Joseph Benamati, MSW, EdD
Dr. Joseph Benamati is a senior faculty member at the Sanctuary Institute in Yonkers, NY. The Sanctuary Institute trains organizations that work with children, adults, and families that have experienced traumatic events. For 40 years, Dr. Benamati has been dedicated to helping trauma-exposed youth who are in the justice system, have mental health issues, or have autism or developmental delays. Dr. Benamati authored START (Systematic Training to Assist in the Recovery from Trauma), which trains staff working with children to identify traumatic stress in children and demonstrates how to respond to and treat children who experience traumatic events. START was developed to address a lack of understanding around the nature of trauma. Dr. Benamati continues to educate in this area through his speaking and training on trauma-informed care and his role as a mental health consultant to the Stillwater, NY Emergency Preparedness Committee.