Faculty

Ray Amidon

Ray Amidon, LCPC, LMFT, is a licensed clinical professional counselor, a licensed marriage and family therapist and an experienced hypnotherapist. Trained and experienced in treating a variety of emotional and behavioral issues including ADHD, anxiety, depression and oppositional defiant disorders, Ray provides services for families, couples, adults and children, including adolescents. Ray was a behavioral consultant to SAU 35 in South Berwick and Eliot for the past 19 years. Ray practices and lives in South Berwick, Maine. http://www.rayamidon.com/about/

Dean Bailey, MPA, LSW

Dean Bailey has worked in the mental health field for over 40 years. After completing his Bachelors in Social Work at the University of Southern Maine, he began his career as live-in staff at a small group home for individuals with mental illness; he participated in the initial community mental health outreach efforts in Portland, Maine. In 1982 he was hired by the State of Maine as the children’s caseworker for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and he took part in the efforts to remove all children from Pineland, Maine’s institution for the mentally retarded. Moving on to Vocational Rehabilitation, Dean managed a caseload of individuals with mental illness for 10 years, setting the record for the number of individuals closed in gainful employment in 1996. Returning to school for his Masters in Public Administration, he moved on to the Maine Bureau of Health where he worked as an epidemiologist, publishing a number of studies on suicide attempts in Maine. During his last five years as a State employee, Dean managed all residential programs for children in the State, both treatment foster care and residential service. Dean is currently the Manager for Special Projects at Sweetser, and one of the first certified Mental Health First Aid trainers in Maine. He is certified to lead both the Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid courses, as well as the Veterans and Military Family Members component. He lives in Auburn with his wife, Dawna. 

Diane Beaupre, MSW, LCSW

Diane Beaupre, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker in ME, NH, NY & NJ and is a graduate of the University of New England School of Social Work.Currently employed as a clinical social worker for Humana’s Medicare Managed Program, she previously worked in various clinical settings including long term/skilled rehab, assisted living facility, home health agency and acute rehab hospital. Diane also has extensive experience working with the elderlypopulation and their family support systems including having facilitated a caregiver support group for many years. She has presented at various national & international conferences as well.

Grace Brace, LCSW

Grace is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with over twenty five years’ experience in the social work field. She has significant experience with youth and families who have experienced complex trauma. Grace enjoys supporting families and youth to explore and find options and solutions for the challenges that they are experiencing. Grace has worked with children, individuals, couples and families. She has experience with adoption and foster care; and has worked with families within agencies, clinical settings and within their homes. Grace obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maine at Orono & received her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Connecticut. Grace has training in Trauma, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Play Therapy. She uses services that are brief solution focused techniques that are designed to empower individuals to maximize their skills. Grace is a Registered Play Therapist, a Certified Trauma Consultant and a Certified Trainer for TLC.

Amy Coha, MSW, LCSW

Amy is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of New England, School of Social Work. She has been a member of the field faculty since 2000. Her social work experience includes working with individuals with mental illness and substance abuse issues and survivors of battering. Amy was the Associate Director of the Domestic Violence Project/SAFE House in Ann Arbor, Michigan for 15 years, and has also provided ongoing training and consultation to mental health providers on domestic violence issues.  

Nicole Dauphinee, LCPC

Nicole Dauphinee, MA, LCPC,has been working for Sweetser since 2004 after she graduated with her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College. She has worked as an MST Home-Based Clinician, Day Treatment Clinician, and Assessment Clinician, and is currently the Utilization Review Specialist.

Kelli Star Fox, LCSW, LADC, CSS

Kelli Star Fox, LCSW, LADC, CCS holds an MSW from University of New England, School of Social Work and a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University. Kelli has been in the field of social work and addictions since 1985. She has provided clinical and administrative supervision to students, master and bachelor level clinicians and supervisors for 24+ years. Kelli is the Director of Field Education at the UNE School of Social Work, where she has been an adjunct faculty member since 1994.

Bette Freedson, LICSW, LCSW, CGP

Bette specializes in issues related to stress management, trauma recovery, and the development of effective coping tools. Bette is passionate about helping parents, especially single parents--and children-- become skilled in solving problems for more peaceful living. Bette is professionally trained in Ericksonian Hypnosis, and conducts seminars that combine cognitive/behavioral aspects of coping with the inner wisdom of right brain creativity. Parenting practicality and the access and application of intuitive insight come together in Bette’s new book, Soul Mothers’ Wisdom: Seven Insights for the Single Mother, available in March, 2015 from Pearlsong Press.

