Caroline Fenkel’s passion lies in helping heal adolescents through the use of experiential therapy, group therapy, and animal-assisted therapy. Her career began with her love for horses: She majored in equine studies and minored in psychology at Delaware Valley University, then completed her master’s degree in social work at Bryn Mawr College. From there, she combined these two focuses through practicing equine-assisted therapy and other forms of experiential therapy, including Relational Trauma Repair and adventure therapy. Caroline has worked with adolescents and young adults at all levels of care, including outpatient and residential, at numerous national programs, including Rehab After School, Adolescent Advocates, Mirmont Treatment Center, Brightwater Landing, and Newport Academy. She is often assisted by her therapy dog, Graham. Caroline is currently earning her doctorate in clinical social work from the University of Pennsylvania.
Pam and Bill Roberts are parent advocates dedicated to supporting families in recovery. Pam holds a bachelor’s degree from Temple University and has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for the last 16 years. Bill was educated overseas and has been in the environmental business for 30 years. They are both in long-term recovery, as are their children. For the past eight years, Pam and Bill have been active in starting and expanding parent support groups on the East Coast, interacting with hundreds of parents, therapists, recovery service providers, nonprofits, and government representatives to educate and transform parental behaviors—which they consider to be a prerequisite for improving prospects for a reconnected family. Since 2012, they have been preparing a series of Parent Support Group manuals that include the personal experiences of dozens of group members and their therapists. The manuals serve as resources for parents and other family members to gain a better understanding of the disease of addiction, how it impacts the whole family, and how behavioral changes associated with “parental recovery” translate to giving their kids a better chance for a healthy, drug-free life.
Kim Rubenstein, a Certified Recovery Specialist, is executive director of the nonprofit Be a Part of the Conversation, formed in Pennsylvania’s Hatboro-Horsham school district in 2011 with the mission to create effective, culture-changing programs designed to increase awareness of the effects of alcohol and drug use. Kim was named to the role in 2014, after serving as the initiative’s community program coordinator and parent liaison. She also serves on the Regional Advisory Board and National Alumni Leadership Council of Caron Treatment Center and is a recipient of Caron’s Brian Early Community Leadership Award. Kim is a member of the Advisory Board for The Bridge Way School, Pennsylvania’s only recovery high school, and serves on Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro’s Drug Overdose Task Force. She holds a degree in journalism/public relations from West Virginia University, and has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and graphic design, including owning a small business and serving as marketing coordinator for the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation’s Board of Directors. Today, she directs her creative energy into spreading the word about Be a Part of the Conversation. Kim will be leading the Serenity for Parents group on Wednesday nights at 7PM.
Kruti Quazi is a Licensed Professional Counselor whose psychotherapy philosophy integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with client-centered, emotion-focused, and solution-focused approaches. She maintains a private practice in Wayne, Pennsylvania, and is also director of the Counseling Center at Rosemont College. Kruti earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Drexel University and her master’s in clinical/community counseling psychology from Eastern University. She is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, is a certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and has received additional certification in Pennsylvania Client Placement Criteria. Kruti is a member of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association, the International Association of Trauma Professionals, and the Psi Chi Honor Society, the International Honor Society in Psychology. She has also completed trainings in a wide range of treatment and therapies, including mindfulness, CBT, Trauma Art Narrative Therapy, approaches to treating oppositional and defiant children, suicide and risk assessment, and motivational interviewing. Her background includes working with children from birth to age three who were exposed to cocaine in utero. She also worked in the field of behavioral genetics of obesity at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jamison Monroe, Jr., brings years of personal recovery experience to his leadership of Newport Academy. Jamison is passionately dedicated to providing the highest-quality care to teens and their families facing mental health challenges and substance abuse. A prominent voice in the field of adolescent mental health treatment, he is a writer, spokesperson, yoga teacher, and fierce advocate of holistic learning and compassionate care for struggling teens. He is an active participant in the movement to reduce social stigma around psychiatric, mental health, and substance abuse challenges, through projects such as the Inspiration Foundation, the Global Adolescent Project, and Drugs Over Dinner. An expert in the field of teen treatment/rehabilitation, Jamison is regularly featured on CNN, FOX, ABC, and other major networks; on the Huffington Post and PsychologyToday.com; and at conferences including TEDx and the Aspen Ideas Festival. He testified before England’s Parliament on the subject of teen prescription drug abuse. Jamison’s treatment facilities have been recognized as the “most comprehensive in the US,” and have been covered by media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, Fox News, and the Today Show. Jamison also produced the critically acclaimed documentary Behind the Orange Curtain, about the prescription drug abuse epidemic in Orange County, California. He is the recipient of the Freedom Institute’s 2014 Mona Mansell Award for his indelible impact on the recovery field and community.
Brianne Murphy is prison yoga director for the Transformation Yoga Project (TYP), which serves people impacted by trauma, addiction, and incarceration through trauma-sensitive, mindfulness-based yoga. Brianne began studying yoga and mindfulness at Temple University while earning her undergraduate degree in Eastern philosophy and Visual Anthropology. Her deep love for philosophy and commitment to social justice inspired her to pursue yoga teacher training, with the goal of building a life of connection and service. Since completing her 200-hour yoga teacher certification, she has had more than 300 hours of continuing education, focused primarily on trauma sensitivity for youth and adults, as well as yoga service and activism. She is a trained facilitator for Temple University’s Inside Out: Prison Exchange Program Methodology and in Transformative Social Theory’s Intergroup Dialogue technique. Brianne leads TYP’s Criminal Justice Training and co-facilitates yoga teacher trainings and trauma-sensitive workshops. Yoga service has been a catalyst for her personal growth and transformation. She is grateful for the opportunity to connect with and learn from each individual who comes to yoga, and for all the teachers who continuously light the way.
Graham is a seven-year-old hypoallergenic Goldendoodle. He is a therapy dog earning his certification through the nationally recognized nonprofit organization Pet Partners. Graham’s calm and gentle nature makes him a favorite among clients and staff. Clients enthusiastically share that Graham brightens their day and intuitively understands them. His unconditional love offers them confidence and encouragement, and can become a catalyst for lasting change.