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.
We are pleased to announce two new faculty who will be joining the Antioch University New England Applied Psychology department this summer.
Dr. Summer Allen will be joining the Clinical Mental Health Counseling faculty in the Department of Applied Psychology at Antioch University New England in July. Dr. Allen received her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2018 and her MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Augusta State University in 2014. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked with a wide variety of populations. Her clinical experience includes court-mandated treatment, custody concerns, parental alienation, criminal justice involvement, and trauma, anxiety, and depression. Dr. Allen has worked in a variety of settings to include non-profit agencies, correctional facilities, Child Protective Services, and private practice. She currently sees clients in a private practice setting. Her research interests include the need for a strengths-based approach when working with those involved with the criminal justice system. Additionally, she is interested in the importance of peer mentorship for counselors-in-training. Dr. Allen’s service efforts focus on the education and empowerment of novice counselors throughout the licensure process.
Dr. Denzel Jones will be joining the Marriage and Family Therapy faculty in the Department of Applied Psychology at Antioch University New England in August. Dr. Jones earned his PhD in Couple & Family Therapy from Kansas State University where his dissertation research focused on the impact of ethnic-racial socialization messages from socialization agents on Black ethnic-racial identity. His research area of interest focuses on the well-being of vulnerable populations, more specifically the influence of diverse social processes and experiences on well-being and identity development across time. As a public scholar, he also has a passion for involvement in community-engaged research and the dissemination of research to the public. Denzel has provided clinical services in multiple clinical settings, such as a children’s group foster home, a low-income community clinic, a university and community clinic, high school settings, and a domestic violence shelter. Denzel was drawn to academia through his passion for training clinicians and scholars and providing mentorship to future generations of developing professionals.
Antioch University New England’s Master of Science in Environmental Studies, Environmental Education program is now one of only nine NAAEE-Accredited environmental education programs in the United States and the only accredited program in the Northeast.
The designation comes following a recent accreditation by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).
NAAEE Accreditation formally recognizes high-quality college and university programs that consistently prepare well-qualified environmental educators who possess the understanding, skills, and attitudes associated with environmental literacy, as well as the ability to apply them in their educational practices. Antioch’s program does just that with a diverse EE faculty who support students with innovative coursework, a culture of collaboration, and small class sizes.
The accreditation review process encourages and recognizes excellence in the preparation and professional development of environmental educators, and facilitates the in-depth, continual assessment and improvement of environmental education preparation and professional development programs. The review was conducted by a nationally recognized panel of environmental education experts.
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.
The owners of a local green energy company needed help last year moving their business to a new location in early 2018. At the same time, this business was in the process of becoming B Corp-certified. The work required to become certified proved extremely challenging on top of their other goals.
One of the owners of Green Energy Options in Keene, Valerie Piedmont, attended a workshop on B Corp certification led by Taryn Fisher, Assistant Professor in the Management Department at Antioch University New England. Taryn represents Antioch University as a core member of the Global B Corp Academic Community.
“She’d gotten 99.9 percent of the assessment completed and didn’t have her certification,” said Taryn. “She reached a point where she didn’t know if she could do it.”
With Taryn’s support, Green Energy Options, a company that provides technical support, system design, installation and advice about energy-efficient home heating and solar energy, became the seventh B Corp-certified business in New Hampshire.
“B Corp certification is for for-profit companies who are very committed to ‘business as a force for good’,” said Taryn. “What that means is, traditionally, for-profit businesses are focused on the financial bottom line. Businesses are now looking to balance competing bottom lines. Companies are saying in addition to profit, we need to focus on people and the planet.”
In order to become B Corp-certified (“B” stands for benefit), a company needs to undergo an impact assessment, which is a survey of their business practices.
“It’s a difficult process for small companies,” said Taryn.
When Valerie and her husband and business partner, Pablo Fleischmann, began last fall moving their business from its Emerald Street location to a building on lower Roxbury Street, Taryn worked with them to make the transition as smooth as possible.
“They were at this interesting point in their history moving from being a very successful mom-and-pop to this next phase in their growth trajectory,” she said.
Their focus was to move inventory from a separate warehouse to a storage space at the new location.
“The building is challenging,” said Taryn. “There was a question of how to invest as little as possible while optimizing inventory and warehouse operations.”
She spent the following months creating a cost and benefit analysis of various configurations of the space.
“We talked about a lot of ‘what-ifs’,” said Taryn. “What if we optimize this dock door? What if we open a different dock door or install a lift?” She also helped refine ordering and inventory practices and other existing procedures and policies.
As part of the advanced course in Finance Taryn teaches, her Management students met with Valerie and Pablo at Green Energy Options.
“I’m always looking for an opportunity for students to get real-world experience,” she said. “They heard from (Pablo and Valerie) about their mission, values and strategic priorities and they took a deep dive look at their B Corp impact assessment. They came back with a recommendation of how they could create an impact improvement plan based on that mission and those values based on what they’d learned about them from that impact assessment.”
Valerie called Taryn a strategic thinker.
“She’s an idea person whose personal goals are in line with our business goals, and she mapped out the future with our business in mind,” she said. “It frees us up so we can tackle our mission, which is to help the region function as independently-powered.”
In addition to her work with Antioch University, Taryn participates in the Ecovation Hub, a regional economic development initiative that focuses on supporting green businesses.
Also passionate about arts and culture, she has supported and provided mentoring for businesses such as Machina Arts, which offers creative event management, interior design and gallery curation.
“When I relocated to Keene in 2016, I thought arts and culture is important in economic development,” she said, “and an important aspect of quality of life.”
After nearly 20 years in industry as a supply chain executive for blue chip companies including Fidelity Investments, Procter & Gamble, and The Gillette Company, Taryn chose to change direction and pursue a career in academia.
“At some point during that corporate sector period I started to feel like I need to think deeply about aligning my own work with my own mission and vision and determining how to ensure I was really making the biggest impact that I could,” she said. “Antioch (University) had created a curriculum that provided a program for students who believe business has both an opportunity and an obligation to change the game.”
When she began teaching the MBA in sustainability program in 2013, she said Antioch was at the front of the wave.
“It’s a competitive space today,” she said. “But while many of the MBA programs out there are might have a concentration or a course or two that’s an elective, at Antioch every single course in the MBA program is built on the principles of sustainability.”
In addition to teaching the fundamentals of managerial and financial accounting operations, Taryn helps students integrate sustainability metrics.
“It’s a way to expand the capability of financial reporting to include sustainability reporting,” she said.
The MBA in sustainability program requires students work with B Corp-certified, mission-driven businesses like Green Energy Options by employing socially-responsible investment principles.
“I’ve knit together courses that leverage learning to be able to move the sustainability needle, have an impact and influence change in a very tangible way,” she said.
Photo courtesy of Monadnock Ledger Transcript
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.
Everyone is welcome. Everyone is valued. This is the message one would want to send out to their elementary class. But despite the best of intentions of building a vibrant, open, and inclusive classroom, the execution of the vision to reality can be challenging. Following are some expert tips to support your goal of building a dynamic learning environment.
- Invest in the Success Stories of Students. The most effective way to build an inclusive learning environment is to build relationships with students based on trust and reciprocity. Believing that each individual student is unique and honoring their potential and talents makes you a fellow traveler invested in their success story. It is a strength-based approach. Moving from the “one-size-fits-all” approach to respecting differing learning styles is important. Provide small group or individual, direct instruction so you can tailor content delivery more accurately for specific learners’ needs. Customize students’ experiences in your classroom, to build upon their strengths and help them develop and improve their understanding of topics with which they are struggling.
- Facilitate Empowering and Proactive Choices. By providing choice, teachers can provide students with the opportunity to freely express their skills, talents, and preferences. Teachers can create lessons and experiences that are engaging and relevant, which leads to more motivated students. For example, students may choose five activities from a set of 10. Or, a student may choose a topic for a research-related assignment. It is a key in supporting a person’s autonomy.
- Multisensory Stimulation and Visual Aids. Repeated multisensory stimulation brings new memories from the brain’s data storage areas to its executive function processing centers. At this stage, synapses are firing in brain centers of critical reasoning, prioritizing, judging, and pattern analyzing. This is the brain’s electrical dance of original, creative discovery—the “aha” moments, wherein optimal learning can happen. Visual aids, anchor charts, posters, diagrams, symbols for classroom materials and maps can all have a significant positive impact on student learning.
- Facilitate ownership of classroom roles. Whether daily or weekly, a classroom job inculcates a sense of responsibility and requires the student to demonstrate their leadership and ability to contribute to the class. In turn, the student feels valued and needed. Because of the range of student abilities and attributes, students are taught acceptance of one another’s uniqueness. Thus, it fosters inclusiveness.
- Positive Behavior Management System. A positive behavior management system allows the teacher to reinforce the strengths of individual learners and provides students with cues to good behavior. Supporting student behavior, maintaining a calm learning environment and providing predictable routines assists in creating optimal learning conditions for all students.
- Switch Seating Arrangements. Too often, students are stuck in their seats their entire academic year, restricting their interaction with only a few surrounding classmates. Opportunities for group work, cooperative learning and peer relationships become limited. Even worse, a student can be seated in an area that is distracting to his or her learning, interfere with mobility or obstruct view. Teachers can alter student groupings and make monthly seating changes.
- Parents as Allies. Parents are an important resource… and a wise teacher works with them. Teachers can make parents feel welcome through class newsletters, volunteering, communication books or homework planners as well as giving regular feedback regarding student progress. In turn, parents can complete the feedback loop in identifying student’s areas for growth that may not be immediately evident in the classroom. This additional information can be helpful when planning class activities and lessons.
- Harness the Power of Technology. Technology has become an integral part of the 21st-century classroom. Not only does it allow students to keep up with our changing world, it provides accessibility to the curriculum for learners with special needs. Whether it be a computer, iPad, audio/visual equipment or assistive devices, technology can play various roles in the inclusive classroom. It can offer educational software, provide an accessible curriculum to children with special needs and help differentiate lessons.
- Promote Play-Based Learning and Engage the Child’s Creativity. Games such as card games, board games and classroom games are often used by teachers to reinforce a new concept. However, they also play a large role in teaching students social skills and teamwork. Games can allow students to relax in the learning environment, enjoy one another’s company and form relationships. Also, art-based activities such as painting, drama, dancing, music can creatively engage students.
- Create Affinity Space and go Deeper into Heritage. It’s great to celebrate other cultures, but make sure you’re not reducing them to stereotypes. Bring in guest speakers who can speak to their own experiences, rather than trying to do it all yourself. Sometimes marginalized students need a place to get away from people who don’t share their experiences.
Antioch University provides a plethora of program choices, from a Master of Education to Certificates to Workshops and Continuing Education, to equip you with all the necessary skills to create progressive and inclusive classrooms.
Learn more about teacher education programs at all of our campuses:
New technologies give conservationists abilities that would have been unimaginable in the past. Using remote sensors, satellite mapping, and drones, scientists and activists can now monitor deforestation and endangered wildlife in real time. Assessing habitat loss is another area of conservation in which new technologies might be put to use. Remote sensing, which uses satellites or aircraft to scan large areas of land, can be used to monitor changes in land cover that result in habitat loss, such as deforestation.
Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral. It can be seen as ambivalent, empowering, and hindering at the same time, but conservation efforts can benefit from incorporating many types of technology, including social media and analytical software programs. Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, is a type of technology that manages and analyzes spatial or geographic data. Countless conservation organizations and their efforts have employed GIS in recent decades, for a broad range of purposes,“ shares Steven Lamonde, Conservation Biology (MS) student at Antioch University New England.
Sharing the applications of GIS explored at the Antioch University New England campus, Steven says that it models potential habitat areas for endangered wildlife species, to benefit conservation work between non-profit organizations and private landowners. GIS monitors potential wildlife corridors to benefit conservation groups looking to purchase land. It aids in mapping animal movement using telemetry data and assessing impacts of climate change on the distribution of bird populations. Additionally, AUNE students have taken advantage of using an online application called Story Maps, to convey conservation issues using interactive maps. Two examples include mapping watershed characteristics along a river to benefit the place-based education of students in Minnesota and sharing the migration story of birds that depend on threatened habitat in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
But like many technologies, these new tools have risks. Tracking devices in the hand of poachers, for example, could prove devastating to endangered elephants.
Exploring the challenges involved in incorporating new technology into conservation, Steven shares, “Often, as with GIS, users need to overcome a steep learning curve before mastering the software. Therefore, there may be some delay between obtaining new technology and benefitting from its use. This challenge comes with an associated risk, that information may potentially be presented inaccurately, if users do not fully understand the new technology.”
Infrastructure is essential to the effective implementation of new technologies. Steven also identifies infrastructure as one of the prerequisites for incorporation of the latest technology and shares, “From a practical standpoint, the use of GIS requires computers that are more advanced than a basic laptop. These computers generally cost more money, so a financial investment must be made in the technology. Additionally, new technology can more effectively be implemented when new users undergo rigorous training by an experienced professional. A lack of training may lead to limited or erroneous use of the technology.”
Antioch currently offers three GIS courses, where students are introduced to ArcGIS, arguably the most advanced GIS software package available. Students who take the Introductory, Advanced, and Applied GIS courses are eligible to receive Antioch’s Certificate in Applied GIS, which is offered at the New England and Los Angeles campuses.
Children have an innate sense of curiosity to know more about their surroundings, which is often revealed as a plethora of questions bombarded at an adult. How can we nurture this spark of enthusiasm and scientific inquiry in a child as teachers?
Kristine Burke, Science Teacher Certification student in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England, has some ideas to offer. She identifies the starting point as “cognitive dissonance” and offers a few suggestions:
- Start with a challenge to solve a problem; trigger curiosity. Identify ways in which one can challenge the minds of students.
- Create questions in students’ minds that they are hungry to answer. Play to their misconceptions.
- Keep science messy by allowing room for confusion and gray areas and also provide time for “research” within the class to enhance participation.
Reflection is the key,” Burke says. “This isn’t just about asking them to think back on their opinion of the topic. It’s about creating a time and a place for students to reflect on the process itself.”
“Thinking about how they learned, not just what they learned, will allow them to apply this experience to future problem-solving challenges,” she adds. Creating time for “embedded assessment” will go a long way in keeping a child’s unique sense of wonder for the scientific world alive.
