I am an educator, social worker, activist and advocate with a passion to contribute positively to others in ways that helps facilitate a more connected and integrated experience of self and life overall.
I am the founder of Growing Kind Minds, an independent practice. I am a dual-Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Massachusetts and New York, with many years of experience working with clients of all life stages and circumstances in various settings, including a premier school for children with various life and learning perspectives in NY. I received my BA in Psychology and Social Work from Adelphi University and a MSW from Columbia School of Social Work. I am a lecturer at Boston College School of Social Work and Columbia School of Social Work, and PhD candidate and researcher at Adelphi University, pursuing research in trauma, parenting, post-traumatic growth and Autism.
My areas of focus are trauma, parenting, anxiety, autism and special populations, specifically individuals and groups that have differences in abilities and life perspectives, and their families. I utilize a unique approach that is informed by theory and grounded in a holistic, strengths-based perspective. I am a Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP), trained child and adolescent yoga instructor through Little Flower Yoga, a Yoga Alliance Certified program; and a certified aromatherapist through New York Institute of Aromatherapy (NYIOA).
My fervor for promoting empowerment and disseminating knowledge has contributed to activism in the community and partnership with organizations and universities. I guest lecture and lead workshops for organizations such as New York Therapy Placement Services, and am a national lecturer in the PESI family, speaking on trauma, resilience, parenting, development, post-traumatic growth and body-based approaches to healing from the bottom-up. I've also contributed to writing social emotional curriculum for in-school programs and organizations including EI. Read what others are saying.
On a personal note.
I'm an avid traveler, enjoy creating with my hands, moments with loved ones, comedy, film, a personal yoga practice, and never-ending exploration into the inner-workings of the mind. My safe space is anywhere I am surrounded by books. I have a knack for singing and acting, and will always remember my first collaborative performance art experience. I am also the owner of Grinmoments Photography, that uses photography to capture life's moments and creating opportunities for people to be empowered.
I believe in an individual's inner strengths and resilience, and my focus is to connect my clients to that inner guidance. My hope is to share as much as I can with the community. Every individual is valuable, special, possesses strengths and has the capability to find the resources within to reach their desired potential.
"Victoria is the kind of person who exemplifies enthusiasm and dedication to her practice and area of expertise. Her ambitions are compelling and motivating, as she strives to engulf information and expand her wealth of knowledge pertaining to her professional and personal growth. She views each child as an individual, creating a stimulating therapeutic environment focused on the child's potential."
PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS
Grinman, V., Indig, S., Rozentsvit, I. (2017, November). CAN TIME HEAL?
TRAUMA, DREAMS, and Parents of NEUROATYPICAL MINDS through the LENS of NEUROPSYCHOANALYSIS. The International Forum for Psychoanalysis, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Grinman, V., Indig, S., Rozentsvit, I. (2016, May). The Joy of Being Vulnerable at the Time of Terror: Neurobiology of Vulnerability and Its Fringe Benefits for Clinical Practice and Creative Process. The XIX International Forum of Psychoanalysis, New York, NY.
Grinman, V., Indig, S., Rozentsvit, I. (2015, November). Multi-disciplinary panel: The Joy of Being Vulnerable: Vulnerability's Fringe Benefits for Clinical Practice and Creative Process. Paper: Vulnerability as an Important Ingredient for Post-Traumatic Growth in Parents of Children Diagnosed with Autism. Philadelphia, PA.
Grinman, V., Rozentsvit, I., Maher, A., Levinthal, R. (2015, October). Teaching Social Skills and Play Therapy in Schools: Report from the Tranches of Special Education. b) Growing Kind Minds: Mindfulness and the Whole-brained Child. Paper presented in the 46th Annual Conference of the North-Eastern Educational Research Association: Interdisciplinary Approaches, Collaborating Minds. Multi-disciplinary panel: Revolutionary Education: Fostering Emotional Intelligence and Empathic Imagination Across the Mainstream Curriculum. Trumbull, CT.
Grinman, V., Indig, S., Rozentsvit, I. (2015, September). Multi-disciplinary panel: The Post-Traumatic Growth: The Wisdom of the Mind; Its Clinical and Neuropsychoanalytic Vicissitudes. Paper: Fostering Post-traumatic Growth in Parents of Children Diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Paper presented at the 19th International Association of Group Process (IAGP) Congress: Despair and Desire in Times of Crisis – Groups in the City … of the World. Rovinj, Croatia.
Grinman, V., Indig, S., Rozentsvit, I. (2015, May). The Post-Traumatic Growth: The Wisdom of the Mind; Its Clinical and Neuropsychoanalytic Vicissitudes – Symposium, 2015 International Sandor Ferenczi Conference 2015 in Toronto Canada, Victoria University in the University of Toronto.
Grinman, V., Indig, S., Rozentsvit, I. (2015, March). Back to the Future of Psychoanalysis: From Neurology to Neuropathology – to Psychoanalysis – and Back to Neuroscience, Psychoanalysis in Our Time Symposium – Psychoanalysis and Science in Talinn University, Estonia.
Grinman, V., Indig, S., Rozentsvit, I. (2014, May). Panel Presentation: Impasses and Neuro-psychoeducation: The Fringe Benefits for Clinical Practice (From Impasse to Insight in Working with Children diagnosed with Autism). 45th Annual NYSSCSW Education Conference, New York, NY. Paper: Facing Impasses: Identification and Working Through, New York, N.Y. (publication in prep.)
Grinman, V., Indig, S., Rozentsvit, I. (2014, September). The Post-Traumatic Growth: The Wisdom of the Mind; Its Clinical and Neuropsychoanalytic Vicissitudes, XVIII Forum of Psychoanalysis in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Grinman, V., Indig, S., Rozentsvit, I. (2014, May). Impasses and Neuropsyhcoeducatyion: The Fringe Benefits for Clinical Practice (From Impasse to Insight in Working with Children diagnosed with Autism), 45th Annual NYSSCSW Education Conference-- Facing Impasses: Identification and Working Through, New York, N.Y.
Grinman, V., Riccio, N.Z., Rozentsvit, I. (2013, October-November). Analytic Hour, Time Experiences, and Their Neurobiological Vicissitudes, International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education (IFPE) - 23rd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference –Transience and Permanence, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Published paper in Other/Wise Uncut Online Journal.
Grinman, V., Riccio, N.Z., Rozentsvit, I. (2012, November). Back to the Future of Psychoanalysis: From Neurology and Neuropathology - to Psychoanalysis – and Back to Neuroscience, International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education (IFPE) - 23rd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference -- Sustainable Psychoanalysis: Embracing Our Future, Preserving Our Past, Portland, Oregon.
Grinman, V., Maher, A., Amro, S., Alcorn, M. (2011, November). Emotional Imprint: A New K-12 Academic Track in Emotional Literacy, 2011 Annual Conference: Pathos, Politics and Passion.
Grinman, V., Novemsky, L., Núñez, V., Rosenfeld, B., Rozentsvit, I., Lilenthal, R. (2010, October). Ethics Across the Curriculum: Exploration by an Interdisciplinary Academic Community of Inquiry -- Teaching Ethics and Socio‐Emotional Curriculum with a Diverse Learning Community, 41st Annual Northeastern Educational Research Association: Building Research Partnerships, Rocky Hill, Connecticut.