One of our graduates, Dr. Alex Kirby (Antioch, 2006), has developed a residential treatment program for adolescents in Asheville, North Carolina. Every so often he sends us a message about Montford Hall, and this one really shows the depth and breadth of what they try to do at Montford. Please watch!
Donna Hastings, PsyD (Antioch, 1986) has been an American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer since 1992 when she responded to the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in Florida. She recently spent 6 weeks in Puerto Rico as the Individual Disaster Care Lead, responsible for Mental Health, Spiritual Care, Health Services, and the Individual Condolence Care Teams. She was recently promoted to Mental Health Chief and anticipates doing more instructing. Dr. Hastings was one of the first class to receive a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University.
Dr. Hastings writes, “I have been fortunate to have a great life and as a result feel it’s important for me to give back to my community.”
Karin Hodges, PsyD (Antioch 2009) has recently launched Parenting 101: A Comprehensive Model Informed by Psychological Science, an educational offering free to the community via YouTube. This video draws from psychological science in order to display examples of positive and beneficial parent-child interactions.
Faculty, students, and alumni from AUNE were active at and around the APA convention in San Francisco this month!
Antioch Alumni Gathering
Faculty, students, and alumni from Antioch’s three PsyD Programs (New England, Seattle, and Santa Barbara) celebrated their common purpose at a gathering on the fringes of the convention. It’s nice to meet some of the real people who comprise our broader Antioch PsyD community!
Kathi Borden launches her role as incoming editor of the APA journal, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice
Kathi attended a meeting of psychology journal editors that focused on sharing ideas and networking.
As APA’s Federal Education Advocacy Coordinator for New England (a role she has held for over a decade), Kathi also attended the 2018 Advocacy Breakfast at the convention. In addition to catching up on APA’s legislative priorities, several PsyD graduates presented on their experience of federal student loan repayment programs, discussing how these programs reduced their anxiety about student debt and helped make it possible for them to attend graduate school.
Alicia MacDougall (3rd year PsyD student) was appointed as Co-Chair of APA Division 39 (Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology) Graduate Student Committee. Term begins September 1, 2018
Symposium: Strategies for Holding Students Accountable for Course Readings
- Elizabeth Harwood (Chair), Karen Meteyer, Rachelle Smith, Mia Khera
Poster presentation: Protective Behavioral Strategy Use in University Setting
- Davis Dodge, Karen Meteyer
Symposium: Resolving Social Problems Through Personal Disclosure–Social Psychological and Clinical Approaches.
- Ted Ellenhorn, Chair and Discussant
- Chad Lazzari, Coming out of Shame: Disclosure and Coming Out for Gay Men
Paper Reading: Experiential Group Learning Through Dreams in Clinical Training: Safety, Intimacy, and Disclosure
- Ted Ellenhorn and Alicia MacDougall
Symposium: The Dynamics of the Supervisory Relationship–A Live Demonstration
- Alicia MacDougall, Discussant
Clinical Psychology faculty member Lorraine Mangione and graduate Wendy Vincent (Antioch 2010) are co-chairing this year’s Massachusetts Psychological Association’s annual conference. The conference, We Need to Talk: A Changing Culture, A Changing World, Our Changing Selves, will be held on November 3. Wendy has also taught for us and keeps a close connection with our Department. She is very active in MPA and Lorraine is honored to serve with her in this capacity.
Ted Green, PsyD ’15 speaks about summertime depression, a type of Seasonal Affective Disorder. While a student, Ted interned at Albany Psychology Internship Consortium – Albany Medical Center. He now works at Gundersen Health System in Wisconsin, providing psychotherapy, assessment, supervision, and research and also teaches psychology at Western Technical College. He is currently gathering data for a study on the effectiveness of clinical hypnosis on a number of disorders and is getting certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis.
The PsyD Department was well-represented at the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) Conference this past June in New York. Two core faculty and four students joined Nancy McWilliams, PhD, ABPP, author of Psychoanalytic Diagnosis and co-author of the Psychoanalytic Diagnostic Manual-2, for a roundtable discussion on Intergenerational/intersectional psychotherapy training: Progenitors and progeny conversing is integrating.
In photo, from left to right:
- Thedore Ellenhorn, Ph.D, ABPP
- Alicia MacDougall, BA
- Jordan Stewart, MS
- Roselyn DeVincentis, MS
- Monique Bowen, Ph.D
- Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D, ABPP
- Chad Lazzari, BA
Additionally, Drs. Bowen and Ellenhorn were discussants and student Chad Lazzari, BA participated in Making space/taking time for conversations about intersectionality in clinical supervision. Additional participants included Vernon Smith, PhD, moderator, Esther Lee, MA, Nathalie Haziza, and Meghan Mobbs (faculty and students from PhD programs in Clinical Psychology at City College of New York and Teachers College Columbia University).
For over 30 years, psychoanalytically interested students and faculty have met several times a semester during the Monday breaks. During these meetings we engaged in a variety of activities such as case discussions, presentations of dissertation research, discussion of special topics and theories not covered in course work, introductions to measures and publications such as the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual, presentations by guests from outside the department, and discussions of current events. During the 2017-2018 academic year, our psychoanalytic “study group” has grown and diversified in both its aim and scope of activities. We have given ourselves a title and developed a website and library. The Psychoanalytic Studies Group (PSG) is no longer only a Student Interest Group as we have expanded our membership to include alums, faculty, and supervisors.
We are reaching out to you, in our roles as the PSG Faculty and Student Coordinators, to share information pertaining to resources available through the group, recent scholarly and professional activities of our members, and our future projects and aspirations. We are inviting anyone interested –including alums, supervisors, faculty, and students — to become affiliated with the PSG. There are many ways to connect and to be engaged, as the PSG is no longer limited to an on-campus meeting.
See the newsletter here.
Steve Fein, PhD, social psychologist and Chair and Professor in the Department of Psychology at Williams College in Williamstown, MA, spoke to faculty and students within our department about The Arc of Prejudice: Some Social Psychological Perspectives. With a very engaging style, Dr. Fein discussed prejudice which, in addition to being a very timely topic, is an area of great importance on so many levels. We hear so much about these issues these days so it was especially important to hear a social psychology research perspective on constructs such as implicit and explicit bias. After the presentation, Dr. Fein met with students in the department’s Social Psychology class.
Lorraine Mangione gave an invited presentation at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, also known as the Bedford VA, on “Working with the Dreams of the Bereaved.” We have the good fortune to have had a long-standing training relationship with the Bedford VA, and it was an honor for Lorraine to be able to share some of her work on grief and loss, and particularly the presence and use of dreams during grieving, with the dedicated social workers and psychologists there.
