Charles Heller PhD CV 11-1-15



Manhattan (For mail service):
275 Madison Avenue-6 th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10016, phone: (212) 880-3789, Fax: (845)354-1287.

Bergen County (For mail service):
140 East Ridgewood Avenue, South Tower, Suite 415, Paramus, N.J. 07652, phone: (201) 262-0331, Fax: (845)354-1287.

Orange County (Not for mail service) :
673 Route 17M, Monroe, N.Y.10950, phone: (845) 354-0535, Fax: (845)354-1287.

Westchester County (Not for mail service):
520 White Plains Road, Suite 500, Tarrytown, N.Y. 10591, phone: (845) 354-0535, Fax: (845)354-1287.


  • Licensed Psychologist (NY, NJ)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (NY)
  • National Register of the Council of Health Service Providers in Psychology
  • Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology (State Reciprocity):
  • (Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards).
  • Certificate of Clinical Training in Psychology (NJ)
  • Post-Doctoral Certificate in Family Forensics, Washington Square Institute (NY)
  • Mental Health Panel Member, New York State Law Guardian Program
  • Forensic Psychologist Expert, New York City Assigned Counsel Program
  • Fully vetted and approved Forensic Psychologist for the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender

Independent Clinical Practice:

  • Psychological services to a broad spectrum of clients. These clients include individuals with bi-polar and other depressive disorders, personality disorders (including borderline personality), anxiety disorders, pain disorders, sexual problems, victims of child sexual abuse, alcohol and drug problems, family, marital and other mental health issues, organic and brain dysfunction. Experienced in psychotherapy and psychological testing. Consultative expert evaluations to assess children and adults for intellectual, emotional and mental abnormalities as defined by federal regulations. Expert witness for the Office of Hearings and Appeals related to disability claims.
  • Agency consultation: Process consultation to agencies to improve team effort and communication and reduce conflict. Facilitation of executive and leadership committee meetings and goal setting.  Staff training and clinical supervision of other therapists. Forensic Consultant and custody evaluator for the Rockland County (NY) Department of Mental Health. Child Custody evaluator for the Bergen Family Center, Court Services Program. Consultant to agencies that include: outpatient and inpatient alcoholism and drug abuse treatment centers, schools, foster care agencies as well as a variety of group homes for emotionally handicapped, children with special needs, adolescents, developmentally delayed and dual-diagnosed people.  Training of colleagues in short-term, intensive therapy modalities (brief therapies) in role as founder of the Hudson Valley Satir Training Group.  This group provides experiential, growth workshops based upon family systems theory for professionals and the public.  Volunteer Supervisor of Counselors for the Volunteer Counseling Service in New City, New York.
  • Services to law enforcement personnel regarding treatment for alcohol and emotional problems as well as fitness for duty evaluations. Member of the Rockland County De-briefing team for police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians who have been involved in traumatic situations and the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder.  Serve as a clinician for the member assistance program of the New York City Patrolman’s Benevolent Association. Serve as an EAP clinician for agents and staff of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

Forensic and expert witness practice:

  • Family Court/Custody evaluations: Perform custody evaluations, visitation, relocation evaluations as well as abuse, neglect and juvenile delinquency evaluations upon referral from the Judiciary. Expert to the Court in New York City (all boroughs), Rockland, Westchester, Putnam, Nassau and Orange Counties (New York) as well as numerous counties in New Jersey, providing custody evaluations and/or consultations to attorneys. In addition, Dr. Heller has special expertise in domestic violence, parental alienation and child sexual abuse.  Consultation regarding adverse custody evaluations. Provides peer review of other forensic psychologist reports.  Experienced with relocation cases as well as cases in which children of a batterer (or who formerly lived in a domestic violence situation) choose to live with the perpetrator. Qualified as a Psychologist expert witness by New York State Supreme Court, Family Court, and Integrated Domestic Violence Court (IDV) as a Psychologist expert witness, Psychologist Expert for the assigned counsel plan (18 B), City of New York (all boroughs) and the Law Guardian Program as an expert custody evaluator (Supreme Court Appellate Division, First and Second Judicial Departments, State of New York and New Jersey Superior Court as a Psychologist expert witness.  Received a Post-Doctoral certificate in Family Forensics, after successfully completing a two-year advanced training program at the Washington Square Institute. This is one of the only post-graduate training programs in advanced issues related to performing custody/family forensic evaluations.