This spring the Education Department at AUNE is pleased to launch a Trauma-Conscious Teaching Micro-Credential. Offered through the Antioch Center for School Renewal and led by adjunct faculty members Alex Shevrin and Robert Black, this competency-based experience is open to all. This new learning experience is custom-designed to focus on both internal mindset shifts for the teacher, and to introduce concrete strategies to create a proactively inclusive classroom to respond to student behaviors connected to trauma.
To fulfill the micro-credential, participants will choose 5 options from a list of 6-7 experiences, classes, and study groups, plus a capstone project. The program is ideal not only for classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, special educators and school leaders and counselors, but also for camp directors, after school program coordinators, youth organization staff, and religious education leaders.
The next offering is Introduction to Mindfulness (for Trauma-Conscious Teaching) offered entirely online through Webinars with Robert Black, April 12 to June 12.
Next is Trauma-informed Pedagogy and Reflective Practice, which begins April 23. This 4-week, online, asynchronous learning experience with Alex Shevrin uses readings and discussion.
If you prefer face-to-face options, Teacher’s Trauma Toolbox will meet Saturday May 19 at Antioch New England (40 Avon Street in Keene).
Please read more about this experience in Alex Shevrin’s March 12 blog post “Learn with me: Trauma-Conscious Teaching Micro-credential.”
As I read of the tragic shooting in Florida, the 18th in a U.S school this new year, I am once again feeling an all too frequent mix of reactions: shock, grief, frustration, compassion……..Most of all I am overwhelmed with our seeming powerlessness and inability as a society to really do anything to stop these senseless acts of violence. It weighs as a heavy blanket over my day, making it harder to focus and find joy in daily tasks.
We are living in a kind of oppression, not the “enemy occupation” of classical warfare, but a new kind of subjugation in which the soul is attacked in random ways and we feel powerless to do anything. For it is not just the school shootings that weigh on the collective psyche: so many shocking instances of sexual harassment, the loss of a sense for “truth” in politics, “fake news,” racism, regression in environmental advocacy…….the list goes on and on. It all amounts to ever higher levels of stress and morbidity, even for those not directly affected by specific actions. It all weighs on our collective conscience.
As a professor at Antioch University who has dedicated a lifetime to educating future teachers and trying to support all our schools, I am dumbfounded at the singular disconnect between the daily tragic events portrayed in the news and what is happening or not happening in our school. Few seem to connect the dots between the quality of education our children receive and their preparation to meet an increasingly violent world.
For years, the mantra has been: apply pressure on teachers to adopt new standards, absorb new mandates, and test, test, test. What has this accomplished? Have test scores jumped? Are our school-age children happier, actually learning more, better prepared for the real jobs that await them? If for many the answer is No, then we need to do a fundamental reexamination of what we are doing in our schools and for our schools.
I spent a year interviewing teachers and parents, researching literature, and writing a short book published recently with the title: Education for Nonviolence, the Waldorf Way. Based on that work, I can identify a few immediate needs: more time for children to play in nature, less abstract intellectual work, project-based learning, arts that develop emotional intelligence, cooperative games that build social skills, mental health programs and counseling for children before symptoms are overt, and above all, age-appropriate curriculum. The Common Core and other “reforms” in past years often have good intentions and good content, but are woefully devoid of any real understanding of age appropriateness. Any experienced teacher knows it is vastly different teaching a second grader than a student in 7th…….yet rarely are teachers given the freedom to teach to the real needs of the children in their care. Instead, they live in servitude to the “Big Brother” of publishing houses, tech gadgets and “new” programming designed by politicians and theorists.
Above all, we need to work on community, within our schools and surrounding them. When a teacher is allowed to “loop” with a class and follow through on projects, learning needs and social challenges within a group, children have room to grow in a safe environment. When parents serve as volunteers, supporting non-profits (and schools) in the community, we demonstrate positive role models that our children so desperately need. Rites of passage need to be honored in new ways, teachers need our support, and we need to stop “telling” schools what to do and instead, start listening to the needs of our children.
Together, we can still turn the tide and work towards a world that will one day be worthy of our children.
Rising up to the urgent call from the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history, Antioch University New England once again stands united with One Billion Rising and it’s 2018 theme of solidarity. It began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That amounts to one billion women and girls across the globe!
Spearheaded by Antioch’s Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling Program there will be awareness building, art making, moving together, screening of a documentary feature, Little Stones directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Sophia Kruz followed by a panel discussion, and fundraising for violence prevention for women.
Film screening: On February 13, 2018, follow the personal narratives of four women from around the world who are using various art forms such as fashion, graffiti, hip-hop, and dance to create positive change in their communities. Alice Paul, women’s rights activist says, “I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone.” So, paint on a little stone and share it with the Antioch community and be a part of the One Billion Rising mosaic.
Dance: The Rise in Solidarity dance for One Billion Rising will take place at noon at Antioch University New England’s campus on February 13, 2018 and on Central Square in Keene on February 14, 2018. Emphasizing the power of dance/movement in fostering a sense of connection, Christina Devereaux, Associate Professor and Program Director, Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling program shares, “Movement enlivens us. It vitalizes the human spirit. Specifically, we have within us a biological desire to be connected with others in synchrony. Through moving in rhythmic synchrony, the entrainment within our nervous system is activated.”
Further clarifying on how moving together translates into mobilizing for social action, Devereaux says, “What we know through both empirical research and through cultural practices and traditions all over the world is that dance provides an adaptable and accessible form of physical movement that elevates mood, vitalizes the spirit, and motivates connection and community. Moving with others with the intention for social action can create a powerful relational experience and can stimulate a deep subjective feeling of connection and unity.” She emphasizes that right now, more than ever, we need to experience unity, feel the powerful resonance of being in connection versus isolation, and use movement as a source of mobilizing this energy into action.
Shedding light on the symbolism of the One Billion Rising dance, Tomoyo Kawano, Assistant Professor, Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling Program says, “It is similar to the enactment of communal rituals and ceremonies of various cultural traditions. Processual ceremonies often include the arts (music, dance, culinary, costume, etc.) and cultural knowledge is transmitted through the doing of such symbolic enactments in the rituals like dancing or offering food. Recognizing these inspirations/tools and adapting them while giving due credit is about honoring and learning through global perspectives and creating/building new ways to move forward.” Sharing her experience of dance as a medium of bridging barriers, Tomoyo says that cognitive ‘understanding’ still maintains barriers, whereas dancing together breaks down the emotional distance.
Join us in raising our arms high up in the air to voice our intention that together we no longer can be silenced.
AUNE’s partnership with the Academy School allows selected interns the opportunity to experience a year-long internship in a public school setting, while also being paid. Most interns stay in the classroom for only a few months, so this opportunity is unique. Antioch Education Department Affiliate Faculty member Deb Kardane also teaches at Academy. Kardane developed this partnership and works with the interns, meeting weekly during the fall professional seminar and continuing monthly meetings this spring.
In the September 2017 issues of Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly, Paul Bocko reviewed the new book Post-Sustainability and Environmental Education: Remaking Education for the Future. Paul’s review can be viewed in the online publication.
In his review, Bocko not only reviews the book, but calls attention to the work of Antioch adjunct faculty member Danika Tyminski, who will co-teach EDT-5521 Teaching in the Critical Skills Classroom in Spring 2018, part of the Experienced Educators program.
Antioch University New England and Marion Cross School announce a free public screening of the short documentary “The Best Day Ever” on Thursday, December 7th from 6pm-7pm at 22 Church Street in Norwich, Vermont. The film reveals the magic going on in local public school kindergartens where teachers take their students outdoors one full day every week, all year, in any weather.
Inspired by European Forest Kindergartens, a handful of teachers in the Upper Valley began dedicating one day-per-week to nature-based play and learning five years ago. The idea, since featured on National Public Radio and on The Atlantic Education blog, has caught the attention of parents and educators nationwide. Regionally, dozens of classrooms now spend frequent time in wild spaces, cooking over campfires, and learning and playing in all weather.
The Nature Based Early Childhood program at AUNE trains teachers, administrators, and founders of nature preschools and forest kindergartens.
“The Best Day Ever” takes you to two Upper Valley schools: Marion Cross (Norwich, VT) and Hartland Elementary (Hartland, VT). In the film, you hear from teachers, administrators, parents, and students, and get an intimate view of the hands-on learning happening in the forests beyond our local school playgrounds.
The film, made possible with support from the Storer Foundation, follows a well-received set of case studies of Forest Day programs at Mount Lebanon School (NH), Hartland Elementary (VT) and Ludlow Elementary (VT).
The Thursday evening premiere will include discussion following the film. Filmmaker Chris Hardee, teachers featured in the film, and author David Sobel will be present. Come see how dedicated teachers are changing the trajectory of public school kindergarten by bringing joy and wonder back into education through the experience of playing in nature.
Regional schools pursuing Forest Day programming include: Lyme Elementary, Blue Mountain Union, Strafford Creative Preschool, The Newton School, Tunbridge Central School, Sharon Elementary, The Ottauquechee School, Albert Bridges, Mount Lebanon School, Ludlow Elementary, Rochester Elementary, Bradford Elementary, Barnard Elementary, and Woodstock Elementary.
Torin Finser‘s latest book, Education for Nonviolence was published this summer. In it, Finser explains that we can do something about our increasingly violent world. Abstract concepts, rote learning, and standardized tests cannot develop the emotional and social intelligence our children need in life. Waldorf schools are founded on the social ideals grounded in an abiding belief that education can make a crucial difference in building a future society that is less violent, more just, and truly compassionate. Finser describes how Waldorf independent and charter schools provide much-needed pathways toward wholeness.
“In many schools today, there are a variety of specialists, and children are yanked in and out of classes regardless of what they are missing or what it does to the social context of the group. Children today are deprived of quiet time to play without interruption, to dream while gazing out a window, or to make up imaginative games.” (chapter 1, “Loss of Childhood”)
Click here to read a review by Rebecca Hipps, classroom teacher at the Washington Waldorf School.
Published: September 2017
Groves’ Vision Includes Significant Growth, Innovation, and Inclusion
William R. Groves, JD, who has served as Interim Chancellor of Antioch University since April 2016, has been named to the position on a permanent basis. As Chancellor, Groves is President and CEO of the University. Groves was formally appointed as the Chancellor during the Antioch Board of Governors quarterly meeting held in Keene, New Hampshire on October 27 and 28, 2017.
Antioch University is a national, non-profit university which focuses on adult learners and undergraduate and graduate-level programs including five doctoral programs. With approximately 4,000 students, Antioch University is composed of five campuses: Antioch University New England; Antioch University Midwest; Antioch University Los Angeles; Antioch University Santa Barbara; and Antioch University Seattle. In addition, it operates two distance learning divisions: Antioch University Online, and the University’s Graduate School of Leadership & Change. Collectively, they make up one Antioch University with progressive values and a mission to educate the next generation of those determined to win victories for humanity.
“I look forward to leading Antioch University toward a future of real and significant growth in a way that honors our social justice mission,” said Groves. “I am working with the Antioch community to grow our enrollment while honoring our 165-year history of educational innovation, and a commitment to educational access, affordability, and quality.”
No stranger to Antioch University, Chancellor Groves began at the institution in 2010 when he was hired to form Antioch’s first Office of General Counsel. Prior, he was a Managing Partner in the Springfield, Ohio, law firm of Martin, Browne, Hull & Harper, PLL, where he began his career in 1979. Throughout his 30-year career with the firm, Groves provided legal services to Antioch University and numerous local businesses, municipalities, non-profit organizations, universities and public school districts.
“The Board has a high level of confidence in Chancellor Groves and values his leadership and commitment to Antioch,” said Board of Governors Chair Charlotte Roberts. “We look forward to working collectively on his vision for growth and innovation that will secure our long-term future and mission.”
Groves received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with Honors in Government from Ohio University and his Juris Doctor from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association. He has also served as an officer and board member of numerous charitable and non-profit organizations. Groves is a former President of the United Way of Clark County (OH); former President of Planned Parenthood of West Central Ohio; and a member of the boards of the Springfield Symphony, Springfield Family YMCA, Clark State (OH) Community College Foundation, and the Rocking Horse Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) providing medical care to indigent children and adults in Clark County, Ohio.
“We are grateful for Chancellor Groves’ extraordinary efforts in achieving improved structures, strategies, and processes throughout the university during his time as Interim Chancellor,” said Board Vice Chair Paul Mutty. “He is deeply experienced at making tough decisions and managing people in a collaborative and transparent manner.”
“It is an important and exciting new era for Antioch University,” added Roberts.
About Antioch University
Since its founding in 1852, Antioch University has stayed at the forefront of higher education innovation, academic excellence, social progressivism and social justice. Among its distinguished alumni are noted civil rights leaders, Coretta Scott King and Eleanor Holmes Norton as well as two Nobel Laureates: Mario Capecchi (B.S. 1961), co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine; and José Manuel Ramos-Horta (M.A., Peace Studies, 1984), co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize, and later President of East Timor (2007-2012).
Inspired by the work of its first President, pioneering educator Horace Mann, Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. With campuses in Keene, New Hampshire; Los Angeles; Santa Barbara; Seattle; and Yellow Springs, Ohio, Antioch University is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education. Antioch University also includes a Graduate School of Leadership and Change and Antioch Online. The University is a private, nonprofit, 501(c)3 institution and continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1927.
The faculty and students in the Environmental Studies department have expanded the opportunities for outdoor learning by building a Pavilion at Glover’s Ledge, one of two Antioch University’s forested properties in NH. A Pavillion Raising was held on October 23, 2017, which included Antioch students, faculty and alums. A gathering to celebrate this accomplishment will be held in April.
The Glover’s Ledge team also held a Bridge Building Workshop in September on the property. Antioch students worked with a local contractor to build a bridge over a recently removed culvert, resulting in a natural flowing stream that is no longer a barrier to wildlife.
7th Settlement Brewery was chosen as the winner in the small business Workplace category at New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility’s 2017 Sustainability Slam on November 2. 7th Settlement Brewery in Dover, NH was co-founded by Antioch University New England MBA in Sustainability 2011 graduate, Dave Boyton. Dave is also the General Manager.