Dr. Christopher Garrison, LCPC, DCMHS,  NCC, MAC, CCMHC, ACS

Dr. Christopher Garrison, LCPC, DCMHS.,  NCC., MAC., CCMHC., ACS., C.M.H., has 30 years of providing psychotherapy and clinical hypnosis in various states and settings. Dr. Garrison is well trained and competent in: Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, Humanistic, Psychodynamic/Object Relations and Structural Family Therapy. During his career, he has served as a clinical director, clinical supervisor and clinician in major behavioral-care outpatient centers and programs. For many years, Dr. Garrison also taught PhD and master's level counseling students full time for Capella University and became a published researcher. He relocated to Maine in 2014 and maintains a busy full-time private.  

Betsey Gray, LCSW

Betsey Gray, MSW, LICSW is a licensed clinical social worker in New Hampshire and a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. She was a member of the faculty of the University of New England, School of Social Work, serving as Director of Field Education for 15 years before retiring in June 2015 but continues to teach on an adjunct basis. She is also a member of the NH Disaster Behavioral Health Team. Betsey’s area of expertise is in the field of gerontology and, in particular, work with family caregivers. She has published and presented at numerous conferences, both nationally and internationally, in this area She as also led a number of Family Caregiver Groups in the NH Seacoast area. 

Jessica Griffin, PsyD

Jessica L. Griffin, Psy.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), where she has been a faculty member since 2006.  Dr. Griffin is a nationally recognized expert in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).  She has trained and provided consultation for thousands of clinicians across the United States.  With funding from SAMHSA/NCTSN in 2012, as Principal Investigator and Executive Director, she developed the UMMS Child Trauma Training Center, with a focus on training, treatment, and resolving access issues for court-involved youth who have experienced trauma; UMMS CTTC was refunded in 2016.

Elisabeth Heij, BSN, LCSW, RCYT

Els (Elisabeth) Heij, BSN, LCSW, RCYT, has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1993 in schools, community centers, prison, and private yoga studios. She has been a psychotherapist since 2001 working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in a variety of settings. Els has been in psychodrama, sociometry and sociodrama training since 2003. She combines all modalities in order to create the safest conducive healing environment where all can thrive. She strongly believes in the healing power of community.

Rob Lagos

Rob Lagos has facilitated the Adults with Asperger’s group, in Portland, Maine, for 10 years. He is a computer programmer, analyst and statistician. He is collaborating with Wilma Wake and Eric Endlich, Ph.D. in researching and writing a book on older adults on the spectrum.

Jamie Leavitt, LCSW

Jamie Leavitt, LCSW has been a proud and passionate clinical social worker for over 20 years. She has experience in a variety of settings such as residential, school based, child welfare, and health care.  Jamie has also been in private practice for 8 years, and has used animal assisted therapy with her Goldendoodle-Ollie. 

Christine Linnehan, LCPC, BC-DMT, FT

Christine Linnehan, LCPC, BC-DMT, FT has been in private practice for over 20 years and has been a clinical consultant at the Center for Grieving Children since 2004. Christine is certified as a Fellow of Thanatology and is trained in Restorative Retelling, Suicide Bereavement, EMDR, and Creative Arts Therapies. She has a special interest in the impact of suicide loss on children and families.

Patrice Lockhart, MD

Patrice Lockhart, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist who serves as medical director of the New England Eating Disorders (NEED) Program, which recently moved to Sweetser. She loves her work as much as her almost family, and making music.

Mary Lyons, LCSW

Mary Lyons, LCPC, LADC is a Sweetser affiliate with a practice in downtown Biddeford, Maine since 2002. She organized the first Girls at Risk Conference in the state, and has lead training on this topic, as well as ethics and substance abuse. She has taught yoga to addicted populations and DEEP’s mandated OUI course for 15 years.

Carolyn Noble, ADC, CIPSS

Carolyn has worked in the mental health field over 25 years and with the disabled population over 30 years. After completing her Bachelors from University of Maine in Augusta in Applied Science with a minor in Addiction Studies, Carolyn is pursuing her Masters at Northeastern University, in Human Services Administration. Carolyn also has extensive experience working with the LGBTQ and Allies community. She is a Maine State Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist, employed by Sweetser. Carolyn works in an Emergency Department setting with people who present in mental health and/or substance use crisis. Carolyn is also a Nationally Certified Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor.   

