Tara Bruno

Behavioral Health Training Specialist

Tara is an individual with lived experience who has learned how to overcome the obstacles of intergenerational violence and trauma and utilize her personal experience to inform and empower others. A first generation college graduate, Tara earned her MA in Applied Sociology as a Community Fellow Scholar at Lehigh University while serving as a grassroots community organizer for the RenewLV campaign. Tara then spent several years as an Adjunct Instructor in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology as well as served as an advisor for the student services multi cultural club and Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honors Society. Additionally, Tara has earned her Certification in Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counseling (CAADC) and is Certified in REBT (CBT), DBT & Trauma Informed Care. Tara spent several years in direct service as a Clinician for Inpatient, Outpatient, Mobile Therapy (Children & Adolescents), Mental Health and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) facilities. Tara has recently become a Certified Crisis Prevention & Intervention Instructor and a Mental Health First Aid Trainer. Tara is currently earning a Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice and was the recipient of the National Center on Justice Reform Scholarship. Tara plans to coordinate a training series that incorporates restorative justice practices in Philadelphia’s schools and community organizations. She also currently volunteers her time serving several community organizations in Philadelphia, including the Philadelphia & Pennsylvania Reentry Coalitions (PRC & PARC).