7th Settlement Brewery is a craft brewery and farm to table restaurant. On their website, Dave writes, “While earning my MBA in Organizational and Environmental Sustainability, I began to focus my skills and knowledge on how to best run a triple-bottom line organization where we recognize that a resilient business cannot just be financially profitable; a resilient business needs to take care of our community and our natural resources. As a business, we need to look at a bigger picture with consequences beyond a weekly cash flow and impacts greater than our own paycheck.”
About the Sustainability Slam event, NHBSR explained it “is part of NHBSR’s Just One Thing campaign designed to recognize businesses and organizations for their environmental, community and workplace initiatives, while encouraging more businesses to get involved. The campaign is based on the idea that sustainability makes sense for all New England businesses and that the path to sustainability for each of us starts with Just One Thing.”
Executive Director of NHBSR, Michelle Veasey, said, “It’s wonderfully encouraging to see businesses and organizations come together in this way to share ideas, connect and encourage each other’s efforts to reduce environmental impact, develop better workplaces and support our communities. It’s a reminder that all it takes is just one thing to make a difference.”
New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility, a member-based, non-profit organization, convenes, inspires and supports businesses and community stakeholders to build a more sustainable and prosperous state for all. The Sustainability Slam is open to anyone interested in making connections to foster more environmentally and socially responsible business in New Hampshire while having a great time. Interested businesses can submit their Just One Thing story for 2018, find more information about the event, and read stories on the NHBSR Storyboard.
Read the full press release here.
Michelle Davis, MBA ’18, was selected as a member of the 2018 Energy Scholar Class by OneEnergy Renewables, an independent developer of utility-scale solar energy projects in Seattle and 3Degrees, a company headquartered in San Francisco that connects people with cleaner energy on a massive scale. In collaboration with Net Impact, a leading nonprofit empowering emerging leaders to challenge and orient business toward the greater good, the two companies combine networks and resources to provide significant career development to Energy Scholar Award recipients.
The Energy Scholar Program is in its sixth years and elected eight remarkable students for the 2018 class from exceptionally competitive applicant pool. The program runs from October 2017 through May 2018 and begins with the 2017 Annual Net Impact Conference “Path to Purpose – Accelerate Your Impact Career” in Atlanta, October 26 – 28. The Energy Scholars program is designed to accelerate the development of graduate and post-graduate students targeting careers in renewables. It supports individual student career objectives through mentoring, networking, and direct industry access.
Scholar selection criteria includes being currently enrolled full-time in a graduate or post-graduate degree program in the U.S., strong academic standing, and demonstrated interest in renewable energy. Michelle is in her second year of Antioch University New England’s MBA in Sustainability program and is Chair of AUNE’s Net Impact Chapter. She is a senior solar analyst at GTM Research with a focus on the downstream US distributed solar market. She tracks the competitive landscape of installers, financiers and technology providers in the residential and commercial market segments.
OneEnergy Renewables and 3Degrees are both certified B Corps and believe that businesses need to consider the impact of their products and services on their employees, community and environment, the B Corp certification demands rigorous standards of social and environmental performance.
Contribution will support the expansion of degrees in low-residency and hybrid models
Keene, NH – October 16, 2017 – Antioch University has announced that an anonymous donor has made a $1 million contribution to the University’s “Fund for the Future.” The gift will support the scaling up of existing programs across the University system and launch new degree programs in the low-residency and hybrid model. The gift will support programs at each of Antioch’s five campuses located in Seattle; Keene, New Hampshire; Los Angeles; Santa Barbara; and Yellow Springs, Ohio; as well as the Graduate School of Leadership and Change. The “Fund for the Future” campaign has a goal of $5 million over the next three years and is currently at $1.2 million.
“This is an exciting gift to receive,” said Bill Groves, Interim Chancellor of Antioch University. “New opportunities are now open to us as the University continues its trajectory of growth and expansion of program offerings.”
The current Geographical Information Systems (GIS) certificate will be expanded to other campuses and new geographic markets through distance education across all campuses. The Dance Movement Therapy program will be expanded with an online, low-residency model to reach markets in the Northwest and across the country. Graduate programs in Marriage and Family Therapy will be also be expanding their reach through online, low-residency models.
“We are deeply grateful for this extraordinary gift and the inspiration it provides for others to support students and the University,” added Groves.
About Antioch New England
Founded in 1964, Antioch University New England’s (AUNE) commitment to social, economic, and environmental justice serves as a foundation for all Master’s and Doctoral degrees, and certificates. Coursework integrates practice with theory in an environment that fosters scholarship and activism. Academic departments include Applied Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Education, Environmental Studies, Management, and Self-Designed Studies. Based in Keene, New Hampshire, AUNE is just over two hours from Albany; two hours from Boston; and less than two hours from Hartford. For more information, visit: antioch.edu/new-england
About Antioch University
Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. With campuses in Keene, New Hampshire; Los Angeles; Santa Barbara; Seattle; and Yellow Springs, Ohio; Antioch University is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education. Inspired by the work of pioneering educator Horace Mann, Antioch University also includes a Graduate School of Leadership and Change and Antioch Online. The University is a private, nonprofit, 501(c)3 institution and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
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.
According to a study recently conducted by Arts Alive!, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that works to enhance quality of life by advancing arts and culture in the Monadnock region, the collective impact of arts and culture on the region is $1.9 million in state and local government revenue, $18.6 million generated from event ticket sales, hotel and restaurant spending, and retail purchases, and 659 jobs created. In fact, 89% of audience members from outside this region say that arts and culture evens brought them to our community. This money goes to supporting jobs, fueling businesses, funding local and state government, and more.
Feeling passionate about the impact of arts and culture in the community, Taryn Fisher, Assistant Professor and MBA in Sustainability Program Director at Antioch University New England, joined the Keene Arts & Culture Working Group (KACWG), a group of arts enthusiasts in the Keene and greater Monadnock region, working to increase the profile of arts and culture, in the area. Fisher has been facilitating meetings of KACWG for several months in order to better understand and assess the needs of artists, musicians, and creative economy workers, and the obstacles they face in living and working here. The goal is to find ways to simplify and make things more user-friendly for them, thereby boosting both economic vitality and downtown vibrancy.
In August Fisher and members of KACWG explored the arts and culture scene in North Adams, MA, with the goal of learning about both the “whats” and the “hows” that create and support the vibrancy of that community. They visited a live/work space for artists, shared business spaces, maker spaces, and galleries. They learned about funding options and that collective marketing among various artists and arts organizations is a key success factor. Community engagement via participatory arts programs and events is big in North Adams as well. After the trip Fisher said, “We have an abundance of arts and culture assets in our region such as The Colonial Theatre, the Keene Music Festival, the Monadnock International Film Festival, and so much more. At the same time, we have gaps to fill which could include more public art installations, sculpture walks, galleries, and smaller-scale performance venues.”
Events in the area are being held that focus on increasing arts and culture in our region. In September Arts Alive! hosted the event Arts & Community Growth: A Reception & Idea Jam with Randy Cohen, VP of Policy & Research at Americans for the Arts, at the The Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship in Keene. As part of the event, Fisher facilitated an Idea Jam and breakout conversations where participants had 60 seconds to pitch an idea and answer the question, “What innovative partnerships can be established to increase the role Arts & Culture play in enhancing and communicating quality of life in our region?” Ideas ranged from increasing public art, building Keene as the solar capitol of NH, encouraging more walking, establishing Downtown Keene as a conference center, and more sidewalk and pedestrian space on Main Street.
Following up on that gathering, in November, the Hannah Grimes Center’s annual CONNECT event “Main Street 2.0” will highlight the importance of the arts and culture to a community’s economic well-being. As part of the event, Machina Arts, an arts and design-inspired start-up, will work with several groups to create displays downtown highlighting ideas generated at the Idea Jam. Fisher will collaborate with photographer Dana Read to create an exhibit called “2.0 Gallery” which will showcase the benefits of a downtown art gallery and a live/work/exhibit/perform space.
Next steps for the KACWG are to collaborate with various agencies and groups including, the City of Keene’s Planning Department during the next phase of its Land Use Code Update Project to streamline arts and culture-related regulations and ordinances; Monadnock Buy Local to develop a Complete Economy Resolution; and the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation to identify and pursue specific parcels or properties that present exceptional potential for complementary, local economy start-up ventures. Fisher said, “I love working with young entrepreneurs – it’s refreshing! The concept of community well-being and resilience must be envisioned by and for Gen Y, Gen Z, and Gen beyond. We must evolve from car-centric, single-use, export-from-afar thinking toward a shared, circular economy mindset. We must build now what future generations want and need.”
On September 15, 2017 AUNE’s Department of Management hosted a gathering of regional companies dedicated to learning from each other how to improve their triple bottom business practices. This All Group Unconference is part of a program called BuildingEnergy Bottom Lines developed by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). NESEA’s Director of Program Development, Miriam Aylward, MBA ’14, returned to campus to spearhead this event. Kate Stephenson, MS ’07, Partner at Helm Construction Solutions, a company based in Brattleboro, Vermont that works with owners, designers and builders to create high performance and sustainable buildings and businesses, also returned to campus to attend the conference.
The day was organized into large group discussions and breakout topics in a variety of interest areas including Business Growth & Transition, Tension Between Money & Meaning, and Marketing the Triple Bottom Line. One participant at the event said, “The best parts of the All Group Unconference were meeting people in other groups, the thematic focus of breakout sessions, and the opportunity to think and talk about big picture questions like, What does it mean to be in bottom lines? What are we committing to and standing for? What are we collectively working towards?”
BuildingEnergy Bottom Lines consists of regional peer groups of architecture, engineering, building, design/build, energy efficiency, and renewable energy businesses dedicated to high-performance building. But the focus is not on building. The groups meet several times a year for two-day facilitated sessions at individual members’ places of business and communicate online year-round. Bottom Liners share the inner workings of their businesses with their peers who help them sharpen their skills and improve their Triple Bottom Lines (People, Planet, and Profit). ” For our company, BuildingEnergy Bottom Lines provides the opportunity to learn from other companies that have already tackled the issues we face as a growing small business,” another participant said.
NESEA advances the adoption of sustainable energy practices in the built environment by cultivating a community where practitioners share, collaborate and learn. NESEA, Founded in 1974 and headquartered in Greenfield, MA is the region’s leading 501(c)(3) membership organization promoting sustainable energy practices in the built environment. Its work is vital to increasing sustainability, especially in the building sector, which in the United States, accounts for nearly half of all energy consumption and produces nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions, making it the largest single contributor to climate change. Working to shape the built environment helps shape the future of cities and towns, and the planet. NESEA operates primarily in the northeastern United States, but is increasingly reaching out to share ideas nationally and internationally.
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.
Dear Antioch Community,
As you know, President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum on September 5, 2017, announcing that it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which has provided protection to over 800,000 individuals who were brought to the United States while they were children. Under the program, individuals must have clean criminal records, and be productive citizens of society. They
As you know, President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum on September 5, 2017, announcing that it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which has provided protection to over 800,000 individuals who were brought to the United States while they were children. Under the program, individuals must have clean criminal records, and be productive citizens of society. They are issued Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), and are expected to work or attend school.
It is estimated that over 10,000 of these “Dreamers” graduate from colleges or universities every year. Many have joined the military and are serving our country to keep us secure. In their own way, they have contributed to American society and to our economy. As consumers of goods and services, DACA recipients create jobs and stimulate the economy, paying an estimated $11.6B in taxes last year. America has been their home, they have grown up here and know no other country. They are Americans. Yet, with the end of DACA, Dreamers are subject to immediate loss of employment and deportation. This is not just an immigration issue. It is a human rights issue, tearing at the very fabric of our society, our values as a nation, and our sense of humanity. Therefore, Antioch University joins other higher educational institutions who have responded in almost universal condemnation of this action. We are united in calling upon Congress to immediately and permanently establish safeguards to protect and secure the status of all current and future enrollees under the DACA program.
Therefore, Antioch University joins other higher educational institutions who have responded in almost universal condemnation of this action. We are united in calling upon Congress to immediately and permanently establish safeguards to protect and secure the status of all current and future enrollees under the DACA program.
In the meantime, Antioch University remains committed to providing opportunity and access for all current and prospective students, regardless of their background, citizenship, heritage, or ethnicity. We are dedicated to protecting the security and privacy of all members of our community and will ensure that any current or future DACA students enrolled in our institution have the financial and other support necessary to continue and successfully complete their studies. Most important, DACA students need to know their legal rights. Therefore, Antioch University has prepared the attached list of resources.
We are a nation of immigrants. Virtually all of our families arrived in America seeking the same dreams. Through education, hard work and perseverance, they succeeded. The DACA Dreamers have done the hard work. We respectfully and emphatically call upon Congress to right this wrong.
William Groves, JD
Iris Weisman, EdD
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & University Provost
Laurien Alexandre, PhD
Provost & CEO, Graduate School of Leadership & Change
Benjamin Pryor, PhD
Provost & CEO, Antioch University Seattle
Marian Glancy, PhD
Provost & CEO, Antioch University Midwest
Barbara Lipinski, PhD, JD
Provost & CEO, Antioch University Santa Barbara
Mark Hower, Ph.D.
Provost & CEO, Antioch University Los Angeles
Barbara Andrews, PhD
Provost & CEO, Antioch University New England
Links to DACA Resources
As an educational institution, we strive to live into our core values to help build and serve inclusive and equitable communities. The hate-filled events in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend are yet another clarion call for social justice and a reminder of our values and mission.
While we lament the profound way racism limits and diminishes the quality of all of our lives, at this particular moment in time we are singularly concerned for the well-being of our students, staff and faculty colleagues, and neighbors of color who live every hour of every day amidst the ravages of racism and in the grip of fear it spawns.
We further extend this concern to all who are targeted by unchecked conscious or unexamined hate-based ideology and actions because of their race, ethnicity or immigrant status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, class, age, ability, or other differences that are judged by some as not normal or right.
We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the ideology and actions advocated and perpetrated by White Nationalists, White Supremacists, and neo-Nazi organizations and individuals that resulted in the tragedy that was Charlottesville this past weekend.
