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October 2014 - Practicing Positive Discipline: Rules, Routines and Effective Limit Setting
Melissa J. Kleinman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Yoga Teacher with over 10 years of experience providing comprehensive care to children, adolescents and families. Melissa earned her B.A. in Psychology and Social Science Interdisciplinary with a concentration in Community Mental Health from the University of New York at Buffalo in 2004. She went on to receive her Masters in Social Work from Syracuse University in 2006. She is dual licensed in the states of New York and Massachusetts and has been extensively trained in the fields of trauma, violence, chronic illness, eating disorders and early childhood social and emotional development. In addition to her clinical training, Melissa is a RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher) through South Boston Yoga and a CRYT (Child Registered Yoga Teacher) through Little Flower Yoga. She is trained in the use of yoga and mindfulness when working with special populations such as those with disabilities, chronic illness, eating disorders, mental health concerns and individuals who have experienced trauma.
Melissa has worked in medical, non-for-profit, home and school based settings and has extensive experience providing individual, family and group therapy to preschool aged children through adolescents. She has served as a school based evaluator providing observations, assessments and recommendations to teachers and administrators on practicing positive discipline, fostering the parent/teacher relationship, promoting social and emotional competence in young children and understanding the feelings behind challenging behaviors. Melissa has acted as a consultant to various non-for-profits, has served as a guest lecturer at several universities and has provided clinical supervision to numerous Masters in Social Work students. Melissa is a sought after speaker on topics including promoting social and emotional competence in young children, chronic illness, adolescent dating violence and working with children who have experienced trauma and transition. Trainings and workshops have been custom tailored to meet the needs of various individuals including health care providers, school administrators, teachers, parents and clients.
On two occasions she has traveled to Haiti to provide trauma informed yoga and mindfulness programming as well as education and yoga training to school teachers, community leaders and young adult mentors in Port au Prince, Blanchard, Croix-de-Bouquet and Petionville. She continues to work collaboratively with US and Haitian non-for-profits to develop curriculum based programming to be used in training Haitian educators and community leaders. Melissa is known for her approachable style, capacity to engage, passion for the field and ability to convey her knowledge in a practical way. In addition to owning Hopeful Hearts Therapy, LCSW, PLLC Melissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at NYU Langone Medical Center in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery.
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