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Dr. Laurie Patlin Suttenberg, DSW, LCSW-QS, DCSW

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My Credentials:


Washington University in St. Louis - Bachelor of Arts

Washington University in St. Louis - Master of Social Work

University of Pennsylvania - Master of Social Work

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Doctor of Social Work


Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) - New Jersey, New York, and Florida

Qualified Supervisior (QS) - New Jersey and Florida

Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (DCSW) - National Association of Social Workers

My Background:


With over twenty-five years of clinical, direct practice experience, I am currently in private practice in Delray Beach, Florida, and see clients from Florida, New Jerseyand New York via Teletherapy.  I treat individuals, couples, families, and groups for mood, addiction, and adjustment challenges, job and financial stress, loss, grief and bereavement, as well as trauma and crisis intervention.  I specialize in work with couples and families and my cases include relationship conflict, parenting concerns, child and adolescent development, divorce, and blended family challenges as well as abuse and domestic violence.


I am a Florida and New Jersey clinical social work supervisor and have worked in a multitude of mental health settings, including family service agencies, inpatient psychiatric hospitals and a partial hospitalization program.  I completed a two year post graduate training program in structural family therapy and person of the therapist with Harry Aponte, ACSW, and I have extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy.


I design and present workshops in community and corporate settings. After several years of teaching at Rutgers School of Social Work in New Jersey, I am currently an Instructor at Florida Atlantic University, Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work, in Boca Raton, Florida.


Some Major Accomplishments:


I was interviewed as a subject matter expert by SJ (South Jersey) Magazine for an article, “Raising Healthy Kids / Emotional Eating” in October 2008.


I was a featured speaker at the 2008 Virtua Health Systems Women’s Health Symposium on the topic, “The Relationship with Me, Myself and I”.


I was retained as a consultant with a large hospital system in New Jersey.  My work led to the creation and implementation of a Women’s Behavioral Health program in the hospital, the first of its kind in the southern New Jersey area.


During the first year of my doctoral program, I wrote a case study that is entitled “Never Forget:  Cognitive Restructuring Limitations in Holocaust Related Layered Trauma”.  The focus of my research and case study was on the children of Holocaust survivors. Highlighted in this case study are the food related issues transmitted transgenerationally after the Holocaust.  This case study was published in the Clinical Social Work Journal in October, 2016.*  In August, 2021, I co-authored an article which was published in the Clinical Social Work Journal, which addressed the special challenges regarding teaching social work classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.**

I was awarded the 2021 Social Work Educator of the Year for Palm Beach County, Florida.


Mostly, I am grateful for the privilege of working with so many people and their families over the course of my long career as a clinician.​

**Wohlsifer, D.B., Suttenberg, L.P. & Park, J. (2021). "A Reflection on Special Challenges and Amending Pedagogy in Clinical Social Work Practice Courses During the COVID-19 Pandemic." Clinical Social Work Journal.

* Suttenberg, L. (2016). “Never Forget: Cognitive Restructuring Limitations in Holocaust Related Layered Trauma.” Clinical Social Work Journal, 44(3), 231–240.

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