We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the hate-filled racist ideology and violent actions that are part of our historical legacy as a nation, part of the fabric of our current culture, and which are extending their reach with profoundly disturbing vigor.
We call upon our national leaders to condemn unequivocally these movements of bigotry and intolerance, as silence and neutrality toward them are tantamount to endorsement.
We call upon the members of our Antioch University New England community and greater local communities to consider where we each stand and what actions we might take.
We stand with our AUNE colleagues who have already spoken out against the forces of bigotry and hatred that enveloped Charlottesville this past weekend. We invite you to stand with us as we advocate for the dignity, respect, safety, well-being, and capacity for all people to flourish.
On behalf of the Provost’s Office,
Barb Andrews, PhD, Interim Provost & CEO
Having witnessed the horrific events of last weekend by torch-carrying white nationalists at the University of Virginia and in the city of Charlottesville, VA, it’s appropriate that citizens, institutions, and communities condemn and rebuke the hate-based, racist rhetoric of extremists groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi organizations, and the violent actions of their followers. Another innocent person has been senselessly murdered as she marched in support of civil rights and equality. Heather Heyer is the latest victim of a long history of domestic terrorism, violence, and murder in this nation by white supremacists.
It is often the case that such Klan events target America’s colleges and universities. They are the melting pots of America and the bastions of democracy and equality. Antioch was the focus of a 2004 Klan march in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Our reputation as champions of racial equality is well known. In 1856, Antioch became one of the first universities in America to admit African-American students to learn side-by-side with white students. In pre-civil war America, this was nothing less than revolutionary. It would be over 100 years before federal laws would require the same result.
We have been fierce advocates for racial, ethnic, and gender equality and social justice since our inception 165 years ago. And for that reason, we have been a target of white nationalist groups.
It’s important, therefore, that we speak to our values and confront evil when we see it.
We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the ideology and actions advocated and perpetrated by white nationalists, white Supremacists, and neo-Nazi organizations and individuals that resulted in the tragedy in Charlottesville this past weekend.
We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the hate-filled racist ideology and violent actions that are part of our historical legacy as a nation, part of the fabric of our current culture, and which are extending their reach with profoundly disturbing vigor.
We call upon our President and national leaders to unequivocally condemn these movements of bigotry and intolerance and to strongly and unequivocally renounce any support from the alt-right movement, to specifically condemn and rebuke the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, and other white nationalists, white supremacists and neo-Nazi organizations, and advise them that their organizations and members will receive no support or sanctuary from this administration and that their criminal actions and domestic terrorism will result in swift and harsh federal prosecution.
We call upon our President to purge from the White House any and all White House advisors and staff currently or formerly associated with the white nationalist or white supremacist movement, including Steve Bannon, co-founder of the alt-right, white nationalist website, Breitbart News; Steve Miller, a follower and mentee of white supremacist Richard Spencer; and Sebastian Gorka, who has extensive ties to anti-Semitic hate groups such as Vitez Order. The American people have a right to know that no such individuals are on the public payroll, or that they have the ear of the President in developing public policy.
We call upon the President to listen to the advice within his own political party to unequivocally retract his rhetoric normalizing the Ku Klux Klan or other white nationalists, white supremacists, or neo-Nazi organizations, as well as the rhetoric excusing the actions of their members. A young woman has been brutally murdered by a white supremacist thug. Antioch University stands against nationalism and white supremacy.
Dr. Barbara V. Andrews, Core Faculty and Program Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Antioch University New England, will be the campus’s Interim Provost and CEO, Iris Weisman, EdD, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and University Provost, announced today.
Andrews, whose appointment takes effect August 14, brings many dimensions to the role.
Weisman said, “Barb’s experience, accomplishments, and values make her a perfect fit for the role of interim provost,” who will work in close partnership with the Vice Chancellor to provide leadership for the campus and University.
“Her talent for innovation, strategic mindset, strong values, and commitment to our community will serve us well. I am confident that Barb has the experience and vision to work collaboratively across the campus and University to help us achieve our goal of becoming a national networked university.”
Weisman also announced that Andrews’ position as Program Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program will be filled by Dr. Cathy Lounsbury and Dr. Amy Morrison, who will act as co-directors of the program this year.
Andrews will succeed Melinda Treadwell, who first joined AUNE as Vice President of Academic Affairs in 2013.
Andrews received her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Northern Colorado in 2004. She then served as core faculty at AUNE for one year, before returning to Colorado and serving as tenured faculty and assistant/associate chair of the Department of Counselor Education at Adams State College. Dr. Andrews returned to Antioch University New England in 2012 as core faculty and Clinical Mental Health Counseling program director. In addition to her core faculty role, she has served as associate chair of the Applied Psychology department, University Academic Council faculty representative, CACREP Liaison to the CMHC programs, and academic advisor. Dr. Andrews also has administrative experiences as the Dean of Student Development at Green Mountain College in Vermont and Associate Director of Counseling Services at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.
Andrews wrote, “As an active member of the Antioch community, I am passionate about our campus, our community, and working within this role to further support AUNE and the greater Antioch University at a time when we are in the midst of significant change.”
Andrews’ tenure as Program Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program included the launch of the University’s first low-residency and online Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s degree. She was active in all aspects of this initiative, including curriculum development and program design to transform and expand the on-campus degree program into the new delivery model.
“I truly value the spirit, innovation and dedication of our faculty and campus community and sought this role to further support endeavors that will move us forward in ways that build on our unique attributes, while strengthening university-wide collaboration.”
Antioch University New England, Greenfield Community College, Keene State College, and the School for International Training are launching the Ecovation Hub Education and Training Consortium, dedicated to bringing broader green economy knowledge and opportunities to the tri-state area of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. A ceremonial MOU signing and networking event was held on Thursday, July 20, at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH.
Abigal Abrash Walton, lead for the Ecovation Hub Knowledge Center, Core Faculty at Antioch University, and Co-Director of Antioch’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience, welcomed attendees: “It’s great to be at this stage of the process in creating a powerful collaboration among these four higher ed institutions. Our shared purpose is to provide education and training in resilient, sustainable community-building, with an emphasis on green building craft and science, disaster resilience, and climate preparedness. This initiative could not be happening at a more important time for our region, this country, and the world.”
Leaders from all four schools spoke, as well as representatives for US Senators Bernie Sanders, Jeanne Shaheen, and Maggie Hassan, and Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster.
In a congratulatory letter shared at the MOU signing, Senator Shaheen wrote, “It’s so exciting to see initiatives like the Ecovation Hub continue to grow and take shape. Partnerships among higher education programs in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont will ensure that our regional workforce has qualified, well-trained workers to satisfy a growing demand for green energy solutions.”
Antioch University New England’s commitments include:
- Establishment of an Ecovation Hub Knowledge Center graduate fellowship, which has been awarded to Environmental Studies Master’s candidate Amy-Louise Pfeffer
- Establishment of a 3+2 Bachelor’s to Master’s degree arrangement, with Keene State College, creating an accelerated and structured pathway for KSC students in the Architecture, Product Design, and Occupational Safety and Health programs into Antioch’s MBA program
- Collaborative, dual degree development between Antioch’s Environmental Studies department and SIT
The shared mission is to establish a nationally recognized consortium of regional higher education institutions and other key partner organizations focused on community sustainability and resilience that creates new knowledge, provides training and capacity building, and demonstrates and implements different approaches in this region to serve as real-world examples.
If successful, the Consortium will contribute to the Ecovation Hub’s vision of becoming a recognized national leader in creating resilient, sustainable buildings and communities, and its goals of creating 1,600 high-wage Green Economy jobs, retaining and employing 500 young people in the region, attracting green economy investment, and bringing 25,000 visitors each year to this region.
This Ecovation Education and Training Consortium has been designated a vital project through the 2016 Windham Region S.M.A.R.T. CEDS ranking process.
Sponsored by the AUNE’s Institute on Wellness and coordinated through AUNE’s Office of Centers, Institutes, and Projects, eighty-three participants gathered for three days for the first annual Building a Better World conference. The three-day transformative experience provided the opportunity to dialogue, share, and celebrate collective energy related to social justice while learning effective and sustainable ways to nurture and invigorate advocacy practices. The conference, organized by a cross-disciplinary committee at AUNE and facilitated by Tim Desmond, distinguished faculty of the Wellness Institute, was conceptualized to address the growing need for compassionate and sustainable advocacy to address the issues In today’s complex world.
The conference successfully addressed the committee’s mission of bringing people from diverse backgrounds together to offer a space to co-create tools for resolving conflicts, while maintaining hope and well-being in the face of intense political divisions in our country. With presentations such as The Decolonization of Identity by Dottie Morris, Ph.D., Participating In Democracy Through Deliberative Dialogue and Civic Engagement by Molly Kelly, JD, and Advocacy in an Intersectional World by Mason Dunn, JD, in addition to time for reflection and dialogue, the conference encouraged participants to incorporate mindfulness and compassionate practices into their important social and environmental justice efforts.
“Antioch is not only being recognized as a social justice institution, but as an important resource to so many who are struggling with how to maintain compassion and promote understanding with the important advocacy work needed today. The participants at the conference provided hope and connection as we continue to advocate for a better world!” – Cathy Lounsbury, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Core Faculty member, and member of the conference committee
Quotes from sessions:
“Loved the mindfulness practices, the energy and the room for self throughout the conference.”
“Rachel (Oblak) was inspiring, articulate and insightful. I truly learned so much from this session.”
“Tony (Ferraiolo) was an amazing speaker, very passionate and insightful. I was engaged for the duration of the presentations and wanted more! The book is beautiful and there should be more people like Tony in the world. His bravery in telling his story as well as all of his free services is truely amazing.”
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).
Antioch University New England ES PhD student Karen Saunders has been accepted to the LacCore/CSDCO Drilling and Coring Summer Institute (DCSI). Karen is researching the long-term climate, environmental, and human history of New England and the Northeast US by examining geological records (last 12,000 years) of changes preserved in cores of organic materials in ideal locations determined by her and her committee via searches of existing literature and independent surveys and coring.
The applicant pool for the institute was extremely competitive, and it was noted that Karen’s application stood out as excellent “because of its thoughtfulness, detail, and specificity, and how her stated needs align with what the DCSI offers.”
LaCCore is a highly regarded analytical laboratory housed at the University of Minnesota. LacCore and the associated Continental Scientific Drilling Coordination Office (CSDCO) provide infrastructure for scientists utilizing core samples from Earth’s continents in their research, through integrated support for coring and drilling projects, from project inception through curation.
Ecovation Hub develops as strategy to address Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant closure
Antioch University New England, Greenfield Community College, Keene State College, and the School for International Training are launching the Ecovation Hub Education and Training Consortium, which is dedicated to bringing broader green economy knowledge and opportunities to the tri-state area of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. A ceremonial MOU signing and networking event with leaders from the four institutions will take place from 4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, in the Community Room of Antioch University New England, 40 Avon St. Keene, NH 03431. Media are invited to cover the event.
Comments will be provided by Abigail Abrash Walton, PhD, director of Antioch’s Advocacy for Social Justice & Sustainability concentration and Environmental Studies Master’s program, as well as co-director of the University’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience and lead for the Ecovation Hub Knowledge Center; and Alex Wilson, founder of BuildingGreen and the Resilient Design Institute. Signers at the event are educational institution leaders Dr. Melinda Treadwell, CEO and Provost of Antioch University New England; Dr. Bob Pura, President of Greenfield Community College; Dr. Todd Leach, Chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire, on behalf of Keene State College, and Dr. Ken Williams, Dean of the SIT Graduate Institute.
The Consortium brings together these four higher education institutions in the tri-state region and connects planned education and training programs with workforce development priorities and green economy opportunities.
About the Consortium:
The Ecovation Education and Training Consortium has been designated a vital project through the 2016 Windham Region S.M.A.R.T. CEDS ranking process. This tri-state green economy regional development initiative includes four components:
- Education and Training Consortium will coordinate learning and credentialing for green building; products and service; finance, insurance and real estate; sustainable agriculture and agroforestry; and building climate resilient communities.
- The Living Laboratory will create a destination experience for visitors to the region by mapping the region’s vibrant network of resilient, sustainable, climate prepared communities, businesses, and organizations.
- The Systems Integration and Applied Research Center will support the development of Ecovation Hub platforms through R & D
- Antioch University New England’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience, which delivers a range of capacity-building education and training programs and conducts applied research.
About the signers:
Antioch University New England
Founded in 1964, Antioch University New England (AUNE) provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. Coursework in all of its Master’s degrees, Doctoral degrees, and certificates integrates practice with theory in an environment that fosters scholarship and activism. AUNE is part of Antioch University, an accredited, non-profit university and a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education that serves adult students around the world, online, and from its five campuses in four states. For more information, visit: www.antioch.edu/new-england
School for International Training
School for International Training (SIT) is a global institution offering programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels for an increasingly internationalized society. SIT delivers an education that challenges our students to think critically and provides them with real skills to tackle the most critical contemporary global issues. Our values – our commitment to inclusion, experiential education, engaged learning, community, reciprocity, social justice, and sustainability – foster the development of emerging leaders, deeply concerned with and committed to issues central to social justice, long-term peace, and understanding across cultures worldwide. https://www.sit.edu/about/
Greenfield Community College
Lives change for the better every day at Greenfield Community College. Founded in 1962, GCC is located in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and is the smallest of the 15 community colleges in the Massachusetts public higher education system. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, GCC offers Associate degrees and career certificates in highly sought-after fields to prepare students for the region’s growing knowledge-based economy; a wide variety of innovative programs with varied learning environments; and, customized workforce development training catered to specific industry needs and interests. GCC has transfer agreements with public and private schools throughout New England and nearly fifty percent of GCC students transfer to four-year colleges and universities. To learn more, visit www.gcc.mass.edu.
Keene State College
Keene State College is a preeminent public liberal arts college that ensures student access to world-class academic programs. Integrating academics with real-world application and active community and civic engagement, Keene State College prepares graduates to meet society’s challenges by thinking critically, acting creatively, and serving the greater good. To learn more about Keene State College, visit www.keene.edu. Wisdom to Make a Difference.
