PsyD faculty member Dr. Sandy Blount was awarded a 3-year grant from the federal Health Research and Services Administration last Spring, to establish clinical training collaborations with primary care practices across northern New England. In 2016-17, the first year of the program, five PsyD students were placed in fellowships offering $25,000 stipends. The program is enjoying fabulous success in its first year, and AUNE is on track to place 11 students in these stipended positions for 2017-18.
Early in 2016, the State of NH was awarded a 5-year federal grant to better meet the behavioral health needs of the population served by Medicaid. The State was divided into seven regional “Integrated Delivery Networks” (IDNs), each of which were then invited to re-design their Medicaid supported services to better address local needs. Antioch’s Center for Behavioral Health Innovation was retained by our regional IDN to help craft a proposal, in collaboration with many other regional stakeholders, that will drive system transformation for the next several years. That proposal was submitted to the NH Dept of Health and Human Services in October. We are excited to be part of this initiative, and eager to see what creative solutions it may bring to the southwest region of the State in the years to come.
Dr. Alexander Blount is a member of the National Integration Academy Council, the governing body for the Integration Academy of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). On December 6th and 7th of 2016, Dr. Blount attended the meeting of the council as they begin a new project for AHRQ. The project is to provide technical assistance and evaluation for health systems who are grantees in developing medically assisted treatment for opioid abuse. The Integration Academy was chosen for this role because medically assisted treatment needs to be provided within a biopsychosocial approach to addictions.
PsyD students Dana Vitrano and Kate Lambos, clinicians at Antioch Psychological Services Center, recently presented on Stress Management to a “Dimensions of Learning” class at the Community College of Vermont (CCV) campus in Brattleboro, VT. The Dimensions course focuses on academic and other skills needed for college success.
Dana and Kate presented material on the biological components of stress, provided resources and strategies for managing multiple demands, and led the group in practicing mindfulness and self-care skills. The students found the workshop very helpful, and CCV has asked for our students to return during the spring semester to do additional presentations.
Marti Straus, PhD did an interview for an online journal called Psych Central. To read it, go to Treating Trauma in Adolescents: A Q&A with Dr. Martha Straus. The interview includes links to two of Marti’s books and is shared on Psych Central’s twitter page, which has 130K followers.
The threatening rainstorms did not put a damper on The Melanie Foundation Memorial Race, called the Saratoga Palio, nor on the spirit and tenacity of the runners from the Antioch group who participated. Clinical Psychology Department Chair George Tremblay was inspired by Melanie’s loss to run his first half marathon (indeed, first race of any kind) in his mid-50s. In addition, second-year students Sarajane Rodgers and Chad Lazzari, and Jim Schumacher, husband of Lorraine Mangione, made us all proud as they each crossed the finish line. George’s wife, Elizabeth MacPherson, joined in as the team photographer who captured the runners’ best moments.
Melanie Merola O’Donnell was a promising young graduate student in her second year who died in a car accident in the Albany area and left her class and the Department with a huge void. It was a privilege to be able to meet Melanie’s parents, husband, and many other relatives and friends, and to honor Melanie and her legacy.
One of her best friends started this race the same year of Melanie’s death, and the race and the Foundation, which helps to support students in the mental health world, have been going strong ever since.
Please see the picture of Melanie’s mother, Vicky Merola, standing next to Lorraine, and her aunt sitting in front of Lorraine.
For more information about Melanie and the Foundation, please visit the following website: themelaniefoundation.com/history
Hospice and palliative care are extremely important parts of our health care system and psychologists have not traditionally played a big role in these areas. At the Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts annual conference, in Norwood, MA, on November 2 & 3, Lorraine Mangione gave a workshop on Contributions of Creativity, Religion/Spirituality, and Culture to the Path Through Grief. Those in attendance, mostly counselors, nurses, and social workers, seemed to resonate with the importance of these themes in grieving families and individuals. This is a very engaging and compassionate conference and highly recommended for anyone who wants to become familiar with hospice and palliative care. One track focused on this work with veterans at the Bedford VA, one of our practicum sites and an internship.
Melinda Treadwell, AUNE Provost, has made the Honorary Faculty appointment of Tim Desmond as Distinguished Faculty in The Institute on Wellness for Helping Professionals, Department of Applied Psychology. This appointment recognizes Tim’s record of outstanding professional service, scholarship and dedication to wellness for those in the helping professions. As Distinguished Faculty for the Wellness Institute, Tim will be presenting for the Applied Psychology Department Internship Site Supervisors and will be collaborating on a professional full day workshop this Spring.
Tim Desmond is a mindfulness teacher, therapist in private practice, and co-founder of Morning Sun Mindfulness Center in Alstead, NH. He is the author of Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy (W.W. Norton, 2015) and offers training and consultation to therapists around the world, helping them to integrate positive psychology and mindfulness practices into their work.
Tim has presented at Yale University, the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy Colloquium, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Conference, and the International Society for Ethics in Psychology and Psychiatry, as well as to mental health audiences around the country. His writings on mindfulness and positive psychology have appeared in the Psychotherapy Networker and the Mindfulness Bell magazine. Tim was interviewed about self-compassion by the Huffington Post, and writes for major mental health websites such as Madinamerica.com.
He developed and teaches “dialogue-based mindfulness training,” a technique for teaching mindfulness and self-compassion in which the client is guided through a meditation while giving the clinician feedback about their experience in real-time. The clinician uses this feedback to adjust and custom tailor the meditation instructions in order to ensure the client learns the technique effectively.
In 2005, Tim was ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh into the Order of Interbeing after many years of practicing in that tradition. He leads meditation retreats around the US and teaches regularly at Morning Sun Mindfulness Center in NH. In addition to the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, Tim teaches Nonviolent Communication and positive psychology.
An overflow crowd of students, faculty, and alumni gathered to hear Dr. Jeremy Safran give his talk on Mindfulness, Enactment, and Affect Regulation at the second Roger Peterson Distinguished Speakers Series on October 3rd at Antioch New England. Dr. Safran is Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research in New York City and author of numerous books on psychotherapy including Negotiating the Therapeutic Alliance: A Relational Treatment Guide with Dr. Chris Muran. Dr. Safran first offered a framework for his clinical practice and research, and then engaged the audience with conversation around video clips of psychotherapy that focused on his relational psychodynamic perspective. It was a marvelous coming together of people and ideas, which is what we hope for from the Speaker Series.
Antioch’s Center for Behavioral Health Innovation delivers a Symposium at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, in Atlanta. BHI staff Johanna Wilson-White, John Erdmann, Megan Edwards, Jim Fauth, and George Tremblay all presented papers as part of a symposium titled, Innovations and illustrations in program, evaluation, and reporting design from the world of behavioral and community health.
Roger Peterson, Ph.D., Professor and Distinguished Senior Scholar, has been invited to be on the keynote panel for the Annual meeting of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology. He will speak on: “NCSPP and the Practitioner-Scholar Model: Strengths, Omissions, and Shortcomings.”
The Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association was held October 14 & 15 at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. A current faculty member (and graduate of our program) as well as a number of PsyD students presented at this conference.
Meg Pilling, PsyD (Antioch, 2015): Fostering Connections: Group Therapy for Young Women Aging Out of Foster Care
Sara Jane Rodgers: Sports-Related Concussions: Long-Term Neuropsychological Deficits
Jen Moniz and Holly Moniz: Beyond Residential Treatment: A Screening and Assessment Model for Juveniles Who Sexually Offend
Jessica Gibson, Dana Vitrano, Elizabeth Corley: How Are Older Adults Faring in New Hampshire? Using Field Assessment to Evaluate Elder Healthcare
John Erdmann, Sarah Pearson, Mackenzie Soniak, April Fiacco: Beyond Therapy: The Many Roles of a Clinical Psychologist
In honor of Jonathan Daniels, and in response to a dialogue at a community forum, local organizations, individuals, and youth have come together to create and install ten banners on Main Street, featuring images of Jonathan Daniels and quotes from local youth about the privilege of voting.
The Center for Civic Engagement at Antioch University held two deliberative dialogue sessions in the Spring, around the topic of voter participation. During the April forum, “Democracy Depends on Voter Participation,” a number of ideas and initiatives were generated by community member participants. One idea generated was to honor Jonathan Daniels and his fight for voter rights more intentionally throughout the community during the election process.
This idea was brought to the St. James Episcopal Church youth group, which engaged with a number of community members and organizations – Keene Rotary Club, Elm City Rotary Club, Keene State College, and others – to create the banners for Downtown Keene.
“The young people who walked in Jonathan Daniels footsteps want to encourage the community to honor one of our own, Jonathan Daniels, by voting. The Center for Civic Engagement is excited and proud to have participated in this collaborative effort. This is what the Center is all about,” said Molly Kelly, Center for Civic Engagement Co-Director and NH State Senator.
The Antioch University Center for Civic Engagement’s mission is to engage a broad and diverse group in deliberate dialogue forums about issues that are important to this community, resulting in collective decisions for community action and sustainable civic engagement.
Treatment accessibility, timely emergency services, and effective suicide prevention programs–these are all issues that most psychologists have encountered in their practice whether at a community clinic, hospital, medical setting, school, or private practice. One of our graduates, Dr. Steve Broer (Antioch, 2000), who is the Director of Behavioral Health Services at Northwestern Counseling & Support Services in Saint Albans, Vermont, was recently invited to speak about issues surrounding suicide on a Vermont Public Radio show, All Things Considered: The Vermont Edition. Steve has been a champion of community mental health and accessible care since his days at Antioch and continues the efforts to make mental health services available to all who need them.
Dr. Sandy Blount was the first author, along with Dr. Jim Fauth, Dr. Anne Nordstrom, Evaluation Coordinator, Center for Behavioral Health Innovation, and 3rd year PsyD student Sarah Pearson, of a statewide study of the primary care behavioral health workforce published by the New Hampshire Endowment for Health. Dr. Blount was the plenary speaker at the New Hampshire Summit on Behavioral Health Integration, also attended by 1st year PsyD students Alicia MacDougall and Angel Walter. Dr. Fauth led one of the working sessions. Earlier, Dr. Blount was a participant in small invited groups on behavioral health integration, one assembled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the other by the President of the American Psychological Association. He was also a leader for the Colorado Competencies in Primary Care Behavioral Health Consensus meeting in Denver.
In mid-September, Dr. Sandy Blount received confirmation that our GPE (Graduate Psychology Education) funding from the federal Health Research and Services Administration will continue for two more years. Over the course of the three-year grant period, we will put nearly $1 million to work funding multiple primary care sites and some two dozen student stipends to develop integrated care practicum training opportunities. Congratulations to Dr. Blount, the five pioneering students occupying our GPE practicum positions this year, and those yet to come in the two years ahead!
Marti Straus, PhD is publishing her fifth book, Treating Traumatized Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship. She is also contributing a chapter to a collection of essays by master therapists for a book entitled What to Do When Children Clam Up in Therapy. Both works are coming out from Guilford Press this winter.
The department is pleased to announce that Lindsay Furlong-O’Hara (4th year PsyD student) is the 2016 recipient of the Colby Smith Scholarship. This award was created last year to honor Dr. Colby Smith, upon his retirement, for his many years of service to AUNE as a member of the Clinical Psychology Department. The fund has been supported by numerous alumni and colleagues, and is intended to recognize a continuing Clinical Psychology student who demonstrates commitment and character. The scholarship acknowledges a student’s aspirations and any extraordinary circumstances that brought the student to AUNE. In bestowing this award, we honor both Lindsay’s and Colby’s aspirations and dreams. Congratulations, Lindsay!
