Caravel Institute Announces Expert Training Team

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The Caravel Institute for online multicultural training, a program of Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), announces its subject matter experts for its webinar training program.

Each Caravel Institute class is taught as a 90-minute webinar allowing busy professionals across the nation to attend classes that best fit their schedules.

“The webinar format eliminates participants’ potential distractions from the appearance and culture of the training expert, thus allowing participants to focus on the content. I believe the Caravel Institute will become a pioneer in training via the web and set the standard for professionals and providers wanting to remain current in the nuances of cultural competence with cross-cultural clients,” says Guileine F. Kraft, PhD, one of the program’s expert trainers.

Caravel Institute instructors are hand-picked by NVFS for both their subject matter expertise and online training experience. Trainers are experts in cultural diversity, cultural competence, and family dynamics. Classes cover a range of multicultural mental health issues designed to train social service providers, mental health professionals, school guidance counselors, human resource departments, law enforcement agencies, and military family service providers who are all facing an increasing need to provide a greater number of services to an ethnically diverse population.

Caravel Institute Experts
Sabrina Carrie Crawford, Psy.D specializes in multiculturalism and diversity from both a clinical and personal perspective. Coming from a bi-cultural family, of Haitian and Colombian descent, she has always been fascinated by issues of acculturation, identity development, and the impact of trauma on the individual and family. Crawford is passionate about providing culturally informed treatment to clients and also training clinicians to develop this competency as well.

Crawford earned her doctorate in Psychology from The George Washington University in Washington, DC and her bachelor of arts in Psychology from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. She began her professional career at the American University Counseling Center as a staff psychologist and later served as the assistant director for outreach and consultation.

Guileine F. Kraft, PhD, LGSW is an expert trainer in cultural competence and client satisfaction. A native Washingtonian, Kraft was raised in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti and Miami, Florida. She is a licensed social worker who is most interested in the advancement of culturally competent social work practice. She believes that culturally competent professional socialization of practitioners and mental health professionals will result in improved client satisfaction, increased quality of services, and better quality of life for cross-cultural clients.

Kraft has spent her academic and professional career working in cultural competence and curriculum development, academia, and research for nonprofit organizations, including Catholic Charities agencies, Head Injury Rehabilitation and Referral Services, the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the National Alliance of Multi-Ethnic Behavioral Health Associations.

Cathi Spooner, MSW specializes in play therapy and is active in the Association for Play Therapy. She is the founding member of the Virginia Association for Play Therapy, Northern Virginia Chapter and she provides training to mental health professionals.

Spooner earned her MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University and her undergraduate degree in Special Education from James Madison University where she specialized in teaching emotionally disturbed children.

For more information on classes and to register online visit the Caravel Institute at:

About Caravel Institute
The Caravel Institute is an online multi-cultural training program run by Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), a recognized social service leader for the past 85 years. The Institute is funded in part by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and provides training for social service providers, mental health professionals, school guidance counselors, human resource departments, law enforcement agencies, and military family service providers.

About Northern Virginia Family Service
Established in 1924, Northern Virginia Family Service is a private, non-profit community service resource dedicated to helping individuals and families find new paths to self-reliance and brighter futures. Each year, NVFS helps nearly 33,000 people find affordable housing, counseling and child care; access low-cost medical and dental services; utilize foster and respite care; participate in job training; benefit from trauma recovery; and more. For more information, visit

Graham Marsden
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Northern Virginia Family Service


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