Clinical Directors



Social Endeavors takes the clinical expertise and real-world parental experiences of their staff to bring help to kids and parents alike.

 

Dr. Miri Arie started her professional journey in 1999, when she worked as an ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) therapist for home based interventions for children with Autism Spectrum disorder. Since then, Dr. Arie completed a PhD program in clinical child psychology from Tel-Aviv University, Israel.  Dr. Arie moved to the US, where she completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at Northwestern University followed by a clinical post-doc internship at the Pediatric Consultation Center focusing on neuropsychological testing. Dr. Arie co-founded camp “One In a Hundred” (Chicago, IL) a day camp focusing on teaching social skills. Currently, In addition to her private practice in Rochester, NY Dr. Arie serves as an inclusion consultant to the JCC after school program and the summer day-camp.  Dr. Arie enjoys working with children and adults. Her expertise includes supporting individuals toward developing social skills, overcoming anxiety and depression, coping with rigid thinking and behaviors, and developing awareness and acceptance of their  own thoughts and feelings. Dr. Arie integrates Cognitive behavioral therapy techniques with psychodynamic practices. She works individually with clients and in groups. Parents play an important collaborative role when working with children.  Common disorders include but not limited to: High-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, Selective-Mutism, ADHD, Anxiety disorders, learning disabilities and defiant behaviors. Dr. Arie is fluent in English and Hebrew, and can support families who speak Russian and Hungarian as well. Dr. Arie is a mom to three boys.  

 

Chava Alpert
Chava Alpert, MSW, LCSW has been providing clinical services to children and their families for over 20 years in the greater Chicago area. As a newly graduated Social Worker her work at Kaleidoscope Inc. focused on supporting teen mothers on their parenting journey. During her over five years as a clinician at the Virginia Frank Child Development Center, she provided individual, child, group and family therapy to the centers clientele of families with children aged 8 and under. During this time, she also served as an advocate for many families in their process of accessing services for their children in the public school system. In 2004, Ms. Alpert began working in the Learning Together program of Child Care Network of Evanston,  where her work focuses on reflective social emotional consultation to teachers and administrators and direct service with children and their parents. Today, Ms. Alpert provides mental health consultation to 4 full day child care centers in Evanston. Additionally, Chava has a private practice and serves as the Mental Health consultant to a local Headstart program and a number or other private schools as well as supporting staff, children and families at Ramah Day Camp (Wheeling IL) during the summers. Throughout her career, Ms. Alpert has helped hundreds of families and early childhood educators delivering mental health, advocacy and educational services. Ms. Alpert has her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences from  Ben Gurion University in Israel and  her Masters in Social Work from Yeshiva University in New York City. With three children in High School, Middle school and elementary school, Ms Alpert has lots of personal experience with the joys and challenges of parenting.