 Experienced in cases that have included the following areas and evaluations:

  1. Child Custody and Visitation evaluations that focus on the best interests of the child.
  2. Risk Assessment regarding visitation.
  3. Relocation issues.
  4. Domestic violence/issues of power and control/assessment of allegations of domestic violence.
  5. Sexual assault perpetrated by a spouse or the other parent.
  6. Parental alienation/irrationally alienated children/assessment of allegations of parental alienation.
  7. Individual and parent-child treatment for alienated children and targeted (rejected) parents.
  8. Parents who cause their children to be estranged from them.
  9. Alcohol and substance abuse related to custody issues.
  10. Parental capacity/fitness.
  11. Child attachment and emotional bonding.
  12. Child abuse, child sexual abuse and neglect/false allegations of child sexual abuse.
  13. Juvenile delinquency/sexual assault perpetrated by adolescents/fire-setting/violence/substance abuse. Evaluation of psychopathic tendencies in adolescents.
  14.  Recidivism and risk assessment for re-offense in adolescent sexual abusers.
  15. Credibility assessments.
  16. Symptoms of Battered Women.
  17. Consultation regarding adverse custody evaluations and contra reports.
  18. Analysis of Evaluation reports.
  19. Briefings on related forensic issues.
  20. Assessment of Potential for Parental child abduction/evaluation of children who have suffered international parental child abductions.
  21. Termination of parental rights.
  22. Home visits/observation of parenting skills/observation of transition between each parent.
  23. Grandparent custody and visitation issues.
  24. Posttraumatic stress disorder in children and adults/traumatized children.
  25. Parents with criminal history/or who are incarcerated.
  26. Home visitation and related family system analysis.
  27. Supervision and training in conducting custody evaluations.
  28. Parental acceptance-rejection syndrome related to parents and children in custody, delinquency, abuse and neglect cases
  29. Consultation to legal team regarding relevant case issues.

Civil litigation (related to emotional and mental injury): Personal Injury Litigation experience for both defense and plaintiffs includes: Disabilities, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Retardation and Developmental delays, Personal injury, sexual harassment, emotional pain, long-term effects, long-term psychological treatment plans and estimation of costs, Psychological, Psychiatric and Alcoholism Treatment Record Review (inpatient and outpatient), Injured Child Assessments, symptoms and signs of child sexual abuse, suicide, homicide, psychological autopsy, crime victims, accidental death and liability, Work-related Injuries, Alcoholism and other drug abuse problems, Accidental death caused by alcohol and other drug abuse, Malpractice, Asperger’s Disorder, sexual harassment, brain injury/trauma, eating disorders, foster care (standards), group homes (standards), institutional care for retarded/developmentally disabled (standards regarding level of supervision required, pain and suffering),  psychological care (standards and evidence-based treatment), Native American issues (alcoholism, inter-generational posttraumatic stress)cross-cultural psychology, pain and suffering, inappropriate psychiatric hospitalization, negligent child welfare agency performance and care, postpartum depression, special needs  children, learning disabilities, addictions and alcoholism, critical incident stress, police officers and stress, Americans with disabilities Act (ADA) and alcoholism/drug psychiatric claims, children who have been burned, sexually abused or neglected in foster homes, hospital or group home settings,  independent medical examinations.  Litigation and trial consultation to legal team regarding analysis and pertinent issues of a case. This includes review and analysis of case documents, including medical records, consultation regarding discovery, and assisting the lawyers

