Program Leadership

  • Candace Beardsley, MSSW, LICSW - Director & Founder

    Candace is a native Vermonter who earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychotherapy from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and a Master of Science and Social Work Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. While in Madison, Candace received training at the Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) which set her on a course for clinical mental health practice in community-based settings. Prior to founding Spruce Mountain Inn in 1982, Candace held appointments at three community mental health centers, where she worked in day treatment, crisis intervention, outpatient, and residential programs. In 1990, she won the Vermont State Young Careerist Award given by Business and Professional Women for her accomplishments in her field. More recently, she served on the Mental Health/ Substance Abuse Advisory Panel of the Vermont Health Care Authority and was a longstanding member of the Executive Board of the American Residential Treatment Association (ARTA). A licensed clinical social worker in the State of Vermont, Candace has overall responsibility for clinical and business operations at the Inn. Candace loves spending time at the ocean, going camping, and has a passion for antique restoration.

  • Sarah Rosenthal, MSW, LICSW - Assistant Director

    Sarah provides administrative and clinical supervision, facilitates groups and helps with the day-to-day operations of Spruce.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and her Master of Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans.  Sarah has considerable experience as a psychotherapist in outpatient and school-based settings providing individual, family and group modalities.  Her areas of clinical practice has focused on developmental trauma, attachment, understanding learning differences, and social perspective taking.  In addition to her clinical work, Sarah has been a clinical supervisor and a regular presenter at professional conferences and staff trainings.  She taught both psychology and social work courses at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.  Sarah lives in central Vermont with her family.  In her free time, Sarah can be found walking on a nature trail with her dog, playing in her garden, cooking, or sipping a cup of green tea.