Faculty and Staff

Listed below are some of the faculty who regularly work with SWES in providing specialized license preparation courses and in preparing SWES Study Guides

Stephen Antler, DSW

Received his MSW from Columbia University and a Doctorate in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work He has previously been a member of the faculty at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Boston University School of Social Work, where he taught social policy and administration and chaired the Social Policy program. His publications include numerous articles in Social Work Journals and a reader on Child Abuse published by NASW Press. He formerly served as a consulting editor of Social Work and has done research on child protection with the Rand Corporation. Dr. Antler has consulted to many government and private organizations in the United States, in Europe and Israel on child welfare planning, administration, and program development. He has been associated with Social Work Examination Services since 1983.


Deborah Cantor, Ph.D., LICSW​

Deborah is a clinical social worker who has worked with adolescents, adults and couples since receiving her Masters of Social Work at Smith College School for Social Work in 1972. She earned her doctorate at Simmons College School of Social Work in 2001. Dr. Cantor taught clinical social work practice as an adjunct faculty member at both Simmons College and Boston University Schools of Social Work. She supervised MSW students and staff during her years of agency practice and served as Assistant Executive Director of Jewish Family Service of Metrowest from 1992-1997. Dr. Cantor is currently in private practice in Framingham, MA. She has taught for SWES since 2002 .

Leslie F. Bass, MSW, MBA

Leslie is an adjunct faculty member at Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston, where she teaches Clinical Assessment and Human Behavior in the Social Environment. She received her MSW from Boston University School of Social Work in l977 and an MBA from Simmons College Graduate School of Management in 1990. She has maintained a private practice for 20 years. Additionally, she has extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, as well as in medical social work, geriatric consultation and crisis management.

Laura Mutrie, MSW, LCSW

Laura is the Director of Field Education of the MSW Program at Quinnipiac University, and Clinical Assistant Professor, where she has been since 2013. As a child and family clinician interested in complex trauma and its impact on children and adolescents she is committed to the development provision of quality services for underserved populations. At Quinnipiac, her national and statewide presentations on the topic of Inter-professional education and the use of simulation in social work education have been widely regarded. She teaches advanced organizational social work practice and advanced clinical practice courses in the MSW program. As an adjunct at Southern Connecticut State University she has taught social work policy, field seminar and advanced clinical practice. And for over 15 years she was Director of Clinical Services for a child guidance clinic, and is a long-time member of NASW/CT and a current member of the Council on Social Work Education. She has been an active member of the TEAM, Inc., community action agency, Board of Directors for the past 6 years.

Sunny Maguire, LCSW

Sunny attended Hunter College School of Social Work, MSW, 2011 and the William Alanson White Institute’s Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program, 2014. After several years as a psychotherapist in agency, outpatient, and private practice settings, Sunny now trains students and professionals on social work ethics, clinical practice, and general professional development.


Lauren Antler

Lauren received a BA from Barnard College and an MA from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Lauren brings two decades of experience in marketing, communications and administration in the non-profit world to her work with SWES. She is passionate supporting social workers in their path to licensure, and working to bring the most up to date study tools and technology to our students.

Maxwell Manning, Ph.D

Maxwell has been an educator, administrator, clinician, and consultant for over twenty-four years, and has provided consultation to the Casey Family Services and Glass substance abuse services. He is presently a faculty member of Howard University School of Social Work, and previously with the Catholic University National School of Social Services, both in Washington, DC.


Kathleen Monahan, D.S.W.

Kathleen is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University, and is the Micro Practice Sequence Chair. She founded the Family Violence Education and Research Center (FVERC) and is director of the specialization in trauma for second year graduate students. Dr. Monahan is a member of the Steering Committee of the Council on Social Work Education, Task Force on Advanced Social Work Practice with Trauma. She has taught courses on trauma, child sexual abuse, and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in the School of Social Welfare, the School of Nursing, and the School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. Her research interests include sexual abuse, bereavement, disability and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Dr. Monahan is a licensed clinical social worker, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a certified forensic consultant. She has been in private practice since 1984.
Scroll to Top