ACE Foundation Leadership
What We Do
The ACE Foundation delivers state-of-the-art programs and adjunct resources that provide mental health professionals with the clinical skills and theoretical knowledge they need to grow.
We are a 501c3 non-profit organization created for and directed by mental health professionals.
Our continuing education programs are approved for New York State LMSWs and LCSWs. We are also approved by the American Social Work Board for continuing education, which includes most other states. Many of our programs are also approved for New York State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, New York State Licensed Mental Health Councilors, New York State Licensed Psychoanalysts and New York State Licensed Psychologists.
We don’t just provide contact hours for license renewal, we also encourage the lifelong mastery of clinical skills and an enduring curiosity for new trends in the field. This includes introducing our colleagues to opportunities for further comprehensive study outside the Foundation.
With a yearly conference and programs every month, there’s always more to explore at the ACE Foundation.
Board Members & Officers
Marsha Wineburgh, DSW, LCSW-R
Helen Goldberg, LCSW-R
Jerry Floersch, PhD, LCSW
Jerry Floersch is an associate professor of social work at Rutgers University. Dr. Floersch is the author of Meds, Money, and Manners: The Case Management of Severe Mental Illness, published by Columbia University Press (2002), where, utilizing ethnographic and socio-historical methods, he examined the rise of community support services, the rise of the case manager and case management. He is a NIMH K08 recipient (2004-2009) for training in and development of qualitative methods to study youth subjective experience of psychotropic treatment. Dr. Floersch conducted a follow-up ethnography to Meds, Money & Manners, which led to a second book, On Having and Being a Case Manager (2010). His research/practice methodology is developed in a book Qualitative Methods for Practice Research (2013), published on Oxford University Press. From 2010 to 2017 he was the director of Rutger’s DSW program, where he developed a case study method and curriculum for advanced clinical training. He is the past co-president (2017-2019) of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work. In 2019 he was inducted as a fellow in the Society for Social Work and Research, the flagship society for social work research.
Dr. Floersch has practiced across many settings: in-patient hospitals, outpatient substance abuse, and community mental health centers and has expertise with adolescents and young adults, especially among those having difficulty making transitions from home to college, home to work, or from home to independent living.
Jeffrey Longhofer, PhD, LCSW
Jeffrey Longhofer, Ph.D., LCSW is an associate professor of social work at Rutgers University. Dr. Longhofer holds graduate degrees in anthropology and social work. He did his postgraduate psychotherapy training in child development and psychoanalysis and adult psychoanalysis at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center (Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center, accredited by the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Hanna Perkins Center. He is the past co-president (2017-2019) of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work.
Dr. Longhofer is a clinical social worker, applied anthropologist, and psychoanalyst, whose research focuses on mental health practice, mental health case management, psychiatric medication, and the roles that stigma and shame play in the social and psychological dynamics of practice. He specializes in psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. He has served as the associate editor for the Society for Applied Anthropology journal, Human Organization, and the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and as editor of the American Anthropological Association journal, Culture and Agriculture.
Arthur A. Gray, PhD, CGP
Arthur A. Gray, PhD, an honorary member of the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPSS), is faculty, supervisor, and serves on its Coordinating Committee. Other faculty/supervisory positions are: the Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society’s Group Therapy Department, the Training Institute for Mental Health, and Adelphi University. He is: Council Member of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPS), on the Institute Committee of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, and on the editorial board of the Psychoanalytic Inquiry Journal. He consults with self psychology groups in South Africa and in Japan, and conducts supervision online using his group supervision model. His published articles apply self psychology and subjectivity theory to individual, couples, group, and supervision. He has a specific interest in how improvisation informs the therapeutic process. His latest publication is, “Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances: Improvisation in Psychoanalysis,” in Psychoanalytic Dialogues 2015. In private practice in New York City, Arthur treats adults using individual, couples, and group psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.
Michael Crocker, Ph.D.
Karen E. Baker, MSW
Karen Kaufman, Ph.D., LCSW-R
President, New York State Society for Clinical Social Work
Shannon Boyle, LCSW
Past President, New York State Society For Clinical Social Work
Our Programming Team
Desirée Santos, LCSW-R
Director of Professional Development
Desirée Santos, LCSW-R, is a psychoanalyst and licensed clinical social worker in private practice with more than 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist, supervisor, lecturer, and program developer in the fields of hospital-based social work, school-based services, community-based health, and mental health.
In August 2022, she became the Director of Professional Development for the Advanced Clinical Education Foundation (ACE). Prior to then, she worked at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City for more than 13 years as a clinician and then as continuing education program manager for the Department of Social Work Services.
Ms. Santos is also an adjunct lecturer at Columbia University, where she achieved a B.A. in Psychology and Master’s degree in Advanced Clinical Social Work. In addition, she is a Teaching Faculty Member at the Psychoanalytic Association of New York (PANY) affiliated with NYU School of Medicine, where she graduated from the post-master’s adult psychoanalysis training program. She enjoys collaborating on various community-based initiatives to promote wellness, growth, and resilience among youth, adults, and families.
Her recent and current projects include completing her doctoral classes, working on her dissertation, chairing the APSaA Graduate Education in Social Work Committee, developing curricula for early-career clinicians in the community, and working with clinical education programs across the country as a professional development consultant. Clinical research interests include intersubjectivity, human development, narrative therapy, clinical training, and supervision.