Meet Our Team and Our Trainers

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Our Team

Our team of social work and continuing education professionals develops workshops and certificate programs to assist with your lifelong learning plan and help advance your career.

The main phone number is 716-829-3939 and our email is The direct numbers and emails for our team members are listed below. 

Lesa Fichte, LMSW, ACSW


Office of Continuing Education

232 Parker Hall

Phone: 716-829-5847; Fax: 716-829-3938


Tami Tobias, LMSW

Tami Tobias, LMSW

Associate Director

Office of Continuing Education

232 Parker Hall

Phone: 716-829-5843; Fax: 716-829-3938


Trisha M. Mahar

Training Coordinator

Office of Continuing Education

232 Parker Hall

Phone: 716-829-5841; Fax: 716-829-3938


Mary A. Civiletto

Fiscal Coordinator

Office of Continuing Education

232 Parker Hall

Phone: 716-829-5846; Fax: 716-829-3938


Our Trainers

Our Continuing Education department at UB’s School of Social Work has built a legacy of quality training by attracting expert trainers from across the region, country and globe who are passionate about sharing their skills and knowledge.

Some of our current and previous trainers include:

John B. Arden, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and serves as Director of Training in Mental Health for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. Dr. Arden also provides individual, group and family therapy and chemical dependency counseling through Kaiser Permanente. He presents at workshops and conferences on brain-based therapy across the United States and internationally. 

Patricia A. Resick, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Resick has received grants from NIH, NIJ, CDC, SAMHSA, VA and Dept. of Defense to provide services and conduct research on the effects of traumatic events. She developed and tested Cognitive Processing Therapy, an evidence-based short term treatment for PTSD and corollary symptoms.

Marcy Brimo, LCSW-R, is in private practice in Buffalo, New York, specializing in trauma therapy. She uses a wide variety of evidence-based treatments in her work and is the instructor for our Mindfulness and Mindfulness Meditation for Stress Reduction -- An Adaptation of MBSR. She was previously lead counselor V and clinical supervisor of the Dual Diagnosis and Trauma Services Program at Kaleida Behavioral Health.

Sabrina N'Diaye, PhD, LCSW-C,  is an adjunct faculty member of the Maryland University of Integrative Health, Saybrook University, and Casa Loma College. She is also a proud faculty member of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, where she teaches the art of self-care to health care professionals around the country. Sabrina is passionate about her work as a retreat facilitator, mentor, and guide for other healers. 

Michael Cardus, is the founder of Create-Learning in Buffalo, New York. With a focused expertise on leadership, organizational development and team building, he works with a variety of businesses, teams and individuals regionally, nationally and internationally. Known for his creativity and energy, Cardus has worked with us to create several certificate programs and workshops.

Day Cummings, RN, LCSW, Certified Bereavement Counselor, is the founder and president of Circle of Daughters, Inc. and a child and family therapist at the Lee Gross Anthone Child Advocacy Center in Buffalo, New York. Cummings has extensive experience working with children and families coping with grief, loss and trauma. She is known for her sensitivity, compassion and dedication to children and their families.

Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, is the president and founder of The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education, Inc., in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a private practitioner and clinical consultant specializing in trauma and one of our most popular trauma therapy trainers.

Edna B. Foa, PhD, is a professor of clinical psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and the developer of the SAMHSA-rated, evidence-based treatment Prolonged Exposure for PTSD. A world-renowned expert in anxiety disorders, she is also the founder and director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, an internationally recognized research and clinical facility that offers state-of-the-art treatment programs.

Carol Forgash, LCSW, BCD, is the director of Advanced Educational Productions in Smithtown, New York, and she specializes in treating dissociation, trauma, performance enhancement and health issues. She offers advanced therapeutic techniques, including EMDR, ego state work and stress management to help individuals and families to grow, heal and learn. Forgash is a highly regarded speaker, clinician and EMDR consultant.

Susan A. Green, LCSW, is a clinical associate professor and co-director of the UB School of Social Work’s Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care. With a passion for trauma-informed care and treatment, Green serves as lead instructor and consultant for our trauma-informed certificate programs.

Ricky Greenwald, PsyD, is the founder and executive director of the Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute and has a passion for helping children heal. Greenwald is a clinician, trainer and researcher providing his services nationally and internationally. He is also the author of several books, including Child Trauma Handbook: A Guide for Helping Trauma-Exposed Children and Adolescents.

