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Meeting Their Realities

Life at independent schools in New York City presents challenges found nowhere else. Middle and Upper School students face a highly competitive academic environment and a host of complex social and emotional issues. Students bring a diversity of lived experiences and backgrounds to their schools and classrooms. A successful prevention and wellness approach recognizes these realities and focuses on key skills like decision making and managing perfectionism, resulting in healthier outcomes through adolescence and into adult life.

Fortifying Healthy Minds

At Hallways, we instill students with tools to navigate the social, emotional, and academic challenges of adolescence and young adulthood with confidence. Our work often begins with an assessment process, which plays a critical role in identifying the needs and strengths of a specific school or grade and creating a program that responds to them. This targeted approach allows us to focus on key protective factors, decreasing student propensity for high-risk behaviors and cultivating emotional well-being.

A Custom Solution

Hallways is not a one-size-fits-all solution; we view our work as a partnership with each school we serve. Our comprehensive assessment process yields  program recommendations that consider not just the issues students are facing, but the nuances of the school climate and culture, administrative resources, parent community, and other factors that determine success. We then build a custom program to suit these particular needs.

Team

Rachel Henes, LMSW

Rachel Henes, LMSW

Director

Rachel directs the operations and programming at Hallways.  Rachel brings 15 years of experience developing and implementing prevention programs at local, national and international levels, with a particular focus on gender-based violence prevention.  Rachel has collaborated with many school communities in New York City to develop comprehensive prevention efforts that address issues such as bullying and harassment, dating violence, consent and sexual assault, and substance use.  Rachel has received anti-racist training from The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, and domestic and sexual violence prevention training from A CALL TO MEN and the NYC Relationship Abuse Prevention Program.  Rachel is passionate about working in partnership with schools to develop strategic, tailored approaches that promote social and emotional wellness and caring.

Rachel holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work.

Katherine Prudente, LCAT, RDT

Katherine Prudente, LCAT, RDT

Program Manager, Indicated Prevention

Katherine Prudente, MA, RDT, LCAT is Hallways’ Program Manager, Indicated Prevention, responsible for assisting schools and families when there is a young person engaging in risky substance use.  Katherine has been with Freedom Institute since 2009, working with school communities to develop successful prevention programming.  She has worked at every stage of program design from strategy and implementation to student workshop facilitation, faculty trainings, parent workshops and program evaluation.

Prior to joining Hallways, Katherine provided intensive home-based, foster care prevention services consisting of family and individual therapy. She has experience working in inpatient psychiatry and outpatient clinical settings. Katherine holds a BFA in Drama from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and a MA in Drama Therapy from New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. She has extensive training in psychodynamic psychotherapy from the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center. Katherine also maintains a private practice in Manhattan working individually with adolescents and adults.

Trish Farley, LMSW

Trish Farley, LMSW

Program Manager

Trish Farley is a licensed social worker, trainer and community organizer. At Hallways, she partners with school communities to incorporate holistic social-emotional programming into the school culture. Trish has a variety of nonprofit experience and her working knowledge draws from building relationships in a variety of programs including K-12 schools, transitional housing, restorative justice, and juvenile detention. She’s received anti-racist training and ongoing mentoring from The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, as well as training in gender justice and violence prevention from CONNECT NYC.

Allison Finder, MA, RDT, LCAT-P

Allison Finder, MA, RDT, LCAT-P

Prevention Educator/Counselor

Allison holds an MA in Drama Therapy from NYU, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. At Hallways, Allison facilitates social-emotional wellness workshops and provides on-site clinical support for students in the independent school community. Allison truly believes in Hallways’ evidence-based approach to social-emotional learning and enjoys the rich and thoughtful conversations she is able to have with students about subjects such as self-image, pressure and anxiety, coping skills, and positive decision making. Allison hopes to be an ally and resource for adolescents as they navigate the complicated transition to adulthood and face the obstacles that are inherent along the journey.

Natalie Zuckerman, EdM

Natalie Zuckerman, EdM

Program Manager

As Hallways’ program manager, Natalie focuses on developing and managing relationships and programming with our partner schools, collaborating with the school teams to deliver high-impact, customized and holistic social-emotional wellness programs.  She also spearheads Hallways’ assessment work with schools, ensuring that every program is tailored to the specific strengths and challenges that arise within each school community.

Natalie brings to her role a background in prevention science and ten years of experience in the education and nonprofit sectors, working alongside schools and community-based organizations.  She has worked with Making Caring Common (MCC), a research-based project designed to support educators, families and communities in promoting caring, kindness and a commitment to justice in children. She has anti-racist training from The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training.

Natalie holds a B.S. in Applied Psychology from New York University and a Masters in Prevention Science from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Desiree Caro, MSW

Desiree Caro, MSW

Prevention Educator/Counselor

Desiree received her MSW degree at Columbia University School of Social Work, where she focused on social enterprise administration and contemporary social issues.  At Hallways, Desiree facilitates evidence based social-emotional wellness workshops in the independent school community, and helps to develop the program’s gender based violence and consent education. Desiree also provides on-site education, prevention interventions, and consultation at one of Hallways’ partner schools. Desiree has a variety of experience engineering and delivering workshops, spanning from school based youth workshops to community organized gender and sexuality education for adults.  She feels strongly about the impact of social-emotional wellness education, and values the opportunity to work with youth during their transition to adulthood.

Hallways Classroom Facilitators

Hallways Classroom Facilitators

Staff

Classroom workshops are a cornerstone of our programming at Hallways. While every member of our team contributes to workshop facilitation, our core group of talented facilitators provide consistent and ongoing skill-based classroom learning. Each of our facilitators is up to date with the latest research and best practices in prevention science.  This core team brings their passion for working with youth to each of the sessions they facilitate, providing lessons that are engaging, interactive, and resulting in the acquisition of new skills.

A. Jordan Wright, Ph. D, ABAP

A. Jordan Wright, Ph. D, ABAP

Consulting Psychologist

Jordan serves as a key advisor for Hallways and spearheaded our transition to an evidence-based strategic prevention framework, which integrates the most current research on prevention science with the acknowledgement that the independent schools in New York are unique and have specific, individual needs.  As a researcher and faculty member at a university, he brings an evidence-based mindset to clinical and preventative services.

Freedom Institute

Freedom Institute is a non-profit outpatient recovery center based in Manhattan, New York. Founded in 1976 by Mona Mansell, a recovering alcoholic, Freedom Institute was one of the country’s first intervention programs. At a time when substance abuse treatment consisted primarily of inpatient programs, Mona helped hundreds of people find appropriate treatment after intervention while providing ongoing support to their families.
Today, Freedom Institute is a state-of-the art outpatient treatment and recovery center that provides a range of innovative, evidenced based treatment services for adults, young adults, adolescents, and families. Remaining dedicated to the founder’s vision, Freedom Institute is the only center in the country to combine Intensive Outpatient Programming with a family systems approach, and we offer a higher level of outpatient care tailored to the specific needs of our clients than any other outpatient provider in the New York metropolitan area.