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Jeff Hallenbeck, MS, LMHC

Director of Clinical Services

Jeffrey Almonte-Hallenbeck, MS LMHC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor currently working as Director of Clinical Services at Living Resources. He has worked in the field of developmental disabilities as a clinician for 30 years and has presented at numerous conferences on issues related to dual diagnosis and autism both here and in the Peoples Republic of China. He completed his graduate work in Counseling Psychology at Northeastern University in Boston where he worked for a number of years with homeless individuals’ living with chronic mental illness. Upon returning to this area in 1985, he began working with individuals with ID/DD as well as co-occurring psychiatric challenges. At Living Resources, he oversees behavioral health services for a large number of individuals living with ID/DD in both residential and day program settings, many with co-morbid psychiatric issues and histories of extensive trauma. He is married to his husband of 24 years with three sons and two grandchildren.

Allison Fuller, MSW, LCSW-R

Clinical Therapist

Allison Fuller is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her bachelor’s in social work from Nazareth College in 2000 and her master’s in social welfare through the advanced standing program at the University at Albany in 2001. She is currently the Clinical Therapist for the College Experience and CareerNext programs at Living Resources. With over 18 years of experience practicing social work in the Albany, NY area, she specializes in working with individuals, groups and staff to use their strengths, talents and experiences to enhance their lives and those with whom they are connected. Allison began her career working with individuals diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness at ClearView Center in Albany (now Equinox) before transitioning to work with individuals living with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities at Center for Disability Services and later Living Resources. When Allison joined Living Resources in 2006, she joined a newly formed Clinical Department where professional social workers and mental health counselors worked to address the co-occurring mental health, cognitive, and behavioral needs of individuals while closely working with staff in trainings and workshops. Allison was able to use her teaching skills to engage an audience of celebrated staff to broaden their skills while capitalizing on their strengths to bring greater understanding about the neurodevelopmental and mental health aspects of the behaviors of the individuals served at Living Resources. She feels energized when working with people who are open and eager to expand their knowledge and skills to deliver individualized care to a population also eager to grow and learn. As part of the ever-developing journey to flourish, she is excited to be part of the Impact ALL training institute at Living Resources to continue her mission to bring education to peers in the field who have an impact on the lives of others every day.

Stephanie Fisher, MS, LMHC, CASAC

Assistant Director of Clinical Services

Stephanie Fisher, MS LMHC CASAC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and CASAC (Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor). She has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for over 10 years and in the field of addictions since 2011. Stephanie has conducted research on gambling addiction and scaffolding personal identities during her graduate work at SUNY Albany. Stephanie provides trainings and presentations on issues relating to trauma informed approaches, sexuality and disabilities, genetic disorders, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and other clinical interventions for working with intellectual disabilities and mental health in the community. Stephanie sits on committees supporting disability inclusion, protecting human rights, and policy and administration in addition to her administrative and clinical work. Stephanie works closely with her therapy dog, Dogtor Benjamin, who is a great support to the clients served in the community.

Fredrick W. Erlich, MSW, MBA, LMSW

Founder and retired CEO of Living Resources

Fredrick W. Erlich is a founder and CEO of Living Resources, a not-for-profit health and human services agency that has helped over 5,000 people with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder and brain injuries throughout the Capital Region of New York State. Earlier in his career he served as Assistant Director for Program Development for the NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities and Executive Director for the NYS Chapter of National Society for Autistic Children. Mr. Erlich holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master's degree in Social Welfare, and a Master of Business Administration from the State University at Albany. He was named as a Distinguished Alumni. He served as an adjunct professor at the School of Business to teach human resource and organizational management classes.

