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Alumni Spotlight

April 05, 2013

Veterans Affairs | Traumatic Brain Injury & Polytrauma: Identification, Assessment & Services (Video Conference)

VA-training-maninblack_246p.jpgApril 24, 2013/ Video Conference/ $Free for Ohio providers; CEUs/ A training event for all mental-health and addictions professionals. Improve services for veterans of U.S. armed forces who experience traumatic brain injury (TBI) and substance use disorders. Presented by staff of the Cleveland VA Medical Center and Patrick Boyle, MSSA('89), LISW-S, LICDC, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. This video conference broadcasts to multiple sites around Ohio. Attend at a site near you. (Topics: traumatic brain injury, substance use, polytrauma, military culture, VA system of care, family members/ caregivers).

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April 04, 2013

Motivational Interviewing: Applications for Housing Staff (Akron)

MotivInterv-ForHousing_246p-Event-green.JPGAdditional seats added to this event!/ April 29, 2013/ Akron, OH/ $Free for Ohio providers, $125 for non-Ohio; CEUs/ Presented by Jeremy Evenden, MSSA ('03), LISW-S of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices./ "Motivational Interviewing: Applications for Housing Staff" introduces housing supervisors and direct-service providers to this evidence-based treatment. Learn MI's client-centered approaches for supporting individuals with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders in a variety of housing settings (e.g., permanent supportive & independent, transitional, adult care, emergency shelters, ymca & ywca).

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March 07, 2013

Mandel School Grad Selected for "Movers & Shakers" Award

Donte Gibbs

Donte Gibbs, a 2012 graduate of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, has been selected to receive a Movers & Shakers Award, which recognizes the Top 25 Young Leaders in Northeast Ohio under the age of 30.

The award is sponsored by the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club. Gibbs is one of 25 winners selected from a pool of 90 applicants.

"I am thrilled beyond belief," he said. "This goes beyond my wildest dreams. It's a huge honor to be recognized for my hard work and leadership in Cleveland and East Cleveland. I thank God for this recognition. I am humbled."

Gibbs is a double alumni of Case Western Reserve University. In addition to earning his graduate degree from MSASS, he also received his bachelor of arts in sociology from CWRU in 2010.

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February 21, 2013

11th All-Ohio Institute on Community Psychiatry 2013: Health Homes

AllOhio-5580972_246p.jpgMarch 1-2, 2013; Beachwood, OH; CMEs, CEUs. Debra Hrouda, MSSA ('94), LISW-S, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices will present at the "11th All-Ohio Institute on Community Psychiatry: Health Homes, Integrated Care and the Future of Community Psychiatry." Register for her workshops. The All-Ohio explores integrated care as it relates to Ohio’s Health Homes policy. It will examine the evolving role of community psychiatry in this new model of care. Hosted by the Dept of Psychiatry at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

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February 04, 2013

Evenden and Gerhard Present Motivational Interviewing Training Series


Updated schedule for Akron events! ... Join Jeremy Evenden, MSSA ('03), LISW-S, and Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at their Motivational Interviewing (MI) training events in Akron and Columbus, Ohio, from February 19 to May 21, 2013. Register online today. Participants learn MI's client-centered approaches for responding to desire for change among individuals with SMI and/or substance use disorders in a number of service settings (e.g., IDDT, ACT, Health Homes, other best practices). $60/event. CEUs and supervision credits available.

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February 03, 2013

IDDT Implementation Strategies for Program Leaders


March 5 & 6, 2013; Columbus/Worthington, OH; $150 Ohio providers; $275 non-Ohio providers; CEUs, supervision credits; Presenters Ric Kruszynski, MSSA ('93), LISW, LICDC, & Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. | "IDDT Implementation Strategies for Program Leaders" is a two-day training for innovators in Ohio and across the nation who are implementing an Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) team with aspirations of high fidelity to this evidence-based practice for people with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders.

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December 21, 2012

Conference 2012 Review: Over 300 from 19 States Attend 49 Workshops that Highlight EBPs, Health Homes for SMI

Conf2012-E06-Shawnee-CynthiaHolstein_246p.jpgThe EBP conference of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices featured a keynote plenary about the transformation of health and human services in Ohio and 49 workshops to improve the integration, management, and delivery of services to adults and adolescents with mental illness and substance use disorders. The event took place Oct 22 & 23. The Center also presented Champion Awards to three outstanding organizations. Certificates of attendance and CEUs have been mailed. Free PDFs of many presentations are available online.

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November 13, 2012

Employment Reaches 36 Percent for People with Mental Illness in Ohio

20291321_female_trucker_246p.jpgAn analysis of employment data from23 behavioral healthcare organizations in Ohio shows that 36 percent of people with serious mental illness who received evidence-based Supported Employment/Individual Placement and Support (SE/IPS) services were competitively employed in full-time or part-time jobs in September 2011. The number is significant, because the national average was 37 percent in that same month for similar services delivered at multiple organizations in 12 states as part of the Johnson & Johnson-Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program.

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September 10, 2012

New Implementation Tool Helps Make Integrated Primary and Behavioral Healthcare Programs a Reality

12610576-blood-pressure_246p.JPGShawnee Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, Ohio has teamed up with the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University to develop one of the first planning and evaluation instruments in the United States that helps organizations integrate primary and behavioral healthcare for people with severe mental illness. Shawnee is using the new Integrated Treatment Tool to develop and improve primary care facilities and services in its three-county service area. This initiative is funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). ... This story appears as a web page and as a free PDF for tablets like the iPad and for easy download and printing.

