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Beth Silverman-Yam, DSW, LCSW has championed Gibney’s Community Action work in domestic violence shelters since its inception in 2000. Dr. Silverman–Yam has recently retired from her 20-year tenure as Director of Clinical Programs at Sanctuary for Families where she was responsible for crisis shelters, individual, group counseling, and advocacy services for adults and children who are victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking. A social work clinician, program developer and administrator for more than 40 years, she was a full-time member of the faculty of Columbia University School of Social Work where she taught Advanced Generalist Practice, Advocacy and Clinical Practice in the World of Work. She has an MSW from Columbia and a doctorate from the City University of New York and is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University. In addition to advising Gibney Dance Company during international residencies and trainings, Beth will now be joining our Community Action Hub, offering ongoing clinical expertise to the larger community concerning the development of new projects that link the power of movement and social action.


Catherine Drury, LCSW, is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in supporting dancers through injury, stress, burnout, and career change. At her Manhattan-based private practice, Catherine treats adolescents and young adults with eating disorders, anxiety, and histories of trauma using cognitive behavioral and evidence-based treatment modalities. She also delivers workshops and lectures to the American Ballet Theatre JKO School and Studio Company, The Ailey School, and the Princeton Ballet School, fostering resilience and emotional intelligence among pre-professional dance students. In partnership with organizations such as The Actors Fund, Gibney Dance, and Dance/NYC, Catherine empowers dancers and dance communities to better care for themselves, navigate change, and obtain the guidance and resources they need at all stages of their dance careers. She has published on her work with injured dancers, presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, and contributed to articles in Dance Magazine and Dance Informa Magazine. Catherine has a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where her training and research is dedicated to eating disorder treatment and athletic performance enhancement for dancers.


Steven T. Licardi, is a NYS Licensed Social Worker, spoken word poet, and motivational speaker living in Queens, NY. As a child, Steven was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, an experience that has deeply informed his work. Today, he uses spoken word to create empathic dialogue around, to confront the realities of, and to assist communities in dismantling the stigma surrounding mental health. In 2018, he released his second collection of poems, entitled ‘a billion burning dreams’ -- a work of radical vulnerability and self-love that traces his journey from mental health patient to mental health professional. More of his work can be found at his website: www.thesvenbo.com .