Vince Benevento is the Director and Founder of Causeway Collaborative, leading and providing direct service for all three specialized teams. A licensed professional counselor, he holds a BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University and an MA in School Counseling from Fairfield University.
Vince began his career as an in-home therapist for adolescents and families at the Wheeler Clinic in Plainville, Connecticut, a regional behavioral health services provider. From there, he entered the corporate world, where he worked as a professional recruiter and honed his career-counseling skills. With this valuable experience under his belt, Vince transitioned back to individual and community-based counseling as an employment specialist for the Kennedy Center, one of Connecticut’s largest and most highly regarded community organizations. At the Kennedy Center, Vince worked to find meaningful jobs for unemployed adults with psychiatric diagnoses and criminal histories. He joined Freudigman & Billings in 2010 as an educational therapist and completed a year-long internship in the Weston High School guidance department, where he initiated and co-led weekly support groups for at-risk-students. In 2012, Vince brought his skills and experiences together to start Causeway Collaborative.
Vince’s work experience, whether in the corporate world or in counseling, is united by a single purpose: to help students, young professionals, and those who are struggling to plan for the future and to realize their potential.
John Lieberman, M.A., is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the lead clinician at Causeway Collaborative. A Westport native, John brings first-hand knowledge of the transitions and issues faced by the young men in the surrounding community. John majored in Clinical Sociology at Ithaca College and graduated in 2000 with his B.A. His studies focused on group facilitation, as well as compulsion and addiction treatment. John went on to attend Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where he completed his three-year accredited Masters Degree in 2004, which included a year-long internship on the Marriage and Family Team at a Boulder-area counseling program. Also included in his curriculum were month-long meditation retreats at the Rocky Mountain Shambhala Center in Red Feather, Colorado, where he practiced mindfulness training for eight hours a day.
John’s professional experience is considerable. He served as an in-home counselor for at-risk youth in Bridgeport, and later as a counselor and interim director of an Extended Day Treatment Program at the Child Guidance Center in Norwalk. John then transitioned to the private sector, joining groups in Westport and New Haven while also working with Yale’s faculty M.D.s to provide top-notch clinical care. His extensive background and unique approach have given him the insight, compassion, and knowledge to offer effective and life-changing treatment.
Joel Singer is a passionate educator and mentor, with teaching experience ranging from traditional suburban and urban settings to alternative learning institutions. Joel is a graduate of Roger Williams University, where he studied history and secondary education. He began his career as a history teacher in Massachusetts. While teaching, Joel obtained his MAT from UMass-Dartmouth and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the field of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
Joel’s focus and passion for education goes beyond the classroom. As a class advisor, tutor, night-school teacher and administrator, and varsity coach, Joel has honed the skills needed to serve as a leader and a guide to students, particularly young men. Joel employs his practical experience to help students understand themselves and empowering them to recognize and realize their goals.
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