Among the list of awards received, he is most proud of:

• 2019 Annual Elder Law Forum Panelist, June 2019
• The 2019 Champion of Character Award for Business and Community Leadership, The Academy for Character Education
• Anschel Weiss Community Builder Award – Jewish Family Services NENY
• The 2016 Excellence in Public Service Award from the University at Albany Alumni Association
• The 2011 Tech Valley Chamber of Commerce Not-for-Profit Agency of the Year for a service with more than 75 employees from the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce
• The “2010 Achievement Award” as the best not-for-profit of the year from the Business Review
• The “Leadership Award in Promoting Employment” from the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
• The Hudson Valley Community College “Lifetime Achievement” Award
• The Bishop Hubbard Award for promoting and creating services for people with disabilities
• The “Civic Leadership Award” from the Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges
• The “Ed Roberts Advocacy Award” from the Center for Independence of the Capital Region
• The “Visionary in the Field of Aging and Disabilities Award” from the Capital Area Consortium on Aging and Disabilities

Adjunct Instructors

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Thomas Murphy, PhD, NCC, LMHC, ACS, EMDR-C

Tom Murphy is licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in both New York and Georgia. He earned a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Practice from Georgia State University and is currently a full-time faculty member at The College of Saint Rose. Tom is an Approved Clinical Supervisor through the Center for Credentialing and Education and is a certified practitioner of EMDR Therapy through the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA). His clinical focus has centered on trauma, addictions treatment, and chronic illness. Tom has spent the last several years conducting workshops for clinicians interested in trauma-focused interventions, Motivational Interviewing, and clinical supervision. Tom enjoys reading, cooking and hiking and, after living in the south most of his life, he has fallen in love with Upstate New York.

Tanya Henderson, LMHC, CASAC

Tanya Henderson was born and raised on Long Island, NY. As the first person in her family to graduate college, Tanya relocated to upstate New York in pursuit of higher education and a commitment of a year of service to AmeriCorps VISTA. Believing education and servant leadership are the cornerstones for success, she forged forward aspiring to be a role model, mentor, and leader for her community. Tanya has demonstrated her competency in leading the community as a compassionate, tenacious, and transparent leader.

Tanya Henderson is a graduate of the St. John Fisher College doctoral program. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Child and Family Studies from SUNY Oneonta in 2010, and a Master of Science degree in Education in 2014 from The College of St. Rose. Throughout her 10 years in the field of behavioral health and human services, she has served as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and is a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor in the Capital Region of New York State. Additionally, Tanya has volunteered in the Capital Region with the Community Hospice Grief Services since 2013 and with the Domestic Violence Services since 2014. Currently, Tanya is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Our Village Services, LLC., a New York-based counseling practice whose primary mission is to break down barriers and generational traumas for families and individuals of color who are affected by mental health problems and substance use disorders.

Dr. Andrew Shanock

Dr. Andrew Shanock is an Associate Professor of School Psychology at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Dr. Shanock has served as department chair since 2015 and co-director of the specialist level program for over ten years. He is the current President Elect of the Trainers of School Psychologists (TSP). Dr. Shanock has held several board positions within other professional organizations including President of the New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP) and President of the New York Trainers of School Psychologists (TSPNY). He consults with school districts around the country to promote issues such as collaborative assessment, MTSS implementation, and instructional support team building. Dr. Shanock has been a featured speaker at the national and state level for a variety of educational professionals, including school psychologists, speech language pathologists, and school administrators. He is one of the co-editors of the book “Nuts and Bolts: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support – A Basic Guide to Implementing Preventative Practice in Our Schools” by Gary Schaffer.

Katherine McLaughlin, M.Ed., AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator

Katherine McLaughlin, M.Ed., AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator, is the Founder, CEO and Lead Trainer for Elevatus Training. As a national expert on sexuality and I/DD she trains professionals, and parents as well as individuals to become sexual self-advocates, and peer sexuality educators. She is the author of, Sexuality Education for People with Developmental Disabilities curriculum. She has developed two online courses: Developmental Disability and Sexuality 101 for professionals and Talking to Your Kids: Developmental Disabilities and Sexuality for parents, and a 3-Day certificate training: Becoming a Sexuality Educator and Trainer. She has spent her 25+ year career committed to elevating the status of all people, which is why the name of her growing company is Elevatus Training. Contact Katherine at elevatustraining.com