The Horace Mann Awards Night, 2016, at the Keene Country Club, was a special one for the Department of Clinical Psychology as we honored Carmela DeCandia, PsyD, 1999, one of this year’s recipients of the Horace Mann 2016 Spirit of Service Awards.
In Dr. DeCandia’s work with children and family, from an individual clinical level to the societal and policy level, she has devoted herself to improving the life of our most vulnerable populations. Her political advocacy for homeless children and families has helped to raise awareness of the work that needs to be done in this area. Dr. Lorraine Mangione, who nominated Carmela along with Dr. Kathi Borden, was honored to introduce her, and to also recognize her dissertation chair, Dr. Susan Hawes, who was in attendance. In Carmela’s acceptance comments, she singled out three areas that have helped her in her quest to achieve her vision: her family, the Antioch community (including “the big class”), and her current colleagues, and in fact she had a representative from each of those realms there to celebrate with her. Dr. DeCandia has worked at several non-profit agencies and now has her own clinical and consulting practice in the Boston area.
Each year donations from this Antioch fundraiser benefit the Horace Mann Spirit of Service Scholarship Fund which is awarded to students who demonstrate, through an essay, their (small or large) victories for humanity through work or volunteerism in the areas of community service, diversity, lifelong learning, sustainability or social justice. Two of our current fourth-year students, Kristen Lauer and Lauren Weisberg, are recipients of the scholarship this year.
Dr. Barb Andrews, Program Director of Antioch University New England’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, has been selected to present Best Practices for Online Supervision; Meeting the Demands and Exceeding the Expectations of Remote Supervision for the 2016 WACES conference in Vancouver, British Columbia in November. The presentation will address how counselor educators can meet the increasing demand for remote and distance supervision to support our students while they complete their clinical training and move forward with licensing requirements. A remote supervision group benefits from the expertise, cultural diversity and experience that is brought together from all over the country, and the world, while they share their unique training experiences. Dr. Andrews is the Program Director for AUNE’s online Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program, now with 80+ students.
Antioch alumni, current students, faculty, field supervisors, our head of development, and even a 6-month-old future Antiochian gathered near Burlington, Vermont, at the home of Cricket (PsyD, 2013) and John Braun, our very gracious hosts, for a beautiful afternoon of conversation, music, drinks and appetizers. It was great to see the strong core of Vermonters associated with Antioch and its mission, and how our graduates are living out their Antioch values and education in the many different types of work they do. Music was provided by faculty member Theodore Ellenhorn, graduate Ted Green (PsyD, 2015), and current student Liz Rogers–it was breath-taking!
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program: The Applied Psychology Department learned that the CMHC program was awarded the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Grant (through the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES) for $283,306. The CMHC Program was 1 of only 9 awards made nationally. The specific focus is on substance abuse/misuse, particularly related to the opiate epidemic experienced across the state, and the funding will provide resources to support clinical training SA for students and professionals. Melissa Chickering, Director of Practica & Internships, Dr. Barb Andrews, and Dr. Devona Stalnaker-Shofner will be leading the charge on this initiative.
Clinical Psychology students and faculty recently presented at the 2016 APA Conference in Denver. Students Lauren Weisberg, Chad Lazzari, and Sarajane Rodgers, and Dr. Gargi Roysicar, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Multicultural Center, gave their respective presentations at the APA Conference. Their research, which began last November, resulted in a proposal that was accepted by APAGS (American Psychological Association of Graduate Students) and sponsored by several APA divisions.
It was recently announced that their program, “Syrian Refugee Crisis: Psychologists’ Responsibility for Human Rights and Mental Health,” is the winner of the 2016 Stuart C. Tentoni Outstanding Professional Development Program Award. The award was determined after the careful review of the impressive APAGS-accepted convention program proposals, review of the SERD symposium presentations by members of the APAGS Convention Committee, and review of the participant evaluations collected following the symposium.
SERD is a Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity, an arm of the Multicultural Center for Research and Practice in the AUNE Clinical Psychology Department.
Photo, from left to right: Lauren Weisberg, 4th year PsyD student; Chad Lazzari, 2nd year PsyD student; Sarajane Rodgers, 2nd year PsyD student; and Dr. Gargi Roysicar, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Multicultural Center
Learn more about AUNE’s Multicultural Center here
The Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently announced awards of the Systems of Care grants and Antioch’s Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program is a key partner in the Cheshire County award. The project will implement a System of Care in New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region to improve access and delivery of mental health services to youth and families. As a partner in the Mondadnock Systems of Care, students and faculty from the Applied Psychology Department will provide training and clinical support to the region on trauma, family therapy, and home-based services. Dr. Janet Robertson, with several others, were involved in the planning grant, as well, implementing a family-centered qualitative research approach to the assessment on family needs. This award will contribute to the establishment of a clinical training center within the Applied Psychology Department to meet the needs of the local community.
Antioch University is proud to announce that it has named Dr. Melinda Treadwell as provost of Antioch University New England. Antioch University has recently transitioned its vice-president positions to an expanded leadership role of Provost. The change comes as part of the ongoing effort of all Antioch campuses to better serve the needs of their student communities and to meet the changing demands of today’s society.
“I am proud to be a leader at AU because we are a collaborative community with geographic distance but a shared commitment to one another, to our students, to our partners, and to our mission in direct, meaningful ways.” Treadwell adds, “During the next year, I’m most looking forward to continuing Antioch University’s exciting partnerships with Teton Science Schools and Wolf Ridge Environmental Education Center as well as to expanding our educational partnerships and integrated behavioral health systems.”
Dr. Treadwell has a PhD in Toxicology and Pharmacology from Dartmouth Medical School and has previously held leadership positions at Keene State College. She has been a toxicologist and an investigator for institutions such as the National Institute of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency, and has served on numerous scientific advisory boards.
Her experience and credentials are a boon to Antioch University’s mission of supporting environmental justice, and her background in higher education makes her ideal to lead Antioch University New England.
About Antioch University New England
Founded in 1964, Antioch University New England’s (AUNE) commitment to social, economic, and environmental justice serves as a foundation for all certificate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Coursework integrates practice with theory in an environment that fosters scholarship and activism. Academic departments include Applied Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Education, Environmental Studies, Management, and Self-Designed Studies. Based in Keene, New Hampshire, AUNE is just over two hours from Albany; two hours from Boston; and less than two hours from Hartford. For more information, visit: antiochne.edu.
AUNE is part of Antioch University, an accredited, non-profit university and a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education that serves adult students around the world, online, and from its five campuses in four states, in addition to its University-wide international and doctoral programs. Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. Antioch University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1927.
Dr. Sandy Blount was interviewed for an article in the APA Monitor on psychologists and primary care integration. Dr. Blount is one of the pioneers in this field, and he has been working with other faculty to create our own Major Area of Study in Behavioral Health Integration. You can see the very helpful and forward looking article here.
The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently announced the recipients of four-year grants under its Systems of Care Expansion funding program. Antioch’s Center for Behavioral Health Innovation (BHI) was a partner in two of the awarded applications.
The first project will implement a System of Care in New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region, with Cheshire County as the grant recipient, and the other will be a statewide effort, in partnership with the NH Board of Education. BHI will provide program evaluation and technical support for both projects.
These two projects represent a substantial scaling up the Systems of Care work in which Antioch has been involved to date. We’re very excited to be part of this wave of innovation in our State, for addressing the compelling needs of emotionally distressed youth and families.
Antioch University New England’s Center for Behavioral Health Innovation is dedicated to the design and improvement of behavioral health practice, and works with community partners to improve the health and well-being of underserved populations.
An article entitled Spirituality and Religion in Experiences of Italian American Daughters Grieving Their Fathers by Lorraine Mangione, Ph.D., Megan Lyons, M.S., and Donna DiCello, Psy.D. has just been published in the August issue of Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, an APA journal. The article was based on qualitative research done by Drs. Mangione and DiCello, in which Ms. Lyons was the research assistant who then took a major role in the qualitative analysis for this article. Dr. DiCello is a graduate of Antioch University New England who maintains a full-time practice in New Haven and Wallingford, CT and is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and Ms. Lyons is currently finishing her internship at Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, MI.
Gargi Roysircar, EdD, and some current PsyD students will be presenting at the American Psychological Association annual convention in Denver this August.
Dr. Roysircar has participated in mental health counseling in earthquake-destroyed Haiti, tsunami-affected fishing communities in Southern India, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita-affected communities and responder organizations in the United States Gulf Coast, and in Southern African orphanages that serve HIV/AIDS-infected and affected children and women. Dr. Roysircar trains her doctoral student response teams in disaster trauma, culture-centered skills specific to a community disaster, and in self-care and resilience. She does research on trauma assessment with international child populations, such as, in Haiti and the West Bank, Palestine, for which she was awarded in 2014-2015 an American Psychological Foundation Grant. Dr. Roysircar is serving on the APA Taskforce for Re-envisioning the Multicultural Guidelines for the 21 Century.
APA convention presentations include:
- Roysircar, G. (2016, August). Chair of symposium, International perspectives: How people use religiousness/spirituality to cope. Collaborative programming of APA’s Div 17 Counseling Psychology, Div 36, Religion and Spirituality, Div 45, Psychological Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, and Div 52, International Psychology. Annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO, August 5th
Roysircar, G., & Ashland, T. (3rd yr. PsyD). Haitian religiousness and children’s resilience.
Chao, R., Ph.D., University of Denver. Taiwanese religiousness/spirituality and loneliness.
Worthington, E., Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University. Forgiveness and religious interventions in the U.S.A. and international contexts.
Discussants: Donelda Cook, Dean, Student Development/Affairs, Loyola University of Maryland; Edward Shafranske, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University, CA; and P. Scott Richards, Professor of Counseling Psychology and Special Education, Brigham Young University, Utah.
- Roysircar, G., & Thompson, A. (3rd yr. PsyD) (2016, August). Multidimensional scaling of Haitian children’s HTP Resilience and Vulnerability indexes and self-report measures of self-esteem, self-concept, and posttraumatic stress symptoms. Poster for Personality and Social Psychology at the annual convention of American Psychological Association, Denver, CO, August 6th.
- Roysircar, G. (Discussant), Weisberg, L. (Chair, 4th yr. PsyD), Rodgers, S. (2nd yr. PsyD), & Lazzari, C. A. (2nd yr. PsyD) (2016, August). Syrian refugee crisis: Psychologists’ responsibility for human rights and mental health. Symposium, APAGS sponsored, at the annual convention of American Psychological Association, Denver, CO, August 6th.
Additional articles, book chapters, and presentations that also address issues of social justice, disaster, and culture by Dr. Roysircar include:
- Roysircar, G., Ashland, T., & Boudreau, M. (2016).”Born Black and male”: Counseling leaders’ self-discovery of strengths. Counselling Psychology Quarterly. The article is available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09515070.2016.1172204.
- Roysircar G., & Lanza, A.(PsyD 2015) (2016). First responder mental health: Ethical responsibility for prevention, postvention, and treatment programs. In M. Leach & E. Welfel (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of applied psychological ethics. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
- Roysircar, G. (2016). Member of the APA Task Force for Re-envisioning the Multicultural Guidelines for the 21st Century. First draft under review with APA’s Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI).