Criminal behavior: Providing the review and analysis of criminal behavior. Experience With the Following areas of Criminal Casework: Murder, Rape, Robbery, Arson, Assault, Burglary, Sexual assault, sexual abuse, Child abuse, Domestic violence, Hit and Run, DWI, Vehicular Homicide, White Collar Crime. Received PhD from theUniversity ofWisconsin with a doctoral dissertation entitled: “Criminal Behavior and Arousal: Test of a Theory,” Presented a paper at the APA annual meeting: ‘Criminal Behavior, Individual Differences and Emotional Implications”.  Published article on the applications of Parental Acceptance-Rejection theory to forensic Psychology (2009). Perform evaluations in County, State, City ofNew York and Federal correctional facilities. Recent criminal case assignments include “death row” evaluation for the Federal Public defender (Arizona), evaluation for the Dutchess County public defender in murder case, triple homicide/kidnapping case, numerous violent and sexual assault evaluations. Recent analyst for CBS evening News regarding “the Craig’s list killer.”  Analyst for WABC TV (Inside Edition) regarding the segment on “the BTK killer.”  Mental health panel of the NYC 18 B program. New York City Dept. of Corrections legal pass holder. Experienced in the following areas and evaluations:

  1. Mental impairment/diminished capacity assessment.
  2. Assessment of competency to stand trial.
  3. Criminal behavior affected by intellectual, mental, cognitive and emotional disability.
  4. Clinical assessment of personality, psychopathology, organic deficits and intelligence.
  5. Administration and analysis of objective and projective psychological tests.
  6. The effects of alcohol and various kinds of drug abuse on criminal intent and behavior.
  7. Assessment of acute vs. chronic alcohol use as related to DUI sentencing.
  8. The assessment of posttraumatic stress disorder related to violent crimes.
  9. Assessments to rule-out malingering of posttraumatic stress disorder.
  10. Clinical Assessment and detection of Malingering and Deception in defendants.
  11. Not guilty by reason of insanity/criminal responsibility.
  12. Post-traumatic stress disorder and its effects on criminal behavior.
  13. Battered Woman Syndrome as a legal defense.
  14. Effects of domestic violence and symptoms of battered women.
  15. False arrest
  16.  Dangerousness, criminality assessment, recidivistic sex offenders.
  17. Administration of actuarial tests and other indicators of recidivism and future risk.
  18.  Sex offender re-offense risk assessment for New York State article 10 civil commitments.
  19.  Pre-sentence Family studies and Bio-psycho-social evaluations,
  20.  Immigration/deportation matters (the effects on family of person to be sentenced or possibly deported).
  21. Police officers and Post-traumatic stress disorder.
  22. Victim Assessments
  23. Review of interview transcripts and recordings of other investigators (therapists, caseworkers, and police) related to standards and protocols used in assessing children about alleged child sexual abuse.
  24. Problems with children’s testimony (suggestibility, recantation).
  25. Forensic interviewing of children.
  26. Interview protocols used in assessment of children alleged to have been sexually abused.
  27. Rebuttal witness to other experts who promote “syndrome evidence” such as “child sexual abuse accommodation syndrome” (CSAAS), and “intrafamilial child sexual abuse syndrome.”
  28. The phenomena of delayed disclosure in child sexual abuse and rape.
  29. Testimony about “red-flag” indicators of possible child sexual abuse.
  30. Research on causes of eyewitness identification error, memory and perception.
  31. Stalking and harassment.
  32. Crime sprees, mass murders.
  33. Media consultation.
  34. Parental-acceptance-rejection syndrome related to homicide, depression and other aberrant behavior.
  35. Rejection sensitivity related to criminal acts.
  36. Pornography, internet addiction, inappropriate use of on-line sites.
  37. Criminal profiling
  38. Cross-cultural factors in the assessment of defendants.
  39. Litigation Consultation to legal team regarding analysis and pertinent issues of a case.

