Charlotte is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Georgia. She graduated from New York University (NYU) with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and worked as a forensic therapist in New York City Department of Corrections in Rikers Island. She worked with hundreds of incarcerated women struggling with substance abuse and the complexities of parenting while incarcerated. Charlotte observed that many of the women had complex trauma histories, environmental stressors, and limited resources, which frequently resulted with the use of substances as a way to self-medicate. She developed and implemented the first modified DBT Substance Use group in Rikers Island, which is correlated to a significant reduction in the recidivism rate among participants in the DBT intensive treatment program.
Charlotte has also worked in Washington, D.C. as a Program Therapist for U.S. Probation and Bureau of Prisons, providing DBT-based substance abuse group and individual therapy to probationers and the incarcerated men and women involved in RDAP. She observed that using the modified DBT model increased attendance and completion of the program and freedom from the criminal justice system where as the treatment as usual model was aversive and let to longer periods of probation and probation violations.
Charlotte recently began working at The Fulton County Jail and hopes to increase the quality and access of reentry programs in the deep south.