Learn More About Our Presenters
Here you’ll find information about the talented speakers & presenters featured in Forum classes.
We are deeply grateful for each of these people and their partnership. Check out their websites & resources!
Heather Bartlett is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker skilled in integrating creative art techniques in her daily practice. Heather has previously worked in homelessness services with Roof Above, using creative tools to engage clients with complex needs on their path toward housing stability. She specializes in an understanding of clients with severe and persistent mental illness and advocating for those who cannot access the care they need. Currently, Heather is working as a Behavioral Health Consultant with Charlotte Community Health Clinic continuing to provide a pathway toward mental healthcare, walking with clients on their personal path toward wellness and honoring the dignity for every person’s story. Heather knows that without self-care we cannot continue to do this hard work and sometimes self-care takes a bit of creativity!
Susan completed a Bachelors of Science in Justice Administration in North Carolina. At Charlotte Rescue Mission as a technician and then Admissions Coordinator, she worked intensively with those needing treatment for Substance Use Disorder. She was the frontline for many struggling with addiction. Her desire to provide resources created a strong connection to the treatment community in Charlotte. Her current position is as Community Liaison and Outreach Specialist. Susan is registered with the NCSAPPB and won Crisis Intervention Team member of the year in 2022. She is extremely successful in partnering with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and others throughout the state, CMPD, and has in-depth knowledge of Detox centers and addiction treatment state wide.
Dr. Andrea Garraway
Barbara L. Thomas
Director of The Forum
Barbara Thomas as the director of The Forum is one of the program’s primary trainers. With years of experience in non-profits as Director of Dove’s Nest, at Charlotte Rescue Mission, and Director of Services at Urban Ministry Center (now Roof Above) and in private practice at the Counseling Center at Charlotte, Barbara uses her experience to highlight the practical application of all concepts taught in class. With a passion for learning and for the development of staff in the community, Barbara teaches with compassion and knowledge. She has certifications in Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care, De-escalation and is a NC certified counselor. Her heart for serving the underserved undergirds all that she does.
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We want to hear form you: Do you have an idea for a class that you and your team would like for us to offer? Do you know of a presenter that you would like to take a class from at The Forum? Or just have a general question or feedback?
Contact The Forum Director Barbara Thomas via email, or using this form. We can’t wait to hear from you.