- Roysircar, G. (2016, April). Health equity for immigrants and refugees. Georgia State University Biannual Cultural Competency Conference: Cultivating a Culture of Health Equity: Clinical and Community Innovations, University Counseling Center, Atlanta, Georgia, April 8.
- Roysircar, G. (2016, July). Haitian children’s resilience and vulnerability assessed with House-Tree-Person (HTP) drawings. Paper at symposium: Community Approaches to Cultural Diversity, Crime, and Natural Disaster. International Congress of Psychology, Yokohama, Japan, July 29th.
Antioch University New England alumnus Dr. Alex Kirby (PsyD ’06) has launched a nonprofit residential recovery program in Asheville, North Carolina, for boys 14-17. Kirby’s Montford Hall is the only program east of the Rockies to provide long-term residential substance abuse treatment for teenage boys.
In a July 2015 interview with the Asheville Citizen-Times, Kirby said, “We are not rehab. These boys will come here to get stabilized after they go somewhere for 30, 60 or 90 days to get treatment. But rehab does not refer to continuum of care, and that’s where we are different.” Kirby noted that teenagers in the program stay for periods longer than 180 days. “It takes a long time to get into trouble and it takes a long time to get out of trouble.”
Kirby’s vision for Montford Hall began to take shape during his years as a therapist for wilderness therapy programs, when he saw a lack of next step options for the substance-abusing and addicted teenage boys with whom he worked. After creating a business plan and securing a board of directors, Alex founded Montford Hall in 2009 and spent the next several years raising funds while learning, baptism-by-fire style, about that and every other aspect of starting and running a program.
Progress accelerated in 2015, when a local foundation purchased a 16,500+ square foot facility on Montford Hall’s behalf. By then enough funding had been secured to renovate the building, hire and train staff, and market the program to referral sources. The program began accepting applications in March 2016. Learn more about the program here.
SERD (Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity) will be holding a fundraiser and opportunity for discussion on July 11th during the lunch break. The money raised will be donated to the families impacted by the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, where 49 individuals were killed and 53 others were injured. The SERD members appreciate in advance AUNE’s support and generosity.
Working with Dr. Gargi Roysircar, students in SERD hold biweekly meetings to discuss current diversity topics and events, and they promote multiculturalism and volunteerism. SERD also organizes fund-raising events to support Disaster Shakti’s outreach. Disaster Shakti means empowerment in the face of a disaster. SERD/Disaster Shakti promotes multicultural sensitivity, community support, advocacy, education, and social justice-oriented outreach in communities for individuals and groups who come from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, class, and gender backgrounds.
Under commission from the New Hampshire Endowment for Health, Antioch’s Center for Behavioral Health Innovation has recently completed an assessment of New Hampshire’s workforce serving the behavioral health needs of underserved populations in primary care in NH. We have surveyed the “safety net” clinics about their level of integration and staffing capacity, in relation to both current and projected workforce needs. We also surveyed academic programs in the State about their current focus on preparing the primary care workforce for behavioral health services. We are looking into the workforce involved in prescribing and consulting about psychotropic medications and treatment planning, providing psychotherapeutic interventions, relaxation response therapies, and motivational enhancement for healthy behavior, and who are delivering services designed to create and maintain patient engagement in care, address issues of health literacy and adherence, address the barriers patients face in caring for their health (sometimes designated as the “social determinants of illness”), and who keep information about the patient’s health needs and health behavior flowing between the patient and the health team. We hope to carry this work forward by assembling a working group of representatives from primary care health centers and academic programs toward developing a “Doorways and Pathways” model for guiding people into primary care as a career.
Clinical Psychology Professor Kathi Borden just published a chapter on teaching in clinical psychology with coauthor, John McIlvried. The chapter discusses the core activities that comprise the teaching role as well as the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be a successful classroom teacher, research supervisor, clinical supervisor, and mentor. The chapter draws on literature in the disciplines of psychology and education. Special consideration is given to future directions in clinical psychology education including the ascendency of diversity including socioeconomic differences, increasing demand for accountabiity, developments in neuroscience, and changes in the health care delivery system. The chapter was published in the APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology, Volume 3: Applications and Methods, edited by John Norcross, Gary VandenBos, and Donald Freedheim, with associate editor Radhika Krishnamurthy.
Lori Azzara, PsyD (Antioch 2005) has taken on the Chair of the Massachusetts Psychological Association/Massachusetts Neurological Society (MPA/MNS) Joint Advocacy Group that meets with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
Dr. Azzara has been an active member of the MNS Professional Affairs Committee and MPA Assessment Committee for several years. More recently. she became the Co-Chair of the MPA Assessment Committee and has just been chosen President-Elect of MNS. Over these last several years, and recently at an accelerating pace, she has been building her breadth and depth of knowledge and her direct experience in advocacy work. As the MPA announcement described her: She is committed to engaging in mutually respectful, collaborative, productive work with her colleagues, and she brings the same commitments to engaging with those with whom we advocate.
In the Fall of 2015, newly arrived faculty member Alexander (Sandy) Blount set about recruiting primary care partners all around northern New England to develop an integrated care practicum training network. The goal of the network would be, not only to train doctoral students in providing clinical services as part of interprofessional medical teams, but also to train a workforce capable of guiding clinical practices through the transformation to true integrated behavioral health. This set of skills includes identifying high leverage opportunities to improve the health of a patient population, developing and guiding the implementation of stepped care treatment protocols, and monitoring outcomes and quality of care. We are delighted to report that we have received funding from the Federal Health Research and Services Administration, that will provide generous stipends to student trainees and onsite clinical supervisors, and also support a program of training in the practice transformation skills described above. Congratulations to Dr. Blount and the pioneering students and practicum sites who signed on without any assurance of funding!
The State of NH is embarking on a $150 million experiment in transforming care for the Medicaid population, with a focus on integrating behavioral health and medical care, enhancing transitions between care systems, and building a workforce capable of implementing these innovative approaches. BHI has been asked to facilitate production of the multi-year plan for our region of the State (we have a very busy Summer ahead), and we expect to continue contributing to this effort over the next several years.
At a colloquium on June 20th, Sheldon Solomon, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Skidmore College, discussed his studies of the effects of the uniquely human awareness of death on behavior, which have been supported by the National Science Foundation and Ernest Becker Foundation, and were featured in the award-winning documentary film Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality. He is co-author of In the Wake of 9/11: The Psychology of Terror and The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life. Sheldon is an American Psychological Society Fellow, and a recipient of an American Psychological Association Presidential Citation (2007), a Lifetime Career Award by the International Society for Self and Identity (2009), and the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs Annual Faculty Award (2011).
The talk was riveting for many students and faculty who felt that Dr. Solomon’s breadth and knowledge of the topics were both thorough and inspiring as he brought in many different areas of psychology as well as literature, philosophy, and religion. While discussing complicated and challenging issues such as death and the fear of death, and how these attitudes affect our choices, Dr. Solomon also offered humor and hope.
Gil Macvaugh III, PsyD (Antioch 2004) recently received a Special Award at the 2016 American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA.
Gil will be returning to his internship site, University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (formerly known as Worcester State Hospital) in Worcester, MA to teach the forensic post-docs about death penalty cases. He is widely known for his work in this area
Clinical Psychology professor Marti Straus went to Regina Saskatchewan in mid-May to present a two-day workshop on treating trauma in adolescents. Her generous hosts were Ehrlo Counselling Services and the Psychology Association of Saskatchewan.
Five students, two of whom are Clinical Psychology students, have been awarded a 2016 AUNE Horace Mann Spirit of Service Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 each. A committee selected this year’s recipients from a pool of 30 applicants. Named after the university’s first president, The Horace Mann Spirit of Service Scholarship honors students who have won victories for humanity through work or volunteerism in the areas of community service, diversity, lifelong learning, sustainability or social justice. The Clinical Psychology student recipients are:
As an undergraduate student, Kristen volunteered and eventually was hired to work as a project coordinator during her summer breaks for a non-governmental organization in Peru that provided support to children from low-income families. She also volunteered at a public psychiatric hospital in Argentina. When she returned to the United States, she started working in a residential facility for undocumented minors caught crossing the border illegally. Inspired by the resilience and strength of those living in difficult circumstances and recognizing their unmet needs for mental health support, she decided to pursue an advanced degree in mental health. She plans to continue to work primarily in under served Spanish-speaking communities.
After relocating to Keene, Lauren began volunteering at Miracles in Motion, a therapeutic horseback riding facility. She became a certified therapeutic riding instructor and started working as a staff member. She also co-facilitated the development of a new program, Equine Assisted Learning, at Miracles in Motion. She serves as the AUNE campus representative for the American Psychological Association’s Division 35: The Society for the Psychology of Women, and is the chair of a research project to advocate for Syrian refugees.
Congratulations to Dr. Carmela DeCandia (PsyD 1999) for receiving the 2016 Horace Mann Spirit of Excellence Award for her outstanding work on social justice issues. She has been a national leader in addressing homelessness, domestic violence, and more. We are so proud and fortunate to be able to list her as one of our very impressive graduates!
This is the sixth year that Antioch University New England honors a member of the faculty/staff, an alumnus/a, and a community leader with a Horace Mann Spirit of Service Award. The recognition is given to those who bring the Antioch University mission to life through their commitment to community engagement, diversity, lifelong learning, and social justice. Three recipients were chosen from twenty-five nomination submissions.
Antioch University New England is pleased to announce the Donna Mellen Management Scholarship to honor Donna Mellen, EdD, retiring core faculty for the Department of Management, for her twenty-five years at AUNE. Her teaching and her values of transformative management and leadership, teamwork, caring and kindness, have helped to guide so many on the journey of self-discovery and empowerment with clarity, high expectations, and compassion.
In addition to the scholarship, Department of Management students, alumni, faculty and staff, are invited to attend Donna’s retirement celebration on April 30 after the MBA practicum presentations. She and Professor Emeritus Ed Tomey will share a friendly conversation sure to be filled with sage wisdom and warm insights. For more information about joining the celebration, please contact Stephanie Tickner, email@example.com.
To donate to the the Donna Mellen Management Scholarship, please contact Cindy Rodenhauser Stewart, firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you will join us in honoring Donna’s tenure, legacy, and the incredible impact she has had on so many AUNE students, by strengthening support for future students in the MBA in Sustainability program.
“Working with Donna Mellen is an honor; she is a generous colleague and consummate educator. Students and alumni often remark that Donna’s classes are pivotal to their experience in, and long after graduating from, the program. We wish her well on upcoming adventures.” – Robbie Hertneky, Chair & Associate Professor, Department of Management
Lorraine Mangione and Donna DiCello’s book Daughters, Dads, and the Path through Grief: Tales from Italian America was recently reviewed in the newsletter, The Feminist Psychologist, for Division 35, The Society for the Psychology of Women, of the American Psychological Association.
One of the department’s long-time field supervisors, Dr. Janet Spoltore, director of the Connecticut College Student Counseling Services, was highlighted in an article in the November 1, 2015 issue of New England Psychologist. In Colleges Strive to Improve Psychological Services, Connecticut College’s efforts to make mental health services accessible and de-stigmatize help-seeking are discussed.