Consulting Positions:

 Rockland County (New York) Department of Mental Health Forensic Unit:  Providing court ordered forensic evaluations involving custody, visitation, competency, criminal responsibility, child abuse/child sexual abuse/neglect, domestic violence and juvenile delinquency referred by Family and Supreme Court Judges as well as the Department of Mental Health. Duties include face-to-face interviews with all parties involved, custody reports, court testimony, consultation with probation officers, mental health staff, attorneys, judges and other agencies involved in legal/psychiatric issues. Evaluations are performed at the County office building or RocklandCounty correctional facility.

Bergen Family Center, Court Services Program (Hackensack, New Jersey): Providing court ordered forensic evaluations involving custody, visitation, and relocation for Bergen County Superior Court.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey: Performing assessments of police officer candidates. This includes reviewing of all written testing material and other relevant documentation, as well as performing one-to-one interviews with candidates, to determine their suitability for employment and/or fitness for duty. I provide legally defensible clinical reports that clearly document evaluation findings in terms of candidate suitability.

New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Division of Disability Determinations: Providing consultative expert evaluations to assess children and adults for intellectual, emotional and mental abnormalities including post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit disorder, childhood emotional problems, developmental disabilities, organic disabilities (due to brain trauma. seizure disorder and stroke), alcohol and drug abuse problems as well as pervasive developmental disorders as related to federal guidelines for disability determination.

United States Social Security Administration, Office of Hearings and Appeals: Providing review records, interrogatories and testimony at appeals hearings involving disability related to emotional and mental problems; consultation to attorneys and their clients by providing independent medical evaluations related to disabilities as defined by Federal listings.

Rutgers Law School, Rutgers Urban Legal Clinic:  Assist clinic legal team with client needs; specifically provide risk assessment and evaluation for defendant use concerning parole board hearings and other consultation as needed.

New York City Police Department, Department Advocate’s Office: Provided consultation and testimony to support prosecution of NYPD detective in relation to reasons for delayed disclosure in a sex abuse case.

Hamaspik of Orange County Inc.: Providing positive behavior management plans and staff training in Group Homes for developmentally delayed children, adolescents and adults and performing evaluations for referral and placement.

The Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn, New York:  Providing consultation to legal staff about the Battered Woman Syndrome as a defense and helped prepare for a Clayton Hearing. Providing CLE workshop for legal staff on Battered Woman Syndrome.


 Heller, C. H. (2009) Applications of Parental Acceptance-Rejection Theory and Evidence to Forensic Psychology Interpersonal Acceptance, International Society for interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection, September 2009, University of Connecticut: Storrs.


With Linda Gunsberg, PhD “A Child’s preference for the batterer in child custody cases: An assessment protocol.”  A workshop presented at the 49 th Annual Conference of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). Chicago, Illinois: June 7, 2012.

CURRENTLY BEING REVISED FOR RE-SUBMISSION FOR PUBLICATION (2015-2016): “A Child’s Paradoxical Preference for the Batterer in Child Custody Cases: Consideration of domestic violence, diminished parental capacity, impaired attachment, traumatic bonding, parental alienation, as well as developmental failures and short and/or long-term psychological injuries to the child.”


Director of Mental Health, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services – (1983-1988.Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Tahlequah, Oklahoma). In this role, I developed and administered an extensive mental health and addiction services program for 100,000 Native Americans in a 9,000 square mile area.  Program administration tasks included the provision of psychological services, the supervision of a variety of other mental health professionals, the development of school-based, outpatient and inpatient programs, and the leadership and development of a number of mental health and alcoholism/substance abuse staff training work-shops for service providers and clients. Provided direct care and supervision of all cases and specialized in substance abuse treatment, child sexual abuse/physical abuse/child neglect, domestic violence and suicide/depression. I was responsible for all fiscal over-sight, grant writing, budgets, interviewing and hiring of staff, policy and procedures for the mental health and substance abuse programs. Developed a model residential chemical dependency treatment center for Native American adolescents and coordinated efforts with the State and Federal agencies such as the Indian Health Service

Clinical Supervisor, Clinic for the Multi-disabled, Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene, Poughkeepsie,NY – 1988-1991.  Clinical Director of a mobile team to supervise and provide services for dual-diagnosed patients (MR/EH) and to provide advanced training for professional personnel.  Provided assessments of patients (children and adults) with organic brain syndrome, retardation, and psychosis, as well as ongoing direct care and supervised treatment. I supervised all treatment plans, quarterly reports and administration of the mobile program clinical services.  Supervised cases included sexual abuse/assault of clients by other clients and/or staff, substance abuse and co-morbid conditions related to posttraumatic stress disorder, developmental and organic problems.