- Jennifer Stromsten, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, VT: (802) 257-7731, ext. 230
- Alex Wilson, Resilient Design Institute, Brattleboro, VT: email@example.com
- Melinda Garland, Antioch University, Keene, NH: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kelly Ricaurte, Keene State College: email@example.com
- Kate Casa, School for International Training: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Ecovation Hub:
The creation of the Ecovation Hub is an outgrowth of a key cluster analysis project identified in the Windham Region CEDS. This project was initially funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce EDA and the State of Vermont Windham County Economic Development Program.
The emerging national hub of sustainability and resilience is envisioned to act as an incubator, accelerator, and engine of economic growth for the tri-state region of Southern Vermont, Southwestern New Hampshire and North-West Massachusetts. Its focus is sustainable economic growth and community-scale resilience to climate change. http://brattleborodevelopment.com/ecovationhub/
Since 2007, the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) and Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategy (SeVEDS) have led an investigative assessment of existing assets that could fuel economic development in the wake of the power plant closure.
This team identified a unique cluster of green building assets across the tri-state region of Windham and Bennington Counties in Vermont, Cheshire County in New Hampshire, and Franklin County in Massachusetts that includes recognized national leaders in research, product development, manufacturing, and design and construction of high-performance buildings and communities. With an initial investment of over half a million dollars in federal, state and private investment, continued development of the “Ecovation Hub” is being driven by a tri-state Leadership Team chaired by Alex Wilson, founder of Building Green and The Resilient Design Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. The continued development and uniting of these assets to build a hub of sustainability and resilience will serve as a model for other rural communities nationally and internationally.
The effort has already successfully engaged industry leaders, including:
- Antioch University: The home of the Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience.
- Bensonwood: A national leader in sustainable, high-performance timber framing construction.
- The Resilient Design Institute: A national nonprofit dedicated to advancing the practice of resilient design for buildings and communities.
- World Learning: An international development educational organization with programs in 60 different countries.
With the participation of these organizations as well as institutions with financial and international connections, the Ecovation Hub Initiative is developing an integrated approach to spurring growth of green economy industries, rather than focusing on a single segment.
About the Leadership Team:
- Alex Wilson, Resilient Design Institute, Brattleboro, VT
- Abigail Abrash Walton, PhD, Antioch University, Keene, NH
- Dan Yates, President, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, VT
- Jennifer Stromsten, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, VT
- Jim Verzino, Strolling of the Heifers, Brattleboro, VT
- Sarah Kanabay, Franklin Community Co-operative, Greenfield, MA
- Phil Suter, Executive Director Keene Chamber of Commerce, NH
- Andrew Baker, Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board, MA
- Stephan Dotson, Brattleboro, VT
About BDDC & SeVEDS:
The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation is a private, nonprofit economic development organization that serves as a catalyst for industrial and commercial growth throughout Southeastern Vermont, including Windham County and the towns of Readsboro, Searsburg, and Weston. BDCC serves as the State of Vermont’s certified Regional Development Corporation (RDC) for the greater Windham County area. BDCC is one of 12 RDCs throughout Vermont. For more information visit: http://brattleborodevelopment.com/
Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) is an affiliate of BDCC that grew from a 2008 grassroots effort, initiated by BDCC, to reverse the economic decline of the Windham Region and plan for the economic impacts from the closure of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. In 2014, after multiple years of regional input, education and data gathering, SeVEDS submitted the Windham Region’s federally recognized S.M.A.R.T. Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for federal approval. For more information visit: www.seveds.com
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
Michelle Heaton, a doctoral student in AUNE’s Environmental Studies dept, has been named the next Head of School at Teton Valley Community School. Michelle’s award-winning action research project on boys as global citizens was published in 2016, and she brings TVCS 18 years’ experience as a teacher and administrator in New England schools, as well as experience as an Executive Director of a farm-based education program.
In the Teton Science Schools newsletter, Chris Agnew, Executive Director of the Teton Science Schools wrote, “Michelle is uniquely positioned to lead TVCS in the coming years. An innovative educator, Michelle is committed to teaching and learning that promotes agency, social justice, and sense of place.”
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).
Today, President Trump announced that the United States plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. We at Antioch University are both disheartened and concerned with this symbolic decision, as well as a lack of US leadership on global efforts to combat climate change.
Despite the efforts of the current administration to discredit climate science, opportunities for collaboration grow at the local level. We are proud to partner with our communities, which continue to focus efforts to respond and adapt to climate change.
Now, more than ever, we must be diligent and unrelenting in our work to protect the environment as we prepare for the continued effects of climate change.
Antioch University maintains our commitment to furthering social, economic, and environmental justice. We will continue our fifty-plus year history of training environmental policy-makers, environmental scientists, educators, and leaders to solve critical and emerging environmental challenges by delivering visionary, progressive, and interdisciplinary Environmental Studies programs.
About Antioch University
Antioch University is an accredited, non-profit university and a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education that serves adult students around the world, online, and from its five campuses in four states, in addition to its University-wide international and doctoral programs. Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. Antioch University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1927.
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
AUNE’s Engaging Conservation Psychology for Effective Action Webinar Series recently presented a webinar entitled, “Applying Conservation Psychology Theories & Principles.” During the webinar, past Conservation Psychology Institute participants shared how they are applying conservation psychology theory to practice. Each presented discussed specific projects that were informed by their work at the Institute.
Presenters included: Amy Weidensaul, Director of Community Conservation and Education for Audubon Pennsylvania and Dr. Kim Langmaid, Founder, Vice President, and Director of Sustainability & Stewardship Programs for Walking Mountains Science Center.
View a video of the webinar here:
Download Presenter Slides from the Webinars
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.
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.
Antioch University New England recently held its 12th annual CTEC Symposium, “New Approaches to Conservation Conflicts.” Keynote Dr. Adrian Treves presented on rethinking biodiversity preservation and conservation conflicts, and talked about human-wildlife relations in the Bandipur Tiger reserve, the Dakota Access Pipeline conflicts and indigenous rights, and collaboration in environmental management.
The Annual CTEC Symposium brings together researchers, professionals, educators, and students to learn about and become involved in the application of new approaches to conservation conflicts. Participants learn about conservation conflict transformation, bridging conflicts between agriculture and conservation, managing human-wildlife conflicts, reducing conflicts over land use and biodiversity, and reducing human conflicts that undermine conservation and wildlife management.
Learn more about AUNE’s Center for Tropical Ecology & Conservation
Learn more about the Conservation Biology concentration of the MS in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England
Learn more about our upcoming free webinar on Applying Conservation Psychology Theory & Principles on April 26
AUNE faculty member Dr. Abigail Abrash Walton recently presented a webinar entitled, “Why Study Conservation Psychology? What it offers for practitioners and researchers.” In this interactive webinar, she offered an overview of conservation psychology and what practitioners and researchers can gain in terms of strengthening conservation and sustainability outcomes. The webinar presentation included:
- an overview of conservation psychology as an interdisciplinary, mission-focused field
- conservation psychology research topics and approaches
- conservation psychology applied skills and content areas
Conservation psychology can support enhanced understanding of the powerful social and psychological aspects that influence group and individual environmental actions and attitudes. CP theory and practice can help to more effectively design programs, craft messages, and engage individuals and organizations in conservation, sustainability, and climate change action.
View a video of the webinar here:
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
KEENE, N.H. — Healthy Monadnock’s Living Wage Work Group and Antioch University New England were recently awarded a $20,000 Roadmaps Collaborative Learning grant, part of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R), a program that is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
The Healthy Monadnock partners were selected as a recipient because of their engagement with CHR&R and their demonstrated commitment to improving the health of everyone in the community. The grant money is earmarked for collaborative learning and dissemination activities that align with the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps’ goals and principles, namely Healthy Monadnock’s Living Wage Work Group’s interest in furthering their work in creating a living wage campaign in the region and state.
Monadnock Living Wage Work Group, a coalition of area businesses and organizations, has already recruited several early adopter employers to commit to paying workers a living wage of $15 an hour by the year 2020. These early adopters included W.S. Badger Company, Deep Roots Massage & Bodywork, Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, Keene Housing, The Insurance Source, Tree-Free Greetings, and Antioch University New England.
The grant money will enable the local group to branch out and align itself with state-wide organization efforts and with at least two other New Hampshire communities; it will also allow the group to assess interest and align itself with other state and local funders to advance living wages in the Monadnock Region and statewide.
“Research shows a strong correlation between higher wages and improved health outcomes,” said Linda Rubin, director of the Healthy Community Initiative and facilitator for the work group.
Per MLWWG’s local living wage calculator, an hourly wage less than $15 for a single adult is inadequate to maintain a safe and decent standard of living in the Monadnock Region and cannot sufficiently meet a person’s food, housing, transportation, healthcare, and personal care needs. When workers earn less than a living wage, Rubin added, personal health and employee productivity and retention are sacrificed.
“This generous grant provides the opportunity to build awareness, momentum, and support for advancing the understanding about the impact of living wages on health outcomes,” said Abigail Abrash Walton, director, Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability master’s concentration at Antioch University New England, who will head the project. “We look forward to shared learning within the Monadnock Region and with other communities in New Hampshire, and to sharing our project findings nationwide.”
About Antioch University New England
Founded in 1964, Antioch University New England (AUNE) offers fully accredited doctoral, master’s and certificate programs. All of AUNE’s graduate programs in psychology, education, environmental studies, and management require that students integrate practice with theory in an environment that fosters scholarship and activism. AUNE is one of the five campuses of Antioch University. For more information, visit: http://www.antioch.edu/new-england
Antioch University, a private, nonprofit, 501(c)3 institution, provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. Antioch University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Learn more at www.hlcommission.org
About Healthy Monadnock
Healthy Monadnock is a community engagement initiative designed to foster and sustain a positive culture of health throughout Cheshire County and the Monadnock Region. Founded and developed by the Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock in 2007, Healthy Monadnock’s action plans are being guided in the community by the Council for a Healthier Community, a group of 30+ individuals representing schools, organizations, coalitions and businesses. Community partners and Champions are working together to improve the quality of life and prevent the leading causes of death for everyone by implementing strategies to: increase healthy eating and active living; increase income and jobs; improve mental well-being, increase emergency preparedness, reduce substance misuse including tobacco, increase educational attainment and increase access and quality of healthcare. Learn more: www.healthymonadnock.org
Antioch University New England (AUNE) and the U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) have selected Meghan Hoskins and Alex Rosen to serve as AUNE’s 2017 U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus Fellows. This fellowship opportunity, now entering its 10th year, is for master’s degree students in AUNE’s Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability (ASJS) concentration in the Department of Environmental Studies.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) write, “The Congressional Progressive Caucus is excited to welcome Alex Rosen and Meghan Hoskins as our Summer Environmental Fellows. Both of these students have a passion for protecting the environment and leading the fight against climate change. We’re grateful to have these young leaders with us in a time when the environment and the EPA are coming under attack by the Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans.”
“This will be a great opportunity for Alex and Meghan to experience the legislative process. With the CPC, our fellows are able to work with Members of Congress from across the country on policies to protect the environment and combat climate change. We look forward to these fellows helping the CPC lead the resistance in Congress.”
Hoskins’ and Rosen’s portfolio will include work with the House Natural Resources Committee, of which Rep. Grijalva is Ranking Member.
“We are proud to be sending these two outstanding emerging leaders to serve on Capitol Hill, as Antioch’s unique program with the Congressional Progressive Caucus celebrates its 10th year,” said Abigail Abrash Walton, who directs Antioch’s Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability master’s concentration and heads the fellowship selection committee.
About Meghan Hoskins
Meghan Hoskins is an Environmental Studies Masters Student at Antioch University New England, with a concentration in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability and a Certificate in Conservation Psychology. Hoskins grew up in Mooresville, IN, and graduated from Indiana State University in May of 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, minors in Women’s Studies and Spanish, a Global Perspectives focus in the University Honors Program, and a Certification in Sustainability Leadership. She is currently interning with Cultural Survival, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing indigenous peoples’ rights and cultures worldwide, where she is researching and writing human rights violation reports and news articles for their quarterly magazine and website. Hoskins serves as Teaching Assistant for Antioch’s Advocacy Methods course and also as the Education Coordinator for Antioch’s Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, where she is organizing a research symposium on “New Approaches to Conservation Conflicts.” From October 2015 – May 2016 she served as a Community Fellow with NextGen Climate NH. During that time she organized community events focused on raising awareness about climate change and environmental degradation. She also conducted a Get Out the Vote campaign, during which NextGen Climate NH mobilized 11,975 college student voters. In the summer of 2015, Hoskins also served as a Field Canvasser with Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving democracy, conserving natural resources, protecting the environment, and providing affordable access to essential human services in Indiana.
About Alex Rosen
Alex’s passion for social justice brought him to Antioch as an Environmental Studies master’s student, concentrating in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability; he is also part of the Masters International program, with a view toward entering the Peace Corps. Since coming to Antioch, Alex has partnered with the Southwest Regional Planning Commission, serving as a graduate research assistant in Antioch’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience, to develop a Climate and Health Adaptation Plan for New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region. Alex grew up in Skokie, Illinois (part of Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s congressional district) and earned a BA in Political Science with a concentration in Environmental Studies from Grinnell College. While attending Grinnell, Alex interned with Project Vote Smart, a non-partisan nonprofit devoted to voter education. He also studied abroad in Queensland Australia, where he worked with the Barron River Integrated Catchment Management Association to promote environmentally friendly local ordinances. After graduating from Grinnell, Alex worked as a Program Instructor with the Close Up Foundation, an organization dedicated to instilling a sense of political efficacy in high school and middle school students, where he facilitated positive dialog on domestic policy with students from across the country. Alex also worked as a Strategic Account Manager for K12 Insight, a consulting firm that assists local school districts engage with stakeholders.
Antioch University’s Chancellor has issued a communication to the University community regarding the Executive Order on Immigration issued January 27, 2017 by President Trump. Read it here
He is also joining with other higher education leaders in calling for President Trump to rescind the Executive Order and to work with his Department of Homeland Security and the State Department to make reasonable and appropriate improvements in the visa programs in a way that does not unjustly and illegally target people of the Muslim faith or people from specific countries.
