Therapists and DCF Working Together

Therapists and DCF Working Together to Improve Outcomes for Children
Presented by Dr. Sally Popper and Dawn Sweetman
Often, helping children therapeutically requires close cooperation with DCF to assure smooth transitions, or to make decisions about what to do when behavior brings the placement into question.  At other times, it may be important for the the therapist to provide assistance to the team making decisions about the child or even to testify in a court hearing.  In all these cases and many others, it is important for,the therapist and DCF worker to team in order to assure best outcomes.  Learn from an experienced therapist and an experienced DCF staff member how to make this work.

Sally Popper
Sally Popper, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Clinical Consultant of A Home Within, Northampton, MA.  She has worked in private practice and in various institutions, focusing her clinical work on families with children who have histories of trauma and loss, especially foster and adoptive families.  She is on the Board of the Treehouse Foundation,  and provides volunteer psychological services to the Treehouse community.  She is also working on the Treehouse sponsored Re-envisioning Foster Care in America initiative.  She has trained extensively on the local and national level, and is teaching two one day workshops on clinical implications of attachment and of complex trauma in the summer of 2013.  She has coauthored an article on the importance of specific training for therapists who treat foster children.

Dawn Sweetman, MSW, LICSW
Dawn Sweetman is a licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over twenty years of experience working with families and youth involved with the Massachusetts social service system, including ten years supervisory experience. 


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UMass Amherst College of Natural Sciences

Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts

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