AVRASA stands in Solidarity with #blm

Black Lives Matter

We at AVRASA want to acknowledge the pain and suffering that many of our members, clients, students and community are feeling during these troubling times. The Events in Minnesota, Georgia and Kentucky are heartbreaking, but are only a snapshot of many tragic events that have taken place through history. The continuous repetition of systemic racism and the senseless loss of life due to state-sanctioned violence against brown and black men and women are unacceptable.

AVRASA’s mission for over 40-years has been to educate, advocate and support rehabilitation counselors and social service professionals to provide comprehensive and integrated services to individuals with disabilities. As a result, AVRASA has been a driving force for equality, justice and advocacy for black and brown individuals, among other oppressed and disadvantaged groups of people for decades. AVRASA has always and will continue to stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter to fight against systemic racism, state-sanctioned violence, prejudice and discrimination for as long as it takes to foster positive change.

AVRASA believes that education is key to change.

For further information on the Black Lives Matter movement, or to get involved please visit: blacklivesmatter.com

Recommended reading:

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race

by Beverly Daniel Tatum

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

by Robin DiAngelo

Join us at our next General Membership meetingS friday, july 23, 2021

Topic: Supervision

1/2 Day Event 9:00 AM- 1 PM

Details on Speaker TBA

General Membership Meeting Registration

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Vanessa Roldan, MS. Ed.,CRC,LP-MHC

Rehabilitation Therapist

Opioid Treatment Program - Zucker Hillside Hospital

75-59 263rd Street

Glen Oaks, NY 11004

Tel: (718) 470-8456

Fax: (718) 470-6408

Email: vroldanali@northwell.edu

Vanessa Roldan is a CRC and has her limited permit as a Mental Health Counselor. She has been working for Northwell Health - Zucker Hillside Hospital- Opioid Treatment Program for 8 years. Vanessa is the Rehabilitation Therapist for 439 patients, has a caseload and is a Peer Supervisor at her site. Vanessa also is the lead collaborator and facilitator for Mother and Child Services for OTP.





Annise Weaver, MS.Ed, CRC

Associate Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Director of Clinical Operations


Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Duke University Medical Center

2608 Erwin Rd, Suite 300

Durham, NC 27705

Telephone: (919) 684-0082

Email: annise.weaver@duke.edu



Annise is a MS.ED and CRC.

She has worked at Oddysey House and currently served as the Associate Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Duke University.


Annise will be discussing supervision topics including:

  • Aligning Expectations and Staying Engaged in the work

  • Giving Effective Feedback

  • Managing Up and Sideways

  • Closing Reflections





Friday, July 23, 2021 General Membership Meeting Registration https://forms.gle/qw6sK37mKQimaw5p7

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