Dr. Seth Bernstein has been the Program Director at Boys Town South Florida since May 2008, where he directs the School & Family Support Services program which operates in over 60 schools. Prior to that, he held the position as Behavioral Health Administrator for the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, Florida beginning in January 2000. In that position, Dr. Bernstein was responsible for implementing the School Behavioral Health Program in 46 local schools. Dr. Bernstein also managed the Comprehensive Services Program, offering emotional, developmental and physical health services to children (0-5 years old) and their families in the subsidized child care facilities in the county. Since January 2004, Dr. Bernstein has alsoimplemented the Children’s Institute’s Primary Project program--a nationally recognized best practice program--currently in twelve elementary schools, offering play-based preventative services to K & 1st grade students. His prior programs have been evaluated by the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago.
Dr. Bernstein is responsible for over 80 staff and works very closely with many agencies throughout his community. He is currently on the Board of the United Way of Palm Beach County, is active on the Juvenile Justice Board, and facilitates a support group for families with a child with Tourette Syndrome. He also participated in the U.S. Surgeon General’s conference on children’s mental health Issues. In addition, Dr. Bernstein regularly presents at state, national and international conferences on topics related to prevention and early intervention services and support systems for children and families.
Dr. Bernstein received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and thereafter obtained his Doctorate of Psychology degree from the Florida Institute of Technology. He completed his internship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Bernstein is a Florida Licensed Psychologist and Certified Addictions Professional who has extensive experience working with the School District’s Guidance, Exceptional Student Education (ESE), and Safe Schools programs. His prior work included serving as Director of Clinical Programs at Growing Together, Inc., a residential adolescent substance abuse and behavioral treatment program, as well as serving as the President of the Palm Beach County Juvenile Association. Dr. Bernstein lives in Boca Raton, Florida with his wife and two sons.