PsyD student Katie Gorman presented a poster titled “Criterion Validity of MoCA Scores in a Public Inpatient Psychiatry Sample” at the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society Science Symposium at the Algonquin Club in Boston on May 22.
Martha Straus, PhD, professor in the department of Clinical Psychology, recently appeared on BCTV, the Brattleboro VT cable channel, to discuss how parents can avoid over-reacting or disengaging from their teenager’s very normal desire to test limits, question authority, argue about norms and values, and insist on learning life’s lessons the hard way. The interview, part of the Brattleboro Retreat’s “Keep Talking” series, precedes her continuing education workshop at the Brattleboro Retreat on June 8 on treating traumatized teens.
Antioch University New England’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program is celebrating one of the most geographically and ethnically diverse entering classes in our history, joining us from 11 states. Our success in recruiting this year is a credit to the inspiring participation of our Program’s faculty, students, and staff – who can resist the invitation to spend more time among them? – as well as to the outstanding support of our Student Services and Admissions offices. We look forward to welcoming our new community members into our midst in the Fall.
AUNE’s Clinical Psychology Professor Gargi Roysircar and Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity/Disaster Shakti students have recent research publications and other studies in the journal review process. This scholarship is the outcome of several years of collaboration in reading, writing, data gathering, analyses, and revisions.
Roysircar, G., Studeny, Jane (4th. yr. PsyD), Rodgers, Sarajane (3rd. yr. PsyD), & Lee-Barber, J. S. (2018). Multicultural disparities in legal and mental health systems: Challenges and potential solutions. The Scholar-Practitioner: A Journal of Counseling and Professional Psychology, 7(1), 34-59. Paper can be viewed online at www.thepractitionerscholar.com
Lanza, Allyssa (PsyD ’14), Roysircar, G., & Rodgers, Sarajane (3rd yr. PsyD). (in press). First responder mental healthcare. Evidence-based prevention, postvention, and treatment services. Professional Psychology: Research & Practice.
Roysircar, G., Geisinger, K., & Thompson, Ashland (4th. yr. PsyD). (under review). Assessment of Haitian children’s mental health post-earthquake: Analysis of measures. The Journal of Black Psychology.
Roysircar, G., Colvin, K. F., Afolayan, A. G. (Bola) (PsyD ’15), Thompson, Ashland (4th yr.PsyD), & Robertson, T. W. (2017). Haitian children’s resilience and vulnerability assessed with House-Tree-Person (HTP) drawings. Traumatology. 23(1), 68-81. htpp://dx.doi.org/10.1037//trm
Roysircar, G., Thompson, Ashland (4th. yr. PsyD)., & Boudreau, Melissa (PsyD ’14). (2017). “Born Black and male”: Counseling leaders’ self-discovery of strengths. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 40, 343-372.https://doi.org/10.1080/095150
Roysircar, G., & Krishnamurthy, R. (2018). Nationality and assessment. In S. Smith & R. Krishnamurthy (Eds.), Diversity sensitive personality assessment (pp. 151-178). NYC, New York: Taylor Francis/Routledge.
Ginter, E., Roysircar, G., & Gerstein, L. (2018). Theories and strategies of counseling and psychotherapy: Relevance across cultures and settings. Thousand Oaks: SAGE. ISBN 9781412967594.
Gargi Roysircar served on the APA Multicultural Guidelines Task Force on Re-envisioning the Multicultural Guidelines for the 21st Century, entitled: Multicultural Guidelines: An Ecological Approach to Identity, Context, and Intersectionality, approved in August 2017 by the APA Council Of Representatives and can be viewed at
Gargi Roysircar has been elected in 2018 as Fellow of APA Div. 52 (International Psychology), which follows her election as Fellow of APA Divs. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) in 2000, 45 (Society of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity) in 2002, and 56 (Trauma Psychology) in 2010.
Lorraine Mangione, PhD and her colleague Roz Forti, LICSW, PhD recently published Beyond midlife and before retirement: A short-term women’s group in International Journal of Group Psychotherapy.
One of the things this journal now does since it is published by Taylor and Francis is give free access to a limited number of articles. If you are interested in the topic, please feel free to click on the link below the abstract, and depending on the number of people who have accessed the article, a copy may be available for you.
As women move into the second half of life and towards retirement, they may experience many changes and transitions, including in health, relationships, career choices, and spirituality. Some of those changes can be distressing, such as serious health problems for themselves or their families, increased isolation, multiple losses of important people, feelings of uselessness and lack of a meaningful role, and growing questions or struggles around spirituality. Time is often seen as moving faster and increasingly limited. This short-term group offers an opportunity for women to reflect upon issues of identity, values, choices, desires, and hopes regarding relationships, work and other activities, spirituality, and health to create new visions. We describe an integrated theoretical framework that includes existentialism, mindfulness, adult development, object relations, attachment, and relational cultural therapy. We discuss the group’s underlying assumptions in terms of its short-term and semi-structured nature and its format, and suggest exercises, with examples highlighting important learning and/or group interaction. Finally, we address the need for more intensive psychotherapy, outliers, ensuring participation, and our own responses.
Faculty member Alexander Blount, PhD, was quoted in the current issue of The National Psychologist. In Psychology Lags Behind Psychiatry in Health Integration Readiness, Dr. Blount commented on integrating behavioral health into primary care and psychologists’ training in this field. This is a major area of study and interest for our Department and for the field of psychology, and we are pleased to see discussion on these important innovations.
Clinical faculty member Roger Peterson, PhD, and student, Kate Lambos, have an article in press.
Peterson, R. L., & Lambos, K. A. (In press). A sociocultural-constructionist epistemology for the psychology of aging. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology.
This paper describes a sociocultural-constructionist epistemology that stands alongside more traditional psychology epistemologies for the study of aging. This position is more-directly relevant to practice. It emphasizes “local” and levels of local knowledge, Bruner’s ideas on cultural psychology, and how culture is embedded in narrative. Kate Lambos, a particularly talented student, worked closely with Roger on this paper.
Students of the Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity (SERD)/Disaster Shakti of the Department of Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England, held a trauma conference, entitled, Defining Trauma and Resilience on April 12th and 13th, 2018 at our campus in Keene, New Hampshire.
Presentations addressed trauma in its various forms, causes, and contexts: physical and sexual abuse, elder abuse, war, racism, GLBTQ+ marginalization, sexual harassment and assault, complex trauma, continuous trauma, social oppressions, refugee status, global sociopolitical events, and disasters. Authors were encouraged to address the intersectionality of these traumas (e.g., being an older adult, African American transgender veteran). Resilience resources for the prevention of and recovery from trauma were discussed.
