Risa Mandell

Philadelphia, PA, United States

About Risa


Risa M. Mandell, LCSW                                          
home, 215.621.6674                                               
work,  215.742.7815

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs

Professional Experience
Clinical Social Work
Children’s Outpatient Clinic
5/08-present Northeast Community Center for MH/MR Philadelphia, PA
Strengthening the child’s self-regulation capacity through play therapy
Improving the child-caregiver relationship through filial play therapy
Supportive therapy and psychological education with traumatized parents
Promoting adaptive coping skills using supportive psychotherapy and CBT
Clinical Social Work, Therapeutic Behavioral Services
9/06-4/07 Humanim, Inc Columbia, MD
Supervised behavioral aides to model behavioral plan implementation
Engaged families using a collaborative, strengths-based approach
Wrote electronic reports to authorize care

Child and Adolescent Clinical Social Worker
12/01-7/06 National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda
Flexibly blended interventions to promote adaptive coping
Led a weekly group for psychiatrically-hospitalized active duty service members
Proposed an interdisciplinary infant, toddler, family mental health service

02/00-4/01 The John O'Donnell Company New York, NY
Researched and assessed potential donors online for non-profit clients

Clinical Case Management
3/95-5/99 CHCS/OPTIONS New York, NY
Referred commercial health insurance members to select providers on our panel
Supervised treatment plans of contracted community mental health agencies
Performed account liaison functions

Social Work, evenings
10/94-3/96 National Neighborhood Counseling Center Brooklyn, NY
Supportive psychotherapy

Private Practice, evenings
1996-1999 New York, NY
Adult psychotherapy

Psychiatric Social Work
7/90-3/95 Metropolitan Hospital New York, NY
Developed therapeutic alliances while providing concrete services
Strengthened the individual's adaptive coping skills and support networks.
Led group conversations about the hospital experience and adhering to medications
Supervised New York University School of Social Work students

Social Work Intern
9/89-5/90 Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services Brooklyn, NY
Supportive psychotherapy to enhance family functioning

Social Work Summer Intern
6/89-8/89 New York State Psychiatric Institute New York, NY
Co-led a multi-family therapy group on the Character Disorders Unit
Individual psychotherapy and family psychotherapy
Assisted individuals with psychosis to formulate discharge plans
Wrote initial assessments and documented course of hospitalization

Qualifying Education
1990 M.S.W. Hunter College School of Social Work City University of New York NY, NY

Continuing Professional Education
2007 Intensive Filial Therapy Training Program  Carlisle, PA
2007 History and Techniques of Family Play Therapy  Philadelphia, PA
2006 Registered and Approved Supervisor Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners
2004 Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills Play Therapy International  Chichester, UK
1995-1998 National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis  New York, NY
1993  New York University School of Social Work Field Instruction Seminar Certificate

Proposal Accepted for Presentation
Integrating Filial Play Therapy into Head Start; Parenting as a Practice
National Head Start Association December, 2007

Maternal Mastectomy and Young Adolescent Daughters, A Consideration
Federation of Clinical Social Work, WDC May1994

References available upon request

I'm passionate about

filial play therapy, psychoanalysis, animal rights, slowmoneyalliance.org, sustainability, recycling (as an interim measure en route to sustainability)

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