Erin Maloney, RN

Erin Maloney, RN, graduated with her BSN from Villanova University in 1996. Since then, she has practiced nursing in many different fields, including adult and pediatric medical/surgical nursing, home health nursing, and health management/complex case management. Erin is currently employed by Maine Medical Center as a discharge planning case manager. She strives every day to meet her patients where they are at in their life journey. Her passion is to improve healthcare and decrease costs by continuing to help and support the patients and families she encounters to find balance in their physical, mental, and social health.

Ann Palozzi, Psy.D.

Ann Palozzi, Psy.D, earned her undergraduate and master's degrees in education from the University of Maine at Orono.  As an educator, Dr. Palozzi worked with children and adolescents addressing a full spectrum of issues and disabilities. She returned to school in Honolulu, Hawaii in the early 1990's to obtain her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. While in Hawaii, she was exposed to a muticulturally diverse population and worked as a neuropsychologist through 2017. With over 20 years of experience specializing in neuropsychology, Dr. Palozzi currently serves as a private practitioner in southern Maine working with a broad spectrum of clients.

Dr. Kevin Polk, Ph. D.

Kevin L. Polk, Ph.D. is a practicing clinical psychologist. For 26 years he has helped people with a variety of problems in living, including troubling trauma memories. For the past eleven years he has dedicated himself to the study of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)—spending over 30,000 hours studying the philosophy and theory behind ACT, and eventually developing the ACT Matrix diagram. He has designed PTSD and Pain programs based on the ACT Matrix. He is also a peer-reviewed ACT trainer who is passionate about teaching others how to use the ACT Matrix to increase psychological flexibility and valued living. He is the co-editor of The ACT Matrix (2014) and co-author of The Essential Guide to the ACT Matrix (2016). You can find out more at www.drkevinpolk.com.

Marissa Ritz, LCSW

Marissa Ritz, LCSW, has been in the field for over a decade using her extensive training in MI and CBT to work with children, adults and families. She was previously the regional director for Community Care overseeing HCT, TCM, Outpatient programs and the clinical consult for the Alternative Response Program. Additionally, Marissa is an adjunct staff at UNE. She holds a commitment to unconditional positive regard and the belief that people want to be well and are doing the best they can with what is before them.

Christine Rogerson, LCSW

Christine Rogerson, LCSW, earned her MSW from the University of New England in 2007. She has dedicated the majority of her post MSW career to work with children, families and communities.

Laura Slap-Shelton, Psy.D.

Laura Slap-Shelton, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist specializing in neuropsychology who has extensive experience in evaluating children and adults with autism, Asperger’s Disorder, and developmental disorders.

Kelli Star Fox, LCSW, LADC, CCS

Kelli Star Fox, LCSW, LADC, CCS holds an MSW from University of New England, School of Social Work and a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University. Kelli has been in the field of social work and addictions since 1985. She has provided clinical and administrative supervision to students, master and bachelor level clinicians and supervisors for 24+ years. Kelli is the director of field education at the UNE School of Social Work, where she has been an adjunct faculty member since 1994.

Wilma Wake, LCSW

Wilma Wake, LCSW, is an affiliate with Sweetser working with autistic children, adults, and families. She is co-author of an upcoming book on spectrum adults over 50.

Richard Watson, LCSW

Richard Watson, LCSW, is a clinical social worker employed at the Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center in Augusta. He has been a clinician since 1977 and has experience in hospital, school and mental health and substance abuse settings. He is intensively trained in DBT and runs 4 DBT groups a week. He has developed DBT for Parents which teaches DBT based skills as they apply to the task of raising children. He is also a consultant to Kennebec Behavioral Health, Care and Comfort and RSU 18 providing consultation to other clinicians in those settings.

Mary White, LCSW

Mary White, LCSW has provided clinical services since 1997. She currently works for the School of Social Work at Yeshiva University in NYC and is the owner of a small mental health company, Your Journey, LLC, located in Caribou.

Ben White

Ben White is 20 years old and is entering his junior year at UMPI majoring in elementary education.

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