Karen Peña is a licensed clinical bilingual social worker. She has been in the field of mental health for over 17 years. For the last 13 years, her clinical work has focused on HIV Infected and Affected individuals and families at the Special Needs Clinic at New York Presbyterian Hospital. It is a renowned HIV sub-specialty psychiatric out-patient care program that pioneered the development of comprehensive mental health care to families designed to help them cope with HIV. At this time as the evolution of HIV care has shifted to helping people now live with HIV, the program’s focus has also expanded to treat children with other chronic medical illnesses with comorbid mental health disorders. In this setting, Ms. Peña provides direct psychotherapy services to children, adults, and families. Ms. Peña has also spent many years working with HIV infected women with complex trauma histories and immigration issues.
In addition to this, Ms. Peña is part of a shared leadership, representing clinical social workers on a divisional and hospital level. She also delivers psychiatric case management supervision as part of her role as site coordinator at her clinic. She is part of the training staff for Child Psychiatry. Ms. Peña also participates in the Clinical Subcommittee for Child Psychiatry at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and is part of the Social Work Council Committee at New York Presbyterian Hospital. In the past, Ms. Peña has also supervised graduate level MSW students as a certified SIFI instructor in different clinical settings.
For the past 3 years, Ms. Peña has also served as a clinical consultant at Cicatelli & Associates, better known as CAI- a diverse, mission-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of health care and social services delivered to vulnerable populations worldwide. In this role she has collaborated with Senior trainers in providing mental health related trainings to community agencies/providers/clients. She has developed and executed webinars specific to Women’s mental health issues related to trauma and substance use. Ms. Peña has also maintained a private practice in NYC for the past 7 years, a special focus of her work has been on providing combined, evidenced based interventions, along with Trauma-Informed Care to adult women with histories of trauma in conjunction with mood, stress, and personality disorders. She received her Master of Social Work from Fordham University in 1999.