Andy Lapides is a licensed clinical social worker in New Jersey and New York and board certified diplomate in clinical social work. Andy has done extensive work with older adults and their caregivers for the past twenty-five years. In his career, he has worked with many older adults and their family members navigating the challenges of aging, medical problems, mental illness, disability, and long term care, an often confusing and overwhelming experience for most families. Andy trained in a community-based social work approach to working with older adults called “aging-in-place.” Andy started his career working with low-income, older adults in the New York City housing projects in New York City at the Henry Street Settlement NORC/Vladeck Cares program. NORC stands for “naturally occurring retirement community, a concept developed to promote aging-in-place with community supports.
Andy went on to work at Selfhelp Project Pilot, a geriatric care management program on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City. After that, Andy worked for six years at the Morris County Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans, the area agency on aging (AAA) in Morris County, as a geriatric care manager. While there, Andy developed the first caregiver manual. Andy went on to work in several mental health clinics in New York City and has been in private practice since 2009.
His background includes a bachelor’s degree in social work from New York University and a master’s degree in social work from Fordham University. Andy trained post-graduate in gestalt therapy and has a certificate from the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy & Training in New York City. Andy also has a certificate from the Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis’ (ACAP) one year program and subsequent additional courses at ACAP. Andy continued his training in modern group psychoanalysis at The Center for Group Studies. Andy headed the Morris County NASW private practice special interest group and founded/developed the Morris County Psychotherapists’ network. Andy has been the secretary of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy in New York City, originally started by Laura and Fritz Perls.
Andy has published internationally in psychotherapy journals and is currently teaching at the Rutgers University School of Social Work.
Andy is a member of the National Associaiton of Social Workers and the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy.
Andy’s philosophy to working with older adults emphasizes choice, creativity, and dignity for and promotes the right for everyone to live in their own homes, safely, till the end of one’s life. Andy is also a big proponent of laughter as a means to letting go and coping with the difficulties of life.