The conference was free so that graduate students and early career professionals could attend and share their enthusiasm for their developing knowledge, practice skills, and self-reflexivity as practitioners and scholars.
Marti Straus is presenting on child and adolescent treatment at the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium in Washington, DC (March 22-25). Her topics are Coregulating Together (under Therapeutic Activities with Kids and Families) and How to Get Unhooked (under Treating Traumatized Teens).
She has also recently produced a 12 hour webinar for Jack Hirose and Associates in Vancouver on treatment of adolescent attachment trauma.
Dr. Kathi Borden, Professor of Clinical Psychology, attended the American Psychological Association’s (APA’s) Council of Editors (COE) meeting in Washington, DC on March 15th and 16th. At this meeting, editors of most APA journals meet to discuss and stay informed about issues relevant to publications in psychology. As the incoming editor of the APA journal Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Dr. Borden found it very helpful to meet with the other editors and get to know this new set of colleagues. Among many issues discussed were standards for describing qualitative and quantitative methods and data sharing, a practice that makes raw data from psychology studies available online. Also discussed were the need to include the socioeconomic status of research participants in manuscripts, whether manuscripts should undergo double-blind or “unmasked” reviews, information on most and least cited articles in APA journals, and many other topics.
Dr. Leatrice Oram, Antioch University Director for Accreditation & Academic Compliance spoke about Introversion and Leadership in a recent AUNE Clinical Psychology Management class. It was interesting and very helpful to understand the ways in which introverts can and do lead, and how and why the world and organizations can benefit from their leadership. We envision all of our psychology doctoral students as potential leaders in their fields and future organizations.
Dr. Oram earned her doctorate in Antioch’s Leadership and Change program. Her dissertation, A Method to My Quietness: A Grounded Theory Study of Living and Leading with Introversion, is a rich and evocative qualitative study of leaders who are introverts.
Bola Afolayan, PsyD (Antioch 2015) was chosen to serve as a fellow on the Endowment for Health’s board. While a student at Antioch, Bola was very involved with SERD (Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity) and participated in a service trip to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, an experience that was life-changing. To read more about Bola’s story, click here.
Lorraine Mangione had the honor of presenting on her research on Italian American daughters and dads at the Italian American Museum in Little Italy in New York City, just blocks away from where her own Italian American dad grew up. A few of the women who were participants in the research and are featured in the book Lorraine co-wrote with Dr. Donna DiCello (Antioch 1996), Daughters, Dads, and the Path through Grief: Tales from Italian America, joined in the presentation. It was quite a night of conversation and discussion!
Mentoring relationships have always been at the heart of Antioch New England’s PsyD program, and more recently, have evolved into a research interest for some of our faculty. A study conducted by professors Lorraine Mangione and Kathi Borden, with recent graduate (now adjunct faculty member!) Kate Evarts and colleagues from the University of Denver, leads off a special mentoring section of the journal Training and Education in Professional Psychology this month. Titled, Mentoring in clinical psychology programs: Broadening and deepening, the article reports the results of a survey of 290 current and former students from a wide array of doctoral training models, exploring their experience of mentoring and what they value most about it. Perhaps not surprisingly, mentoring – and the relational competencies it entails – emerge as a “common factor” in the professional trajectory of students across the spectrum of program and student characteristics. Respondents value both pragmatic and emotional support functions of mentoring, with graduates indicating the persistence of these influences beyond graduation. Asked specifically to address the role of cultural similarity or difference in the mentor-mentee dyad, respondents were able to describe advantages accruing from all combinations, provided that cultural identity was an available topic for discussion.
Please direct requests for copies of the article to Lorraine Mangione, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Martha Straus presented on Love and Attachment in Psychotherapy and Supervision at this year’s Field Supervisors Day, which was held on February 9. In addition to teaching at Antioch, Dr. Straus maintains a private practice in Brattleboro, Vermont, and consults internationally to schools, hospitals, community mental health centers, and social service agencies on child, adolescent, and family development, attachment, trauma, and therapy. She is the author of numerous articles and five books including, most recently, Treating trauma in adolescents: Development, attachment, and the therapeutic relationship.
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.
AUNE’s Center for Behavioral Health Innovation (BHI) has been retained by the NH Department of Health and Human Services to prepare the next 10-year plan for addressing the behavioral health needs of NH’s citizens. Led by Clinical Psychology faculty Jim Fauth (Director) and George Tremblay (Co-Director), BHI will review relevant data, meet with stakeholders around the State, facilitate workgroups to devise recommendations, and prepare a report designed to guide DHHS strategy for the coming decade. To enhance the utility of the report for decision makers, BHI is recruiting a health economist to estimate financial implications of various plan elements, and propose potential payment models. Finally, the report will anticipate implementation challenges and strategies to address them.
For a little more about the project, see this story that ran recently in the Keene Sentinel.
The following PsyD students have had a conference symposium accepted to the Winter Roundtable Conference at the Teachers College Columbia University: Sarajane Rodgers, Kate Lambos, Fazeela Mohammed, Dana Vitrano and Lauren Wesberg (chair). The symposium is entitled A changing country: The need for feminist-informed techniques for refugees and immigrants.
PsyD student Rosie DeVincentis and Dr. Ted Ellenhorn have had a poster accepted for presentation at the 2018 Division of Psychoanalysis (39) Annual Spring Meeting in New Orleans this coming April. The poster is entitled A dynamic exploration into mentalization amongst youth on the spectrum.
Clinical Psychology faculty members Kathi Borden, PhD and Lorraine Mangione, PhD will be presenting at the annual National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) conference this month in CA. The theme of this year’s conference is Diversity Actualization: Manifesting Diversity in Programs, Policies, and Practices for Community Well-being.
Parents Come Out Too: An Exploration of the Experience of Having a Child Come Out As Sexually or Gender Diverse
Kathi A. Borden, Ph.D., Antioch University New England
Dana N. Vitrano.,Psy.D. student, Antioch University New England
Nirmala Jayaraman, Psy.D. student, Antioch University New England
As public acceptance of diverse gender and sexual identities has increased, children and adolescents are coming out at earlier ages. While most parents are supportive of their children (Savin-Williams & Ream, 2003), reactions range considerably, with many feeling challenged to incorporate this new information. Yet youth who report family rejection following their disclosure are more likely to be depressed, attempt suicide, and engage in risky behaviors than youth who report acceptance (Ryan, Huebner, Diaz, & Sanchez, 2009). At times, the media and professionals speak disparagingly about unaccepting parents, empathizing primarily with the gender nonconforming youth. However, parents must also adjust to new information about their child’s identity, and must make decisions about sharing this information with others considering factors such as not “outing” the child; the child’s safety; and the family’s social network, culture, and milieu. This presentation includes an overview of our preliminary findings of interviews about the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of parents of gender nonconforming youth. This overview is followed by a roundtable discussion of the participants’ related personal and professional experiences.