Dr. Lorraine Mangione was mentioned in the American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology, 47 (3) (March 2016) under their section entitled “Personalities”. The Massachusetts Psychological Association presented Dr. Mangione with its Award for Special Recognition for her “exceptional dedication to teaching and training” as a professor and director of practica and a member of the association.
Dr. Carmela J. DeCandia (Antioch 1999) of The Bassuk Center recently participated in a Congressional Briefing about why a combination of both housing and services is necessary to end family homelessness. The briefing, sponsored by The Bassuk Center in cooperation with the Congressional Caucus on Homelessness, was attended by national policymakers, service providers, and advocates who heard experts present research-based solutions to family homelessness. The theme of the briefing was drawn from a new report by The Bassuk Center, “Services Matter: How Housing and Services Can End Family Homelessness.”
“Our main message to national policymakers is that housing alone cannot end family homelessness,” said Dr. DeCandia. “Families need specific services to remain stable in their housing. Along with funding for housing, the federal government must also support essential services to meet its goal of ending family homelessness by 2020.”
The Department of Clinical Psychology is pleased to announce that the speaker at this year’s Field Supervisors Day CE presentation on February 11 was James M. O’Neil, PhD, Professor of Educational Psychology and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut and a licensed psychologist in private practice in South Windsor, CT. He presented Men’s Gender Role Conflict and Gender Role Journey Therapy: Implications for Clinical Practice.
Field Supervisors Day, offered to practicum field site supervisors and Clinical Psychology faculty and students, also included a mid-year traineeship review. The Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA), a co-sponsor with Antioch University New England, is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants were able to receive three hours of CE credit for the completion of this workshop. Full attendance was required to receive continuing education credit. Partial credit will not be awarded.
Dr. Lorraine Mangione will be presenting Navigating Through Loss and Grief: How Continuing Bonds, Creativity, Religion/Spirituality, and Culture Contribute to the Journey on March 11 in Wellesley, MA as part of the MPA (Massachusetts Psychological Association) 2016 CE Programs.
The loss of someone important in life can initiate a journey with many psychological ramifications. This workshop examines some current theories and research on grief and mourning, including attachment, psychoanalytic, and existential frameworks, and utilizes some of the author’s research on daughters grieving their dads, to encourage psychologists in developing their clinical approach to working with clients’ grief and loss.
Liz Rogers, third year student, was recently awarded the Mary M. Tanenbaum Scholarship that will enable her to attend the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) Annual Conference in New York City in February. Every year AGPA offers a limited number of these scholarships on a competitive basis to students and early career professionals interested in group psychotherapy. We have had student recipients in the past and they have really appreciated being able to attend this conference. Congratulations to Liz!
Martha Straus recently returned from Jerusalem, Israel, where she offered a training workshop on “Treating Child and Adolescent Trauma” at a conference, Shedding Light on the Darkness of Abuse, hosted by Tahel – Crisis Center for Religious Women and Children.
Several PsyD faculty will be presenting at The National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) 2016 Mid-Winter Conference, Creating Mentorship Pipelines, to be held January 18-22 at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead in Atlanta, GA.
Roger Peterson will speak on Interpersonal Mentoring, specifically focusing on the following: mentors show some key aspect of their professional self to their proteges; they teach some key element of their thinking to their proteges; they provide key role models to their protege; and proteges are attracted to some key elements of the mentors’ persona.
Lorraine Mangione and Kathi Borden will be conducting an interactive session based on their paper entitled Mentoring: It’s Not Just for Research Anymore! that they authored with fourth year PsyD student, Kate Evarts, and others. The presentation will explore the following: What is good mentoring? How is it defined? What does in encompass? And are students mentored differently in PsyD and PhD programs? They will look at an expanded concept of mentoring informed by a survey of doctoral students for this presentation and discussion about mentoring in professional psychology. They hope to discuss the following questions: How might we expand our concept of mentoring to better describe what occurs in NCSPP programs? How can a broadened understanding of mentoring help enhance opportunities for mentoring in NCSPP programs?
Kathi Borden will also present a symposium on Research and Scholarship Mentoring in Professional Psychology Programs, featuring papers by Dr. Borden, fourth year student, Kevin O’Leary, and others. This symposium will address ways to increase involvement in research, scholarship, and mentoring in practitioner-scholar programs. They include ideas about how departments and programs can mentor faculty in scholarship; how institutions can encourage scholarly productivity; ways to mentor students in research; and how attendees can get involved in reviewing and editing work for professional publication outlets.
As past presidents of NCSPP, Kathi Borden and Roger Peterson will be part of a presidential invited symposium on organizational mentorship within NCSPP.
Chad Czelusniak-Serviss, Antioch University New England (AUNE) MBA in Sustainability student and Net Impact chapter chair, and Dr. Taryn Fisher, assistant professor and director for AUNE’s MBA in Sustainability program, attended the 2015 Net Impact Conference in Seattle on November 5-7. Net Impact is a leading nonprofit that empowers a new generation to use their careers to drive transformational change in the workplace and the world.
Chad and Taryn attended several workshops and interacted with sustainability champions from all industries in both nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Topics discussed included the Return on Investment (ROI) of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the circular economy, the role and responsibility of a for-profit, publicly-held company, and the net positive movement. Keynote speakers included Sue Desmond-Hellman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Chelsea Clinton of the Clinton Foundation, and Stephen Ritz of the Green Bronx Machine. Session leaders included Jason McBriarty of Levi Strauss & Company, Bruno Sarda of Dell Inc., among many others. Conference attendees had many networking opportunities and learned about exciting new developments in the field of sustainability.
During the Net Impact conference, Antioch University Seattle hosted an alumni social where graduates from multiple management programs across Antioch University were invited to gather and reconnect. AUNE alumna Becky Elias, MBA ’11, and current student Chad Czelusniak-Serviss, MBA ’16, enjoyed exchanging perspectives on their respective experiences.
While in Seattle, Taryn also met with her colleagues Don Strauss of Antioch University Los Angeles and Mark Hower of Antioch University Seattle to explore the potential of developing a university-wide management curriculum. Doing this would leverage areas of commonality across existing management programs such as the MA in Urban Sustainability, the MS in Management and Leadership, and the MBA in Sustainability. Examples of exciting cross-pollination opportunities might include comparing and contrasting local food systems in the northeast versus the southwest or studying how nonprofit organizations pursue fundraising locally, regionally, and nationally.
Dr. Lorraine Mangione and Dr. Donna DiCello (Antioch, 1996) were recently interviewed about their book, Daughters, Dads, and the Path Through Grief: Tales from Italian America, by Dr. Pamela Brewer for her radio show MyNDTALK. The show focuses on mental health issues and is archived so people can access it. Lorraine and Donna felt the interviewer asked terrific questions and really got to the heart of the matter of their research.
Dr. Lorraine Mangione co-presented at the 15th Annual Diversity Challenge: Race, Culture, and Social Justice, a conference sponsored by the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College on October 24. Her co-presenter was Steven Fein, PhD, of Williams College, and their presentation was on Marginalized Groups in American Society and Bruce Springsteen’s Work: Oppression, Complexity, Resilience.
The Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education: Putting Teamwork on the Table
By Karin Maria Hodges, Psy.D. (Antioch, 2009), Licensed Psychologist, Health Service Provider, Certified Group Psychotherapist, Concord, Massachusetts
My Introduction to “The Coalition”
When opportunities and professional passions unite, it is gratifying. In the summer of 2011, I was contacted by Dr. Nina Brown, who was then President of APA Division 49 (Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy), regarding a leadership opportunity within the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Brown asked if I might be interested in serving as the Division 49 representative of the APA’s Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education (aka “The Coalition”). As she explained more about the opportunity, I grew enthusiastic.
The Coalition’s work is overseen by founder and director of the Center for Psychology in Schools and Education (CPSE) within the APA’s Education Directorate, Rena F. Subotnik, Ph.D. Dr. Subotnik and her staff bring together a group of psychologists from various sub-disciplines to translate the science of psychology into educational resources for PreK-12 schools. Coalition members meet twice a year in Washington, DC, and often gather at the APA’s annual Convention to support each other’s Coalition projects. These projects are conceived by the members and have various goals. Here are just three examples of projects’ goals: reduce teacher stress; educate educators about the top 20 psychological principles that may enhance learning in children; and enhance creativity in the classroom.
The Invitation to Develop Teamwork Curriculum
Soon after agreeing to join The Coalition, I was introduced to leaders and some members of the group including Dr. Sylvia Rosenfield. Dr. Rosenfield and I met for lunch one-on-one, where she introduced her Coalition venture to me “The Teaming Project.” Teams, she explained, are two or more people who coordinate their efforts towards a shared goal (Salas, Burke, & Cannon-Bowers, 2000). Examples of school-based teams are IEP teams, student support teams, co-teaching teams, and curriculum development teams.
While at lunch, Dr. Rosenfield and I leaped into a discussion about challenges that school-based teams face. We agreed that school-based teams often (1) manage scarcity of resources, which sometimes fuels conflict and often hinders team motivation; (2) struggle with lack of rapport and trust between team members; (3) get sidetracked; and (4) suffer from inefficiency. We agreed that evidence-based teamwork training might enhance resiliency and efficiency of school teams.
We wondered if schools might take the time to learn such skills, given time constraints and competing resources in schools. In any case, we knew that no such training was available at the time. We wanted to make an evidence-based teamwork training program available to any school team that craved it. I signed up to be a part of her Coalition project and we moved forward.
The Coalition Experience
Beginning in December, 2011, supported by Division 49 and the APA’s Educational Directorate, I began meeting with others on The Coalition two times per year at APA Headquarters in Washington DC. I learned quickly that the Coalition is an impressive bunch! There are University Deans and Chairs of psychology and education departments; experimental psychologists and researchers whose expertise is in psychometrics; specialists in bullying prevention; scholars who study creativity; social psychologists; and more! These highly specialized members join together to positively affect preschool and K-12 education in the United States.
The Coalition invites national leaders and heads of organizations that are stakeholders in US public schools to our meetings. In these meetings, we come together to discuss cognitive, academic, and emotional needs of children, as well as to brainstorm ways to make teaching and learning better for children and teens. We also discuss public policy and APA’s involvement in legislation to affect education. While at the table, topics of discussion include educational disparities, culture, primary prevention, child welfare, pedagogy, research, and school systems. We introduce our invited guests to our various projects.
The Coalition and Teamwork Training
Those of us from the Coalition who worked on Sylvia’s teaming project partnered with Dr. Eduardo Salas from University of Central Florida. Dr. Salas is an authority on teaming science and one of the researchers behind the foundational science of TEAM STEPPS, a training curriculum used in high stakes settings (e.g., hospitals, aviation). Dr. Salas and his graduate students, led by Dr. Lauren Benishek, brought the science of teaming. We, at APA, offered translation of that science to the school setting. Thus, the Teaming Project became a collaborative project between APA and UCF.
The teaming project is now titled, “Teach TEAMWORK!” Dr. Markeda Newell and I offered a brief sketch of Teach TEAMWORK curriculum at the APA 2015 Convention in Toronto, Canada, but the complete curriculum (5 power point documents) and supplemental notes (in one word document) are available via the APA Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education. With these documents, one can efficiently work through the Teach Teamwork modules either in an independent learning format or in group learning format.
