BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TEAM
Dominique Focazio, LSW
Hi! I’m Dominique and I am a Licensed Social Worker. I received my Master’s in Social Work from NYU. I am so happy to be here! My areas of practice have been primarily in direct practice, working individuals as well as leading support groups. My favorite population to work with is late adolescents and young adults. My experience has been in both outpatient clinics in New Jersey and counseling centers for the State University of New York. My areas of focus have been anxiety/ depression, identity development, the LGBTQ population, and personality disorders. My certifications include Mental Health First Aid and Dialectal Behavior Therapy. My home is the new behavioral health center at JFK High School, a place to go when life “happens.”
Alex Miles, LAC
My name is Alexander Miles, I’m a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and New Jersey Board Certified Licensed Associate Counselor. I graduated from Kean University’s CACREP Accredited Counselor Education program in June, 2015. I have an undergraduate degree from the New York State University of Buffalo in Social Science (BA). I have worked in the behavioral health field for over fifteen years and spent the majority of my work experience with New York City’s Department of Human Services; Administration for Children Services. I enjoy working with various populations but especially providing clinical therapeutic services to early, middle and late adolescents. My therapeutic approach is eclectic and encompasses various therapeutic philosophies. I believe in Health and Wellness and support the mission of the Full Service Community School Health Center. I am looking forward to helping educate the inner city community about healthy social, emotional and behavioral lifestyle choices. I am excited to be a part of the Health N Wellness Services family.
Jennifer Long, LSW
Jennifer Long is a Licensed Social Worker having received my Master in Social Work from Rutgers University in 2000. This will be my first year with Full Service Community Schools Health Center in Paterson and I am excited to join this amazing team! My focus in my Master’s program was on administration, social policy and planning. I have worked as a Director of shelter programs, medical day care centers and a Supervisor with Behavioral Health Programs. My experience has been working with children, adolescents, adults, seniors, individuals with emotional and mental health needs as well as intellectual and developmental disabilities. I am currently the Director of the local chapter of Royal Family KIDS Camp, a one-week, sleep-away camp for children in foster care. I have made the shift into clinical social work with FSCS, Northern Region Education Commission and I am also a Master’s Level in-home therapist with a local clinical provider. This year, I will be at School 2 and Senator Frank Lautenberg School for FSCS! I look forward to bringing hope and seeing every child reach their potential.
Tara Sym, LCSW
Hi, my name is Tara Sym and I am a licensed clinical social worker. My undergraduate degree is from the University of Pennsylvania and my Master’s from Hunter College School of Social Work. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in mental health facilities, school-based programs, and private practice settings. I am trained in many evidence-based interventions, and incorporate concrete skill development and self-care strategies to help you feel better. I also use mindfulness to bring awareness and self-compassion to your life experiences. Our work together will incorporate your unique skills and personal beliefs in the therapeutic process. My approach to treatment is upbeat, compassionate, and solution-focused. I am excited to be working in the behavioral health center at JFK High School this year!
Phoebe Livanis, Intern
Hi everyone! My name is Phoebe Livanis and I will be an intern at FSCS Health Center this year! I will be at School 2 and 5 this year! I am very excited to meet everyone! I am studying at NYU for Social Work it is my first year. I am a certified Family Advocate and a Preschool Teacher. I have worked with children since I was thirteen years old and I absolutely love kids! I am very excited for this upcoming school year!
Cassie Spector, Intern
Cassie Spector is a Master level graduate student intern at Full-Service Community Schools Health Center this school year. Cassie is currently in her second year of the Master’s in Social Work program at Rutgers University, with a certificate in Promoting Child and Adolescent Well-being. Cassie earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware, majoring in Human Services, with minors in Psychology and Disability Studies. Last year, Cassie interned at Care Plus NJ School-based Program at Manchester Regional High School. She is excited be working at Napier Academy and JFK High School this school year. Cassie is looking forward to a successful year of supporting families and children by providing clinical therapeutic services.
