🇺🇸 Brooklyn, New York, USA
Lisa G. Twerski is a licensed clinical social worker having received her Masters in Social Work from New York University’s School of Social Work in 1990. In the first decade of her career, Mrs. Twerski worked for Victim Services (now Safe Horizons). In her time there, her work was with victims of rape, incest and domestic violence. In addition to the individual clinical therapy she was doing, her role eventually changed to include clinical supervision of staff, and public awareness speaking engagements, to community groups, hospital staff, and other agencies serving the community at large. Additionally, for a two year period during her tenure at Victim Services, she was asked to coordinate the agencies citywide rape crisis programs, which included developing a treatment protocol for all rape crisis counselors throughout the city as well as providing ongoing supervision. In the quest to understand all parts of the issue of domestic violence, she spent time 5 years working after hours at Volunteer Counseling Service’s Batterers Intervention Program. There she co-facilitated groups for men who had been arrested for battering their spouse. Eventually she was asked to be part of the training team during their training retreats for other batterer’s intervention providers. This lead to a request by the Brooklyn D.A.’s office to help develop a similar batterer’s program in the Orthodox Jewish Community.
In 1995 Mrs. Twerski started her work with Shalom Task Force, an organization dedicated to addressing domestic abuse in the Jewish community, on a consultation basis. Eventually, when she left Victim Services Lisa became the director of the hotline as well as the director of training and special projects. Currently, Lisa works in the private sector. She has a clinical practice working with victims of trauma. In addition, she does works with individuals and couples around a variety of issues. She has advanced training in pre-marital and marriage education and lectures locally, nationally and internationally on domestic violence, marriage and dating. In addition, Mrs. Twerski is on the Board of Directors of Nefesh, The International Network for Orthodox Jewish Mental Health Professionals. In 2011 Mrs. Twerski authored a book entitled, I’m So Confused, Am I Being Abused? Guidance for the Orthodox Jewish Spouse and Those Who Are Trying to Help.
Lisa is driven to help couples and families by ensuring their relationships are healthy and fulfilling. She hosts the Creating Kesher podcast streaming on Itunes and Spotify. The episodes are a series of discussions with various mental health professionals geared towards addressing every day difficulties people experience in their marriage. She is passionate about providing resources for her Orthodox Jewish community. To that end she has created a call in line so people who do not have internet access can still listen to podcast episodes as well as other programming.
Lisa is in Brooklyn, New York