Michelle Sarofin, LCSW ::  Consultant & Trainer

Michelle Sarofin, LCSW has been applying and adapting Dialectical Behavior Therapy to adolescents in residential and hospital settings since 2000.  In 1999 Michelle earned her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work and in 2000 became the clinical director of a residential facility for adolescent girls involved in Connecticut’s juvenile justice system.  After being intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy in 2000 Michelle adapted and developed a DBT program for adolescent girls and was responsible for the implementation of the program in both of the facilities she had clinical oversight of; including the training of program staff.  Her work with adolescent girls has established her as an expert in the area of gender responsive care and she is often called upon for training and consultation in this area.  In 2006 Michelle was hired by Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families as a Program Manager for Riverview Hospital for Children and Youth; the state’s only psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents.  Riverview provides care to the most psychiatrically and behaviorally complex youth in the state of Connecticut.  Promoted a year later, Michelle was responsible for the hospital’s clinical operations and departments.  In this role she lead a state wide training and implementation of DBT that included 18 teams from the DCF facilities or DCF funded congregate care programs.  Michelle currently serves as the chair of the DCF DBT Resource Teams, leading a team who provides training and ongoing consultation to the above mentioned 18 teams on treatment, implementation and sustainability of the program.  In June of 2011 she was appointed as Superintendent of a new consolidated DCF facility.  Current areas of focus are on research related to the hospital’s DBT implementation and gender responsive treatment as it pertains to adolescent human trafficking.  Areas of expertise are in trauma, self-injury, leadership and training and DBT.