It is exciting to see this project launch. The opportunity that I was afforded on the Coalition makes me pleased to be a member of APA, proud to be a member of the Division 49 (Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy), and glad to be a Child Psychologist.
Salas, E., Burke, C. S., & Cannon-Bowers, J. A. (2000). Teamwork: Emerging Principles. International Journal of Management Reviews, 2(4), 339-357.
On Sept 16, the University of Massachusetts Medical School established an award in honor of Sandy Blount, who joined Antioch’s faculty this Summer. The text of the award reads, in part:
Alexander Blount Excellence in Behavioral Science in Family Medicine Award
This award is named after (Alexander) Sandy Blount, Ed.D, who was the director of behavioral science in the department for 18 years. Under his leadership and vision, the behavioral science curriculum in the residency underwent a massive overhaul, which included developing a post-doctoral fellowship in primary care psychology. This change has allowed family medicine residents to learn behavioral science longitudinally and through collaborative patient care on the inpatient medicine service and in the respective health centers, alongside fellows and behavioral science faculty. He laid a foundation for behavioral science education and training that is nationally recognized and lauded. Sandy was trained as a family therapist and was passionate about teaching and training from a systems perspective. He was generous with his time and sharing his expertise.
George Tremblay and James Fauth, core faculty in the AUNE Department of Clinical Psychology and co-directors of the campus Center for Behavioral Health Innovation are scheduled to present alongside AUNE faculty and alumna Megan Edwards, and student John Erdmann at Evaluation 2015, an annual conference hosted by the American Evaluation Association (AEA) to be held November 9-14 in Chicago, Illinois.
At Evaluation 2015, participants will have the opportunity to learn about exemplary evaluations, enabling evaluation environments, evaluation policies, evaluation theories and methods, and research on evaluation from a range of cultures and regions throughout the world. The AUNE presenters will host “Maximizing Practitioner Utility of Data Dashboards” and “Toward More Formative and Powerful Evaluation of Collective Impact in Community Health Improvement Contexts.”
Presentation details below:
Maximizing Practitioner Utility of Data Dashboards:
George Tremblay, James Fauth, John Erdmann, and Patrick Roberts
In the era of modern electronic records and visualization software, data dashboards are touted for their potential to support rapid feedback and more effective decision making.
We describe and illustrate principles that have helped us design well-used dashboards in the contexts of suicide prevention for psychiatric inpatients returning to their communities, and care coordination for severely emotionally disturbed youth and their families. We design for clinical utility first: how can the dashboard generate the information needed for case-level decision making, and also produce the documentation needed for the patient chart, with minimal effort from busy clinical staff? Second, in addition to depicting patient-level outcomes, we aggregate outcomes across patients to yield program-level outcomes. Finally, we look for ways to monitor fidelity to designed care pathways: how is the focal service being allocated across the patient population?
Toward More Formative and Powerful Evaluation of Collective Impact in Community Health Improvement Contexts:
James Fauth, Megan Edwards, and George Tremblay
Collective Impact (CI) is an increasingly popular and influential community health improvement model. Shared measurement, along with a common agenda, continuous communication, backbone support, and mutually reinforcing strategies, is considered a critical ingredient of effective CI. Beyond ongoing monitoring of distal community health “impact” indicators, guidance on the shared measurement of the more proximal elements of CI remains thin. The sole focus on distal impact indicators undermines stakeholder engagement and formative learning, which are so crucial in these kinds of long-term, ambitious, and complex undertakings. This paper contributes to the extant knowledge base by describing how to monitor the more proximal outcomes associated with each of the aforementioned elements of effective CI, in addition to distal impact indicators, thereby creating a more flexible, formative, comprehensive, and powerful form of CI evaluation. The application of this CI evaluation model will be described in the context of “Healthy Monadnock 2020,” a healthiest community initiative in southwest New Hampshire.
AEA is a professional organization with a mission to improve evaluation practices and methods, promote evaluation as a profession, and support the contribution of evaluation to the generation of theory and knowledge about effective human action.
A generous donation from the NH Charitable Foundation to BHI is funding a fellowship to support integrated care initiatives. Our first Integrated Care Fellow is second year student Sarah Pearson, who is helping to launch a special topics “pre-practicum” in collaboration with our local community hospital. Up to six first-year students enrolling in this experience will collaborate with care coordinators at the hospital to support patients with chronic and/or complex medical conditions.
Antioch University New England’s Department of Clinical Psychology is pleased to announce our newly named Center for Behavioral Health Innovation (BHI), dedicated to design and improvement of behavioral health services in close partnership with community practitioners. BHI evolved from the Center for Research on Psychological Practice (CROPP), established in 1993 by our late colleague, Gene Pekarik, to explore the process and outcomes of psychotherapy as practiced in naturalistic settings. Under Jim Fauth’s leadership since 2002, the Center’s work has broadened from a focus on psychotherapy in naturalistic contexts, per se, to more programmatic interventions targeting specific community needs.
During this time, the Center has grown into a regional hub for program design, evaluation, and quality improvement, attracting over $2 million in external funding since 2006. All of this work shares a common value framework: beholden to local stakeholders, dedicated to the learning needs of practitioners, infused by the most current and relevant scholarship, and aiming for maximum impact on population-level health. The name change reflects this orientation to a broader array of behavioral health issues; practice stakeholders, settings, and interventions; and target populations. An area of emphasis, with the arrival of Sandy Blount, will be on the integration of behavioral health into primary care and other medical settings.
The Department was pleased to have a panel of five alumni, representing diverse settings and locations, come back to Antioch on September 28 to speak about their experiences in the work world, particularly in the roles of supervisor, administrator, and leader.
This year’s panelists were: Laurie Guidry, PsyD (2000), President, Center for Integrative Psychological Services Inc., Concord, NH, and Greenfield, MA, President of the Massachusetts Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (MATSA), and Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Coalition for Sex Offender Management (MCSOM). She has been appointed by the governor of Massachusetts to the Commission to Reduce Sex Offense Recidivism and is serving on the Sexual Abuse Prevention Task Force; Dave Hamolsky, PsyD (1996), Director of Training of the Behavioral Health Services Division at L.U.K. Crisis Center, Inc., in Fitchburg, MA, and Adjunct Faculty member in both the Clinical and Applied Psychology departments at AUNE; Donna Hastings, PsyD (1986) Clinical Psychologist and owner, Naticook Counseling Resources, PA in Merrimack, NH; Matthew Stevens, PsyD, LMHC (2014), is a Clinical Supervisor for The Key Program, Key Intensive Treatment Group Home 1:3 in Springfield, MA, and Crisis Clinician/Per Diem Crisis Clinical Supervisor for the Carson Center for Human Services in Westfield, MA; and Stephanie Towns, PsyD (2014), a Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Neuropsychology and Brain Imaging, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon, NH and an Adjunct Faculty member, Franklin Pierce University, Manchester, NH.
While this talk was part of the third- and fourth-year supervision and management classes, it was open to any Clinical Psychology faculty and students interested in hearing about life after Antioch University.
Dr. Marti Straus will be presenting at the MAGentix Communications Conference Series in Ottawa, Canada on Friday, October 30th. Her topic is Treating Adolescent Attachment Trauma.
She gave the keynote presentation, The Challenge of Connection: Treating Adolescent Attachment Trauma, at the 2nd Annual Conference on Adolescence and the Family, sponsored by Project Return and the Ackerman Institute for the Family on September 25th in Westport, CT.
Antioch University New England’s (AUNE) fifth annual Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards event will take place on Friday, September 18, 2015 at the Keene Country Club, 755 West Hill Road, at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $50. Proceeds from the event benefit the AUNE Horace Mann Scholarship Fund.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact:
Cindy Rodenhauser Stewart
Director of Institutional Advancement
Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards Winners
The Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards are named in honor of Horace Mann, Antioch College’s first president and a noted abolitionist and educator. The awards program recognizes individuals “who have won victories for humanity,” through their work and volunteerism.
By celebrating these individuals and honoring Mann’s ideals, AUNE continues its commitment to public service, community engagement, diversity, lifelong learning, sustainability, and social justice.
Along with 2015 Citizens Award | Yvonne Goldsberry, President for the Endowment for Health 2015, and Alumni Award | Bo Hoppin, ’96 ES EE, Executive Director of Friends of the Young Achievers, the 2015 Staff/Faculty Award goes to our colleague Ed Tomey, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Organization & Management.
Edward J. Tomey, professor emeritus at Antioch University New England’s Department of Organization & Management (now Department of Management), is one of the principal architects of the department. He is known throughout New Hampshire and beyond as an inspirational educator of leaders and managers, a skilled facilitator and organization consultant, and a supporter of the arts. Tomey founded Antioch’s Management Institute in 1984, and directed its services to nonprofits, including strategic planning, leadership and organization development, marketing, and grant making by The Corporate Fund until 2004.
Tomey taught at Harvard University for eight years, and at Antioch for 30 more, offering courses in leadership, management, professional communications, and career development. In his honor, Antioch established the Tomey Center, which supported the development of vibrant, successful organizations and was a vital link for graduate students in Organization & Management seeking supervised internships that allowed them to apply theory to practice. The Tomey Center, which he advised until 2004, exemplified the department’s commitment to assist organizations and individuals to succeed through education, training and consultation.
In 2012, The New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits presented Tomey with the inaugural Nonprofit Board Excellence Award for his more than 35 years of outstanding service to the state’s nonprofit boards. And in 2014, the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund established the Ed Tomey Fund, to recognize his nine years of service to the organization as a Board Member, including three years as Chair.
Tomey earned his bachelor’s degree at Colby College and his master’s degree at Harvard University.
Congratulations to Ed for being honored with this award.
Alexander Blount, PhD, faculty member in the Department of Clinical Psychology at AUNE and professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at UMASS Medical School, will be presenting Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care: Optimizing Care for the Chronic Pain Patient at the Integrating Pain Management and Behavioral Health in Primary Care conference on September 18 in Pittsfield, MA.
Current student Lauren Weisberg wrote a thoughtful and provocative column for the Division 35 of the APA (Society for the Psychology of Women) Newsletter in the summer, 2015 issue. In it she muses upon what has made her a feminist and the important roles she sees for feminism in psychology and in social justice.
Lorraine Mangione, PhD, Vincent Pignatiello, PsyD (Antioch, 2013) and students Kate Evarts and Kevin O’Leary will present at a paper session at the New England Psychological Association annual meeting on October 10th in Fitchburg, MA. Their presentation, Supervision from the Supervisee Perspective: Relationship, Boundaries, Best and Worst, addresses students’ experiences in being supervised, including what works really well and what does not. Student Lauren Gillis worked on an earlier version of this research.
Thomas Doherty, PsyD (Antioch, 2002) has been quoted in a Division Spotlight article in the recent American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology. The article, A closer look, focuses on Division 34 (Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology) of the APA. Dr. Doherty has been involved with both the Clinical Psychology and Environmental Studies departments at AUNE.
Marti Straus, PhD, will be giving the keynote presentation, The Challenge of Connection: Treating Adolescent Attachment Trauma, at the 2nd Annual Conference on Adolescence and the Family, sponsored by Project Return and the Ackerman Institute for the Family on September 25th in Westport, CT.