Antioch University supports all of our students, faculty, and employees who are foreign nationals. The University has a long history of being a leader in fostering a diverse and rich educational environment, and will continue to admit and support students without regard to their citizenship status or immigration status. We will continue to enforce our anti-discrimination policies which prohibit harassment and discrimination based on race, religion, gender, color, ancestry, and national origin.
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.
More than 400 teachers and administrators from Montessori schools throughout Massachusetts and New England braved the surprise snowstorm to meet at Dean College in Franklin for the annual conference of the Montessori Schools of Massachusetts.
AUNE Education faculty member and noted author, David Sobel, gave the keynote address, using images and video to describe projects all over the world where teachers have prioritized experiences in nature for children. He argued that we must distinguish between risk and hazard so that children get the freedom and trust to take reasonable risks and learn from them. He encouraged attendees to help children become intimately familiar with the land and the neighborhood where they live and go to school.
The conference also featured a broad range of professional development workshops for teachers and administrators. These included “Cultivating Ecological Literacy in the Montessori Classroom,” “In Depth Electricity,” and “Embracing Anti-Bias Work.”
There are over 120 Montessori Schools in Massachusetts alone. For more information go to http://www.msmresources.org
PsyD faculty member Dr. Sandy Blount was awarded a 3-year grant from the federal Health Research and Services Administration last Spring, to establish clinical training collaborations with primary care practices across northern New England. In 2016-17, the first year of the program, five PsyD students were placed in fellowships offering $25,000 stipends. The program is enjoying fabulous success in its first year, and AUNE is on track to place 11 students in these stipended positions for 2017-18.
Early in 2016, the State of NH was awarded a 5-year federal grant to better meet the behavioral health needs of the population served by Medicaid. The State was divided into seven regional “Integrated Delivery Networks” (IDNs), each of which were then invited to re-design their Medicaid supported services to better address local needs. Antioch’s Center for Behavioral Health Innovation was retained by our regional IDN to help craft a proposal, in collaboration with many other regional stakeholders, that will drive system transformation for the next several years. That proposal was submitted to the NH Dept of Health and Human Services in October. We are excited to be part of this initiative, and eager to see what creative solutions it may bring to the southwest region of the State in the years to come.
Dr. Alexander Blount is a member of the National Integration Academy Council, the governing body for the Integration Academy of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). On December 6th and 7th of 2016, Dr. Blount attended the meeting of the council as they begin a new project for AHRQ. The project is to provide technical assistance and evaluation for health systems who are grantees in developing medically assisted treatment for opioid abuse. The Integration Academy was chosen for this role because medically assisted treatment needs to be provided within a biopsychosocial approach to addictions.
PsyD students Dana Vitrano and Kate Lambos, clinicians at Antioch Psychological Services Center, recently presented on Stress Management to a “Dimensions of Learning” class at the Community College of Vermont (CCV) campus in Brattleboro, VT. The Dimensions course focuses on academic and other skills needed for college success.
Dana and Kate presented material on the biological components of stress, provided resources and strategies for managing multiple demands, and led the group in practicing mindfulness and self-care skills. The students found the workshop very helpful, and CCV has asked for our students to return during the spring semester to do additional presentations.
Marti Straus, PhD did an interview for an online journal called Psych Central. To read it, go to Treating Trauma in Adolescents: A Q&A with Dr. Martha Straus. The interview includes links to two of Marti’s books and is shared on Psych Central’s twitter page, which has 130K followers.
The threatening rainstorms did not put a damper on The Melanie Foundation Memorial Race, called the Saratoga Palio, nor on the spirit and tenacity of the runners from the Antioch group who participated. Clinical Psychology Department Chair George Tremblay was inspired by Melanie’s loss to run his first half marathon (indeed, first race of any kind) in his mid-50s. In addition, second-year students Sarajane Rodgers and Chad Lazzari, and Jim Schumacher, husband of Lorraine Mangione, made us all proud as they each crossed the finish line. George’s wife, Elizabeth MacPherson, joined in as the team photographer who captured the runners’ best moments.
Melanie Merola O’Donnell was a promising young graduate student in her second year who died in a car accident in the Albany area and left her class and the Department with a huge void. It was a privilege to be able to meet Melanie’s parents, husband, and many other relatives and friends, and to honor Melanie and her legacy.
One of her best friends started this race the same year of Melanie’s death, and the race and the Foundation, which helps to support students in the mental health world, have been going strong ever since.
Please see the picture of Melanie’s mother, Vicky Merola, standing next to Lorraine, and her aunt sitting in front of Lorraine.
For more information about Melanie and the Foundation, please visit the following website: themelaniefoundation.com/history
Hospice and palliative care are extremely important parts of our health care system and psychologists have not traditionally played a big role in these areas. At the Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts annual conference, in Norwood, MA, on November 2 & 3, Lorraine Mangione gave a workshop on Contributions of Creativity, Religion/Spirituality, and Culture to the Path Through Grief. Those in attendance, mostly counselors, nurses, and social workers, seemed to resonate with the importance of these themes in grieving families and individuals. This is a very engaging and compassionate conference and highly recommended for anyone who wants to become familiar with hospice and palliative care. One track focused on this work with veterans at the Bedford VA, one of our practicum sites and an internship.
Melinda Treadwell, AUNE Provost, has made the Honorary Faculty appointment of Tim Desmond as Distinguished Faculty in The Institute on Wellness for Helping Professionals, Department of Applied Psychology. This appointment recognizes Tim’s record of outstanding professional service, scholarship and dedication to wellness for those in the helping professions. As Distinguished Faculty for the Wellness Institute, Tim will be presenting for the Applied Psychology Department Internship Site Supervisors and will be collaborating on a professional full day workshop this Spring.
Tim Desmond is a mindfulness teacher, therapist in private practice, and co-founder of Morning Sun Mindfulness Center in Alstead, NH. He is the author of Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy (W.W. Norton, 2015) and offers training and consultation to therapists around the world, helping them to integrate positive psychology and mindfulness practices into their work.
Tim has presented at Yale University, the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy Colloquium, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Conference, and the International Society for Ethics in Psychology and Psychiatry, as well as to mental health audiences around the country. His writings on mindfulness and positive psychology have appeared in the Psychotherapy Networker and the Mindfulness Bell magazine. Tim was interviewed about self-compassion by the Huffington Post, and writes for major mental health websites such as Madinamerica.com.
He developed and teaches “dialogue-based mindfulness training,” a technique for teaching mindfulness and self-compassion in which the client is guided through a meditation while giving the clinician feedback about their experience in real-time. The clinician uses this feedback to adjust and custom tailor the meditation instructions in order to ensure the client learns the technique effectively.
In 2005, Tim was ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh into the Order of Interbeing after many years of practicing in that tradition. He leads meditation retreats around the US and teaches regularly at Morning Sun Mindfulness Center in NH. In addition to the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, Tim teaches Nonviolent Communication and positive psychology.
An overflow crowd of students, faculty, and alumni gathered to hear Dr. Jeremy Safran give his talk on Mindfulness, Enactment, and Affect Regulation at the second Roger Peterson Distinguished Speakers Series on October 3rd at Antioch New England. Dr. Safran is Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research in New York City and author of numerous books on psychotherapy including Negotiating the Therapeutic Alliance: A Relational Treatment Guide with Dr. Chris Muran. Dr. Safran first offered a framework for his clinical practice and research, and then engaged the audience with conversation around video clips of psychotherapy that focused on his relational psychodynamic perspective. It was a marvelous coming together of people and ideas, which is what we hope for from the Speaker Series.
Antioch’s Center for Behavioral Health Innovation delivers a Symposium at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, in Atlanta. BHI staff Johanna Wilson-White, John Erdmann, Megan Edwards, Jim Fauth, and George Tremblay all presented papers as part of a symposium titled, Innovations and illustrations in program, evaluation, and reporting design from the world of behavioral and community health.
Roger Peterson, Ph.D., Professor and Distinguished Senior Scholar, has been invited to be on the keynote panel for the Annual meeting of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology. He will speak on: “NCSPP and the Practitioner-Scholar Model: Strengths, Omissions, and Shortcomings.”
The Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association was held October 14 & 15 at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. A current faculty member (and graduate of our program) as well as a number of PsyD students presented at this conference.
Meg Pilling, PsyD (Antioch, 2015): Fostering Connections: Group Therapy for Young Women Aging Out of Foster Care
Sara Jane Rodgers: Sports-Related Concussions: Long-Term Neuropsychological Deficits
Jen Moniz and Holly Moniz: Beyond Residential Treatment: A Screening and Assessment Model for Juveniles Who Sexually Offend
Jessica Gibson, Dana Vitrano, Elizabeth Corley: How Are Older Adults Faring in New Hampshire? Using Field Assessment to Evaluate Elder Healthcare
John Erdmann, Sarah Pearson, Mackenzie Soniak, April Fiacco: Beyond Therapy: The Many Roles of a Clinical Psychologist
In honor of Jonathan Daniels, and in response to a dialogue at a community forum, local organizations, individuals, and youth have come together to create and install ten banners on Main Street, featuring images of Jonathan Daniels and quotes from local youth about the privilege of voting.
The Center for Civic Engagement at Antioch University held two deliberative dialogue sessions in the Spring, around the topic of voter participation. During the April forum, “Democracy Depends on Voter Participation,” a number of ideas and initiatives were generated by community member participants. One idea generated was to honor Jonathan Daniels and his fight for voter rights more intentionally throughout the community during the election process.
This idea was brought to the St. James Episcopal Church youth group, which engaged with a number of community members and organizations – Keene Rotary Club, Elm City Rotary Club, Keene State College, and others – to create the banners for Downtown Keene.
“The young people who walked in Jonathan Daniels footsteps want to encourage the community to honor one of our own, Jonathan Daniels, by voting. The Center for Civic Engagement is excited and proud to have participated in this collaborative effort. This is what the Center is all about,” said Molly Kelly, Center for Civic Engagement Co-Director and NH State Senator.
The Antioch University Center for Civic Engagement’s mission is to engage a broad and diverse group in deliberate dialogue forums about issues that are important to this community, resulting in collective decisions for community action and sustainable civic engagement.
Treatment accessibility, timely emergency services, and effective suicide prevention programs–these are all issues that most psychologists have encountered in their practice whether at a community clinic, hospital, medical setting, school, or private practice. One of our graduates, Dr. Steve Broer (Antioch, 2000), who is the Director of Behavioral Health Services at Northwestern Counseling & Support Services in Saint Albans, Vermont, was recently invited to speak about issues surrounding suicide on a Vermont Public Radio show, All Things Considered: The Vermont Edition. Steve has been a champion of community mental health and accessible care since his days at Antioch and continues the efforts to make mental health services available to all who need them.
Dr. Sandy Blount was the first author, along with Dr. Jim Fauth, Dr. Anne Nordstrom, Evaluation Coordinator, Center for Behavioral Health Innovation, and 3rd year PsyD student Sarah Pearson, of a statewide study of the primary care behavioral health workforce published by the New Hampshire Endowment for Health. Dr. Blount was the plenary speaker at the New Hampshire Summit on Behavioral Health Integration, also attended by 1st year PsyD students Alicia MacDougall and Angel Walter. Dr. Fauth led one of the working sessions. Earlier, Dr. Blount was a participant in small invited groups on behavioral health integration, one assembled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the other by the President of the American Psychological Association. He was also a leader for the Colorado Competencies in Primary Care Behavioral Health Consensus meeting in Denver.
In mid-September, Dr. Sandy Blount received confirmation that our GPE (Graduate Psychology Education) funding from the federal Health Research and Services Administration will continue for two more years. Over the course of the three-year grant period, we will put nearly $1 million to work funding multiple primary care sites and some two dozen student stipends to develop integrated care practicum training opportunities. Congratulations to Dr. Blount, the five pioneering students occupying our GPE practicum positions this year, and those yet to come in the two years ahead!
Marti Straus, PhD is publishing her fifth book, Treating Traumatized Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship. She is also contributing a chapter to a collection of essays by master therapists for a book entitled What to Do When Children Clam Up in Therapy. Both works are coming out from Guilford Press this winter.
The department is pleased to announce that Lindsay Furlong-O’Hara (4th year PsyD student) is the 2016 recipient of the Colby Smith Scholarship. This award was created last year to honor Dr. Colby Smith, upon his retirement, for his many years of service to AUNE as a member of the Clinical Psychology Department. The fund has been supported by numerous alumni and colleagues, and is intended to recognize a continuing Clinical Psychology student who demonstrates commitment and character. The scholarship acknowledges a student’s aspirations and any extraordinary circumstances that brought the student to AUNE. In bestowing this award, we honor both Lindsay’s and Colby’s aspirations and dreams. Congratulations, Lindsay!
The Horace Mann Awards Night, 2016, at the Keene Country Club, was a special one for the Department of Clinical Psychology as we honored Carmela DeCandia, PsyD, 1999, one of this year’s recipients of the Horace Mann 2016 Spirit of Service Awards.
In Dr. DeCandia’s work with children and family, from an individual clinical level to the societal and policy level, she has devoted herself to improving the life of our most vulnerable populations. Her political advocacy for homeless children and families has helped to raise awareness of the work that needs to be done in this area. Dr. Lorraine Mangione, who nominated Carmela along with Dr. Kathi Borden, was honored to introduce her, and to also recognize her dissertation chair, Dr. Susan Hawes, who was in attendance. In Carmela’s acceptance comments, she singled out three areas that have helped her in her quest to achieve her vision: her family, the Antioch community (including “the big class”), and her current colleagues, and in fact she had a representative from each of those realms there to celebrate with her. Dr. DeCandia has worked at several non-profit agencies and now has her own clinical and consulting practice in the Boston area.
Each year donations from this Antioch fundraiser benefit the Horace Mann Spirit of Service Scholarship Fund which is awarded to students who demonstrate, through an essay, their (small or large) victories for humanity through work or volunteerism in the areas of community service, diversity, lifelong learning, sustainability or social justice. Two of our current fourth-year students, Kristen Lauer and Lauren Weisberg, are recipients of the scholarship this year.