Staff Psychologist, St. Vincent’s School and Clinic, Brooklyn,NY – 1979-1983. I had clinical responsibility for psychological services provided to children and teenagers residing in three group homes and 120 foster homes.  In this role, I developed staff training programs, policies, and procedures for both organizational guidelines and therapeutic outcomes. I provided assessment and therapy services for children and teenagers who were traumatized by foster parents or group home staff, biological parents and inner city crime. Cases included anti-social personality disorder, bi-polar personality disorder, and borderline personality disorder as well as child/adolescent sexual abuse victims.

Consultant: Edwin Gould Academy, Chestnut Ridge, NY – 1995-1996. I provided psychological evaluations for the Committee for Special Education Team Meetings. These adolescents were adjudicated as juvenile delinquents and referred to this facility by the New York City Courts.

Consulting School Psychologist, New York City Board of Education – 1982-1983.

Private Practice with Children, Adults and Families,Douglaston,NY – 1981-1983.

Clinical Psychology Internship, Ancora Psychiatric Hospital, Hammonton, NJ – 1977. This was inpatient and outpatient treatment and diagnosis of psychiatric patients.

Clinical Psychology Internship, Psychology Department, Johnstone Training and Research Center, Bordentown, NJ– 1976-1977.  I was trained in assessment and psychotherapy with patients who had organic brain syndrome, retardation and personality problems.


Rockland County (NY) Council on Alcoholism, Certified Alcohol Counselor Training Program – 1995-1997.  I taught several courses on alcoholism issues related to Native American and Jewish populations as well as on intervention techniques.

Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY – 1988-1992.  Professional Development Faculty (Concurrent with Practice).

Northeastern Oklahoma State University, Tahlequah, OK – 1986-1990.  Adjunct Associate Professor.  Conducted classes in clinical techniques in the Department of Social Work.  I commuted back toOklahoma several times to teach these weekend mini-courses.


Ph.D. 1979, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dissertation: “Criminal Behavior and Arousal: Test of a Theory”

M.A.  1974,St. John’s University,Jamaica, NY (Clinical Psychology)

B.A.   1971,AdelphiUniversity, Garden City, NY (Psychology)


Certificate in Basic Theory and Practice of Eclectic Cognitive Behavior Therapy from Long Island University and the New York Center for Eclectic Cognitive Behavior Therapy, awarded December 2010.

Post-Doctoral Certificate in Family Forensics awarded by the Family Forensics Training Program of the Washington Square Institute of Psychotherapy and Mental Health, New York, NY (A program chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York). This is a certification program in Family Forensics. This two-year certification program included training and coursework in child development, adolescence, family, parental assessment and significant issues in conducting custody evaluations. The program requirements included an externship and a final research paper.  2006 –2008.

Apprenticeship in Family Therapy and Empowering Leadership with Virginia Satir– 1986

Residential Training and Performance Development Program, Satir Institute of the Southeast – 1998-1999


Forensic competence, detecting malingering and denial, Custody cases involving domestic violence, expert testimony and the insanity defense:   New York State Psychological Association Forensic Division Conference, September 2010, Columbia University. N.Y.

Participant in “Breakthrough at Caron” June 2009. Breakthrough is a 5 ½-day professional and personal growth residential program at theCaronCenterfor Self Development.Wernersville,PA.

Sexual Assault in Intimate Relationships: Best Practices for Intervention. The Center for Court Innovation,Goshen,N.Y.Feb. 2008.