Lorraine Mangione, PhD, is co-author of an article about the Psychology Internship Development Toolkit that was recently published in the journal, Training and Education in Professional Psychology. This project originated right here at Antioch, grew through the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP), and finally came to fruition through the backing of the Council of Chairs of Training Councils at the America Psychological Association (APA). The group that did the bulk of the work, listed below, truly represents a good swath of the psychology training community, united by the need for internship creation.
Campbell, Clark D.; Emmons, Luli; Mangione, Lorraine; Grus, Catherine L.; Berry, Sharon; Dailey, Kathlyn C.; Hutchings, Philinda Smith; Nutt, Roberta L.; Siegel, Wayne G. (2015). Using the Psychology Internship Development Toolkit to increase the number of internship positions. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 9(3), 195-201.
Abstract: The availability of quality doctoral internships for students in health service psychology is one of the most significant issues being addressed by the education and training community at present. The Psychology Internship Development Toolkit is a resource designed to assist those who would like to develop, expand, or sustain an internship program in health service psychology. This article provides a background overview of the need for more internship positions and efforts to increase the number of positions available for students currently in training to receive a doctoral degree in health service psychology. The development of the Toolkit and its recent revision are described. To assist with an overview of the Toolkit and its utility, a summary of each section and a link to the Toolkit are provided. Future developments for expansion of this resource are presented. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved)
Please see what our graduate Dr. Patti Shea has been doing in her role as Director of Clinical Operations at Hampstead Hospital’s new HOPE program, in an effort to more clearly be helpful to adolescents and with the growing substance abuse crisis in New England.
Lorraine Mangione, PhD and Donna DiCello, PsyD (Antioch, 1996) will be presenting on their book, Daughters, Dads, and the Path Through Grief – Tales from Italian America, on September 18 at 7:00 pm at the Dante Alighieri Society in Cambridge, MA.
Lorraine Mangione, PhD will be co-leading an educational and support group for women on the topic of Beyond Midlife and Before Retirement: Seeking Meaning, Purpose and Joy on September 12 at Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center in Westfield, MA. The workshop is in the “Spirituality and Aging” track and is geared to women in the roughly 45-65 year old category.
On June 23, 2015 Antioch University New England MBA in Sustainability alumnus, David “Sieg” Siegfried, presented on a panel at the Maine Startup and Create Week conference titled “New Grocery Models.” Sieg shared that there was a great audience and discussion focused mainly on the local food economy and how new retail models are changing to engage and connect more parts of the food system.
The entrepreneur audience was about 80% producers and 20% retailers who mainly wanted to understand better how to market their products and interact with wholesalers and retailers. The prevailing themes of the discussion seemed to reflect the panelists’ personal and professional perspectives: consumers want to be more engaged with their food and food systems, so making the stories of the business and products meaningful to consumers will support that desire. What better way to do that than through local food, local producers, and local impact.
Sieg works as a program evaluator for the Institute for Broadening Participation Pathways to Science, and continues to pursue his passion for community-based change initiatives. He has been involved in food co-ops since the ’90s, becoming store manager at the Boston Food Co-op (now Harvest Cooperative Supermarkets). He participated in the grass-roots effort to open a food co-op in Portland, Maine, which opened last year. He has served as Portland Food Co-op president, and continues to support strategic planning and development efforts. In 2011, Sieg and MBA in Sustainability alumna Sasha Purpura co-founded and launched a local food distribution business called Dig It Local, that helped extend farmers markets for Massachusetts producers and introduced new consumers to locally grown produce and value-added products.
Dr. Jean Kayira, core faculty in the Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England (AUNE), presented a two day session on Indigenous Knowledge at the 8th Annual Regional Network for Conservation Educators in the Albertine Rift (RNCEAR) Workshop. The University of Rwanda’s Biology Department hosted the workshop which focused on “Enhancing Community Based and Institutional Partnership for Biodiversity Conservation Excellence at the Country Level.” This year’s conference took place at the Credo Hotel in Huye, Rwanda, from June 15 to 20, 2015.
Dr. Beth Kaplin, core faculty in the Department of Environmental Studies at (AUNE), organized the week-long workshop along with colleague Erasme Uyizeye. Kaplin serves as the technical advisor for the Conservation Biology Education Project at the University of Rwanda. She is also the technical advisor and founder RNCEAR in collaboration with colleagues in the Biology Department at the University of Rwanda. The RNCEAR Network includes universities and research institutions involved in conservation and environmental management.
“I’m so proud of the conservation work we’ve accomplished in the Albertine Rift,” said Kaplin. “In addition, organizing this workshop with my colleagues at the University of Rwanda for the eighth year is just one of many examples that highlights our international work, capacity building work, and the strong collaboration between AUNE and the University of Rwanda.”
Bernadette Arakwiye, a 2014 AUNE alumna who earned an MS degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Conservation Biology, hosted a session on remote sensing for biodiversity conservation using ClasLite. Arakwiye is a PhD student at Clark University studying Geographic Information Science.
Binama Blaise, a Rwandan student interns created a short video highlighting some workshops attendees.
For more information about Regional Network for Conservation Educators in the Albertine Rift, visit: http://www.rncear.org/
Dr. Gargi Roysircar-Sodowsky has been selected as a recipient of the American Psychological Foundation’s 2015 Division 17 Counseling Psychology Grant. The award will be publicized in the APA Monitor on Psychology, and in APF’s newsletter. The APF grant is for Dr, Roysircar’s project to develop and implement an innovative model for conducting psychological assessments and providing resilience counseling to Palestinian children who experience the trauma of war, thus significantly expanding counselors’ ability to serve this vulnerable child population.
“This grant from APF’s Division of Counseling Psychology recognizes the significance of Dr. Roysircar’s contributions to resilience in the aftermath of trauma,” said Dr. George Tremblay, chair of the Department of Clinical Psychology. “She and her students began this work through service trips in the wake of natural disasters, to Indonesia, Haiti, and the Gulf Coast of the U.S. More recently, they have expanded their efforts to include trauma of more human origins, first in South Africa, and now in the eastern Mediterranean. We in the Dept. of Clinical Psychology have long admired Dr. Roysircar’s compassion and commitment to traumatized populations, and we’re delighted to see this additional support for her work.”
According to the Foundations’s website, “these grants support not-for-profit activities to enhance the science and practice of counseling psychology. In particular, it aims to support research on the implementation of innovative counseling programs and models.”
Congratulations to Roger Peterson, PhD, who has been named to the APA Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) Task Force on the Integration of Science and Practice in Health Service Psychology Training. As stated on the APA website, “The task force is charged with examining the integration of science and practice in health service psychology education and training as articulated in the blueprint recommendation of the Health Service Psychology Education Collaborative (HSPEC). The integration of science and practice requires HSPs to implement evidence-based procedures, utilize a sophisticated degree of scientific mindedness, and do more than ‘consume’ research.”
Faculty member Lorraine Mangione, PhD, alumna Donna DiCello, PsyD (Antioch, 1996), and students Megan Lyons and Kate Evarts presented at the following symposium at the American Psychological Association’s Annual Convention in Toronto, August 6-9: Stereotypes and Real Life: Narratives of Father-Daughter Relationships by Italian American Women. Dr. Mangione presented on Stereotypes, Oppression, and Italian Americans: A Brief Framework; Dr. DiCello and Kate Evarts presented on Italian American Daughters Describe Fathers: “He’s not typical!”; and Megan Lyons presented on Foundational Elements of Italian American Father/Daughter Relationships: The Daughters’ Perspective.
Kate Evarts met psychology great Philip Zimbardo shortly before presenting at her first APA conference!
SERD/Disaster Shakti has donated $375.00 to the Little Sisters Fund of Kathmandu, Nepal, which was the full amount raised from their Nepal earthquake food and baked good sale earlier this month. We are grateful for SERD/Disaster Shakti’s various fundraising efforts for Nepal, which were initiated immediately after the earthquake (donations for cards drawn by rescued Nepali children and a raffle, in addition to the food sale).
Stephanie Towns, PsyD (Antioch, 2014) is acting as the student representative to the board of directors for the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology. She is a non-voting member of the board and her responsibilities are to attend the annual academy meeting, as well as the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, and participate in two day long board meetings. She also participates in email discussions about issues that come up between meetings.
At the most recent BOD meeting, Stephanie participated most actively in discussions about how to make the conference more student friendly and the adoption of practicum guidelines specifically for the specialty of neuropsychology. She is the first PsyD to be considered as a finalist for this position, which she thinks speaks to the increasing acceptance for our degree in a variety of settings in which psychologists with a PsyD degree have not traditionally practiced. Stephanie’s membership on the BOD provides an opportunity to connect with prominent neuropsychologists and weigh in on the future of our profession. In addition to her role on the BOD, she is the student representative to the Public and Professional Information Committee, specifically responsible for the maintenance of the academy twitter feed. She also represents the PPIC on the Student Affairs Committee.
George Tremblay, PhD, Department of Clinical Psychology faculty member, was among the featured faculty at Antioch’s recent Conservation Psychology Institute, which brought together participants from around the U.S. and beyond to examine research and techniques for promoting human and environmental health. George’s presentation was titled, Inviting and Measuring Behavior Change, and was followed by a workshop in which he consulted with participants shaping program designs and evaluation plans from their own professional work.
On June 15th, Dr. Kathi A. Borden, Professor and Chair of the Clinical Psychology Department, spoke to the Nassau County Legislature (NY) urging them to pass an amendment to specifically include gender identity and gender expression in their civil rights law.
We are pleased to announce that Susan Rogers, PsyD (Antioch 2012) has published the following article:
Rogers, S. (2014). The moving psychoanalytic frame: Ethical challenges for community practitioners. International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 11 (2), 151-162.
Great work, Susan!
In March 2015, a group of Antioch University New England students flew to Havana for AUNE’s Food Systems of Cuba: Implications for Environment, Livelihood and Food Security field study course to learn about Cuba’s food system and sustainable agriculture model. The trip is offered to environmental studies students and other Antioch graduate students and provides an opportunity for students to explore Cuban culture, sustainability initiatives, and community-based agricultural practices.
Liza Casabona, a first-year student in the MBA in Sustainability program, joined other Antioch students on the trip and reflected on her learning in a paper she wrote for the Ecological Economics for Social Entrepreneurs class upon her return. Liza shared her paper that describes the trip and her thoughts on what may lie ahead for the country’s people and culture now that political and trade sanctions have recently been lifted.
Cuba’s Potential as an Alternative Economic Model
In March 2015 I spent two weeks traveling in Cuba with a field study program run through Antioch New England’s Environmental Studies department. The focus of the trip was on Cuba’s sustainable agriculture and urban garden movement. During the trip we visited community gardens, agricultural cooperatives, community-based art collectives, state-run restaurants, private restaurants, natural preserves and cultural sites. We met with agriculture activists, government representatives and farmers. It was a fascinating and, in many ways, life-changing trip.
We spent a total of 10 days in Cuba. The itinerary took us to: Havana; Soroa and Las Terrazas in the Artemisa Province; Varadero in the Matanzas Province; and eventually back to Havana for a few final days.
While there we visited:
• Urban farms including: Vivero Alamar Organoponico, El Cachon, Jardines Bellamar
• A farmers market
• A planned environmental community: Las Terrazas
• Several community art projects: Muralando, Fuster and Callejon de Hamel
• Fundacion de Antonio Nunez Jimenez
• CDRs (Committees for the Defense of the Revolution)
• Cultural and historic sites
As a result of its geopolitical history Cuba’s development stalled out. As a result it now has one of the most successful large-scale organic agriculture systems in the world. Because there was little development and low use of chemical agriculture inputs, the country also has some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the region.
