Randi Adler

Randi began her career at Jewish Community Services (formerly Jewish Family Service) 34 years ago providing outreach and prevention education to the community. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and her Masters degree from Barry University. She initially drove a 30’ Winnebago which was outfitted as a travelling office, and served many local public schools, providing individual and group counseling to students. Randi has worked with children and adolescents in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools for more than 25 years through the agencys school consultation program. It was during this time, that Randi developed her love of public speaking. Over the years, Randi has advanced from District Office Director to Clinical Supervisor, and is now the Program Director for LGBT Services at Jewish Community Services, a program she developed with the support of her administration.

Randi has an extensive record of providing professional seminars on a variety of subjects including Suicide and Depression, Divorce, Stress Management, Humor in Therapy, and Clinical Interventions with LGBTQ Clients. She has also presented on the issue of Cultural Diversity, with a focus on raising awareness about the issue of homophobia in the work-place, in school and in the community. In addition, Randi has been a presenter at numerous professional seminars, on local, state and national levels with a focus on helping community organizations to increase their cultural diversity awareness and enhance efforts for greater LGBT inclusion. She has collaborated with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Division of Student Services for over 25 years, presenting to school personnel in the Sexual Minority Network, as well as their Art Therapists and Guidance Counselors. She is also a trained facilitator for SAGECare USA, providing training workshops on LGBT Elder issues.

Last year, Randi was one of only 25 social workers in the country selected to participate in a program sponsored by Keshet, a Boston based organization training mental health professionals to work with Rabbis and community leaders towards greater inclusion for LGBT people. And in 2013, Randi received the honor of being named the Miami Dade Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).