LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Lori Zlotoff is a licensed, clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience in the social work world. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Policy and Practice with her MSW in 2001, she entered the field of school social work, employed by Partnership with Children, which put teams of social workers into public schools in New York City. Lori quickly learned about trauma work as she started her career in Brooklyn, in the shadow of the World Trade Center, and in a post-9/11 world.
Working within the fabric of the school day with marginalized youth and their families provided Lori with opportunities for creative and impactful ways to connect with her students and make a real difference in their lives. She worked for PWC for over 7 years, maintaining long-term relationships with families and school staff. As a part of her job, she participated in IEP meetings, Child Study team meetings, home visits, psychosocial intakes, parent workshops, professional development for teachers, individual counseling, group counseling and whole school events.
In more recent years, Lori has put her trauma training to good use as she joined the Friedberg JCC and FEGS in their Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, supervising a team that provided individual counseling to victims of the hurricane who were dealing with symptoms of PTSD. She worked with some of the hardest hit families who were struggling before the storm, and whose issues were only amplified because of lack of stability the storm caused.
While working as a therapist, Lori also currently works part time for Camp Harlam, a Reform Jewish overnight camp in the Poconos as their Inclusion Coordinator. She works to outreach, assess, intake, accommodate and support campers who come to camp with challenges and disabilities that require them to have additional support to be successful at camp. Lori and her husband have two young daughters who provide constant sources of entertainment and real life examples for her professional work.