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George Veltri is an artist, writer, consultant and trainer.
George has been a member of poetry workshops, one of which was the subject of a one hour PBS TV special and culminated in a theatrical production at Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts.
George partnered with a fellow artist and developed a successful, nationwide greeting card corporation. He has organized exhibitions of children's poetry and art, in conjunction with an original concept called,
"The Children's Art Collection.”
His novel, Nice Boy, is the culmination of years of writing which encompasses, in part, his own history of drug addiction, growing up in an Italian American family during the 1960's and later years of experience working in the fields of child welfare and substance abuse treatment.
He has more than thirty years of experience in the fields of child welfare, drug and alcohol treatment, and marriage and family therapy. George has a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy; is a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor; a Nationally Certified Addictions Counselor; and is a published author.
While working for the Child Welfare Institute, George was responsible for the design of training curriculum and the analysis of curriculums for State child welfare agencies. He authored training curricula for child welfare workers, supervisors, substance abuse treatment providers and mental health professionals. He co-authored most of the curricula for the State of Illinois, as well as having a significant role in the development of their Model of Practice. He wrote extensive case studies for use in the training of basic and advanced casework and supervision skills. He was responsible for direct delivery of training to child welfare managers, supervisors and caseworkers.
George has been an integral part of the CW Policy and Practice Group's innovative and effective approach to training and wraparound services. He has been responsible for designing, writing and delivering curriculum for training state and provider agency staff at the national level. He has been conducting in-home family team conferences, home and community support service integration, child welfare and behavioral health services staff support and training, which includes curriculum development, laboratory training, coaching and mentoring.
As a consultant with MAXIMUS inc., George served as a functional expert in the fields of child welfare, communications and change management. He was part of a team contracted as Project Integrator for the New York State CONNECTIONS Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS) project. As such he played an integral role in the reassessment process and documentation, and ongoing new development of the New York SACWIS.
He has been living in the mountains of upstate N.Y. for the past three decades. He has retired from training and curriculum design, and spends most of his time exploring different art forms, including short films, graphic designs, as well as writing.
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