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SARA P. SILVA, LICSW

464 Granite Avenue, Suite 25
Milton, MA 02186
617-259-8004
e-mail: sarasilva@sarasilva.net


 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Master of Social Work, May 1994 Simmons College, Boston, MA

Bachelor of Arts, May 1989 Connecticut College, New London, CT

LICENSURE

 

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) November 4, 1996

SPECIALTY TRAINING

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Intensively trained through 10 day training program with Marsha Linehan, PhD, Kelly Koerner, PhD and Linda Dimeff, PhD in Seattle, WA, Part I June 7-11, 2001; Part II January 14-18, 2002.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Level I training April 30 – May 2, 2004, Steve Silver, PhD, Instructor. EMDR Level II training September 17-19, 2004, Francine Shapiro, PhD, Instructor.

 

Certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy through the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, Level One: Training for the Treatment of Trauma, October 2009 - November 2010, Level Two: Attachment, Development and Trauma Training, February 2012 - June 2013, Level Three: Advanced Skills/Certification Training, January 2014 - June 2015, Boston, Massachusetts, Pat Ogden, PhD, owner and founder

 

MEMBERSHIPS

 

New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation (NESTTD)

 

PUBLICATIONS
 

Clossey, L, Mehnert, K & Silva, S. (2011). Using Appreciative Inquiry to Facilitate Implementation of the Recovery Model in Mental Health Agencies.  Health & Social Work, 36, 4, 259-266.


Silva, S. P., Kim, C.K, Hofmann, S.G., & Loula, E.C. (2003). To Believe or Not to Believe: Cognitive and psychodynamic Approaches to Delusional Disorder. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 11, 1 20-29.

Silva, S. P. (2022). “Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at the University: A Hidden Disability” in Trauma in Adult and Higher Education edited by Laura Lee Douglas, Aubry Threlkeld & Lisa R. Merriweather, 3-16. Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishing

 


EXPERIENCE

PRIVATE PRACTICE, 9/06 – Present
Milton, MA
Conduct individual, couples and family therapy in private practice office in Milton. Extensive experience working with depression, anxiety, family issues and post traumatic stress disorder. Provide consultation to experienced, licensed clinicians.

 

FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF THE TRAUMA CLINIC, 6/11 - 6/17

Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Boston, MA 

Founded a specialty clinic within Massachusetts Mental Health Center dedicated to assisting clinical staff and trainees provide optimal care to clients with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  


DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WORK INTERN TRAINING PROGRAM, 2/04 – 6/09 
Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Boston, MA
Coordinate with Master of Social Work Programs to select candidates for internships at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate. Work with team leaders and independently licensed social workers to identify supervisors for interns. Address issues as they arise regarding interns in their placement.

PRIMARY CLINICIAN, 8/99 - 11/21
Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Boston, MA
Provide therapy, case management and community rehabilitation support services as needed, in English and Spanish, to adult Department of Mental Health eligible clients. Work with clients with difficulties such as depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders and psychosis. Experienced in providing individual DBT therapy and co-leading DBT Skills Training Groups. Experience supervising social work interns and LCSW clinicians.  

ADULT OUTPATIENT CLINICIAN, 10/00 - 11/02
North Suffolk Mental Health Association, Chelsea, MA
Provided short-term and on-going psychotherapy to a small caseload of adult clients at the East Boston site. Provided evaluations and therapy in English and Spanish.


ADULT OUTPATIENT CLINICIAN, 9/95 - 10/00
Tri-City Mental Health and Retardation Center, Everett, MA
Provided short term as well as on-going individual therapy to adult clients with a wide range of presenting problems including adjustment disorder, dysthymia, major depression, eating disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

CHILD OUTPATIENT CLINICIAN, 10/95 - 10/00
Tri-City Mental Health and Retardation Center, Medford, MA
Provided short term as well as on-going individual and family therapy to a small caseload of child clients. Worked on such issues as separation anxiety, conduct disorder, bipolar disorder and selective mutism.

INTAKE CLINICIAN, 8/95 - 11/95
Tri-City Mental Health and Retardation Center, Everett, MA
Conducted fee-for-service intakes for a wide range of child and adult clients.

CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER, 9/94 - 7/95
Comprehensive Psychiatric Resources, Norwood, MA
Conducted psychosocial assessments as well as individual psychotherapy with children, adolescents and adults. Conducted family therapy as needed. Worked with clients on such issues as attention deficit disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, rape trauma and domestic violence. Other duties included organizing National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day, conducting screenings, and giving a public education lecture on Behavioral Treatments of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children.

CRISIS CLINICIAN, 9/94 - 6/95 
Tri-City Mental Health and Retardation Center, Everett, MA
Conducted crisis evaluations with adults and children in a wide range of settings. Provided crisis counseling and family consultation as necessary, and disposition to appropriate level of care. Carried a small caseload of ongoing clients working on such issues as adjustment disorders, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

SOCIAL WORK INTERN, 9/93 - 5/94
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Conducted individual psychotherapy with both medical and psychiatric adult clients in the Outpatient Department of the hospital. Conducted psychosocial evaluations for the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinic through interviews with the patients’ parents and presented findings to the multi-disciplinary team. Conducted intake of a walk-in clinic.

SOCIAL WORK INTERN, 10/92 - 5/93
N.I.C.E. Day Care Center, Jamaica Plain, MA
Provided play therapy to children ages three to six at a bilingual, multi-cultural day care center. Met with, interviewed, and provided support to parents of clients. Initiated and conducted family therapy where needed.

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