Tara S. Hughes, LCSW-R, is the project director, services to trafficked youth, at the International Institute of Buffalo, an emergency/disaster mental health (DMH) consultant and trainer, the New York State DMH advisor for the American Red Cross, and an American Red Cross DMH chief. She has 24 years of experience in helping children, adults and families in crisis in various settings, including extensive work with issues such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, traumatic accidents and devastation after natural and human-caused disasters.

Richard Kagan, PhD, is the developer of the SAMHSA-rated, evidence-based treatment Real Life Heroes: Trauma and Resiliency-Focused Treatment for Children with Traumatic Stress and the director of research and consultation for the Sidney Albert Training and Research Institute at Parsons Child and Family Center in Albany, New York. His presentations, articles and books highlight practical and innovative approaches that practitioners can use to help children and families strengthen resilience and reduce traumatic stress.

Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is a clinical psychiatrist, internationally recognized leader in the field of psychological trauma, and founder and medical director of The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.

Denise J. Krause, LCSW, is a clinical professor and associate dean for community engagement and alumni relations at the UB School of Social Work. She is one of our top trainers specializing in solution-focused approaches with expertise in child welfare and trauma-informed approaches.

Scott D. Miller, PhD, is the founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence in Chicago, Illinois. He is one of the developers of the SAMHSA-rated, evidence-based Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS): The Heart and Soul of Change Project. Miller is a dynamic trainer teaching respectful and evidence-based ways of engaging clients in the process of evaluating treatment effectiveness. He trains and consults throughout the United States and abroad to help agencies and clinicians achieve superior results.

Lisa Najavits, PhD, is the developer of the SAMHSA-rated, evidence-based treatment Seeking Safety for PTSD and Substance Abuse. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, board-certified in behavioral therapy, a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts, a psychotherapy supervisor and conducts a psychotherapy practice. She also serves on the advisory board for the UB School of Social Work’s Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care.

Bill O’Hanlon, MS, LMFT, is a dynamic, inspirational professional speaker, prolific author and skilled therapist. He is known for his collaborative solution-focused approach, irreverent humor, storytelling, clear and accessible presentation style, and his infectious enthusiasm for whatever he is doing. O’Hanlon resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Teri Pichot, LCSW, MAC, LAC, founder of the Denver Center for Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, has been a psychotherapist for more than 20 years in Denver, Colorado. She trains nationally on solution-focused work. In her practice, she works with individuals, couples and families distressed by issues including chronic mental illness, substance misuse and domestic violence.

Maria Picone, LCSW-R, has a passion for clinical supervision training and consultation based on years of clinical and supervisory experience. She currently works at Catholic Charities of Buffalo (NY). Picone is an approved supervisor in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and a fellow in the American Orthopsychiatric Association.

Dr. David Pratt

David Pratt, MSW, PhD, is the principal psychologist at the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca, New York. He works in an inpatient facility using evidence-based practices with children and adolescents facing significant mental health challenges.

Nancy J. Smyth, LCSW-R, PhD, is dean and professor at the UB School of Social Work and has extensive experience as a trauma therapist, instructor and researcher. She is a certified EMDR therapist/consultant, and a board-certified expert in traumatic stress. Smyth has been one of the driving forces in our community for the promotion of training on trauma-informed care, including the creation of our trauma-informed certificate programs and the trauma-informed/human rights curriculum in our MSW program. In addition to trauma care, she also has a passion for relationship building through social media.

Jay A. Swarthout, CRC, LMHC, is the behavioral health program director at Independent Health in Buffalo, New York. He has 30 years of experience as a clinician, trainer and program and system developer. Swarthout works with individuals with trauma, criminal justice, developmental disability, and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder histories. Heis one of the developers and trainers for our trauma-informed certificate programs.

Shelly Wiechelt, PhD, LCSW-C, CCDC, ACSW, QCSW, is an associate professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s School of Social Work. She specializes in the relationships between trauma and addiction and trauma and shame.

Wendy Behary, LCSW, is the founder and director of The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey and The New Jersey Institute for Schema Therapy. Her private practice is primarily devoted to treating narcissists, partners/people dealing with them, and couples experiencing relationship problems. She is author of Disarming the Narcissist, 2nd edition (2013)