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August 17, 2012

Kruszynski Presents at 2012 North Dakota Alcohol and Substance Abuse Summit

RicKruszynski_246p-border.jpgSept 5, 2012; Bismarck, ND; CEUs. | Alumnus Ric Kruszynski, MSSA ('93), LISW, LICDC, of the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices is presenting a workshop at the 2012 North Dakota Alcohol & Substance Abuse Summit, titled "Recovery Management: New Directions in the Treatment of Addiction." This breakout session explores the core principles of the Recovery Management model and advances the discussion about service innovations for individuals with severe and persistent alcohol and drug issues. The Summit is sponsored by the North Dakota Division of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services and takes place Sept 4 to 6.

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August 10, 2012

SAMHSA Webinars Teach Motivational Interviewing for Integrated Primary and Behavioral Healthcare

SAMHSA-IC_246p.jpgJeremy Evenden, MSSA, LISW-S, and Deborah Myers, MEd, PCC-S, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices are presenting three separate yet related webinars as part of the "Motivational Interviewing Webinar Series: Helping People Embrace Behavior Change in Healthcare Settings," which is sponsored by the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions. The events take place online at 2 pm (Eastern Standard Time) on August 15, Sept 5, and Sept 19. These popular events fill up fast, so register online today. Evenden and Myers are members of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

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June 13, 2012

Integrating Primary & Behavioral Healthcare (Webinar)

June 26, 2012; 2 to 3 pm; $0, Free Webinar. | Mandel School graduate and doctoral student Deb Hrouda, MSSA ('94), LISW-S, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices will present "Integrated Primary and Behavioral Healthcare: What is It and How Will I Know When I Get There?" as part of the webinar series hosted by the Michigan Primary Care Association. Hrouda will review our Center's partnership with Shawnee Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, Ohio to implement integrated treatment as part of SAMHSA's first wave of PBHCI grants. Hrouda will discuss the Integrated Treatment Tool, which was created to plan, implement, and evaluate integrated treatment. Register today.

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December 20, 2011

Southeast Center in North Dakota Achieves Significant Outcomes, Honored as Champion of Integrated Treatment

ND-WomenLaugh-WE0174_246p.JPGThe North Dakota Department of Human Services has been calling upon Ohio's expertise in the implementation of evidence-based practices for people with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders since 2006. Today, outcomes from the department's data analyses show that the use of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment has been significantly reducing crisis services, psychiatric hospitalizations, incarcerations, and more. ... This story features Ric Kruszynski, MSSA ('93), LISW, LICDC, director of substance abuse and mental illness consulting and training initiatives at the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices. Kruszynski is a 1993 graduate of the Mandel School.

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December 12, 2011

Alumnus Jeremy Evenden Presents Motivational Interviewing Training Series in Northeast Ohio, January to May 2012

Join alumnus Jeremy S. Evenden, MSSA ('03), LISW-S, consultant and trainer from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices, at his Motivational Interviewing (MI) training events in Boardman, Ohio, from January to May 2012. Register online today. Evenden is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Participants learn MI's client-centered approaches for responding to desire for change and resistance to change among individuals with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Ideal for IDDT, ACT, other best practices. $60/event. CEUs & supervisory credit.

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November 17, 2011

Cultural exchange with the Netherlands examines integrated treatment for drug use, mental illness

1282358_Netherlands_246p.JPGSince 2004, Mandel School alumnus Patrick Boyle of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices has been transferring knowledge about evidence-based practices from the center's work in Ohio and other states to the Netherlands. He's also been teaching an annual study-abroad course that takes health and human-service professionals and university students to the Netherlands to study with policymakers and service providers there.

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December 15, 2010

Educational Travel Open to Alumni

Alumni and professionals are invited to travel along with MSASS students to Guatemala, Kenya, the Netherlands, Turkey or Ecuador during Spring 2011. Meet with regional and neighborhood leaders, policy makers, practitioners, scholars and consumers.

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December 15, 2010

Employment Opportunities

job.jpgIn this edition of employment news - the Veteren's Administration, an LISW opening, and Preparing for a Job Hunt.

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December 15, 2010

Distinguished Alumni Lecture: Storytelling

Barbara Eady.gif How to Use Storytelling & Its Benefits in a Social Service Client Setting
Friday, February 18, 2011 - 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Mandel School, Room 320
Barbara Eady, MSSA '74 (2 CEUs)

Storytelling is often used for entertainment, education and edification and can be a powerful therapeutic tool. It gently opens the heart and mind to new insights and, teaching others to share stories, can allow your clients to find their own voice. You will be invited to listen as well as plan ways to add stories in treatment.

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December 15, 2010

Celebrating 10 Years of Evidence-Based Practice in Ohio

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This season marks the tenth anniversary of the State of Ohio's investment in evidence-based practices in local communities for the treatment and recovery of people with severe mental illness. The anniversary was celebrated by the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) at its conference titled Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices: The Next Ten Years, this fall in Columbus. Over 330 people from Ohio and 17 other states attended the event.

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December 15, 2010

Faculty Honors at MSASS: David E. Biegel

David E. Biegel.JPGThe Cuyahoga County Commissioners appointed David Biegel, PhD, to the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County.

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December 15, 2010

Faculty Honors at MSASS: Victor K. Groza

Victor K. Groza.jpgVictor Groza, PhD, Grace F. Brody Professor of Parent-Child Studies at MSASS, has been awarded honorary membership in the Association of Schools of Social Work in Romania.

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