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October 29, 2008

A Very Brief History and Use of Psychiatric Medication

In this podcast, Melvin Brooks, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, describes his experience prescribing psychiatric medications to patients from the 1950s to the present.

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ABOUT THE INTERVIEWER

Jerry Floersch, Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, is a 1998 University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, Ph.D. graduate; he earned his masters degree in social work from the University of Kansas. He is the author of Meds, Money, and Manners: The Case Management of Severe Mental Illness, published by Columbia University Press (2002), where, through utilizing ethnographic and socio-historical methods, he examines the rise of community support services, the rise of the case manager and case management, and the limits of management models in providing effective services. He has published qualitative studies on old age, culture and manic-depression, and African drumming, psychiatric rehabilitation, and youth experience of psychiatric medication. He is a recent NIMH K08 recipient (2004-2009); the award is for training in and development of qualitative methods to study youth subjective experience of psychotropic treatment. His work on psychotropic treatment focuses on the meanings adolescents and young adults make of their medication treatment, including social and psychological ‘side effects.’

October 29, 2008

EXPERIENCING THE SYSTEM: An Interview with Wanda, Former Foster Child and Current Children & Family Services Social Worker

Wanda discusses her experience as a child growing up in the foster care system as well as her current work in the field of social service. Wanda shares her observations on the evolution of the case management system, the role of a case manager (as seen through a foster child’s eyes), as well as the impact that a parent’s mental health can have on a child—both in their formative years and later in life. We talk about some of the fears children and parents have about case managers based on misconceptions or negative past experiences and explore Wanda’s thoughts as to how relationships between clients and case managers might be improved. We also discuss the different placements that Wanda had throughout her time in the foster care system and which experiences had the most lasting impact on her as an adult. The conversation ends with a discussion of the social service system and how a person evolves throughout his or her life cycle to reach a point of healing and a readiness to move forward in a healthier manner.

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ABOUT THE INTERVIEWER

Case Western Reserve MSASS Alumnus Jacqueline Smith is a Licensed Social Worker who has worked with foster and adoptive children and families, birth families and collaborative network agencies in foster care and adoption. Jacqueline is currently working as a therapist at a nonprofit agency in Cleveland, Ohio.

October 29, 2008

EVERY JOURNEY HAS A STORY: Success Stories from Supported Employment, the Evidence-Based Practice

People often seem hungry for stories, and audio taps into a primal need in all of us to be told stories and to tell them as well. They are comforting, engaging, entertaining, and encouraging. With this in mind, we decided to produce a collection of audio success stories and take-home tips about Supported Employment (SE), the evidence-based practice that supports recovery among people diagnosed with severe mental illness: SE helps individuals find competitive jobs of their choice in their communities. We designed this audio project to inspire conversation, action, and collaboration for the implementation of SE services among policy makers, service providers, consumers, family members, and other advocates of mental health recovery.

Work Is Recovery, Featuring Nicole Clevenger – DOWNLOAD (right click save) – 1.5MB

The Most Important Work You'll Ever Do, Featuring Patrick E. Boyle – DOWNLOAD (right click save) – 1.43MB

The Cheese Wall--An SE Success Story, Featuring Steve Shober – DOWNLOAD (right click save) – 3.3MB

For more podcasts from Matthew K. Weiland and Paul M. Kubek, click HERE

ABOUT THE INTERVIEWERS
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Paul M. Kubek, MA, is director of communications at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) at Case Western Reserve University—a partnership between the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (school of social work) at Case and the Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine. Paul has provided vision and leadership for technology transfer with numerous projects at Case, as well as other organizations and initiatives. Paul combines experience in creative writing, technical writing, art direction, marketing, and project management for print, web, and audio productions. He is dedicated to translating the knowledge of researchers and other professionals from multiple disciplines into useful products that are accessible, inspirational, and educational for diverse groups of individuals—from professionals with advanced degrees to consumers and advocates in local communities.
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Matthew K. Weiland, MA, is senior writer, producer, and new-media specialist at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) at Case Western Reserve University. He has been recognized for his creative work by Columbia University, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the John Lennon Songwriting Foundation, Writer's Digest and the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Artists Fellowship Program. He has served as a contributing writer to the Fox Sports Network's Access Cavs television show and as a writer and producer for Cavs.com, ranked at the time as the #1 Web site in the NBA and #10 in all professional sports, a site also chosen as an Adobe site of the day. He has taught English composition at Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, and Kent State University. He has also served as an Editorial Consultant to the National Basketball Association for the NBA All-Star Game programs and has performed free-lance feature writing for the likes of College Hoops Illustrated, the Manhattan Spirit, the New School Observer, Cleveland Magazine and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.


October 29, 2008

A LOCAL HISTORY OF CASE MANAGEMENT IN CHILDREN SERVICES – A Podcast in 3 Installments

This podcast explores the concept of case management through the experiences of three former employees of the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services, formerly the Division of Child Welfare. Joseph (Joe) Pyles was a supervisor when Errol Kwait and Gerald (Jerry) Strom started working for the county as young caseworkers. The three social workers discuss their professional backgrounds as well as their experiences and the challenges they have encountered in their work. They also examine their perceptions of case management and impart some wisdom acquired through their many years of working in social services.