Getting Published from Start to Finish
Kathi A. Borden, Ph.D., Antioch University New England
Clark Campbell, Ph.D., ABPP, Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University
Mary Beth Kenkel, Ph.D., Florida Institute of Technology
This invited presentation will provide attendees with an overview of the manuscript submission, review, and publication process, as well as the roles of personnel involved in publication of APA journals and books. This will be followed by three sets of suggestions. First, we will provide helpful hints for authors and potential authors who want to turn their ideas into publications. Second, we will provide suggestions for organizations in general, and NCSPP in particular, to disseminate ideas through publication and other means. Finally, we will provide information on how attendees can get involved in the review and editorial process. All three authors of this presentation have prior editorial experience to share.
Learning About Diversity, the Disenfranchised, Social Justice, and Resilience: Can Bruce Springsteen’s Work Enhance Psychology Training?
Lorraine Mangione, Ph.D., Antioch University New England
Lorraine is a long-time fan of and writer about Bruce Springsteen’s work and its intersect with psychology, and sees the possibilities inherent in using his music to help students and faculty become more aware of some of their own feelings and thoughts around marginalized groups and themselves. In turn the participants in this workshop can bring Springsteen’s music and other artists’ creative works back to their students and training programs. This type of personal and interpersonal awareness and understanding is foundational to our clinical practice, education and training, advocacy efforts, and research.
Alice Lim (5th year PsyD student) has been awarded a scholarship by the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health to attend the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) Connect 2018 in Houston, TX. This is the second year in a row that Alice has received this scholarship, which is a testament to her commitment to training and groups, and to AGPA’s commitment to Alice as a student and an early career professional.
An Antioch graduate looks to help other psychologists navigate the winding road to licensure. See what Dr. Emily Fine has created for Massachusetts Psychological Association as a roadmap.
While this document is placed in the Members Only part of the website, MPA has graciously made that link available for the next month for our students and website. MPA is committed to training and education of psychology students, and to supporting Early Career Psychologists, and offers a variety of resources for students and professionals.
Antioch graduate Joan Lester, PsyD (2000) is recognized for her achievements in and dedication to her original profession of nursing. Please read Joan’s beautiful story of the work she has done for so many years.
Rosie DeVincentis (Year V PsyD student) has been selected to receive APA’s Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) 2018 Graduate Student Scholar Award, an opportunity for professional and personal growth. She will be invited to attend the APA President’s Reception at the Spring Meeting in New Orleans in April.
Tessa Palmer (Year IV PsyD student) is this year’s recipient of the Keene-area’s American Association of University Women (AAUW) scholarship. Tessa was highly commended for her work and efforts in the field of psychology. She is invited to attend a luncheon in February, hosted by the Keene branch of AAUW.
PsyD faculty, Ted Ellenhorn, PhD, ABPP, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis, Specialty Board of American Board Professional Psychology. The American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) certifies psychologists who deliver high-quality services in specialty areas of psychology.
Students of the Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity (SERD)/Disaster Shakti of the Department of Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England, are holding a trauma conference, entitled, Defining Trauma and Resilience. This conference will be on April 12th and 13th, 2018 on our campus in Keene, New Hampshire. Presentations will address trauma in its various forms, causes, and contexts: physical and sexual abuse, elder abuse, war, racism, GLBTQ+ marginalization, sexual harassment and assault, complex trauma, continuous trauma, social oppressions, refugee status, global sociopolitical events, and disasters. Authors are encouraged to address the intersectionality of these traumas (e.g., being an older adult, African American transgender veteran). Resilience resources for the prevention of and recovery from trauma will be discussed. The conference is free so that graduate students and early career professionals may attend and share their enthusiasm for their developing knowledge, practice skills, and self-reflexivity as practitioners and scholars.
Alicia MacDougall, second year PsyD student, was selected to receive the Colby Smith Scholarship for 2017-18. The scholarship was created by Colby Smith and supported by numerous students and colleagues to honor his many years as a faculty member in the Clinical Psychology department. The scholarship committee recognized her commitment and character–qualities Colby values and demonstrates every day. As stated by the committee, “We chose Alicia due to her extraordinary commitment to both research and practice in psychology, work ethic, and personal and professional integrity. Her positive and constructive outlook, along with a love of exploration and play, capture elements essential to Colby’s ways of being.” Her leadership involvement with Division 39 was also noted.
The Colby Smith Scholarship provides an award to one continuing Clinical Psychology student who demonstrates commitment and character. The scholarship acknowledges the student’s aspirations and dreams and any extraordinary circumstances that brought the student to AUNE.
PsyD student, Katie Gorman, presented a poster at the annual Massachusetts Psychologist Association‘s annual conference (ON EDGE: Managing Stress in Our Clients, Communities, and Ourselves), held on November 4. The title of her poster was “Cognitive Screening in Public Inpatient Psychiatry: MoCA Criterion Validity.” Anthony Giuliano, PhD from the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital was the co-author. This is work that Katie did while on practicum at this state-of-the-art inpatient facility.
The Saratoga Palio was established to honor the inspiring life of Melanie Merola O’Donnell. Melanie was a promising young graduate student in her second year in the AUNE Department of Clinical Psychology who died in a car accident in the Albany area and left her class and the Department with a huge void. 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. The Department honors our ties to Melanie by being a sponsor of this event.
This year, third year student Sarajane Rodgers, participated in the race. Her thoughts here:
“On September 17, I was able to participate in my second Saratoga Palio, this time as one of the scholarship recipients. The night before the race, I had the opportunity to eat dinner with the board members, Melanie’s family, and two of the other scholarship winners. Everyone was so nice and I enjoyed getting to see the family of one of our most talked about students again. I had been training to run the half marathon again but because of a broken elbow, that wasn’t possible this year. Instead, I walked the 5k with my mom, who was so kind enough to drive me all the way out to Saratoga when I was only able to use the one arm. As the Saratoga Palio is a very family and community-centered event, it was really sweet to get to share that with one of my own family members.”
Sarajane was also awarded a Donald D. Davis Scholarship for Social Responsibility for the 2017-18 academic year. This endowed fund was established with a gift from the estate of Donald D. Davis, a long time friend of Antioch University New England and former member of the AUNE Board of Visitors. Don was a philanthropist who spent his life giving back to the communities he cared about. The endowment funds a scholarship awarded each year to a student or students with financial need who are involved in service to the community.
