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@Issue 360 | Issue 28 | May 2019

We have all seen the cup and ball routine where a simple ball appears, disappears, and reappears inside a small cup.

The magical effect one experiences in watching this routine is not possible without a person having a fully developed sense of what Jean Piaget called “object permanence”. For the trick to work, a person needs to know that the ball itself ought to be in the cup even though it cannot be seen. The magic occurs
when the cup is lifted and the ball is no longer there.  Magic depends on understanding an audience’s psychology.

Mathom House and Easton Manor Director, Bill Citino, knows this all too well, because not only a magician but he is also a licensed clinical social worker. "Sometimes I feel like we need a little magic to keep all the moving parts in sync." Bill strives to promote trauma-informed efforts for residents and staff
alike, while reinforcing the program’s strong treatment curriculum, and building an overall positive culture within residential programming.

A Favorite Quote:
 “Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What’s a sun-dial in the shade?” –Benjamin Franklin

What are your credentials/past experience, for working in your position?
"It was a real natural fit for me to get into this field. I have always had a passion for helping the disenfranchised make positive life changes. There is a heavy stigma associated with anyone who comes in contact with the juvenile justice system. It is my hope that through the work that we do at Mathom House and Easton Manor that we are able to reduce that stigma, support positive change efforts, and ultimately allow the youth we serve to have successful outcomes in the future." Bill earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutger’s before joining Mathom House in 2014 as a Clinical Therapist. "I believe hard work pays off. Through my dedication to the program and various opportunities that presented I took on an increasing number of administrative responsibilities leading to my most recent appointment at Deputy Director prior to serving as the Program Director."

What do you like about working at ECI?
My teammates. I’m truly blessed to be able to work with such a top-performing and smoothly-running team – they’re constantly amazing me with their talents, knowledge, and dedication!

What are the values that drive you?
I truly believe in our mission, and I like helping people. I feel loyalty to those we serve and helping the youth and families in our care is just about perfect for me! I believe that through hard work and perseverance we can accomplish what we set our minds to.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
I have my own business outside of work where I perform sleight of hand magic for private events, corporations, and various foundations that I have been doing professionally since 2002. I also enjoy reading and my recent favorites are The Tipping Point (Malcolm Gladwell), The Harry Potter series (J. K.Rowling), and Born Standing Up (Steve Martin).

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