Meet CiRNY’s Director of Services, Jared Morgenstern, and Assistant Director of Services, Raven Burgos
Meet Jared Morgenstern, LCSW, Director of Services
Jared Morgenstern, LCSW, joins Connections in Recovery New York (CiRNY) as its Director of Services. Prior to joining the CiRNY team, Jared worked as a primary therapist at the New York Center for Living, where he provided out-patient therapy for adolescents and young adults with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders including anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, and OCD. His therapy consisted of intensive individual and group therapy with a focus on developing productive relapse prevention skills, nurturing insight, improving interpersonal communication and strengthening family relationships.
Jared Morgenstern has also worked as a clinical therapist at both Catholic Charities and Neighborhood Counseling Center, as well as a residential habilitation specialist at YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities. He earned his Masters in Social Work from The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo. Currently, he is pursuing his doctoral degree matriculating at the University of Pennsylvania.
“Applying years of experience and a variety of therapy modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, play therapy, supportive counseling, and mindfulness techniques, I engage the community in the recovery process and serve as a dedicated mentor for our staff and clients alike.”
Meet Raven Burgos, MSW, Assistant Director of Services
Another wonderful addition to the CiRNY team is Raven Burgos, MSW, the Assistant Director of Services. With over five years experience working with high-risk populations struggling with addiction, trauma, and mental health challenges, she brings this experience and dedication into her recovery work. Raven herself has been in in recovery since 2007 and approaches addiction and recovery-based work through a harm reduction lens, focusing on strengths and evidence-based practices.
Raven Burgos, a bi-lingual native New Yorker, comes with a diverse professional background that includes working with state legislators and city council members to improve the quality of program funding for homeless youth and mentally ill homeless populations, marketing, event planning, social work, and outreach coordinator roles. She works collaboratively with support teams and family members to foster holistic healing, helping people move through their addiction and into recovery. Furthermore, she has extensive experience working with failure to launch clients, who have yet to realize their full potential in life, in a transitional housing setting. In this role she has provided one-on-one therapy and coaching, as well as helping to develop life skills materials for individuals. Above all, Raven utilizes her experience to empower and inspire the people with whom she works.
Working with family systems modalities that honor the family unit as a whole, with each part of the whole affecting the others, Raven Burgos helps families to identify and honor the past, while walking through the recovery process learning, stretching and growing together.
Raven Burgos earned her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in individual and family therapy. Currently, her passion project is www.TakeFido.org where she recruits emergency foster homes for pets of those seeking to leave domestic violence situations.
“As a clinician, I use my extensive experience working with at-risk populations to compassionately connect with those who are struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to witness the resilience of individuals and families coping with various addictions. I have worked closely with interdisciplinary teams to help create a bridge for those who suffer, helping them move from hopelessness to empowerment. Being in my own long-term recovery, I am invested in seeing my clients succeed and lead self-sustaining happy lives.”