.” The group is intended to help members develop, integrate and consolidate their racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender and sexual identities. One goal of the group is to increase self-awareness, self-esteem and acceptance while decreasing isolation and internalized negative messages related to having multiple intersecting and sometimes conflicting identities.
Katya Sivacek – Board Member
Katya received her BSW and MSW from Wheelock College. She currently works for Riverside Community Care as the Team Leader for the Life Skills Center & Riverside School, a DMH day treatment program and therapeutic school for adolescents. Her interests include group work, self-injury and suicide assessment, as well as crisis intervention for individuals and families. Katya created the group “New Directions,” a therapeutic group that focuses on self-injurious behaviors and coping/replacement skills. Katya joined the board in 2015.
Kimberly Lopez – Board Member
Echo Bein – Board Member