Cuba sits just 90 miles from Miami but its economic model is very different from the U.S. model. Cuba has free healthcare, free education, a state sponsored food ration system for all citizens and a socialist government. For decades, the state owned all officially sanctioned businesses. Cuba has a complicated political and cultural history that shaped both the current economic reality in the country and its culture.
In recent decades Cuba has emerged as an example of an alternative development model. As a result of its history – most notably the U.S. led embargo (or the Blockade as the Cubans call it) and its close ties with the Soviet Union up until the 1990s – Cuba had to find an alternate economic and ecological model to follow when the collapse of those relationships cut it off from traditional trade and oil-based agriculture inputs.
What developed in the wake of these changes is providing an example for some of what a post-industrial, post-oil world might look like. It’s important to note that Cuba faces a great many challenges that cannot be ignored, including on-going food security issues. Phrases applied to Cuba such as “accidental Eden” risk ignoring the problems the country must still deal with, and threatens to underestimate how challenging those will be to address. However, as a possible experiment in what an economy that is (forcibly) weaned off petroleum-based agriculture and a traditional import/export model might look like, Cuba does present some exciting possibilities.
Cuba stands at a crossroads right now. President Obama announced this winter that the U.S. will take steps to lift the blockade. Meetings were ongoing while I was in Cuba, and Obama and Raul Castro met on the sidelines of a high-level regional summit soon after we returned. Cubans seem to be, in my anecdotal experience, happy about the lifting of the embargo. But the real question will be, what happens now to this experiment in alternative models?
U.S. businesses are excited about the export opportunities they see represented in Cuba. The agriculture sector represents an attractive market for both U.S. agricultural products and agricultural inputs. The Cuban government obviously has the ability to set policies around how Cuba will reestablish “normalized” relations with the U.S., but the enormous pressure that the U.S. agri-industrial complex could put on Cuba is worrying.
Cuba’s system is not perfect, availability of protein and dairy products continue to be challenging for the country. On balance, Cuba still has to import a significant portion of the food consumed because it doesn’t have the capacity to produce enough to feed both its people and the rapacious tourist industry. But they do have the beginnings of a possible alternative to a globalized food economy, in my opinion, through localized food hubs creating greater community resilience. Questions of how to invest to protect that model and scale it up to a larger country, such as the U.S., loom over the future.
The same questions that come up when discussing alternative economic models in theory (accountability, metrics, and scalability) apply to the real life example Cuba sets. The world isn’t being forced onto an alternate path as Cuba was; although there are some who believe we are headed for a similar, global precipice if we continue on as we are currently. Cuba’s resilience provides an intriguing look at possible alternatives our current models.
Third year PsyD student, Myah Caruso, will be co-presenting a workshop at the Western New England University 33rd Regional Social Work Conference on May 27 in Springfield, MA. The workshop is entitled Helping Parents Help Their Kids: Systematic Steps for Effective Parenting. Myah will be co-presenting with her practicum supervisor, Patrice Gallagher, PhD, Psychologist and Child and Adolescent Team Leader at Baystate Wing Hospital-Griswold Center.
Keene, NH—On Saturday, April 25, Antioch University New England (AUNE) graduating students in the MBA in Sustainability program presented their Practicum projects to the Antioch community. Practica are year-long, self-designed, capstone projects encompassing research and application of theory to practice. Students, faculty, returning alumni, family and friends gathered for an afternoon of celebration and discussion.
The topics of this year’s projects included an examination of the financial sustainability of nonprofit organizations, understanding what is behind corporate social responsibility reporting, the role of coaching to support organizational change readiness, working with stakeholder groups for a successful campus sustainability initiative, bringing organic chicken to market in the local food movement, a personal strategic plan for starting a business, and researching eco-innovation marketing. This list exemplifies the breadth of influence and contribution that graduates of the MBA program have on building and promoting robust and sustainable organizational change efforts.
Michael W. Bussiere II – “Corporate Social Responsibility – It’s for Everyone”
Sarah DiMarino – “Building a Successful Future: The Financial Sustainability of Nonprofit Organizations”
Jake Elliott – “Build a Coaching Culture: The Next Step in Organizational Change Readiness”
Rebecca Leslie – “Motivating Stakeholders to Build a Campus Sustainability Movement”
Sylvie Levy – “My MBA Journey: An Entrepreneur’s Conception to Realization”
Tori Managan – “This Little Chicken Went to Market: Selling Poultry within the Vermont Local Food Movement”
Kristi Tisdale – “My Full Circle Loop: Eco-Innovation & Practicum”
For the first time this year, all the families and friends joined the annual gathering of students and alumni for the ceremonial ringing of the bells called, Gaia: Dance of the Cosmos, and participated in the networking event at the end where participants moved around the room to talk about sustainability topics with someone they had not yet met. Seeing the connections happening among student cohorts, alumni, faculty and families was inspiring.
The Department of Clinical Psychology is pleased to share the exciting news that faculty member Gargi Roysircar has been nominated to the American Psychological Association (APA) Task Force on the Re-envisioning the Multicultural Competencies for the 21st Century. This task force falls within the APA Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs of the Public Interest Directorate.
The APA Multicultural Competencies have been very influential in teaching, research, and practice in psychology and beyond. Even when nominated, the selection process is highly competitive; we wish Gargi the best as the process moves forward. However, just being nominated for this group is a great honor.
On May 20 at the Calandra Institute in New York, NY, Lorraine Mangione, Ph.D. and Donna DiCello, Psy.D. will be discussing their book, Daughters, Dads, and the Path Through Grief: Tales from Italian America.
The father-daughter relationship can be central to both the father and the daughter, yet there is a dearth of psychological research that attests to its significance as a multifaceted and consequential relationship. In the Italian-American community, there has been even less emphasis on the impact that fathers can have on the psychological development of Italian-American daughters.
Addressing this absence in the psychology literature from their new book, they will discuss fathers and daughters from the early years to the death of the father and beyond, in the context of Italian-American culture. Based on interviews with fifty Italian-American women, it is a book that brings to life the complexity and value of daughters and dads, illustrating how intricate these strong attachments can be. Through interwoven narratives we are shown that while certainly not perfect and not always easy, this relationship can provide a foundation for love, work, creativity, spirituality, and family relationships.
Antioch University New England graduate student Hana Kiewicz-Schlansker, with support from Dr. James Jordan and Dr. Peter Palmiotto, has discovered some really old mud on Mt. Monadnock. Results from radiocarbon analysis show that a small bog near the summit began developing over 8,000 years ago. Further study should provide a record of changes in climate, patterns of natural disturbance and local plant communities since the last period of glaciation in New England.
“This research is very exciting as it will answer many long standing questions on the mountain’s disturbance history and changes in plant communities,” said Dr. Palmiotto, core faculty in the Department of Environmental Studies and director of the Conservation Biology concentration at AUNE. “We will be able to tell a story about Monadnock that others have not been able to tell before.”
In its more recent history, Mt. Monadnock has experienced significant human-caused disturbance. Since European colonization in the 18th century, forests on and around the mountain have undergone drastic changes as a result of agriculture, fire, and logging. Today, Mt. Monadnock is known as one of the most popular hiking destinations in the world, behind Mt. Tai (China) and Mt. Fuji (Japan). Over 100,000 people come to climb the mountain each year. Foot traffic from hikers now poses the greatest threat to Mt. Monadnock’s most sensitive and fragile ecosystems located at and around the summit.
But what did the mountain look like before European colonization? How has fire played a role in shaping its forests? Kiewicz-Schlansker plans on using paleoecological tools including radiocarbon dating and macrofossil analysis to explore such questions. Paleoecological studies use observations of plant material, insects, charcoal, and pollen preserved in peat and lake-bottom sediments to answer questions about how our climate and forests change over thousands of years. Radiocarbon dating provides fairly accurate estimations of how old the preserved material is.
“I find it fascinating that I am observing organisms that lived thousands of years ago, and that they can give me an idea of how forests have changed on Mt. Monadnock,” said Kiewicz-Schlansker.
Studies have been conducted throughout New England and all over the world. Paleoecological studies at higher elevations could offer important insights to contemporary ecological processes since these places are very sensitive to changes in climate and disturbance. The research done by Kiewicz-Schlansker on Mt. Monadnock would add to the ongoing long-term research carried out by the Monadnock Ecological Research and Education (MERE) Program, a collaboration between students and faculty at Antioch University New England and Mt. Monadnock State Park. MERE began establishing and sampling long-term study plots on Mt. Monadnock in 2007, which will enhance our understanding of forest dynamics going forward. And understanding the dynamic nature of our changing forests will help stakeholders make decisions about future management strategies.
The President of the United States issued a comprehensive and detailed Executive Order on March 19 which, among many other aspects, requires formal environmental sustainability, climate preparedness, and resilience education and training for federal agency personnel. Antioch University New England’s (AUNE) offerings in these fields, along with its integral role in planning the Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference in partnership with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) make the University a key resource for both public and private sector workers committed to sustainability initiatives.
“In readiness to the Paris international climate change negotiations and in the absence of federal legislation, the President’s new comprehensive and detailed Executive Order is decisive leadership action,” said Abigail Abrash-Walton, director of AUNE’s Center for Academic Innovation and the co-director of the Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience. “ We can expect significant ripple effects and opportunities for sustainability professionals from this roadmap for federal sustainability. The plan raises the bar on greenhouse gas reduction and clean energy targets, responsible purchasing requirements, formal environmental sustainability and climate preparedness, and resilience education and training for federal agency personnel.”
Currently sustainability offerings at Antioch University New England include:
- MS in Environmental Studies with an Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability
- MS in Environmental Studies with a Sustainable Development and Climate Change
The Executive Order outlines that government agencies consider establishing and implementing an occupational series for sustainability professionals as well as other federal workers involved in sustainability-related positions. It also requires including environmental sustainability and climate preparedness and resilience into Federal leadership and educational programs through multiple methods including online learning and formal classroom settings – especially for those in senior leadership roles.
The President’s requirements come as countries work to develop an international climate change agreement through the United Nations (UN). The new agreement will be adopted at the Paris climate conference in December of this year, with implementation in 2020.
This alignment in mission between the White House and AUNE is not the first. In addition to AUNE’s partnership with the EPA for its climate conference and resulting webinar educational series, AUNE also launched a climate resilience project in March of 2015 to lead the testing effort for the new environmental data analysis “Climate Resilience Toolkit.” These issues, in addition to many sustainability initiatives AUNE is involved with both regionally and nationally, are topics that will be explored at the next Local Solutions conference in 2016.
AUNE plans to explore ways to work with the Federal Government to help implement new programs resulting from the Executive Order. Doing so is a key aspect of AUNE’s department of environmental studies’ vision, which is to “…train effective local, national, and international environmental leaders working to create a sustainable society that embodies respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, social and economic justice, democracy, nonviolence, and peace.”
On April 17, as part of Antioch’s 50th anniversary celebration, the Department hosted its first event for the Roger Peterson Clinical Psychology Distinguished Speaker Series. Kenneth J. Gergen, PhD, presented Losing Our Minds and Saving the World.
