Faculty - Parents Apart
Jody Comins, MSW is a Divorce & Family Mediator and Collaborative Coach in the Greater Boston area. Jody is a court-approved facilitator for the required parenting classes in MA and teaches for MWI and The Divorce Center. Jody is the creator of "Honor thy Children; Jewish Parenting through a Divorced Lens," which she presented with Rabbi Dan Liben at the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Conference in Boston this spring. Her blog series on "Speaking Out; Voices of Adult Children of Divorce" can be found on her website.
Jody has been a teacher for The Divorce Center since early 2016 and teaches primarily at Brandeis and the Waltham Chamber of Commerce.
Tanya Gurevich, J.D., LICSW is a licensed clinical social worker and family mediator with experience of working in legal and the mental health fields. Currently, her practice focuses on mediation, individual, couples and family counseling and parenting and divorce support and education. She has been an instructor for the Divorce Center/Parents Apart program for several years and a frequent presenter at the Divorce Center public education series and other divorce-related programs. She is on the board of the Massachusetts Council of Family Mediation and a former board member of the Divorce Center. Ms. Gurevich is a graduate of Brandeis University, Boston College School of Law and Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Ms. Gurevich has a practice in Needham, MA and you can learn more about her background and the services she provides at www.mylifechanges.net.
Barry Kahn is a clinical social worker who has worked directly with and on behalf of children for over 40 years. He provides psychotherapy and consultation in his private practice, and has worked for over 15 years as a Guardian ad Litem in the probate and family court with families who are experiencing conflicts around custody. When providing therapy with individuals and families, he offers individual therapy, couples therapy, parent counseling, and child-focused family therapy.
Barry is one of our newest instructors in the Parents Apart Program, having started in March 2019. Barry also teaches at Simmons University School of Social Work as an adjunct faculty member and is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Social Work. He was the founding director of the Family Counseling Center in Merrimack Valley, a center launched by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
Dr. Gerry Lewis is a psychologist practicing in Framingham and Marlboro. He is an instructor for the Divorce Center, teaching "Parents Apart." Also, he is a GAL and is on the Board of MAGAL (the MA Association of Guardian ad Litem). In addition, he is a divorce mediator.
Jonathan Nathan, MSW, LICSW is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist with over 35 years of clinical and administrative experience in treating children, adolescents, families and adults in a variety of clinical modalities including individual, couples and group therapy as well as family therapy.
He has been an instructor for 17 years for the Parents Apart Program, which he continues to teach on a monthly basis. He has lectured and presented in the past on a wide variety of clinical subjects related to trauma, child treatment, couples therapy and short term psychotherapy. Jonathan is a graduate of Smith College School of Social Work.
Beth Ross, MSW, LICSW is a certified Collaborative Coach, mediator, and therapist. She is a member of the International Collaborative Law Council, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC), and Southeastern Collaborative Law practice group. She is a member of the Mass Council on Family Mediation. Beth is the founder of Mending Fences Institute, dedicated to guiding families through divorce. She is a past board member of the Divorce Center, an instructor for the court-mandated Parents Apart course, chairperson of the Advanced Parenting Education Committee and a member of the Southeastern Collaborative Practice Group.
Cathleen Threadgold is a Therapist in Framingham with a private practice,working with teens and young adults as well as families in crisis. In addition to being a certified Hypnotherapist, Cathleen has worked in the public and private sector,and has been an adjunct professor at Framingham State University in the Psychology Department.