Fact or Fiction: Assessing the credibility of self-report in custody evaluations. Annual Conference of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts,WashingtonD.C.May 2007.

Complexities of Child Alienation: From Assessment to Options for Intervention. Annual Conference of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts,WashingtonD.C.May 2007.

Abuse, Family Violence and Memory in Child Custody Cases. Annual Conference of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts,WashingtonD.C.May 2007.

Cross-Examination and Expert Testimony. Annual Conference of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts,WashingtonD.C.May 2007.

Psychological Testing in Custody Evaluations: Implications for Clinical Practice and Social Justice. Annual Conference of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts,WashingtonD.C.May 2007.

Family Forensics Training Program, 2006-2008.

A Court Response-Batterers’ Program, theNew YorkModel. Rockland County Family Court, New City, New York, provided by Pace Law School Center for Continuing Legal Education. January 2007.

Custody, Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse, Rockland County Family Court, New City, New York, provided by Pace Law School Center for Continuing Legal Education. November 2006.

Abuser’s Legal Tactics in Custody Cases, Rockland County Family Court,New City,New York, provided by the Women’s Bar Association of the State ofNew York, June 2006.

Matrimonial Law, Continuing legal education seminar, Rockland County Bar Association, Congers,New York, April 2006

Child Abuse Certification Workshop, Training in the identification and reporting of suspected cases of child abuse and maltreatment.New York City. November 2005

Complex Issues for Experienced Child Custody Evaluators, American Psychological Association,Washington,DC. August, 2005.

Children, Courts & Custody, Rockland County Bar Association, November, 2005.

A Scientific Approach to Personality Profiling of Homicide Cases, American Psychological Association, Washington, DC. August, 2005

A Forensic Approach to Fitness for Duty Evaluations, American Psychological Association, Washington, DC. August, 2005

Expert Witness Training in Child Welfare Cases, School of Social Work, Rutgers University and New Jersey Department of Youth and Family Services.Piscataway,New Jersey, 2005.

Healthcare Safety-Medical Training: CDC, OSHA, EPA, NFPA.  MedSafe Training, Monroe, N.Y.

Survey of Forensic Psychology Practice: Issues and Applications, American Academy of Forensic Psychology, Tampa, FL.

Satir System Residential Training Program, Chapel Hill, NC.

Continuing Education Series on Providing Psychotherapy with Batterers, presented by the Volunteer Counseling Service,New City,NY.

“Police Officers in Psychotherapy,” Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y.

Conference on Orthodox Judaism and Mental Health, Miami Beach, FL.

“Suggestibility, Trauma and Memory,” Rockland County Family Shelter.

Update on AIDS/HIV and Chemical Dependency,RecoveryCenteratNyackHospital,Nyack,N.Y.

“Out of the Darkness: Treatment of Paranoid Schizophrenia,” sponsored by the Rockland County Psychological Society, (NY).

Basic Training in Critical Incident Stress De-briefing, presented by the Rockland County (NY) Stress De-briefing Team.

“The Family and Beyond,” with Virginia Satir, Seattle, WA.

“Solution-Focused Therapy: A Time Effective Approach,Poughkeepsie,N.Y.

Self-Esteem and Peak Performance, presented by Dr. Jack Canfield at Berkeley College, White Plains, NY.

Child abuse mandatory reporter training, Pomona, N.Y.

Family Therapy and Empowering Leadership, personal apprenticeship to Virginia Satir Crested Butte, CO.

Participant in Avanta Network Summer Training Institute and Process Community (Module 2), Crested Butte, CO. (Avanta Network is an active educational organization founded by Virginia Satir in 1977, whose members have been trained by Satir in systems analysis, organizational intervention and training to facilitate human growth and community empowerment.)

Participant in Avanta Network Summer Training Institute and Process Community (Module 1), Crested Butte, CO.

Training in Life, Death and Transition, TheElizabethKubler-RossCenter, Headwaters, VA.

Training program for alcoholism, compulsive over-eating and other substance abuse rehabilitation, Certificate of Instruction for Visiting Professionals in Residence,United StatesNavalHospital,Long Beach,CA.