Yuriria Martinez, Intern
Hello, my name is Yuriria Martinez. I am currently an advanced standing graduate student at Ramapo College of New Jersey. I will be completing my master’s in social work this upcoming Spring. This year, I was granted the opportunity to intern with Full-Service Community Schools in Paterson Public School’s #2 and #15. I look forward to working with the elementary school-aged population as it will give me a better understanding of working with young children and adolescents.
Sarah D’Alessio, Intern
My name is Sarah D’Alessio and I am a graduate social work student intern at Full-Service Community Schools. I am in my second and final year of the social work master’s program at Rutgers University and I am also part of their Promoting Child and Adolescent Well-Being certificate program. I went to The College of New Jersey for my undergraduate degree in Psychology. My field placement last year was in the Bloomfield School District. This year I will be interning at School 15 and the New Roberto Clemente Middle School in Paterson and I am excited to be a part of the FSCS team!
Amanda George, Intern
Hi, my name is Amanda George, I’m in the advanced standing program at NYU and I’ll be graduating in Spring 2021. I’m one of the Social Work Interns at the School 2 as well as the high school. I’m excited to meet and get to know everyone!
Angelica Ferreira, Intern
Hello, my name is Angelica Ferreira. I am a graduate social work intern at Full-Service Community Schools. I am currently an advance standing graduate student at Rutgers University. I will be completing my master’s in social work this upcoming spring. My field placement last year was at the Collaborative Center for Community- Based Research and Service. I had the opportunity to mentor students at the New Brunswick Middle School. This year I will be interning at School 4 and School 6 in Paterson. I am excited to be a part of the FSCS team!
Samantha Miranda, Intern
Hi everyone! My name is Samantha Miranda and I am an Intern with the Behavioral Health Team at The FSCS Health Center. I am currently perusing my Master’s Degree in Social work at Rutgers University. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Latino & Caribbean Studies and Sociology from Rutgers University in 2018. I will be interning at public school number 5 this year. I am excited and looking forward to working with the Paterson Community!
Adriana Correa, Intern
My name is Adriana Correa, I am a social work intern from Ramapo College of New Jersey in the advanced program. I am in the NRC and the JFK high school. My goal is to really get to know students well and to establish a good relationship with them.
Melissa Elliott, LCSW
Behavioral Health Director
This is my eighth year at the Health Centers and I feel we have created a great program that can help students in our schools individually, with their families and in Groups. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and over the last 25 years of practice, I have worked in schools systems, Outpatient mental Health Centers, and private practice. I started my training at The Yale Child Study Center, have worked on Child Study teams in two schools. I have been a Certified Group Psychotherapist for over 10 years and apply this knowledge to our groups here at the Health Center. I also have the pleasure of supervising Master level graduate student interns at our program representing Columbia University, Fordham, Ramapo College and Rutgers University and this year NYU.
Jennifer Hutchinson, LCSW
Jennifer Hutchinson recently received her Master of Social Work from Fordham University. Jennifer worked as an intern for the Full-Service Community Health Center during the 2014-15 school year and is thrilled to be rejoining the community this year as a social worker. Jennifer will be spending most of her time at school 15 and the New Roberto Clemente this year! She is looking forward to a productive and meaningful year for everyone.
Sandy Johnson, LCSW
Sandy Johnson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and therapeutic yoga teacher (RYT-200). Sandy received her master’s degree from New York University and her yoga certification from Integrative Yoga Therapy. Sandy worked for Children’s Aid & Family Services as a clinician within their therapeutic group homes and outpatient family services programs. Sandy acts as clinical supervisor and leads therapeutic groups for New City Kids, an outreach for at-risk children and teens, in Jersey City and Paterson. Sandy continues to work with families involved in the child welfare system and maintains a private practice with a focus on the needs of children and families.
Silvia Henriquez, LSW
Silvia Henriquez is a Licensed Social Worker and received her Master in Social Work from Rutgers University in 2016. Silvia worked as an intern at Full-Service Community Schools Health Center and is excited to have joined the team in 2018. Silvia has worked in various clinical settings, most recently Unaccompanied immigrant/Refugee Children in Transitional Foster care. Silvia has had previous supervisory experience in foster care, outreach and preventative programs in NJ and NYC. Silvia will be working at the Napier Academy and Sen. Frank Lautenberg schools this year!