Dr. Gergen is a Senior Research Professor in Psychology at Swarthmore College, and the President of the Board of the Taos Institute. He is also the Associate Editor of Theory and Psychology, a position in which he has also served for the American Psychologist. He is internationally known for his contributions to social constructionist theory, technology and cultural change, the self, therapy, and relational practices. Among his most notable books are Toward Transformation in Social Knowledge, Realities and Relationships, The Saturated Self, An Invitation to Social Construction, and Relational Being: Beyond Self and Community. Dr. Gergen has received numerous awards for his work, including honorary degrees in both the U.S. and Europe.
On Saturday, April 25, 2015, Antioch University New England and the Monadnock Food Co-op are partnering to celebrate Earth Day from noon until 4:00 pm. All are invited to attend this free event at the Co-op on Cypress Street in Keene and the nearby Monadnock Makerspace. Local community organizations, farmers and artisans will be present to talk about environmental issues and to sell environmentally themed products. There will be activities and crafts for children and families. Local residents and Antioch University New England (AUNE) students will host workshops all afternoon. A silent auction will allow participants a chance to bid for items donated by local businesses. Food will be available for purchase.
The following workshops will be offered for free at the Monadnock Makerspace, across the street from the Co-op:
- 12:30-1:00 | Healthy Eating on a Budget (presented by members of Keene State College’s Dietetic Postgrad Program)
- 1:30-2:00 | Free Yoga Workshop (presented by Keene Yoga Center)
Participants are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats.
- 2:30-3:00 | The Benefits of Bats—Create Space for These Helpful Creatures (presented by AUNE student Kaushik Narasimhan)
- 3:30-4:00 | Learn to Crochet Plastic Bags to Create Reusable Tote Bags, Cate Beds and Other Household Objects (presented by AUNE student Amanda Melinchuk)
Participants are encouraged to bring their own plastic bags and crochet hooks.
Throughout the day, Aura Shards of Brattleboro, VT, will play original Fusion and New Age music with Anders Burrows, primarily on handpan, and Jed Blume, primarily on tabla.
AUNE’s Urban Environmental Education class under the leadership of Dr. Jean Kayira, core faculty for the Department of Environmental Studies, have organized Earth Day 2015.
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Vic Pantesco, EdD attended the Annual Recertification National Conference of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis in March. The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis is the largest U.S. organization for health and mental health care professionals using clinical hypnosis. Vic attends this conference every three years to maintain his certification as a Certified Approved Consultant in that organization, which qualifies him to teach as well as supervise others seeking certification.
Lorraine Mangione, PhD and Donna DiCello, PsyD (Antioch, 1996) presented at the Calandra Italian American Institute Conference in New York, NY on April 24. Their presentation was entitled Italian-American Fathers and Daughters: A Psychological Narrative of Childhood and Adolescent.
The PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England is very pleased to announce the hiring and appointment of Dr. Alexander (“Sandy”) Blount to our core faculty as Professor of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Blount is highly accomplished and very well-known as one of the founders of integrated primary care, a service delivery system in which many clinical psychologists will be employed in the future. Dr. Blount will teach a variety of courses in the PsyD program, and will supervise doctoral students in our department’s Psychological Services Center next year. He will add dissertation supervising the following year.
In addition, Dr. Blount will be developing a concentration in primary care behavioral health, including teaching health psychology and primary care behavioral health practice. He will also be working to expand our options for practice experience in primary care so that our graduates will be ready to take the many positions opening up in primary care behavioral health integration.
Dr. Blount’s bio is printed below. We are very excited to welcome Dr. Blount to AUNE.
Dr. Alexander “Sandy” Blount received his Doctor of Education (EdD) degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and completed his APA approved internship at Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut. Dr. Blount is new to Antioch this fall. He comes to us from a position as Director of the Center for Integrated Primary Care and Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA, and Director of Behavioral Science in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. At UMass Medical School, he taught physicians the psychosocial skills of primary care practice and established the postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology in Primary Care. He directs the Certificate Program in Primary Care Behavioral Health, a training program for practicing mental health professionals who want to learn to work in primary care. He is a member of the council of overseers of the National Academy for Integrating Mental Health and Primary Care sponsored by the U.S. Agency for Health Research and Quality. His books include Integrated Primary Care: The Future of Medical and Mental Health Collaboration, published by W. W. Norton and Knowledge Acquisition, written with James Brulé, published by McGraw-Hill. He is Past President of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, a national multidisciplinary organization promoting the inclusion of mental health services in medical settings and he is Editor of Families, Systems and Health, a the Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare. Dr. Blount is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
The Clinical Psychology Department proudly announces that our colleague, Jim Fauth, has been named as the winner of this year’s Campus Compact “President’s Good Steward Award,” in recognition of his innovative and enduring efforts to enhance the mental and behavioral health of underserved populations in NH. From the letter nominating Jim for the award:
As soon as Jim arrived at Antioch in 2002, he began offering training in short-term therapy models to surrounding mental health agencies, while collecting data on the effectiveness of that training. A few years later, with support from the NH Endowment for Health, Jim began convening mental health stakeholders in one of NH’s most impoverished and underserved counties, to develop an understanding of local needs and a plan for improving access to services that could exert the greatest leverage on mental and behavioral health in the region. This first externally funded project embodied several elements that would become the hallmark of Antioch’s Center for Research on Psychological Practice (CROPP), under Jim’s leadership: beholden to local stakeholders, dedicated to the learning needs of practitioners, infused by the most current and relevant scholarship, and aiming for maximum impact on population-level health. The outcome of this project was a blueprint for incorporating mental and behavioral health expertise into several primary care settings in the region, because primary care is where all manner of health challenges show up. Jim and his community partners saw that distinguishing between physical and behavioral health introduces arbitrary, yet substantial social and logistical barriers to treatment, particularly in rural communities with dispersed service agencies. Tapping into emerging national interest in models of “integrated care,” they set out to adapt this innovation to a rural context.
Newly energized by the promise of integrated care, Jim returned to the NH Endowment for Health with a proposal to work with a group of four primary care clinics, representing diverse geography and practice contexts in NH, all of whom were pioneering integrated care in various ways. Jim’s goal was to learn how integrated care actually operated in naturalistic, mostly rural contexts, released from the supports and constraints of the controlled trials under which the published models were developed. The resulting Integrated Care Evaluation project vaulted Jim into regional, and occasionally national, prominence in the integrated care movement: he has served on the State Mental Health Commission and the Mental Health Council in NH; been invited to consult with health care reform groups in Maine and Vermont; and served on multiple grant review panels for the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. A Washington DC-based consulting firm sought Jim out last year to partner in an application to support and evaluate implementation of integrated primary care in 12 southern Texas counties. And when the nation’s pre-eminent integrated care agency (Cherokee Behavioral Health, in Tennessee) was recently commissioned to assess the status of integrated primary care in NH, Jim was on their list of interviewees.
Meanwhile, Jim has grown CROPP into a major regional resource for health care improvement and evaluation initiatives. In addition to his integrated care work, CROPP has evaluated two Statewide, federally funded, multi-year initiatives to prevent youth suicide, as well as a major statewide effort to develop a system of care for severely emotionally disturbed youth and their families. More locally, CROPP has provided ongoing consultation and evaluation services for the Healthy Monadnock 2020 public health initiative, which aims to make Cheshire County the healthiest in the nation by the year 2020. With seven currently funded projects and several more in development – all providing funded opportunities for student collaborators – CROPP has been recognized by partners such as the NH Endowment for Health and the NH chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness as a unique and precious resource for the State of NH. None of this would have happened without Jim’s vision and relentless energy; he is truly an ambassador of Antioch’s social justice and practitioner-focused mission.
Dr. Marti Straus spoke at two conferences in March. The first presentation, on March 20, titled “Treating Adolescent Attachment Trauma: The Challenge of Connection,” was held at the NY Archdiocese Conference on Trauma and Impact on Adolescents in New York City. At the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium in Washington, D.C., Dr. Straus presented “Know They Attachment Style” at the Flash Forum on “Advances and Challenges in Working with Kids and Adolescents Today” on March 27 and “Attachment Issues with Traumatized Kids – Getting Unhooked” on March 28.
Dr. Lorraine Mangione’s Daughters, Dads, and the Path Through Grief: Tales from Italian America helps women cope with the loss of their fathers
Keene, NH –Dr. Lorraine Mangione, clinical psychology professor at Antioch University New England (AUNE), has co-authored the book, Daughters, Dads, and the Path Through Grief: Tales from Italian America (Impact Publishers 2015), with AUNE graduate Dr. Donna DiCello. The new book, on sale now, is also a finalist in the 2014 USA Book News Awards in the category of Health: Death & Dying. Losing a father is devastating to a daughter, but until recently, few books have been available to help women cope with this loss. The comprehensive, often poignant guidebook explores the powerful father-daughter relationship, and provides real-life tools to get through the grief process.
Mangione and DiCello, who both lost their fathers, interviewed 50 Italian American women of various ages and socio-economic backgrounds about their memories of their fathers, and the overwhelming pain they experienced at their passing. Their heartfelt stories are woven throughout the book with a variety of hands-on activities for the reader to facilitate healing, including writing exercises, interviewing family members, and even dream work.
The book is focused on Mangione and DiCello’s own Italian-American culture, but its insight and advice about the value of the father/daughter relationship through the lifespan, and grief recovery after the loss of the father, transcends to all women.
“The many stories of love and loss related in the book remind us that the path through grief is long,” said Dr. Mangione. “It is really the path of growing, being, relating, loving, losing, and finally finding our fathers in a whole different way.”
A clinical psychologist, Dr. Mangione is a longtime core faculty member in the clinical psychology department at Antioch University New England. She recently stepped down after a decade as chair of the Massachusetts Psychological Association Training Committee. In the past several years, she’s chaired regional conferences that brought together the New England academic and clinical training communities with national leadership to address national level changes and initiatives in professional psychology education. She is also very active in the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, particularly in research about internships.
Dr. Mangione’s primary scholarly interests include psychodynamic theory, the supervisory relationship, adult development and creativity, ethics, and epistemologies. She frequently presents and speaks at regional and national conferences on topics within an Italian American framework including, father/daughter relationships, loss and grief, creativity, spirituality, and identity development in women.
For Dr. DiCello, writing this book was a labor of love and a testament to all Italian American fathers: “What stunned me about the stories contained in this book is the power of narrative to heal. Even for the women who were well into their eighties, the bond with their fathers transcended his physical absence, giving credence to our assertion that relationships continue, and can even be nurtured, long after death” said Di Cello.
Dr. DiCello has been practicing counseling and psychotherapy for 30 years. She is currently in full-time private practice in New Haven and Wallingford, CT, where she sees many Italian American clients. In her practice she focuses on issues related to stress; anxiety; depression; life transitions, particularly concerns of young adults; relationship concerns; menopause; bereavement and grief; gifted children; creativity; mindfulness practice; and women’s issues (including postpartum depression). Dr. DiCello has also published and presented widely at both regional and national conferences on the topic of Italian American mental health and grief and bereavement issues. She currently has an appointment as an assistant clinical professor at the Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and is the former associate director at the Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology, Department of Psychology, at the University of Hartford. In that capacity, she was involved in the training of doctoral students for thirteen years. In addition, she provides self-care and compassion fatigue workshops for community agencies.