Dr. Grace Telesco

  • Chief of Operations, WolfBear Institute

Grace A. Telesco, Ph.D. is a Professor of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice in Ft. Lauderdale and the Chief of Operations for WOLFBEAR INSTITUTE. Dr. Telesco is a retired Lieutenant who served for twenty years with the NYPD and was the Chairperson of the Behavioral Science Department at the NYC Police Academy. Dr. Telesco has developed various educational programs at the university level utilizing sociodrama techniques and has presented on numerous topics related to social policy, crisis intervention, and disaster preparedness.

Following the September 11th attacks on the WTC, Dr. Telesco was appointed the Interagency Coordinator of Mental Health Services at the Family Assistance Center where families of the victims received crisis intervention and support. Following Hurrican Katrina, Dr. Telesco was deployed to New Orleans by the United States Department of Health and Human Services to be a part of the elite DTAC (Disaster Technical Assistance and Consultation) Team providing assistance to the Governor of Louisiana and the State Office of Mental Health.

Dr. Telesco has been on the faculty of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, St. John's University, and East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Telesco is an accomplished researcher in the areas of domestic violence and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Police Officers and is the author of numerous publications

Workshops, Presentations and Seminar Topics

Women in Distress October 2006
Sociodrama Program

Hospice Care of SouthEast Florida 2005 - 2006
Organizational Development Retreat
Basic Management Orientation Course
Camp Coral Sociodrama Program

Sunshine Cathedral 2005
Buddy Program Advanced Sociodrama Training

The Good Dog Foundation September 2005

Effective Communication, Crisis Intervention & January 2005

Disaster Response Training November 2004
20 hour training for Canine Intervention Teams in disaster response, crisis and trauma, effective listening, and handling vicarious trauma

Retreat for Peer Educators Sept. 16-17, 2004
Women's Resources, East Stroudsburg, Pa.
2 day retreat- training of 25 participants in the use of socio drama to educate peers about sexual and dating violence.

TMI Management Systems July 20-22, 2004
Leadership Development Retreat
Miami Beach

Exploring Pathways to Excellence in Leadership
A two day intensive retreat focusing on issues of integrity, workplace ethics, leadership skills, management style and communication. A variety of mediums including socio-drama, collage work, group work, simulations and guided critical thinking were used to bring managers to a new level of self awareness, competence and confidence.

NASW-PA Chapter Annual Conference 2004: March 18-20, 2004
New Routes to Social Work Success
A 6 hour Interactive Socio-Drama Training/Workshop for Social Workers
Highly charged and practical workshop demonstrating how socio-drama can be used and how it is an effective method in the education and training of social workers about a variety of challenging topics including sexual assault, domestic violence, homophobia and racism.

Third Annual Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference March 12-13, 2004

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Lives, Healthy Community
Workshop: In My Shoes: Using Socio-drama as a Tool to Raise Consciousness about Homophobia, Trans-phobia, and Gender Conformity. Participants are guided through real-life situational scenes that are developed by the participants, setting the stage for audience dialogue through the guided discussion of the facilitator, and learn how to use the medium with organizations, agencies, institutions and police departments. (2 hours)


Meet AIU South Florida Faculty - TelescoFor 20 years on the New York Police Department, Grace Telesco was Sergeant or Lieutenant Telesco. These days, she's just Dr. T. Retired from a career in the ...

How To Train Cops by Heather Mac Donald, City Journal Autumn 2000bellows Lt. Grace Telesco, the head of the Behavioral Sciences Department, ... So current Academy director James O'Keefe brought in Grace Telesco, ...

CBC News: Sunday - 9/11: TRUTH, LIES AND CONSPIRACYSo that next morning, Grace Telesco, oh, but we had to have some identification then Grace Telesco, she took us to - he had dental work like 6 months before ...

Using Sociodrama for Radical Pedagogy: Methodology for Education ...1Dr. Grace Telesco is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at American InterContinental University in Weston Florida and Director of the University's ...

Grace Telesco and Alisa Solomon - Theater of the Recruits: Boal ...Lt. Grace Telesco is head of the behavioral science department at the New York Police Academy, where 1300 recruits are trained each year in a seven-month ...

Grace Telesco - Wolfbear InstituteGrace A. Telesco, Ph.D., B.C.E.T.S., is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at American InterContinental University in Ft. Lauderdale & Director of ...

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Grace Telesco, Interviewed by Alisa Solomon. Lt. Grace Telesco is head of the behavioral science. department at the New York Police Academy, ...

Shell gameGrace A. Telesco, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice ... Grace A. Telesco, Ph.D.: Isn't it also true that the students who are given an ...

Christina Teleconference - Laurie Telesco : ZoomInfo Business ...Telesco, Grace, American InterContinental University, Grace Telesco, Ph.D, MA is ... of Sociology at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. ...

Contributors - Theater 31:3Grace Telesco, a lieutenant in the New York Police Department, heads the behavioral science department at New York's Police Academy. Telesco also teaches at ...

September 11, 2001: Gay Victims Gay HeroesSpike Cutolo; Grace Telesco; Francis S. Coppola (he watched his boyfriend, a firefighter, go into the south tower and never come out); Andrew Lavenski; ...

Radical Pedagogy: Table of ContentTABLE OF CONTENTS. Grace A. Telesco, Ph.D. Using Sociodrama for Radical Pedagogy: Methodology for Education and Change. Ken Moffatt, Ph.D. ...

Research on Social Work PracticeFile Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
naires and providing the recruit training, and Grace Telesco, Ph.D., and Sgt. Susan Murray for collecting the data. Correspondencemay be addressed to G.T. ...

The Chronicle: 5/23/2003: Preserving Democracy in the United StatesBravo to Judith Grant, who realizes that we must speak up before we are no longer permitted to do so. Grace A. Telesco Assistant Professor of Sociology ...

Following is a list of organizations with whom Dr. Telesco has interviewed, consulted or trained:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (S.A.M.H.S.A.)

U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services

DTAC (Disaster Technical Assistance Response) Team Deployment

New Orleans, Louisiana September 2005

  • Provide assessment of mental health services to State Office of Mental Health Commissioner, Center for Disease Control, and Surgeon General's Office
  • New Orleans Police Department Psychological Services Unit.
    Conduct CISD for social work staff at Louisiana State University and Louisiana State Office of Mental Health
  • Provided technical assistance and consultation to Disaster Coordinator Louisiana State Office of Mental Health in development of Family Assistance Center.


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