Anthony Verdino is a SIFI-certified licensed clinical social worker in New York State. He obtained his BA in Psychology from Bowling Green State University, MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and MSW from Loyola University Chicago. He has extensive experience with LGB/T/Q folks, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and people with mental health or co-occurring mental health and substance use concerns.
Anthony began his career about 15 years ago working mostly in community-based and outpatient mental health and social service settings with adults and adolescents providing individual and group counseling. From the beginning he entered a path to administration which has mainly involved creating, developing and implementing direct service programs from conception. These programs include a supportive aftercare program for street-based adolescents, a mental health and substance use program and an intensive linkage into care program for people living with HIV/AIDS and partial hospitalization programs for women, people with dual diagnoses and the LGB/T/Q community. In these positions he has supervised Masters and Doctorate –level students and licensed professionals of various disciplines acting as administrator and clinical director.
Throughout his career Anthony has simultaneously maintained a private practice while in Chicago, worked as a field adviser with the graduate social work programs at both Boston College and Hunter College, and has been volunteering as a clinic escort for Planned Parenthood. Recently, he has successfully transitioned away from administration to focus on direct clinical practice and is currently providing psychotherapy at a Harlem-based AIDS Service Organization.