RCA Academy Trainers Team

Trish Caldwell

Director of Family Services

Trish Caldwell, MFT, LPC, CCDP-D, CAADC, CCTP is a licensed clinician, marriage, and family therapist and is certified in both co-occurring disorders and substance use.

Trish has been a therapist for over 25 years and has worked extensively with families, adults, and adolescents with co-occurring behavioral health and substance use disorders in various settings including outpatient, residential, schools, and community agencies. She is trained in DBT and is a Certified Trauma Professional and a Certified Mentor Trainer of Trauma. Additionally, Trish created the first Young Offenders Treatment Program in Delaware County, serving first time offenders with Drug charges.

Trish has been the Keynote speaker for the PAYS Summit, the Suicide Prevention Conference, and Magellan behavioral health conference. Additionally, she has provided in-service training for several PA school districts and has trained law enforcement officers on drug trends for the CIT program. She has also presented at the Annual Trauma conference, the Cape Cod Symposium, and the annual conference for the American Association for Marriage and family Therapists (AAMFT). Trish specializes in ADHD, opioid use in young adults, trauma-informed care, developmental trauma, trauma and substance use disorders, trauma and the family system, family engagement, and substance use for today’s teens. Trish holds her MFT from Drexel University and is licensed and certified in the state of PA.

During her career, Trish has held a variety of clinical and leadership roles. She is currently the Corporate Director of Family Services of Recovery Centers of America, which has sites in NJ, PA, MA, and MD, and provides services to adults seeking treatment for substance use disorders. Additionally, she is a member of the NOPE task force and Partners for Success Coalition, and she holds a private practice specializing in adolescents and young adults who have been diagnosed with ADHD or Trauma.

Deni Carise, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer

Deni Carise, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and part of the recovery community for over 30 years.  She is currently Chief Scientific Officer of Recovery Centers of America (RCA) and Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Pennsylvania.  RCA is dedicated to creating neighborhood-based treatment and recovery campuses that include detoxification, residential, partial hospital, intensive and traditional outpatient, and family services, all available on one campus. Beginning in March 2016, they opened 6 such campuses, 2 in MA and MD, and 1 each in PA and NJ, multiple outpatient programs and one opioid treatment program.  Their goal is to get 1 million Americans into meaningful recovery.

Deni has held similar positions at CRC Health Group, providing behavioral health services to more than 42,000 men, women and teens every day at more than140 programs in 33 states and Phoenix House, a nonprofit substance abuse treatment provider with over 100 programs in 10 states where Dr Carise developed national standards for clinical care, Clinical Toolkits for over 30 evidence-based practices, and helped usher in a new era of care to position the company to successfully address changes secondary to healthcare reform.  Dr Carise was also Chief Clinical Advisor for Sierra Tucson, a premier facility treating substance abuse, pain, mood, eating and trauma disorders.

Dr Carise was an NIH-funded scientist and Director of the Treatment Systems Section at Treatment Research Institute. At TRI from 1994 to 2010, she made significant advances in the quality of substance abuse treatment through the development, application, and research of new interventions, systems, and technologies through receipt of numerous NIH and other federal grants.  She has published over 100 articles, books, and chapters.

Dr Carise is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine (since 1997).  She has been affiliated with UPENN since completing a NIDA Post-Doctoral fellowship at the Center for Studies of Addiction in the Department of Psychiatry from 1994-1996. She earned both her Bachelor’s Degree and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Hahnemann (now Drexel) University, she interned at Homewood (part of the Johns Hopkins Health system) and Union Memorial hospitals in behavioral medicine.

She has worked extensively internationally, with treatment providers in Nigeria, Mexico, Thailand, Egypt, Greece, Singapore, Brazil, and China and numerous other countries to help develop national systems that integrate scientifically-validated tools into clinical treatment delivery.