Dr. Barb Andrews, Program Director of Antioch University New England’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, has been selected to present Best Practices for Online Supervision; Meeting the Demands and Exceeding the Expectations of Remote Supervision for the 2016 WACES conference in Vancouver, British Columbia in November. The presentation will address how counselor educators can meet the increasing demand for remote and distance supervision to support our students while they complete their clinical training and move forward with licensing requirements. A remote supervision group benefits from the expertise, cultural diversity and experience that is brought together from all over the country, and the world, while they share their unique training experiences. Dr. Andrews is the Program Director for AUNE’s online Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program, now with 80+ students.
Antioch alumni, current students, faculty, field supervisors, our head of development, and even a 6-month-old future Antiochian gathered near Burlington, Vermont, at the home of Cricket (PsyD, 2013) and John Braun, our very gracious hosts, for a beautiful afternoon of conversation, music, drinks and appetizers. It was great to see the strong core of Vermonters associated with Antioch and its mission, and how our graduates are living out their Antioch values and education in the many different types of work they do. Music was provided by faculty member Theodore Ellenhorn, graduate Ted Green (PsyD, 2015), and current student Liz Rogers–it was breath-taking!
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program: The Applied Psychology Department learned that the CMHC program was awarded the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Grant (through the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES) for $283,306. The CMHC Program was 1 of only 9 awards made nationally. The specific focus is on substance abuse/misuse, particularly related to the opiate epidemic experienced across the state, and the funding will provide resources to support clinical training SA for students and professionals. Melissa Chickering, Director of Practica & Internships, Dr. Barb Andrews, and Dr. Devona Stalnaker-Shofner will be leading the charge on this initiative.
Clinical Psychology students and faculty recently presented at the 2016 APA Conference in Denver. Students Lauren Weisberg, Chad Lazzari, and Sarajane Rodgers, and Dr. Gargi Roysicar, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Multicultural Center, gave their respective presentations at the APA Conference. Their research, which began last November, resulted in a proposal that was accepted by APAGS (American Psychological Association of Graduate Students) and sponsored by several APA divisions.
It was recently announced that their program, “Syrian Refugee Crisis: Psychologists’ Responsibility for Human Rights and Mental Health,” is the winner of the 2016 Stuart C. Tentoni Outstanding Professional Development Program Award. The award was determined after the careful review of the impressive APAGS-accepted convention program proposals, review of the SERD symposium presentations by members of the APAGS Convention Committee, and review of the participant evaluations collected following the symposium.
SERD is a Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity, an arm of the Multicultural Center for Research and Practice in the AUNE Clinical Psychology Department.
Photo, from left to right: Lauren Weisberg, 4th year PsyD student; Chad Lazzari, 2nd year PsyD student; Sarajane Rodgers, 2nd year PsyD student; and Dr. Gargi Roysicar, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Multicultural Center
Learn more about AUNE’s Multicultural Center here
The Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently announced awards of the Systems of Care grants and Antioch’s Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program is a key partner in the Cheshire County award. The project will implement a System of Care in New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region to improve access and delivery of mental health services to youth and families. As a partner in the Mondadnock Systems of Care, students and faculty from the Applied Psychology Department will provide training and clinical support to the region on trauma, family therapy, and home-based services. Dr. Janet Robertson, with several others, were involved in the planning grant, as well, implementing a family-centered qualitative research approach to the assessment on family needs. This award will contribute to the establishment of a clinical training center within the Applied Psychology Department to meet the needs of the local community.
Antioch University is proud to announce that it has named Dr. Melinda Treadwell as provost of Antioch University New England. Antioch University has recently transitioned its vice-president positions to an expanded leadership role of Provost. The change comes as part of the ongoing effort of all Antioch campuses to better serve the needs of their student communities and to meet the changing demands of today’s society.
“I am proud to be a leader at AU because we are a collaborative community with geographic distance but a shared commitment to one another, to our students, to our partners, and to our mission in direct, meaningful ways.” Treadwell adds, “During the next year, I’m most looking forward to continuing Antioch University’s exciting partnerships with Teton Science Schools and Wolf Ridge Environmental Education Center as well as to expanding our educational partnerships and integrated behavioral health systems.”
Dr. Treadwell has a PhD in Toxicology and Pharmacology from Dartmouth Medical School and has previously held leadership positions at Keene State College. She has been a toxicologist and an investigator for institutions such as the National Institute of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency, and has served on numerous scientific advisory boards.
Her experience and credentials are a boon to Antioch University’s mission of supporting environmental justice, and her background in higher education makes her ideal to lead Antioch University New England.
About Antioch University New England
Founded in 1964, Antioch University New England’s (AUNE) commitment to social, economic, and environmental justice serves as a foundation for all certificate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Coursework integrates practice with theory in an environment that fosters scholarship and activism. Academic departments include Applied Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Education, Environmental Studies, Management, and Self-Designed Studies. Based in Keene, New Hampshire, AUNE is just over two hours from Albany; two hours from Boston; and less than two hours from Hartford. For more information, visit: antiochne.edu.
AUNE is part of Antioch University, an accredited, non-profit university and a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education that serves adult students around the world, online, and from its five campuses in four states, in addition to its University-wide international and doctoral programs. Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. Antioch University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1927.
Dr. Sandy Blount was interviewed for an article in the APA Monitor on psychologists and primary care integration. Dr. Blount is one of the pioneers in this field, and he has been working with other faculty to create our own Major Area of Study in Behavioral Health Integration. You can see the very helpful and forward looking article here.
The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently announced the recipients of four-year grants under its Systems of Care Expansion funding program. Antioch’s Center for Behavioral Health Innovation (BHI) was a partner in two of the awarded applications.
The first project will implement a System of Care in New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region, with Cheshire County as the grant recipient, and the other will be a statewide effort, in partnership with the NH Board of Education. BHI will provide program evaluation and technical support for both projects.
These two projects represent a substantial scaling up the Systems of Care work in which Antioch has been involved to date. We’re very excited to be part of this wave of innovation in our State, for addressing the compelling needs of emotionally distressed youth and families.
Antioch University New England’s Center for Behavioral Health Innovation is dedicated to the design and improvement of behavioral health practice, and works with community partners to improve the health and well-being of underserved populations.
An article entitled Spirituality and Religion in Experiences of Italian American Daughters Grieving Their Fathers by Lorraine Mangione, Ph.D., Megan Lyons, M.S., and Donna DiCello, Psy.D. has just been published in the August issue of Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, an APA journal. The article was based on qualitative research done by Drs. Mangione and DiCello, in which Ms. Lyons was the research assistant who then took a major role in the qualitative analysis for this article. Dr. DiCello is a graduate of Antioch University New England who maintains a full-time practice in New Haven and Wallingford, CT and is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and Ms. Lyons is currently finishing her internship at Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, MI.
Gargi Roysircar, EdD, and some current PsyD students will be presenting at the American Psychological Association annual convention in Denver this August.
Dr. Roysircar has participated in mental health counseling in earthquake-destroyed Haiti, tsunami-affected fishing communities in Southern India, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita-affected communities and responder organizations in the United States Gulf Coast, and in Southern African orphanages that serve HIV/AIDS-infected and affected children and women. Dr. Roysircar trains her doctoral student response teams in disaster trauma, culture-centered skills specific to a community disaster, and in self-care and resilience. She does research on trauma assessment with international child populations, such as, in Haiti and the West Bank, Palestine, for which she was awarded in 2014-2015 an American Psychological Foundation Grant. Dr. Roysircar is serving on the APA Taskforce for Re-envisioning the Multicultural Guidelines for the 21 Century.
APA convention presentations include:
- Roysircar, G. (2016, August). Chair of symposium, International perspectives: How people use religiousness/spirituality to cope. Collaborative programming of APA’s Div 17 Counseling Psychology, Div 36, Religion and Spirituality, Div 45, Psychological Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, and Div 52, International Psychology. Annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO, August 5th
Roysircar, G., & Ashland, T. (3rd yr. PsyD). Haitian religiousness and children’s resilience.
Chao, R., Ph.D., University of Denver. Taiwanese religiousness/spirituality and loneliness.
Worthington, E., Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University. Forgiveness and religious interventions in the U.S.A. and international contexts.
Discussants: Donelda Cook, Dean, Student Development/Affairs, Loyola University of Maryland; Edward Shafranske, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University, CA; and P. Scott Richards, Professor of Counseling Psychology and Special Education, Brigham Young University, Utah.
- Roysircar, G., & Thompson, A. (3rd yr. PsyD) (2016, August). Multidimensional scaling of Haitian children’s HTP Resilience and Vulnerability indexes and self-report measures of self-esteem, self-concept, and posttraumatic stress symptoms. Poster for Personality and Social Psychology at the annual convention of American Psychological Association, Denver, CO, August 6th.
- Roysircar, G. (Discussant), Weisberg, L. (Chair, 4th yr. PsyD), Rodgers, S. (2nd yr. PsyD), & Lazzari, C. A. (2nd yr. PsyD) (2016, August). Syrian refugee crisis: Psychologists’ responsibility for human rights and mental health. Symposium, APAGS sponsored, at the annual convention of American Psychological Association, Denver, CO, August 6th.
Additional articles, book chapters, and presentations that also address issues of social justice, disaster, and culture by Dr. Roysircar include:
- Roysircar, G., Ashland, T., & Boudreau, M. (2016).”Born Black and male”: Counseling leaders’ self-discovery of strengths. Counselling Psychology Quarterly. The article is available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09515070.2016.1172204.
- Roysircar G., & Lanza, A.(PsyD 2015) (2016). First responder mental health: Ethical responsibility for prevention, postvention, and treatment programs. In M. Leach & E. Welfel (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of applied psychological ethics. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
- Roysircar, G. (2016). Member of the APA Task Force for Re-envisioning the Multicultural Guidelines for the 21st Century. First draft under review with APA’s Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI).
- Roysircar, G. (2016, April). Health equity for immigrants and refugees. Georgia State University Biannual Cultural Competency Conference: Cultivating a Culture of Health Equity: Clinical and Community Innovations, University Counseling Center, Atlanta, Georgia, April 8.
- Roysircar, G. (2016, July). Haitian children’s resilience and vulnerability assessed with House-Tree-Person (HTP) drawings. Paper at symposium: Community Approaches to Cultural Diversity, Crime, and Natural Disaster. International Congress of Psychology, Yokohama, Japan, July 29th.
Antioch University New England alumnus Dr. Alex Kirby (PsyD ’06) has launched a nonprofit residential recovery program in Asheville, North Carolina, for boys 14-17. Kirby’s Montford Hall is the only program east of the Rockies to provide long-term residential substance abuse treatment for teenage boys.
In a July 2015 interview with the Asheville Citizen-Times, Kirby said, “We are not rehab. These boys will come here to get stabilized after they go somewhere for 30, 60 or 90 days to get treatment. But rehab does not refer to continuum of care, and that’s where we are different.” Kirby noted that teenagers in the program stay for periods longer than 180 days. “It takes a long time to get into trouble and it takes a long time to get out of trouble.”
Kirby’s vision for Montford Hall began to take shape during his years as a therapist for wilderness therapy programs, when he saw a lack of next step options for the substance-abusing and addicted teenage boys with whom he worked. After creating a business plan and securing a board of directors, Alex founded Montford Hall in 2009 and spent the next several years raising funds while learning, baptism-by-fire style, about that and every other aspect of starting and running a program.
Progress accelerated in 2015, when a local foundation purchased a 16,500+ square foot facility on Montford Hall’s behalf. By then enough funding had been secured to renovate the building, hire and train staff, and market the program to referral sources. The program began accepting applications in March 2016. Learn more about the program here.
SERD (Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity) will be holding a fundraiser and opportunity for discussion on July 11th during the lunch break. The money raised will be donated to the families impacted by the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, where 49 individuals were killed and 53 others were injured. The SERD members appreciate in advance AUNE’s support and generosity.
Working with Dr. Gargi Roysircar, students in SERD hold biweekly meetings to discuss current diversity topics and events, and they promote multiculturalism and volunteerism. SERD also organizes fund-raising events to support Disaster Shakti’s outreach. Disaster Shakti means empowerment in the face of a disaster. SERD/Disaster Shakti promotes multicultural sensitivity, community support, advocacy, education, and social justice-oriented outreach in communities for individuals and groups who come from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, class, and gender backgrounds.
Under commission from the New Hampshire Endowment for Health, Antioch’s Center for Behavioral Health Innovation has recently completed an assessment of New Hampshire’s workforce serving the behavioral health needs of underserved populations in primary care in NH. We have surveyed the “safety net” clinics about their level of integration and staffing capacity, in relation to both current and projected workforce needs. We also surveyed academic programs in the State about their current focus on preparing the primary care workforce for behavioral health services. We are looking into the workforce involved in prescribing and consulting about psychotropic medications and treatment planning, providing psychotherapeutic interventions, relaxation response therapies, and motivational enhancement for healthy behavior, and who are delivering services designed to create and maintain patient engagement in care, address issues of health literacy and adherence, address the barriers patients face in caring for their health (sometimes designated as the “social determinants of illness”), and who keep information about the patient’s health needs and health behavior flowing between the patient and the health team. We hope to carry this work forward by assembling a working group of representatives from primary care health centers and academic programs toward developing a “Doorways and Pathways” model for guiding people into primary care as a career.
Clinical Psychology Professor Kathi Borden just published a chapter on teaching in clinical psychology with coauthor, John McIlvried. The chapter discusses the core activities that comprise the teaching role as well as the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be a successful classroom teacher, research supervisor, clinical supervisor, and mentor. The chapter draws on literature in the disciplines of psychology and education. Special consideration is given to future directions in clinical psychology education including the ascendency of diversity including socioeconomic differences, increasing demand for accountabiity, developments in neuroscience, and changes in the health care delivery system. The chapter was published in the APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology, Volume 3: Applications and Methods, edited by John Norcross, Gary VandenBos, and Donald Freedheim, with associate editor Radhika Krishnamurthy.
Lori Azzara, PsyD (Antioch 2005) has taken on the Chair of the Massachusetts Psychological Association/Massachusetts Neurological Society (MPA/MNS) Joint Advocacy Group that meets with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
Dr. Azzara has been an active member of the MNS Professional Affairs Committee and MPA Assessment Committee for several years. More recently. she became the Co-Chair of the MPA Assessment Committee and has just been chosen President-Elect of MNS. Over these last several years, and recently at an accelerating pace, she has been building her breadth and depth of knowledge and her direct experience in advocacy work. As the MPA announcement described her: She is committed to engaging in mutually respectful, collaborative, productive work with her colleagues, and she brings the same commitments to engaging with those with whom we advocate.