AUNE Professor Martha Straus’ most recent book, Treating Trauma in Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship, was published in January 2017 (Guilford). This book presents an innovative and empathic approach to working with traumatized teens. It offers strategies for getting through to high-risk adolescents and for building a strong attachment relationship that can help get development back on track. Straus draws on extensive clinical experience as well as cutting-edge research on attachment, developmental trauma, and interpersonal neurobiology. Vivid case material shows how to engage challenging or reluctant clients, implement interventions that foster regulation and an integrated sense of identity, and tap into both the teen’s and the therapist’s moment-to-moment emotional experience.
Given her expertise in the areas of adolescence and trauma, Dr. Straus recently testified before the Vermont State Legislature about the long-term consequences of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). This fall she will be offering workshops in Portland, Maine and Toronto, Canada in which she will be teaching Developmental-Relational Therapy (DRT). This is the model of treatment she discusses in her most recent book
Her current research project is a workbook (being developed with 2nd-year student, Brooklyn Alvarez) filled with activities designed to foster co-regulation between traumatized youth and their caregivers. They have two publishers interested in this endeavor and will send out the proposal in a couple months!
We are delighted that Dr. Straus will be our speaker at the Department’s annual Field Supervisors Day in February and will speak on Love and Attachment in Psychotherapy and Supervision.
The annual New England Psychological Association Conference (NEPA) took place on Saturday, October 21st, and Professors Lorraine Mangione and Kathi Borden, and fifth-year students Jessica Baroni, Leah Levy, and Anna Potter presented on “Mentoring in Students’ Own Words: How it Happens and Why it is Important.” This work was based on a national survey conducted by Drs. Mangione and Borden, Dr. Kate Evarts, (Psy. D. 2017), and two colleagues from the University of Denver, which will appear in an article in an upcoming issue of Training and Education in Professional Psychology.
For NEPA, they presented and discussed some of the research, and the program was greatly enhanced and brought to life by Jessica, Leah, and Anna speaking eloquently and deeply about their own experiences with mentoring across the research, teaching, and supervision spectrum during graduate school. Mentoring remains a critical component of doctoral education in clinical psychology, and opportunities for such relationships are an integral part of doctoral training at Antioch.
We are excited to announce that Kathi A. Borden, Professor of Clinical Psychology, has been selected as the next Editor of the journal, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Her six-year term begins with her serving as Incoming Editor beginning on January 1st.
The bimonthly journal is a publication of the American Psychological Association and focuses on empirical and theoretical work with valuable implications for practitioners. Kathi hopes you will send your manuscripts to PPRP for consideration, and that psychologists interested in reviewing for the journal will express their interest by contacting her at email@example.com.
The Center for Behavioral Health Innovation (BHI) works shoulder to shoulder with community partners to improve behavioral health practice and outcomes. BHI recently received several contracts to evaluate and improve the following New Hampshire-based projects:
- A four-year project funded by the US Department of Education to improve the social-emotional learning of disabled preschoolers
- A four-year project to improve the system of care and school-based behavioral health in three regions (Upper Valley, Lakes Region, and North Country) and seven school districts in NH, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
- A four-year project to improve the system of care for youth with serious emotional disturbance and their families in the Monadnock Region of NH (SAMHSA).
- A three-year project to implement a controlled substance management (opioids) program at Cheshire Medical Center-Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene and the surrounding community, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration.
- A two-year project to improve the behavioral health integration workforce in NH, led by Dr. Sandy Blount, and funded by the New Hampshire Endowment for Health.
BHI current employs six staff (including two PsyD alums!) and 12 students on its projects. This year, BHI also has the honor of hosting a Fulbright Scholar – Dr. Tim Carey – from Australia. Tim will be working with the BHI team to develop a model for improving behavioral health practice and evaluation in remote areas of Australia.
Learn more about Antioch’s PsyD in Clinical Psychology, and its major area of study in Behavioral Health integration and Population Health
Professor Lorraine Mangione has co-authored a chapter, Who is Springsteen to his women fans?, in Bruce Springsteen and Popular Music – Rhetoric, Social Consciousness, and Contemporary Culture, edited by William I. Wolff and published by Routledge, 2017. This is a chapter on which Lorraine collaborated with Dr. Donna Luff, a sociologist from Children’s Hospital in Boston.
Kate Evarts, Assistant Director of Antioch’s Psychological Services Center (Psy.D., 2017, from Antioch), helped tremendously with data collection as a Research Assistant. The article highlights issues around gender, and focuses on the depth of the attachment of Springsteen fans to him and his work. It also looks at the importance of his work in their evolving lives, identity, connections, meaning-making, and sense of self. And of course fans also just have a great time at his concerts!
Lorraine was also interviewed for her work on creativity more generally, which includes clinical as well as research applications and areas, as part of a larger article on creativity in the summer issue of New England Psychologist.
On September 26th, Dr. Kathi Borden, Professor of Clinical Psychology, visited the offices of New Hampshire Senators Maggie Hassan and Jean Shaheen and Congresswoman Annie Kuster to advocate for the inclusion of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness plan in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
Loan forgiveness plans allow program graduates in psychology and other fields to have their student loans forgiven after ten years. To qualify, graduates must work for ten years in an approved nonprofit setting and must make on-time, income-based loan payments for all ten years. Dr. Borden engages in advocacy work as the New England Federal Advocacy Network Coordinator for the Education Directorate of the American Psychological Association.
Faculty, students, and alumni from AUNE were active at and around the APA convention in Washington DC this month!
An Antioch brunch at Busboys and Poets Restaurant gathered AUNE faculty members Lorraine Mangione (party planner extraordinaire), Kathi Borden, and Gargi Roysircar, our faculty colleague from AU Seattle, Jude Bergkamp, and an excellent sampling of AUNE students, alumni, and family members.
Gargi Roysircar received the 2017 Strickland-Daniel Mentoring Award, from APA’s Division 35, Psychology of Women
Nominated by her current and former AUNE students Melissa Boudreau, Bola Afolayan, Josefina Irogoyen, Katherine Russell, Courtney Condiracci, Jane Studeny, Ashland Thompson, and Lauren Weisberg.
Faculty and students from the AUNE Clinical Psychology department presented at the conference.
