New Dean of Academics and Recovery Services Coordinator Announced at Carlbrook School

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Carlbrook is pleased to announce the addition of two lead members to its professional faculty, both of whom promise to bring an impressive amount of experience to the school. As previously announced, Dr. Glenn Bender will be retiring from Carlbrook School as Dean of Academics at the end of the year. The retirement leaves huge shoes to fill; however, Carlbrook is excited to have Dr. Christopher Soto assume this role at the beginning of next year. Dr. Soto joined Carlbrook in September, and will be working alongside Dr. Bender and the Board of Regents for the next few months prior to taking over the role of Dean of Academics in its entirety. In addition, Carlbrook is equally delighted to announce that Joseph Roccosalvo has joined the Advising Department and will be expanding the already existing Substance Abuse Recovery Program at the school.

Dr. Christopher Soto has a vast amount of experience working with adolescents both in educational and mental health capacities. Dr. Soto comes to Carlbrook from the Philadelphia area, where he held the position of school counselor and psychology teacher at the Charter High School for Architecture and Design, as well as an adjunct faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. In addition, Dr. Soto has an extensive background in conducting evaluative research assessing curriculum and program efficacies. Dr. Soto holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology from Berry College, a Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from George Mason University, a Master of Education from Harvard University, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Last week, Mr. Joseph Roccosalvo also joined Carlbrook to further develop the Recovery Services Programming that has been in existence for over six years at the school. Mr. Roccosalvo brings with him an extensive background, having worked in a variety of mental health and substance abuse rehabilitation facilities. Most recently, Mr. Roccosalvo was the Clinical Program Director at the Metropolitan Center for Mental Health in New York City, in addition to running his own private practice specializing in addictions, mood and eating disorders. Mr. Roccosalvo holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development with a Concentration in Substance Abuse from Empire State College, as well as a Master of Social Work from New York University. He is also a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Master of Social Work Addictions Counselor, a Nationally Certified Addictions Counselor, and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

The Board of Regents at Carlbrook School is excited to have such experienced and accomplished professionals joining its already impressive team. It is with great enthusiasm that Carlbrook welcomes both Dr. Soto and Mr. Roccosalvo to its campus and professional community.

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