Robert Anderson currently serves as the Executive and Clinical Director of “The Counseling Center at Yorktown Heights” in Westchester County, New York; which provides integrated Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health services. He oversees the overall administrative and clinical care operations dedicated to the Adolescent, Transitional Age Youth and Adult Outpatient cohorts for this private, nationally based company under the auspices of Praesum Healthcare Services, MSO. Robert also brings a wealth of clinical and training experience and has instructed and developed curriculum both regionally and internationally. He is a NY State licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and CASAC (Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor). He has used that expertise to advocate for clients, train staff and develop clinical program tracks within a recovery oriented system of care, in addition to running a successful private practice. Mr. Anderson is also a leader in NYS in helping to develop the recovery effort through development and implementation of effective peer based services into the chemical dependence and mental health system framework. He sits on local and State wide recovery committees and is also a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach and trainer, as well as a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate.
Mr. Anderson performed his graduate studies at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, where in addition to a clinical theory base Robert also majored in the effective administration and management of non-profit organizations. He has been involved in a number of cross system collaborative efforts focusing on treatment improvement protocols and developing seamless access within the criminal justice, child welfare and adolescent intervention services framework. As part of his previous portfolios, Mr. Anderson has overseen the management of both residential and outpatient programs including project leadership for multiple SAMHSA funded grant initiatives that implemented evidenced based practice services. Robert has effectively collaborated and worked with various large human service systems including NYC ACS, NYS OASAS and the Federal CSAT system. He has previously successfully managed the overall clinical treatment services for multiple large not-for-profit treatment agencies in the NY area. During his eighteen year career, Mr. Anderson has risen to manage on an executive level for well-known pioneer agencies and leaders in the substance use disorder field such as Daytop Village and Odyssey House, where he was responsible for leading out multi-facility management of clinical and operational systems for residential, outpatient, admissions and other ancillary services.
In other professional leadership endeavors, Robert is currently a member of the NY State Provider Association’s (NYS ASAP) 501 (C) 3 Board of Directors and has been involved in many of the planning efforts to professionalize and advance the field of addictions. Robert has provided professional training in a variety of clinical and administrative areas including a statewide dissemination of “Motivational Interviewing” after direct training under DR. William Miller, founder of “MI”. He has integrated multiple evidenced based practices into the OASAS provider system and has presented at varied local, state, national and international conferences. Mr. Anderson is also an adjunct Professor at Fordham University and teaches generalist practice foundation courses to fledgling Masters level social workers. He continues to advocate for both the field as well his community, and is the immediate two time past President of his chapter in the Bronx and Westchester Kiwanis organization; helping children and families throughout the world. In addition to providing service; he is a practicing martial artist/and teacher and involved in many sports related activities. A dedicated and impassioned individual, Mr. Anderson cites his ability to give back as a driving force behind the efforts and time he devotes to his wife and family, his community, the human services field and society overall.