Dr. Schwartz’s primary role at The Village is to oversee the clinical and financial performance, development, and oversight of all the clinical activities and services for the residential programs (Alison Gill Therapeutic Group, Eagle House PRTF Program, S-FIT – Short term Crisis Stabilization), Intensive Community Program, Extended Day Treatment, Family and Community Ties Foster Care and Therapeutic Foster Care. He is responsible for planning, implementing, coordinating and monitoring the treatment and prevention services of the agency. Dr. Schwartz works toward the integration of existing programming to ensure the best coordination of services possible. Further, he will organize The Village’s clinical operation in a manner that facilitates each clinician’s capacity to spend productive time with their clients. Additionally, he is responsible for being aware of trends and needs in the behavioral health field and local communities, and for subsequently making recommendations regarding the direction of the organization.
Prior to joining The Village, Dr. Schwartz spent more than twenty-two years as Vice President of Clinical Services and Director of Psychology Internship Training at the Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center in Erie, PA. As Vice President of Clinical Services, he provided oversight, direction, guidance and supervision for the agency’s clinical programs including a 76 bed PRTF, partial hospitalization program and outpatient department of behavioral health. In this role, he was also involved in program development and program expansion. Additionally, Dr. Schwartz was the Director of Training for the agency’s APA accredited doctoral internship in health services psychology. Prior to Sarah Reed, he was the staff psychologist in the psychiatric day treatment program and child and adolescent inpatient unit at The Children’s Hospital of Denver.
Dr. Schwartz has served on several community task forces and teams. Most notably, he was on the Executive Steering Committee for the Erie Coalition for a Trauma Informed Community and was a former co-chair of the Research workgroup of this coalition. He was also a member of the Erie County Children’s Service Integration Team.
Dr. Schwartz earned his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology from Penn State University and his Master of Arts (MA) degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Finally, he completed his Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree from the University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Schwartz received Board Certification in Child Clinical and Adolescent Psychology (ABPP) from the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Licensed Psychologist.
Dr. Schwartz’s mission at The Village is to leverage his extensive experience in the behavioral health field by contributing as much as possible to the growth and development of the clinical programs.
What quote best captures your personal philosophy?
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” – Elie Wiesel
What would you most want the clients of The Village to know about you?
That being at The Village is a full-circle journey for me. I was a doctoral intern in psychology at The Village from 1991-1992, when it was known as Child and Family Services.
What is something unexpected that most people don’t know about you?
I am a “successful” artist. I create and sell found-object Robots called Robo-Tins. I have had them in numerous galleries, I have been featured in magazines and have had two of my Robots selected for two juried art shows.