Mentoring across the Developmental Spectrum in the Context of Changing Demographics (symposium)
Lorraine Mangione, Symposium Chair
Student Survey on Mentoring: Matters of Diversity
Lorraine Mangione, Kathi Borden, Lavita Nadkarni, Kate Evarts, Kelsey Hyde
Facilitating Faculty Scholarly Activity
Kathi Borden & Mary Beth Kenkel
Bruce Springsteen and Women Fans: Meaning-making, Identity, and Guidance
Lorraine Mangione, Donna Luff, Kate Evarts
Qualitative analyses of trauma counseling in Haiti. (part of a symposium on Addressing the diverse mental health needs of individuals with co-occurring PTSD and SUDS)
Symposium: Child and Family Well-Being and Homelessness: Integrating Research into Practice and Policy
Carmela DeCandia, Psy.D. (AUNE alum)
Assessment of Families Experiencing Homelessness: Analysis of Current Practice
Carmela DeCandia, Psy.D. (AUNE alum)
First responder mental health: Prevention, postvention, and treatment interventions.
Gargi Roysircar and Alyssa Lanza
Sports-related concussions: Long-term neuropsychological deficits.
Disparities in health and human resources: Psychology’s promotion of equity and access.
Gargi Roysircar, Jane Studeny, Sarajane Rodgers, Lee-Barber, & Michael Alves
Heart as neural circuit: Convergence of Indian Samkhya and western psychology systems of cognition.
Stereotype threat, belonging and campus climate among African American students attending a predominately White institution.
Wright, L., Ashland Thompson, Johnson, T.
Gargi Roysircar has published two articles with Clinical Psychology students.
Ashland Thompson is a 4th yr. PsyD student; Melissa Boudreau, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist with the VA Hospital in Brockton, MA, and Abimbola (Bola) Afolayan, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Durham, NH.
All three have served as research assistants with the Antioch Multicultural Center for Research and Practice. The data sets were collected by Dr. Roysircar in Haiti for the first article and New Orleans for the second article. Ashland, Melissa, and Bola assisted with data analyses, reviews of the literature, and writing the manuscripts, which required multiple revisions spanning two-three years for each publication.
Roysircar, G., Colvin, K. F., Afolayan, A. G., Thompson, A., & Robertson, T. W. (2017). Haitian children’s resilience and vulnerability assessed with House-Tree-Person (HTP) drawings. Traumatology. 23 (1), 68-81. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/trm0000090 (R)
Roysircar, G., Thompson, A., & Boudreau, M. (2017).”Born Black and male”: Counseling leaders’ self-discovery of strengths. Counselling Psychology Quarterly. Electronic advance copy: https://doi.org/10.1080/09515070.2016.1172204
In May 2017, Disaster Shakti members of the Antioch Multicultural Center, Dr. Gargi Roysircar, Ashland Thompson (fourth yr. PsyD), and Sarajane Rodgers (third yr. PsyD) traveled to a primary care clinic in Blanchard, Haiti, run by Partners in Development, to provide mental health counseling, psychoeducation, and research. This was Disaster Shakti’s sixth visit to this clinic in Haiti. With the assistance of Creole translators, they offered individual and couples counseling with many of the patients referred to them by the medical clinic.
When needed, suicide risk evaluations were completed. Several group counseling sessions were held, including a women’s group, a men’s group, a young girls’ group, an adolescent girls’ group, and a boys’ group. The team provided psychoeducation on diabetes, hypertension, sickle cell disease, and stress, and held workshops on stress management and relaxation. In addition, they did research assessment with individuals diagnosed with sickle cell disease to study possible connections between psychological, neuropsychological, and medical symptoms in a sickle cell patient population. Dr. Susan Hawes accompanied the Disaster Shakti team and joined in with the activities. Ashland and Sarajane obtained 1 credit hour for 120 hours completed for a Special Proficiency Practicum in international disaster mental and behavioral healthcare.
Client Evaluation of our Mental Health Services
In order to evaluate effectiveness as counselors with Haitian patients, they constructed a satisfaction survey with their translators’ linguistic and cultural knowledge. Sixty-four satisfaction surveys were completed. Three questions were rated on a scale from 0 to 2 (0=not satisfied, 1=somewhat satisfied, and 2=yes satisfied). The average satisfaction scores were as follows: “My counselor understands me” mean= 1.92, “My counselor is helpful” mean= 1.94, and “I am satisfied by my counselor,” mean =1.94. We are pleased with our patients’ evaluation of our counseling services (individual, group, psychoeducation, and workshops).
On April 28, Ted Ellenhorn was certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) as a specialty board diplomate in psychoanalysis. He is now a fellow of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis. The ABPP certifies psychologists who deliver high-quality services in specialty areas of psychology. Board certification signifies that specialists designated by the ABPP have successfully completed the educational, training, and experience requirements of the specialty, including an examination. Learn more about the ABPP here
AUNE Clinical Psychology professors Kathi Borden and Lorraine Mangione recently had two of their articles accepted for publication. The first, entitled “You can’t see it but you know it’s there: A recent history and social construction of the psyche” was published as part of an extensive treatment of the topic of psyche that was edited by Giancarla Sola. It will be published in I Problemi Della Pedagogia (Problems of Pedagogy). In it, Drs. Borden and Mangione discuss how historical events, modern movements in psychology, and ideas about the psyche are all interconnected, and have yielded a very broad and inclusive concept of the psyche.
Drs. Mangione and Borden also coauthored the second article, entitled “Mentoring in clinical psychology: Broadening and deepening. This article was coauthored with Dr. Lavita Nadkarni of the University of Denver, Antioch PsyD graduate Kate Evarts ’17, and University of Denver student Kelsey Hyde. It reports on results of a large study of the experiences of current clinical psychology doctoral students and recent graduates being mentored. Findings indicate the importance of the relationship competency in mentoring, the ability of students to find mentors for a wide range of roles including but extending beyond research, and the importance of a sense of mutual respect and caring about a student’s personal and professional growth in the mentoring relationship. The article will appear in the American Psychological Association journal, Training and Education in Professional Psychology®.
Mangione, L., Borden, K.A., Nadkarni, L., Evarts, K., & Hyde, K. (Accepted for publication, May, 2017). Mentoring in clinical psychology: Broadening and deepening. Training and Education in Professional Psychology.
Borden, K.A. & Mangione, L. (Accepted for Publication, March, 2017). You can’t see it but you know it’s there: A recent history and social construction of the psyche. Invited contribution to G. Sola (Ed.) The concept of psyche: Between clinical pedagogy and clinical psychology. I problemi della pedagogia (Problems of Pedagogy).
Dr. Carmela DeCandia, PsyD ’99, will be participating in a Congressional Briefing on June 6, 2017. The briefing will be held in the Washington, DC, and has bipartisan support. Sponsored by the APA, the briefing is based on the special issue of child and family homelessness in the journal, Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice, produced by APA Division 37. DeCandia is on the panel to represent her article on assessment.