In the Fall of 2015, newly arrived faculty member Alexander (Sandy) Blount set about recruiting primary care partners all around northern New England to develop an integrated care practicum training network. The goal of the network would be, not only to train doctoral students in providing clinical services as part of interprofessional medical teams, but also to train a workforce capable of guiding clinical practices through the transformation to true integrated behavioral health. This set of skills includes identifying high leverage opportunities to improve the health of a patient population, developing and guiding the implementation of stepped care treatment protocols, and monitoring outcomes and quality of care. We are delighted to report that we have received funding from the Federal Health Research and Services Administration, that will provide generous stipends to student trainees and onsite clinical supervisors, and also support a program of training in the practice transformation skills described above. Congratulations to Dr. Blount and the pioneering students and practicum sites who signed on without any assurance of funding!
The State of NH is embarking on a $150 million experiment in transforming care for the Medicaid population, with a focus on integrating behavioral health and medical care, enhancing transitions between care systems, and building a workforce capable of implementing these innovative approaches. BHI has been asked to facilitate production of the multi-year plan for our region of the State (we have a very busy Summer ahead), and we expect to continue contributing to this effort over the next several years.
At a colloquium on June 20th, Sheldon Solomon, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Skidmore College, discussed his studies of the effects of the uniquely human awareness of death on behavior, which have been supported by the National Science Foundation and Ernest Becker Foundation, and were featured in the award-winning documentary film Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality. He is co-author of In the Wake of 9/11: The Psychology of Terror and The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life. Sheldon is an American Psychological Society Fellow, and a recipient of an American Psychological Association Presidential Citation (2007), a Lifetime Career Award by the International Society for Self and Identity (2009), and the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs Annual Faculty Award (2011).
The talk was riveting for many students and faculty who felt that Dr. Solomon’s breadth and knowledge of the topics were both thorough and inspiring as he brought in many different areas of psychology as well as literature, philosophy, and religion. While discussing complicated and challenging issues such as death and the fear of death, and how these attitudes affect our choices, Dr. Solomon also offered humor and hope.
Gil Macvaugh III, PsyD (Antioch 2004) recently received a Special Award at the 2016 American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA.
Gil will be returning to his internship site, University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (formerly known as Worcester State Hospital) in Worcester, MA to teach the forensic post-docs about death penalty cases. He is widely known for his work in this area
Liza Lowe, founder, director and lead teacher at Wild Roots Nature School, a nature-based preschool at Stonewall Farm in Keene, was named the 2016 New Hampshire Environmental Educators’ of the Year by New Hampshire Environmental Educators (NHEE). The award is presented annually to an individual who stands out as exemplary in their ability to engage students in environmental studies in lasting and meaningful ways. Lowe earned a Master of Education from Antioch University New England’s Integrated Learning program. She received the award on May 14, 2016 at the annual meeting in Concord.
Liza founded Wild Roots Nature Schools in September 2013.
“As a curious person by nature, I have been a hands-on learner for as long as I can remember,” says Liza in an article Sowing the Seed of a School, “In my work life—from my first job on a farm to becoming an environmental educator—I have always had a passion for the outdoors and the lessons it provides. I taught at nature centers in three different states over the course of ten years. The work I was doing—working with classroom teachers to get their students outdoors, writing curriculum to take into public schools, teaching summer camp, etc.—was rewarding, but I began to wonder how my work could be different if I could work with the same group of students over the course of a school year. Although I didn’t know it yet, I had started my journey to opening a nature-based school. It’s a journey that, in many ways, I started when I was very young, but it would take several more years to make it a reality.”
Recently, Liza was a guest presenter at the “Working With Parents and Community” course AUNE Core Faculty Dr. Ellen Doris taught this spring. She regularly presents at AUNE’s In Bloom conferences and hosts students and classes who want to observe Wild Roots in action and tour the Wild Roots outdoor (and indoor) classroom spaces.
For more information about Wild Roots Nature School, visit: http://stonewallfarm.org/education/wild-roots-nature-school/
AUNE is hosting the annual Conservation Psychology Institute (CPI), June 12-15, 2016, on campus. The 3-day annual event is an interactive workshop with some of the leading researchers in the field. Its focus this year is on promoting human and environmental health across multiple scales—individual, organizational, community, and ecosystem—through the application of psychological research on behavior change, connection with nature, and effective communication.
The Institute faculty are experienced in education and training, and have practical experience in working with organizations, communities, and individuals. Throughout the workshop, they’ll draw on a range of didactic and interactive strategies designed to foster collaborative learning, team problem-solving, and the development of clear ‘takeaways.’ Attendees can expect a participatory and dynamic mix of pre-reading, presentation, small group discussion and application, Q&A, one-on-one coaching, and team planning time. Sessions will be held both indoors and outdoors at the AUNE campus.
Participants who register as teams, wanting to work on a specific organizational challenge, find the Institute particularly effective. Additionally, the event is well-suited for communication and education practitioners in community and non-profit organizations; students and educators interested in a working knowledge of the field of conservation psychology; or individuals from a range of organizational settings interested in learning about conservation psychology principles.
For more information or to register, visit: Conservation Psychology Institute
Brattleboro, VT—Antioch grads Michelle Simpson-Siegel (Environmental Science ’98) and Jessica Turner (Experienced Educator Program ’05) are co-founding a micro-school in Brattleboro, VT. Simpson-Siegel is the executive director of Oak Meadow, a well-known home school curriculum provider and distance learning school that recently became the first distance school to receive accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Turner is a long time educator with experience teaching middle school through college age students.
Both credit their Antioch University New England experience as the foundation and inspiration for this exciting venture. “Dr. Jane Miller, my professor in the education department at Antioch University New England, who recently retired, inspired me to start my own school and to take on this enormous project one step at a time,” said Jessica Turner. “She was completely supportive of me as a teacher and as a learner.”
Brattleboro School Without Walls (SW2) is a combination home school cooperative and independent school. SW2 will operate as a modern one-room schoolhouse, where students of different ages learn from one another yet work through the curriculum at their own pace. Class size is intentionally small, and the school meets only a few days a week. Further, students are encouraged to pursue their passions and interests by taking classes and courses at various organizations in and around Brattleboro to earn credit toward their Oak Meadow diploma.
Participating arts, performance, and outdoors programs include New England Youth Theater, New England Circus for the Arts, Insight-Photography, River Gallery of Arts, Brattleboro School of Dance, Brattleboro Music School, Vermont Wilderness School, Circus Yoga, Vermont Jazz Center, and Express Fluency. Marlboro College also offers courses at no cost to area high schoolers, and college credit earned there will count towards dual enrollment. Credit for internships, apprenticeships, and other learning opportunities are all part of the picture. Simpson-Siegel strongly believes that nothing should be “extracurricular” in a student’s education, and she is spearheading the creation of this learning center to make that belief a reality.
Dana Batchelor of New England Center for Circus Arts said, “Brattleboro is a mecca for arts education in New England, and Oak Meadow has become a vital resource for connecting what we have to offer to the home school community, from the early grades all the way through high school. A well-rounded education that includes performing arts has been proven time and again to benefit students’ overall preparation for adulthood.”
Visit bsw2.org or call Oak Meadow at 802.251.7250 for more information.
Antioch University New England (AUNE) has named the recipients of the 2016 Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards. Each year winners are selected in three categories: the Citizens Award, the Staff/Faculty Award and the Alumni Award with this year’s awards going to Jim and Judy Putnam, Michael Simpson, and Carmela DeCandia, respectively. The awards were presented at the sixth annual Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards event on Friday, September 16, at the Keene Country Club. Proceeds from the event benefit the AUNE Horace Mann Spirit of Service Scholarship Fund.The Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards
The Horace Mann Spirit of Service Awards are named in honor of Horace Mann, Antioch College’s first president and a noted abolitionist and educator. The award program recognizes individuals “who have won victories for humanity,” through their work and volunteerism. By celebrating these individuals and honoring Mann’s ideals, AUNE continues its commitment to public service, community engagement, diversity, lifelong learning, sustainability, and social justice.
2016 Citizen’s Award: Jim and Judy Putnam – Keene, New Hampshire
James A. (Jim) and Judith (Judy) Putnam’s life of service began as Peace Corps volunteers in Libya and Thailand where they taught English as a Second Language for three years. They are dedicated to the Monadnock region, giving selflessly of their energy, ideas, leadership, collaborative spirit, enthusiasm, time, talent and treasure.
Jim and Judy have served on boards, advisory councils, visioning sessions, and political and fundraising campaigns in the Monadnock region. They have supported nonprofit regional and statewide organizations including the Colonial Theatre, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Historic Harrisville, Monadnock Conservancy, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Cheshire Health Foundation, Stonewall Farm, St. James Episcopal Church, Franklin Pierce University, Keene State College, Arts Alive!, Keene Public Library, Ashuelot River Park, AUNE, and more.
Retiring as president from MARKEM, his family’s business, when it was sold to New York-based Dover Corporation (NYSE: DOV), Jim and Judy have maintained a family legacy of care, concern and commitment to the environment, economic vitality, health, the arts, education, and social justice.
2016 Staff/Faculty Award: Michael H. Simpson, Chair of the AUNE Environmental Studies Department – Norwich, Vermont
Michael Simpson earned his Master of Science in Resource Management and Administration 1980s from Antioch University New England. Since 1985 he’s been a faculty member in the Department of Environmental Studies and currently serves as chair and as director of the Resource Management and Conservation program, and director of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change concentration. As founder and co-director of the Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience, Michael helped establish AUNE’s reputation as national experts in climate change and preparedness. He also earned a Master of Arts in Science from Dartmouth College and certification as a wetland scientist from New Hampshire.
Presently, he serves on the boards of the New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists and the Corporate Wetlands Restoration Initiative, and as chair of the New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists. He has also served on many advisory committees and conservation commissions.
In addition to his research, teaching, and publishing, Michael consults internationally on climate change, wetlands ecology, watershed management, and energy and materials sustainability. He co-authored an award-winning report to the United Nations.
2016 Alumni Award: Carmela DeCandia, PsyD 1999 – Newton, Massachusetts
Carmela J. DeCandia, PsyD, is a licensed clinical child psychologist with specialties in child and adolescent development, family homelessness, trauma, program development, and assessment. As the director of Child and Family Initiatives with the Center for Social Innovation and a t3 faculty, Carmela advocates for and develops evidence-based, best practices to serve vulnerable children and families. For more than 25 years, she worked on the ground with children and families struggling with a variety of life adversities. A strong advocate for trauma-informed, family-centered services, she lent her voice to inform the national dialogue as the Director of The National Center on Family Homelessness. As clinical director and vice president of St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children in Dorchester, Massachusetts, for 12 years, she led the way in translating research on trauma and resiliency into quality programs for young families. In addition, Carmela brings her expertise as a child psychologist trained in neurodevelopmental assessments to inform service delivery for young children. She has taught courses on child assessment, counseling young children, and traumatic stress in the lives of children and adolescents as adjunct faculty at Lesley University, and is currently on the faculty of Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Harvard Medical School where she lectures on psychological development throughout the lifespan. Carmela has a doctorate in psychology from Antioch New England and a mastery certificate in trauma and recovery from the Harvard program in refugee trauma.
Carmela DeCandia, PsyD has dedicated her career to advancing best practices and policies to support vulnerable children, families, and individuals, and to improve the systems which serve them. She has led direct service and national agencies including St. Mary’s Women and Children’s Center and The National Center on Family Homelessness. Recently, she helped launched The Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children and Youth. She is now establishing an independent consulting practice.
Carmela is an expert in program development, assessment, family homelessness, and trauma-informed implementation and training. She is a compassionate clinician and an effective advocate for disempowered and underserved people. She is nationally recognized as a writer, advocate and public speaker on family homelessness, child and adolescent development and trauma, and policy. An engaged alumna, Dr. Candia has volunteered as a panelist and as a guest lecturer at AUNE, sharing her experiences and expertise with students and faculty.
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.
Beaver’s Pond Press has published Beavers Away!, a children’s book written and illustrated by Jennifer Lovett, MS Environmental Studies ‘14. Based on a true story about Elmo Heter, a game warden for Idaho Fish and Game, Beavers Away! chronicles his effort in the 1950s to relocate beavers who had become a nuisance to a remote area in Idaho where their activity would be beneficial to the habitat. The plan had a major obstacle: The beavers’ destination was not accessible by road.
He devised a plan to safely reintroduce beavers into the area by parachuting them from the sky. Ultimately, the relocated beavers were able to quickly restore the eroded and barren landscape and create lush habitat that provided food and shelter for many other types of animals. Nearly seventy years later, the story of Elmo Heter and a beaver named Geronimo is particularly significant, highlighting the importance of protecting and conserving wetlands to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Lovett, a former art museum curator and art teacher, is a conservation biologist who lives in Stamford, Vermont with her family. She learned about the amazing true story of Idaho’s parachuting beavers while working on her master’s degree in environmental studies with a concentration in conservation biology at Antioch University New England. Her research led her to the topic of her master’s thesis, The Role of North American Beaver (Castor canadensis) in the Mitigation of Climate Change: A Literature Review and a Book for Young Readers.
“This rousing story reminds us that beavers are not just the animal world’s great engineers but its great environmentalists, busy building buzzing wetlands season after season,” said Bill McKibben, noted educator, environmentalist, and author of Wandering Home, The End of Nature, The Global Warming Reader, and many other books about the environment. “I’ve lived near beavers my whole life, and few sounds make me happier than that slap of tail on water; this book will make you happy too, I think.”
Written for students in grades 5 to 6, Beaver’s Away!, will also interest others, as well as younger children.
The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals praises Beavers Away! as “a charming book that will provide youth – and even adults – insight into creative thinking, the spectacular eco-engineering of beavers, and the importance of ecological protection.”
Beavers Away! can be purchased from Itasca Books , Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Water Street Books and Where Did You Get That? in Williamstown, Massachusetts.