Committed to the accurate portrayal of addiction, treatment, and recovery in the media, Dr. Carise consulted on Martin Scorsese’s film, Wolf of Wall Street, working with the primary actors on depicting characters who are abusing cocaine and other drugs, and has been instrumental in other movies and screen plays accurately depicting drug abuse, treatment and recovery.  She has also been featured in segments of Nightline, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC, CBS and NBS evening news, Access Hollywood, New York news and many Federally-funded Web-casts and has also been quoted in popular newsprint media such as US News and World Report, Fox News, Wall Street Journal, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Weekly, NIDA Notes and others. Dr. Carise has presented over 200 lectures by invitation (approximately 35 internationally). She is also a frequent blogger on Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deni-carise) on topics including treatment, recovery, prescription drug abuse, the media’s portrayal of drug problems, and emerging drug trends.

Robert Strauber

Interventionist Manager

Rob Strauber, CIP, CAI-II, CFRS, CRS is an Interventionist at Recovery Centers of America. As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), Advance Certified ARISE Interventionist (CAI-II), Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS), and a Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS), Rob works with the entire family unit to help create plans to seek, support and sustain recovery.

As a person in long-time recovery himself, Rob is an active member of the recovery community, Chester County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board Member, and Kacie’s Cause Board Member. Rob began his career in the Addictions Field managing the operations of a 19-bed recovery house outside of Reading, PA. Rob developed the Recovery Oriented Community at Malvern Institute before coming to RCA.

Domenica Personti

Domenica Personti LCDP, CADC, CCDP, CPS, is a Corporate Business Development Manager.

Domenica has worked in the Behavioral Health field since 1998 and within many different modalities of treatment. She has specialized training in trauma-informed care, medication-assisted recovery, forensic mental health counseling, crisis management, criminal justice and justice-involved populations, adolescent treatment, disease education, harm reduction, substance abuse, and violence prevention.

Tami Moylan

Interventionist

Tami Moylan, CIP, CFI, CFRS, Interventionist at Recovery Centers of America, never envisioned she would one day work in the field of substance use disorder treatment, but after watching her mother battle this horrific disease for over two decades, she eventually found her true passion and calling. She has an affinity for working with families seeking help for their loved ones. Tami is a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), Certified Family Focused Interventionist (CFI), and a Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS). Tami feels strongly that families are the silent and forgotten victims of this disease and this is her way to give back and help those experiencing what she herself experienced first-hand.

Tami works very closely with the Intervention Support Specialists and leadership to help families struggling with addiction – a mission that is close to her heart.

“Watching my mother struggle with addiction for over 2 decades, it was hard, especially as a child,” Tami says. “But it’s why I do what I do. When I was going through this, there wasn’t help. There was no one on the other end of the line to guide a family. I recognize what addiction does to families. So while I’m passionate about helping the individual, I’m also passionate about helping the family.”

Tami accepts and expects every Intervention to be different yet stays focused on the goal and keeping everyone moving towards the right path. She excels in walking alongside families, educating and guiding, and helping them figure out how they can support the recovery – not the addiction.

“As long as someone is breathing, there’s hope,” Tami says.



Ashley Fuery

Interventionist

With over a decade of experience in the Mental Health & Human Services field, Ashley Fuery has been trained in many crisis de-escalation techniques, including NAPPI, NVPI, TCI, and CPI. As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), Ashley excels at building an appropriate, trusting rapport with her clients, as her passion for helping people with mental health and substance abuse drives her motivation.

Ashley is no stranger to addiction; she lost her step-brother to the disease two years ago. She’s committed her career to helping patients and their families get on the road to recovery. She often reminds families of her favorite quote: “Don’t hate the addict, hate the disease. Don’t hate the person, hate the behavior. If it’s hard to watch it, imagine how hard it must be to live it.”

Ashley is a big advocate of treating patients alongside of their families. It’s easy to forget who the person struggling with addiction was before their disease – Ashley’s goal is to rediscover that person on their way to recovery and mend the family.



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