Dr. Carmela DeCandia is a 1999 graduate of the PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England, and recipient of the AUNE Horace Mann 2016 Spirit of Service Awards. She has her own practice in the Boston area that focuses on assessment, and has been an advocate for those who are homeless for many years.
DeCandia, C. J., Bassuk, E.L., Richard, M. (2017). Assessment of Families Experiencing Homelessness: Analysis of Current Practice. Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice, SpringerBriefs Series Child and Family Well-Being and Homelessness, pp 49-63. Available at: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-50886-3_4
Although research indicates that families experiencing homelessness struggle with both structural needs (e.g., housing and income) and psychosocial issues, the assessment process varies considerably among programs serving these families. In this study, we systematically evaluated the initial intake and assessment process of a convenience sample of 55 emergency shelters, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing programs serving homeless families. Results provide support for culturally competent, family-oriented, and trauma-informed assessment of homeless families. Implications for practice and policy are discussed.
Review: “DeCandia, Bassuk, and Richard provide a vital look at the relevance and nature of assessment practices when homeless families enter shelter. This survey provides a loud wake-up call for responsive assessments of children and parents. Without such baseline measures, services can’t be matched to needs, and any objective determination of the effects of housing and services on well-being is impossible.” Britner & Farrell (2017)
Gargi Roysircar is the recipient of the 2017 Strickland-Daniel Mentoring Award of the American Psychological Association’s Division 35, Psychology of Women. This award recognizes the feminist mentoring of the Strickland-Daniel Award winner and honors Bonnie R. Strickland and Jessica Henderson Daniel for their distinguished mentoring.
Gargi was nominated by Melissa Boudreau (PsyD ’14), Josefina Irigoyen (PsyD ’14), Allyssa Lanza (PsyD ’15), Bola Afolayan (PsyD ’15), Katherine Russell (PsyD ’17), and Courtney Condiracci (5th yr. PsyD). A letter of support was co-authored by Jane Studeny (4th yr. PsyD), Ashland Thompson (4th yr. PsyD), and Lauren Weisberg (5th yr. PsyD). External letters of support were provided by Dr. Jill Lee-Barber (Director, Psychological Services and Health Center and Chief Psychologist, Georgia State University), Dr. Melissa L. Frey (Associate Professor and Program Director, Counseling Psychology, The University of Oklahoma), Dr. Lise Osvold (psychologist in private practice, Raleigh, NC), and Dr. Lawrence Gerstein (Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of Conflict and Peace Studies Center, Ball State University). Gargi has mentored and done research with all the above women, men, and individuals of color in the past 30 years as a faculty member at Antioch University New England (2000-2017) and University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1987-2000).
About the Strickland-Daniel Mentoring Award
Bonnie Ruth Strickland has served psychology in many roles and leadership positions, including as President of the American Psychological Association and as a member of the Advisory Council to the National Institute of Mental Health. Through her scholarship and her advocacy, Dr. Strickland provided insight into issues of privilege and barriers to access in relation to race, regionalism, gender, age, and sexual orientation. As a mentor at the national level, she organized formal workshops to assist diverse women in accessing positions of leadership within the organizations and hierarchies of psychology. Throughout her career, Dr. Strickland has demonstrated a generosity of spirit in supporting women in psychology in their pursuit of their goals.
Named as the first recipient of the Bonnie Strickland Distinguished Mentoring Award, Jessica Henderson Daniel was subsequently co-honored in the naming of the award. Dr. Daniel has served psychology in many roles and leadership positions, including as President-Elect of the American Psychological Association and as a founding faculty and Executive Committee member of the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology. She has focused her career primarily on instruction, training, supervision, and mentoring, particularly for women and people of color. Dr. Daniel has developed both formal and informal mentoring networks for graduate students, interns, post-doctoral fellows, and professional psychologists, and she has been an inspirational mentor who teaches others to mentor in turn.
The award recognizes the feminist mentoring of the award winner whose mentoring includes several of the following components:
- Introduces mentees to professional contacts and networks
- Takes a personal interest in mentees
- Provides coaching, supervision, and consulting to women psychologists in practice
- Develops an inclusive network of professionals and mentees that includes women who are diverse in race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, (dis)ability, nationality, religion, and other cultural/demographic characteristics
- Interacts with mentees in formal, informal, and social settings
- Promotes democratic and non-hierarchical styles of interacting
- Offers formal mentoring events and programs
- Models or discusses issues of managing multiple professional and personal roles
- Provides encouragement and advice to women seeking leadership positions within their agencies and institutions
- Encourages women to participate actively in Division 35 and APA committees and governance
This upcoming August, several current and alumni members of the Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity (SERD) will be representing Antioch at the 125th Annual APA Convention in Washington, DC, via multiple poster sessions, a paper session, and symposia. These presentations will span multiple APA divisions. Here is a list of the presentation acceptances:
Rodgers, S. (2017, August). Sports-related concussions: Long-term neuropsychological deficits. Poster to be presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.
Roysircar, G. (2017, August). Qualitative analyses of trauma counseling in Haiti. In symposium, S. Hage (Chair), Addressing the diverse mental health needs of individuals with co-occurring PTSD and SUDS. Collaborative programming symposium at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.
Roysircar, G., Studeny, J., Rodgers, S., Lee-Barber, J., & Alves, M. (2017, August). Disparities in health and human resources: Psychology’s promotion of equity and access. Poster to be presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.
Roysircar, G., & Lanza, A. (2017, August). First responder mental health: Prevention, postvention, and treatment interventions. Paper to be presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.
Seebach, E.E., Weisberg, L., Comiskey, A., & Carter, J. (2017, August). Body positivity and body acceptance. In symposium, Body Image Across the Gender Continuum, to be presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.
Williams, R. (2017, August). Heart as neural circuit: Convergence of Indian Samkhya and western psychology systems of cognition. Poster to be presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.
Wright, L., Thompson, A. Johnson, T. (2017, August). Stereotype threat, belonging and campus climate among African American students attending a predominately White institution. Poster to be presented at the annual convention of American Psychological Association.
Dr. Marti Straus authored a chapter in a new title, What to Do When Children Clam Up in Psychotherapy: Interventions to Facilitate Communication, edited by Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, and David A. Crenshaw, PhD. Chapter 8, by Marti, is titled “Treating Adolescent Attachment Trauma: Ten Ways to Co-Regulate and Stay Connected.”
She will also be speaking at the UMass Medical School Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, giving the 20th Annual Deborah Janssens Memorial Lecture on Thursday, May 18th in Worcester, MA. The title of her talk is “Working with Traumatized Adolescents: How to Get Unhooked.”
