FCA, a leading health and human services not-for-profit organization on Long Island, recently named Erica Schifano, LCSW to Assistant Vice President, Family Support. She most recently worked at Northwell Health as a Supervisor within the Adult Health Home Program. FCA President and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey L. Reynolds, PhD, made the announcement.
“Erica is one of our shining stars who first earned our attention as an intern during her graduate work,” said Dr. Reynolds. “She has consistently demonstrated her value and ability to FCA while working in a wide variety of hands-on, supervisory, and mentoring roles. We are glad to have her in this important position.”
Erica brings a wealth of education and experience to her new job. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and New York State Credentialed Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee (CASAC-T). She received her Master of Social Work from Fordham University and earned her SIFI certification, which provides first-time field instructors with the knowledge and skills to effectively supervise social work students for any school of social work to learn the importance of cultural competence in the field. Erica is well schooled in evidenced-based cognitive behavioral intervention and life skills training programs geared to instill life-long skills in families to help them build strong positive relationships and develop resiliency.
Erica joined FCA in 2014 as a student intern during her first year of graduate school. Since that time, she has continuously worked at FCA in a variety of full and part-time positions in programs that have broadened her knowledge and expertise, including Home & Community Based Services (HCBS), PINS (Person in Need of Supervision) Diversion, and Community Credible Messenger Initiative (CCMI). While she most recently was a full-time employee at Northwell Health, she remained employed at FCA as a part-time supervisor in the Step Up to Opportunity Program with the Department of Labor.
“FCA is my home and dear to my heart,” explains Erica. “I’ve been here throughout my career journey. My mentor taught me so much, and I want to pay it forward, replicating my training in clinical supervision to help support the next generation of social workers as they grow in their practices and provide valuable services to our neighbors. The work that we do here at FCA impacts the entire Long Island community. Every day brings a new opportunity to change the course of people’s lives.”
Throughout her career, Erica has focused on the social determinants of health– education, income level and environment–that influence individuals and families. Erica has worked among the most vulnerable populations including children with complex behavioral health diagnoses and significant behavioral concerns, families seeking preventive services to keep their families intact, and adults with serious mental illnesses as well as substance use disorders.
Erica lives in Long Beach.