On-site training in inpatient Alcohol Rehabilitation. MinnesotaIndian Primary ResidentialTreatmentCenter,Duluth,Minnesota

Tiyospaye (A Sioux name for family) Seminars (seminars specifically designed to focus on ethnic and cultural issues, mental health perspectives, and building bridges of understanding between Indian and non-Indian cultures), conducted by Virginia Satir as Residential Training. Rapid City,SD.

Cross-cultural counseling training conducted by Dr. Paul Pederson, American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Anaheim, CA.

Workshop on Eating Disorders, Hillcrest Hospital, Tulsa, OK.

“Two Days with Virginia Satir,” sponsored by the Hillcrest Health Care System, Pastoral Care Department, Tulsa, OK (This was training in family systems and health issues).

Workshop on “Love and Violence: Directive Therapy”, presented by Jay Haley and Cloe Madanes, sponsored by the Family Therapy Institute Washington, DC.

Tiyospaye Network Training in Virginia Satir’s Concepts of the Extended Family, Rapid City, SD.


“Battered Woman Syndrome as a Legal Defense-A Psychological perspective.” A continuing legal education seminar delivered in May, 2011. Sponsored by the Legal Aid Society of Kings County, Criminal Defense office.

“A day camp for your soul,” An experiential, full-day workshop presented by The Hudson Valley Satir Training Group, focused on overcoming old family rules and self-esteem issues, May, 2008.

“Developing Behavioral Plans and Growing with difficult, aggressive children and adolescents inNew York, Full day work-shop presentation,White Plains,New York2006.

“Facilitating Change in Individuals and Creating Organizational Resiliency”, Grand Rounds, presented At Nyack Hospital Recovery Center,Nyack,NY.

“Community Empowerment as a Prevention for Drug and Alcohol Problems in a Native American Tribe,” presented at the International Congress on Family Therapy,Prague,Czechoslovakia.

“Hope,” Workshop presented at the Oklahoma State Employment and Training Association Spring Conference,Tulsa,OK.

“Creating Change in Individuals and Families,” presented at the Fall Convention of the Oklahoma Association of Counseling and Development,Tulsa,OK.

“Mental Health Prevention and Community Empowerment: Promoting a Better Future for Cherokee Children, “presented at the 114th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association,Las Vegas,NV.

“Death and Dying, Grief, and Healing Processes,” In-service Workshop presented to theW. W. Hastings Hospital staff, Tahlequah, OK.

“Current and Future Approaches to Treating Co-dependency,” Conference Luncheon Address presented at the Native American and the Chemically Dependent Family Conference,Albuquerque,NM.

“Helping Children and Families Cope with Chronic Illness and Stress,” presented to the Green Country Juvenile Diabetes Association,Muskogee,OK.

“Cross-cultural Stress Management Workshop,” presented with a traditional healer (medicine man) to the Cherokee Nation W.I.C. (Woman, Infant, Children) Program.Tahlequah,OK.

“Group Treatment with Acting-out Teenagers in a Group Setting: Transforming ‘Street Empathy’ into Self-growth,” a colloquium presented at the Children’sTreatmentCenter, University of New Mexico Medical School, Department of Psychiatry,Albuquerque,NM.

“Criminal Behavior, Individual Differences and Emotional Implications,” presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, with Frank H. Farley, Ph.D.,Montreal.  (This was a presentation of the results of my doctoral dissertation.)


American Psychological Association, Div. 41, Psychology and the Law

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Member

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

The Virginia Satir Avanta Network

TheRockland County(NY) Psychological Society

Leadership Rockland, Class of 2001-2002.

The Orange County (New York) coalition against domestic violence.


“Exceptional Contribution to Our Community as a Volunteer Clinical Supervisor,” presented by the Volunteer Counseling Service of Rockland County, NY, June 2000.

“Outstanding Services to the Cherokee People,” presented by Wilma Mankiller, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, June 1988.

Revised 11/1/15