Our Vision

SWEET envisions a world in which all clinicians and advocates always have the required resources to make a transformative impact.
SWEET Institute

Our Causes


·     Mass Incarceration and Justice Involved Individuals

·      Homelessness and Mental Health 

·      Trafficking and victims of Trauma

·      HIV and Health Disparities

·      Oppression and Vulnerable Populations

·      Child Abuse and Resiliency 

·      Stigma and Engagement


Our Mission

SWEET rallies a community of clinicians and advocates behind the causes we all care about.  A strong community united in vision and purpose can bring needed change.  This can be accomplished through solidarity, empowerment, and education.

SWEET Institute- Mardoche Sidor, MD
SWEET Institute

Our Values

Our core values include:

•  Service              

•  Leadership               

•  Innovation              

•  Community               

•  Empowerment

SWEET Institute- Integrated Care group picture

"SWEET is such a special place where I feel comfortable to take risks and really engage in new learning and growth."

— Lily T., WPA


Our Approach

SWEET helps catalyze a transformative impact by creating a space to reflect, emphasizing Collective Learning, and focusing on the unique strengths of each clinician and advocate.


Our Paradigm Includes:

•  Soft skills and critical thinking

•  Collective Learning

•  Socratic and Desire Methods

•  Empowerment tools

•  Education-Beyond-School

•  Emphasis on clinical and system-based practices

•  A diverse team, modeling the importance and value of  collaboration in making change.



  Mardoche Sidor, MD,   Quadruple Board Certified Psychiatrist

Mardoche Sidor, MD, Quadruple Board Certified Psychiatrist

  Karen Dubin-McKnight, PhD, LCSW

Karen Dubin-McKnight, PhD, LCSW


Our SWEET Story


It was March 6, 2017, when Mardoche Sidor, a psychiatrist, and Karen Dubin-McKnight, a social worker, sat for their usual work-lunch meeting.  This time something weighed heavy on their hearts: “I am tired of seeing all these dedicated clinicians, so passionate and brilliant, end up burntout, because the status quo just does not care about them,” says one. “Yes, it’s frustrating. They stand for a cause, work hard, seek the client’s best interest, and yet they are deprived of the space they need to make an impact,” added the other.


Mardoche and Karen agreed that something had to be done and teamed up to fight the status quo.  Little did they know that was the beginning of the SWEET Institute.


What status quo, you may ask?