Laetitia Geoffroy-Dallery, 4th Year PsyD Student, presented as part of a panel at the MASOC/MATSA joint conference on Friday, April 7, alongside Laurie Guidry, PsyD (Antioch 2000), Ronald Ricci, PhD, who leads the research on EMDR with sex offenders, and David Thornton, PhD., the Research Director at Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center. The panel presentation is on the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) with people who sexually offend.
Click here for the conference brochure. The presentation is described on p12.
Brian Zuzelo, PsyD ’06 is featured on the front page of this month’s publication of New England Psychologist in an article titled, “Mobile Psychologists: House Calls Making a Comeback.” Dr. Zuzelo is a psychologist at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital at the Bedford VA in Massachusetts. Read more at nepsy.com about the VA delivering home-based care to its patients.
Mr. Thomas Furster, a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, recently wrote to PsyD faculty Lorraine Mangione and George Tremblay about Alice Lim, a fourth year student, and her participation in AGPA’s annual conference. Alice was the recipient of a full scholarship to AGPA, which in itself is a very competitive endeavor, and immersed herself in all that AGPA had to offer, to such an extent that she was asked to be in a video discussing group therapy with youth. This conference is the major conference for group psychotherapy in the United States.
Please see some of Mr. Furster’s comments below:
“Alice received an endowed scholarship to the AGPA Annual Meeting last week in New York City; she was the sole recipient, out of close to fifty applicants, to receive the Howard and Barbara Goldstein Scholarship. This scholarship has been established in the name of Howard and Barbara Goldstein, who have had a long-standing dedication to the growth and development of children; it is awarded to an individual demonstrating deep interest in work with children and/or adolescents.”
“I had the privilege of getting to know Alice a bit over the conference. She attended a day long course entitled, “Contemporary Adolescent Group Psychotherapy: The Methods, The Madness, and the Fun!,” in which I was one of four senior clinicians from around the country who comprised the faculty. She also attended several other events where I was present, so I got a chance to see her “in action.” I was struck by her openness and curiosity, her willingness to share and to participate, and her strong desire to grow both personally and professionally. She also has a great smile and a strong sense of humor. At all times Alice was quite impressive in her maturity and poise, and a credit to your program.”
Ashland Thompson (AUNE PsyD Year III) will be presenting on a panel at the Division of Psychoanalysis’ (39) 37th Annual Spring Meeting, The Times, They Are A-Changin’, in NYC April 26-30. Ashland’s presentation, Police Violence and the Collapse of Black Americans Holding Environments, is part of a panel on Loss, Liability, and Liberation: Riding the Unchartered Waves of Race and Gender and Resilience. Ashland was also the recipient of the Division 39 Multicultural Concerns Committee Scholar Award.
AUNE PsyD student Casey Cragin and Dr. Marti Straus have published an article, with other authors, titled Early psychosis and trauma-related disorders: Clinical practice guidelines and future directions, which appears in the Frontiers in Psychiatry publication of March 6, 2017. Read it here
Dr. Lorraine Mangione will be presenting on Navigating Through Loss and Grief: Meaning Making Along the Journey at the Brattleboro Retreat on Friday, April 21. This workshop examines some current theories and research on grief and mourning, including attachment, psychoanalytic, and existential/social constructionist frameworks, and utilizes some of the author’s research on daughters grieving their dads as well as clinical experience, to encourage helping professionals to develop their own clinical approach to working with clients’ grief and loss.
Learn more and register here
Dr. Kathi A. Borden, Professor of Clinical Psychology, chaired a Symposium entitled, “Challenges to Teaching Advocacy in a Complex Political Climate” at the midwinter meeting of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, held in Long Beach California. The symposium focused on how to help students feel a sense of empowerment through advocacy, open conversations, conflict resolution methods, the science of persuasion, and inclusion of diverse voices in the context of emotional reactions to the recent national elections. Papers presented at the symposium included “Walking the Tightrope: Teaching Advocacy in a Politically Diverse Nonprofit Setting” by Dr. Borden and Alexandra Ginsberg of the APA Education Government Relations Office; “Hard wired towards conservatism vs. liberalism: Is persuasion possible?” by Gilbert Newman of the Wright Institute; and “Advocacy by Diverse Graduate Students: Mentorship to Gain Voices” by Hideko Sera of the University of Redlands.
The Department of Clinical Psychology is pleased to announce that the speaker at this year’s Field Supervisors Day CE presentation on February 3 will be Pratyusha Tummala-Narra, PhD, Associate Professor in the Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology Department of Boston College. She will present Thinking through the Dynamics of Culture in Contemporary Clinical Practice. Her research and scholarship concerns immigration, race, gender, mental health, and cultural competence in psychotherapy practice.
Field Supervisors Day, offered to practicum field site supervisors and Clinical Psychology faculty and students, also includes 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 will be able to receive three hours of CE credit for the completion of this workshop. Full attendance is required to receive continuing education credit. Partial credit will not be awarded.
Dr. Kathi Borden will chair a symposium entitled “Challenges to teaching advocacy in a complex political climate” at the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) Midwinter Meeting, (Re)claiming our Identity: Rediscovering our Social Relevance as NCSPP and Psychologists, to be held in Long Beach, California. After an overview of the advocacy process, the presenters will cover challenges that arise for academic faculty and students when teaching and conducting advocacy activities; the science of persuasion; and ways to help diverse students develop interest and skill in the advocacy process. Because legislative advocacy is a large portion of the advocacy activities of psychologists, these challenges are particularly salient in a divisive, charged, and emotional political climate. Papers within the symposium include:
- Walking the Tightrope: Teaching Advocacy in a Politically Diverse Nonprofit Setting, Kathi A. Borden, PhD, Antioch University, New England and Alexandra M. Ginsburg, APA Education Government Relations Office
- Hard wired towards conservatism vs. liberalism: Is persuasion possible? Gilberrt Newman, PhD, The Wright Institute
- Advocacy by Diverse Graduate Students: Mentorship to Gain Voices, Hideko Sera, PsyD, University of Redlands
Dr. Lorraine Mangione will co-present with David Cimbora, PhD, of the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University, on Discovering One’s Own Leadership Potential and Encouraging It in Colleagues, Faculty and Students.
Dr. Roger Peterson has been invited to be on the keynote panel, and he will speak on: NCSPP and the Practitioner-Scholar Model: Strengths, Omissions, and Shortcomings.
Dr. Marti Straus will be at Ackerman Institute for the Family in NYC to present a training on Feb 3, 2017 on Treating Trauma in Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship.
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.
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
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.
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 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
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.