Cary, NC—The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood has announced the hiring of two new staff members, Adam Berkowitz, L.C.S.W., and Anna Quarles, L.C.S.W. Both are therapists in the Center’s on-site clinic, the Family Guidance Service (FGS), providing evaluations and therapy for children from birth to age 11.  With the addition of Mrs. Quarles, the Center now has on-site capacity to serve Spanish-speaking clients.

Adam Berkowitz, L.C.S.W., joined the staff of the Family Guidance Service in January 2010.  He earned his Master of Social Work from Fordham University and has post-graduate training in psychoanalysis from the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR). Mr. Berkowitz has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families in foster care, family court, school and community mental health settings, as well as in private practice.

Anna Quarles, L.C.S.W., M.P.H., joined the staff of the Family Guidance Services in March 2010. She is a graduate of Bucknell University with a double major in Psychology and Spanish. She also earned dual Masters Degrees in Social Work and Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. For the past two years she worked with adolescents and their families at Raleigh Central Regional Hospital's inpatient Child and Adolescent Unit. Mrs. Quarles has also worked with adults on an inpatient psychiatric unit and is currently completing coursework through the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas. Mrs. Quarles can provide therapeutic services in both Spanish and English.

“The Lucy Daniels Center is dedicated to doing our part to fill the growing gap in our area in affordable mental health services for children,” says Don Rosenblitt, executive and clinical director at the Center. “We have noticed a decisive increase in the number of children referred to us for evaluations and treatment from all sources, and particularly parents calling us directly for help. We attribute this in part to a decline in funding and capacity for public mental health programs for children at a time when an increasing number of families are seeking assistance. This means more families are competing for fewer services that are critical to a child’s healthy development.”

The Center has been able to add these new positions largely for three reasons: 1) support from Band Together, a 501 (c) 3 that annually supports a different Triangle area charity through a music-based fundraising event; 2) support from the John Rex Endowment’s capacity building program; and 3) increased support from individual donors and foundations who understand the importance of helping children at the earliest possible age.

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The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood is a nationally recognized model for childhood mental health education and services. The Center is the largest and most comprehensive nonprofit agency focused on providing mental health services to young children and their families in the Triangle, conveniently located at 9003 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513. For more information visit www.lucydanielscenter.org       

Band Together NC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization composed of business and community leaders and volunteers from across the Triangle. Since its inception in 2001, the organization has helped raise more than $700,000 for philanthropic organizations through one mission: using music to raise funds and awareness for local charities. Band Together is run entirely by volunteer efforts. For more information, please visit www.bandtogethernc.org or follow the organization on Twitter @BandTogetherNC

The John Rex Endowment invests in the development and support of activities, programs and organizations that improve the health of underserved people in Wake County. The endowment supports visible and measurable improvements in the health of children and youth by improving access to health services, by promoting healthy behaviors and by providing opportunities for growth and development. www.rexendowment.org

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