Molly is a nationally recognized expert on the placement of children, adolescents, and young adults with therapeutic special needs. Trained in the United States and Europe as an educational and clinical psychologist, Molly is very adept at understanding the interplay between cognitive and psychological issues and how they impact a child’s ability to function in school, at home and the world at large. Her training in family systems therapy provides Molly with a keen sense of the family dynamics, as they relate to the current crisis and the implications for treatment. This comprehensive clinical foundation is key to understanding the educational, emotional and family life of a child and informs Molly’s work to develop appropriate educational/therapeutic treatment options for the individual child and family. Her attention to the family experience during the treatment process prompted Molly to author an article, “Therapeutic School Placement: Parallel Processes of Change in Children and Their Parents,” which has been nationally recognized.
Believing that one can best understand a particular school or program by directly observing the process in action, Molly travels extensively throughout the United States, visiting schools and programs, meeting with staff, spending time with the students and whenever possible, participating in the therapeutic and educational process.
Through the years of placement, traveling and training, she has developed relationships of trust and respect in the therapeutic community, both inpatient and outpatient. Program directors have often commented on how much they appreciate the thoroughness of her understanding of the social, emotional, educational and developmental needs of her clients and the implications of those issues for treatment.
Working in the challenging world of at-risk youth, Molly has supported her early training by continuing education in the realm of emerging therapies, such as dialectal behavioral therapy, equine therapy, expressive therapies such as art and movement. In her previous work as a child and adolescent therapist, Molly recognized early on that no one modality suited every child and it was essential that a skilled clinician have a varied “toolbox” to bring to her work with young people. Although no longer practicing as a therapist, Molly’s understanding of the vast range of therapeutic offerings provides an important foundation to the therapeutic placement process in terms of identifying the most appropriate setting for your child.
Molly holds a B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University and an M.A. in Behavioral Psychology. She was trained in Rome, Italy at the international Center for Psychological Services to undertake psychoeducational evaluations, play therapy, family systems therapy and adolescent counseling. Molly worked for six years as the Consulting Psychologist to the international schools in Rome. Returning to the United States in 1992, after living abroad for ten years, she joined Mallory, Baron, Ross & Kindler in 1993 and as she is often heard to remark, “I am never bored.”
Only a few people I have met over the years have made such a lasting impression. You truly make a difference in people’s lives. Thank you.
Thank you. How can I ever thank you enough for all you’ve done for us. Danny, as he calls himself now, because “Daniel no longer exists”, is safely enrolled at [a residential treatment center recommended by Molly Baron]. I am eager to hear from him, check in how he’s handling his new peer group and quarters.
The search for a safe and compassionate program, one that would be a therapeutic match for my son's unique personality and problems was multifaceted. The variables were too important to be left to anyone but a professional
Thanks so much for your guidance with selecting [program recommendations] and helping Jonathan find his life again – he’s been profoundly and positively impacted by his experience at [a wilderness program] - I’m sure the same will be true of [this next residential placement].
Molly Baron solved everything in a matter of a few days – she got all the reports, called 2 schools, got him in one, got the escort service and gave me the name of a loan company who came through in 24 hours. Not only that! But she answered a lot of questions that no one else could! She is the VOICE OF REASON!
I’ve never met you but I know you have changed the course of my life for the much, much better. I know that there was a lot of work going on behind the scenes to help me and you had a lot to do with that. Thanks for helping to get me to where I’m at today and keep saving lives! : )