Erik Thompson, MA

Erik Thompson, MA, Licensed Psychologist-Masters Erik is Executive Director of the Vermont Center for Family Studies, and is dedicated to helping leaders in families and other organizations identify and practice strategies to increase maturity, responsibility and success. Erik formed Thompson Leadership Development, Inc. to coach CEO's, Presidents and their senior teams nationally, to expand their capacity to lead people and overcome high-stakes relationship challenges. Erik is a Licensed Psychologist-Master whose professional discipline for the past 25 years has been the application of systems thinking to human behavior, and leadership. After earning a graduate degree in psychology, Erik completed a three-year post-graduate training in systems thinking at the Bowen Center. For 15 years he worked in community mental health as a clinician, supervisor, and consultant in the area of chronic self-injury, and also had a private family therapy practice. Erik has published two peer-reviewed scientific papers in the journal “Family Systems”. He serves as an active member of the national Bowen theory network, by co-facilitating the Bowen Center’s online Bowen Theory and Organizations study group, by participating in a national “Bowen Theory and Meditation” study group, and by serving on the conference organizing committee for the Bowen Center’s national conferences.

Erik Thompson, MA, Licensed Psychologist-Masters
Thompson Leadership Development, Inc.
Office: (802) 658-4800
Cell: (802) 881-2898
Email: erik@thompsonleadership.com

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Michael Gilman, LICSW, ACSW

Michael is a Clinical Social Worker and co-founder of Optima in Burlington, Vermont. Optima is a group of independent clinicians who work with families, children and adolescents. Michael began his work in human services 24 years ago as a substitute worker at Baird Center for Children and Families and Howard Mental Health. He went on to work at Howard Mental Health for several years working with adults dealing with chronic mental illness. After his graduate education, he worked for several years at Vermont CARES serving the needs of individuals and families living with and at risk of HIV infection as their Clinical Director of Client and Prevention Services. Michael also held the position of Executive Director of the Vermont Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Michael completed three years of the Postgraduate Training Program in Bowen Family Systems Theory at the Bowen Center in Washington, D.C.. Presently, he is a member of the Board of the Vermont Center for Family Studies.

Michael Gilman, LICSW, ACSW
Optima: Favorable Conditions for Growth
2 Church St, Suite 4G
Burlington, VT 05401
Office: (802)-658-4888
michaelgilman@optimavt.org

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Nancy Weber, CMHC

Nancy Weber is a founding faculty member of the Vermont Center for Family Studies, and has taught courses in Bowen theory for many years. Presently, she is President of the VCFS Board. She is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and adjunct professor in the Graduate Counseling program at UVM, where she supervises practicum students. She practiced family therapy for many years as a member of the Dolan House group, and was a supervising therapist at the UVM Counseling Center. In the late 1980’s, Nancy led the effort to obtain state licensure for Clinical Mental Health Counselors and served as a member of the Vermont State licensing board for several years. She attended the post-graduate training program at the Bowen Center for three years. Nancy's interests including the practice of dynamic neutrality in family leadership.

Nancy Weber, CMHC
nancy.weber@uvm.edu
802-864-1810

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