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I've helped groups grow in positive and creative ways. Whether you're a corporate, non-profit organization or specialized group, I can help.

Rita Abdallah, LISW-S, LCSW-C, ACSW

Rita Abdallah, LISW-S, LCSW-C, ACSW

How I can help you.

If you're looking to share messages on conquering stress, adjusting to change and inspiring well-being for your organization, then there is a number of ways I can help you. I've spent my career working on innovative ways to boost engagement and teamwork across a range of settings. These experiences place me in a unique position to help other businesses do the same.

Rita’s thought-provoking lecture “Survivorship for Breast Cancer Patients” at Summa’s Annual Oncology Symposium gave us important insights for the development of our survivorship clinic. Her style was upbeat and entertaining, yet delivered with a poignancy which underscores what a caring individual she is.
— Joyce Neading RHIT, CTR, Program Director, Cancer Research & Cancer Registry, Summa Health System Akron, OH

Rita Abdallah is a nationally renowned speaker in the fields of cancer wellness and self-care.


Rita holds a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and an undergraduate degree from John Carroll University.

After college Rita served as a full-time Jesuit Volunteer in Hartford, Connecticut. There, she gained her greatest education – working with the poor and underserved with an HIV/AIDS diagnosis. She patiently guided them through the emotional and practical demands faced by her clients. As the HIV/AIDS disease spread to the public arena, Rita's local and statewide advocacy efforts brought much-needed funding and recognition to this once-disenfranchised group. 

During her professional career Rita has worked in non-profit organizations, academia and healthcare including oncology social work. She served cancer patients and staff as a social worker in outpatient, community-based cancer treatment clinics. Here, she provided emotional and spiritual support, raised money, conducted research, organized educational and social events and offered numerous classes on self-care, meditation and breath work.

Today, Rita is the Founder of Turning Point Services, Ltd., where she researches, writes, consults, and speaks on topics that support individuals, groups and cancer-care professionals. She joyfully delivers presentations to organizations that want to motivate staff and build human potential. 

Rita is an authority on the topics of happiness, self-care, grief recovery, cancer wellness, cancer survivorship, work-life balance, and conquering the challenges of stress and change. Her main message is to show individuals their greatness by connecting to the inner voice.

Rita offers wellness coaching; clients seek her for very personal help and guidance. It is a great time for individuals and couples seeking the momentum to grow and discover fresh ideas for living with peace, love and joy.

Rita is the author of “Nurturing Spirit through Complementary CancerCare” for the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. She is also co-author of other clinical oncology articles. Rita has also published writings in Elephant Journal .

As co-founder of a non-profit, Destination Hope, Rita has been instrumental in promoting the art of positive living through humor, support and knowledge for individuals touched by cancer.

She is an Ohio Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW-S), Maryland Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C) and member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW).

Did you know??? Rita is also a Wellness Coach.

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Rita’s clients

Rita has served as a wonderful expert educator in both webcast and live peer-to-peer venues. She is an excellent and engaging communicator who provides both practical and technical insights. I highly endorse her talents and consistent high-level performance.
— JD Hammond, Eli Lilly and Company Lexington, KY

Rita has devoted her life to helping others and has earned these accolades:

Humor and Relationships - Everybody Loves Them Award, Humor at Work

Outstanding Continuing Education Presenter, Cleveland State University

Excellence in cancer service: Journey of Hope, Charlotte Tletski Golden Dove Award

Distinction in serving patients and loved ones: University Hospitals

Service Excellence Award Recognition for high quality patient care: Community Health Partners ChamPion

Exceptional commitment to social work profession: Ohio National Association of Social Workers, Region 3, Outstanding Service Award

Distinguished contributions in academia: Cleveland State University, Women Who Make a Difference

Exemplary dedication to the poor and underserved: Ohio House of Representatives, Outstanding Service as a Jesuit Volunteer