Rus Devorah Wallen, LCSW, ACSW is an accomplished musician, performer, social worker/psychotherapist, administrative consultant, lecturer and community leader. Displaying unusual versatility as an educator, she conducts workshops and programs on various themes ranging from emotional well-being and marriage enhancement to Chassidic philosophy, music, and religious practice.
Mrs. Wallen is an inspiration as a Jewish woman, therapist, teacher, and friend. Her warmth, sensitivity, humor, and genuine concern for others are the qualities she employs in her creative presentations – during which she often relates her own experiences – generating a special rapport with the many individuals she touches in her world traversing events.
Mrs. Wallen often makes herself available as a mentor after her speaking engagements have long ended, providing support and a sense of community for those who may be searching for stability in these challenging times.
Rus Devorah, an alumna of Wurzweiler School of Social Work as well as College Conservatory of Music (University of Cincinnati) and Machon Alta Womenʼs Institute (Safed, Israel), utilizes her rich educational background to enhance her natural abilities as a communicator, entertainer, and counselor.
She has advanced clinical training in various areas of diagnosis and treatment. Some of her specialty populations and treatment modalities are: Perinatal Wellness, Aging Well, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) (studied under Zindel Segal), IMAGO Relationship Therapy (studied under Harville Hendrix), Advanced Therapeutic Ethics for Clinical Supervision (studied under Ofer Zur).
She has directed educational and cultural programs in New York and around the world. She has coordinated school programs, which provide counseling, staff development and parenting training programs in Jewish day schools and yeshivas. She has coordinated and performed for dozens of Jewish college campus activities; coordinated the Ivy League Torah Study Program and served as its adviser; and developed and directed a highly successful Adult Day Health Care program benefiting Russian Jewish immigrants.
She has taught music, and performed and lectured extensively in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and the Russia and the Ukraine, and continues to be involved in community service projects benefiting Jewish communities wherever she is summoned.
As co-founder and clinical supervisor of SPARKS (Serving Postpartum families with Awareness, Relief, Knowledge and Support), Mrs. Wallen speaks on women’s perinatal issues (postpartum depression, anxiety, etc.), focusing on giving support to families in need and training professionals to assist their clients.
Her newest endeavors include: composing and arranging relaxation and therapeutic music and developing “self-help” workshops that distill therapeutic concepts of Chassidic Philosophy and make them available to the lay public.
Rus Devorah Wallen and her husband Eliyohu live in Amherst, New York.