Russell Baptist is President /Founder of The A. and S. Consulting Services, a private practice specializing in psychotherapy, court evaluations , supervision/coaching, and technical assistance. He is a former senior director of programs at the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS), where he helped to pioneer working with special needs populations in supportive housing. He supervised and developed social workers, psychiatrist, and mental health para-professional staff in the implementation of Evidence Based Practices. Through sponsorship of the Robin Hood Foundation he managed the creation of an anti-poverty program for the Harlem/Washington Heights communities called Single Stop, USA. He was also the founding director of the George Brager Scholarship Program for college bound students who live in supportive housing , named after a former dean of CSSW.
Additionally, Mr. Baptist developed budgets, grant reporting/writings, and he trained social service staff throughout New York City, Atlanta, Los Angles and Washington D.C. with a focus on working with People of Color, LGBTQ diversity, Culture & Ethnicity, Social Work Supervision, Mental Health, Homelessness, Supportive Housing. He managed contracts with federal entities like SAMSHA, HUD, the Veterans Administration along with New York City and State departments of mental health (DOHMH & OMH) and homeless services (DHS &HRA). He provided psychotherapy for youth in foster care. He lectured at Stony Brook University in New York City. He served as a consultant, and appeared on several local radio programs and television shows such as: Good Day New York, Albany Update, Mark Walberg, Charles Perez, Rickie Lake and The Queen Latifa shows. Former Board of Directors’ Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD) and The Association for Retired Citizens (ARC) XII and the former Board Chair of Unity Fellowship Church NYC. He is a member of the National Assn. of Social Workers (NASW) .
Mr. Baptist’s educational background includes earning a BA degree from Texas College. He furthered his education by receiving an MS degree in Social Work Practice from Columbia University (94’). He is a “JFK Jr. Fellow/Mentor” and has furthered his education at Yeshiva University, University of Washington, DC, and Long Island University. He is a published author, the book is called “Adam and Steve The Rules for Men Attracted to Other Men,(2015, rev. 2016).