Sarah Jane Frankel, LICSW

Sarah Jane Frankel, LICSW


Sarah Jane Frankel is a licensed independent clinical social worker at the Boston Child Study Center. Sarah Jane has extensive experience providing individual, group, and family therapy for diverse populations of youth and families presenting with co-occurring problems and long-term distress. Sarah Jane has extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, evidence based trauma therapy approaches, including TF-CBT and DBT-PTSD, and the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency model of care. Sarah Jane graduated from the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 2003 where she engaged in research projects exploring traumatic grief in children with parental loss, disrupted emotion perception and trauma, and conducted structured interviews across multiple states with adolescents with problematic sexual behaviors.

Sarah Jane has worked in multiple settings including outpatient settings, residential school, and most recently as Clinical Director of the UMASS Medical School Adolescent Continuing Care Units where she worked for over 10 years. As a clinician and clinical supervisor on the Adolescent Continuing Care Unit, she provided intensive treatment for youth with complex emotional and behavioral difficulties that required longer term hospitalization.

She has extensive experience providing treatment for youth and families from diverse backgrounds with histories of multiple forms of trauma, chronic suicidality, self-harm, major mental illness, and complex family dynamics. She has a special interest in walking alongside parents as they navigate parenting challenges and collaboration with other providers. Sarah Jane has a specialization in supporting parents who are navigating high conflict parenting dynamics and is the Director of Parents in Conflict services.

Sarah Jane is also the Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Problematic Sexual Behavior treatment services. She has a subspecialty providing treatment for children and adolescents presenting with problematic sexual behavior and is a clinical member of the Association of the Treatment for Sexual Abusers. She has published, presented, and provides consultation with a special interest in the relationship between multiple forms of abuse and problematic sexual behavior.  Sarah Jane was a clinician at Stetson School for six years providing individual, family, and group therapy for youth with sexual behavior problems. Sarah Jane is committed to implementing best practices to treat youth and families impacted by problematic sexual behavior with compassion and evidence informed treatment approaches.