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Erin Baer, LCSW

Erin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who holds a Dual Major in Clinical Practice & Human Service Management from Fordham University and a B.A. from New York University. She provides individualized counseling in private practice and is a professor at Bank Street College of Education, Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service, and Brooklyn College. In this capacity she teaches social justice, organizational psychology, family therapy, lifespan development, counseling skills/techniques, and other topics. Erin has supported, mentored, and trained hundreds of new social workers as they entered the field and provided professional development on School Violence Prevention, Motivational Interviewing, Peer Counseling, and other topics. Erin has worked extensively with schools and young people. She formerly launched a satellite mental health clinic at an elementary school on the Lower East Side, served as a counselor at a GED program in Sunset Park, and taught all subjects in GED programs at various community-based organizations (CBOs). As an advocate for young people, Erin has worked to change school sexual harassment policies with Girls for Gender Equity. She cares deeply about youth development and has dedicated her career to ensuring that schools and CBOs provide holistic experiences for all. During and before her time as a social worker, she maintained a focus on social justice as an activist. This included a position as Public Information Officer at Lambda Legal where she worked on pivotal LGBTQ issues including prisoners living with HIV, transgender workplace discrimination, and marriage equality. Her postgraduate education includes certification in relational psychotherapy from The Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center. She also has in-depth training on motivational interviewing (MI), therapeutic crisis intervention, and Mental Health First Aid. As part of her ongoing activism, she is involved in a Black Lives Matter to White Therapists collective.