Evolution of Case Management (Part I): Interview with Errol Kwait, M.S.W. and Gerald Strom, M.S.W.

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We meet Jerry Strom and Errol Kwait who discuss how the concept of case management evolved during their careers and how the drive to increase professionalism in social work has created controversy.

Assessment, Theory and Practice (Part II): Interviews with Joe Pyles, M.S.S.A. and Gerald Strom, M.S.W.

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We meet Joe Pyles, Errol and Jerry’s former supervisor, who discusses his professional experience and how working for the county prepared him for the rest of his career. He also describes how assessments and diagnoses were conducted in the 1960s. Jerry Strom explores balancing theory and practice in social work and how shifts between the two affect the notion of case management.

Challenges and a Positive Direction (Part III): Interview with Errol Kwait, M.S.W. and Gerald Strom, M.S.W.

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In this installment, Joe shares his experiences working with the juvenile court system and discusses a number of his past cases. Errol confesses to feeling tension between enforcing his agency’s policies while being a friend to his clients. Jerry delves into how increased professionalism and greater protection for children has moved case management in a positive direction.


ABOUT THE SUBJECTS

Joseph (“Joe”) Pyles - A 1952 graduate of the (then-called) School of Applied Social Sciences, Joe Pyles practiced social work for 53 years. He began his career with the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services, known at the time as the Division of Child Welfare. He started as a case worker and moved into supervision after two years. It was at this time that he supervised (then-young-case-workers) Errol Kwait and Gerald Strom. He later worked at the Catholic Counseling Center of Cleveland and Metro-General Hospital. From 1990 until recently, Joe served as a field education advisor and adjunct faculty member at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

Errol Kwait - Errol Kwait began his extensive career at the Cuyahoga County Division of Child Welfare as a caseworker and eventually became the first Director of Group Homes. Under his tenure, the county created fourteen homes. Errol taught in Cleveland State’s undergraduate program for 5 years. Subsequent positions include the assistant to the County Administrator for Cuyahoga County, Director of Mental Health and Mental Services of the Corrections Center, and Director of Youth Services. He also served as an associate director of a mental health center in Toledo, Ohio and as Administrator of Behavioral Services at the Henry Ford Health Center in Detroit. Errol earned his Masters of Social Work from Boston University.

Gerald (“Jerry”) Strom - Jerry Strom is the Director of the Intensive Weekend Program and a Senior Instructor for the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) of Case Western Reserve University. He has been a faculty member at MSASS since 1989. He was the Director of Field Education there for fourteen years, and his professional experience includes thirteen years as Social Work Supervisor at Metro Health Medical Center. In this role there, he was responsible for developing the social work program in the department of emergency medicine and in 1982 organized and administered Metro Health Medical Center’s nationally recognized sexual abuse intervention program. He has remained actively involved in the analysis, validation, and treatment of child sexual abuse. Strom started his career in the early 1960s as a case worker in the Cuyahoga County Division of Child Welfare.

ABOUT THE INTERVIEWER
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Kristen Kirchgesler is the reference librarian at Case Western Reserve University and has a background in history as well as an interest in social justice. Currently, Kristen works at the Harris Library, which is located in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. When she learned about the podcasting project, she was excited about participating because she wanted to collect oral histories about case management. Prior to working at the Harris Library, Kristen was a reference librarian at the Foundation Center-Cleveland which focuses on the areas of nonprofit management, fundraising, and philanthropy. Her educational background includes a B.A. in History from Oberlin College and a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan.

October 29, 2008

WHEN A FAMILY MEMBER BECOMES DISABLED: Interviews with Bonnie and Adam Smith and their case manager, Gabriela Ramos

How do you transition from a relatively normal family life into the world of the developmentally disabled? A mother discusses how she made that transition, how she learned about the developmentally disabled world and how she discovered programs for her son. Her son talks about his case manager and his work at the Very Special Arts program (VSA) in his home of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Their case manager discusses her work, her relationship with the mother and son and her impressions of the VSA program.

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ABOUT THE INTERVIEWER

Jay Szabo, a retail florist and event specialist for sixteen years, was asked to participate in the MSASS podcast class to offer a perspective of someone outside the field of social sciences. Jay’s degrees are: BS, Botany, BA, Chemistry (Miami University) and MS, Agronomy (Cornell University).


RESOURCES

Very Special Arts program
http://www.vsarts.org

October 29, 2008

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN SOMEONE’S LIFE: An Interview with Gabriela Ramos

What aspects of the work of a case manager are most satisfying? How do you connect clients with resources? How has the definition of case management changed? Gabriela Ramos, owner of Cariño Case Management talks about her work: finding resources, connecting with clients, and working with the disabled community. Her story is a fascinating exploration of the field of social work, how social welfare has evolved, and what it takes to be an effective social worker and case manager.

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ABOUT THE INTERVIEWER

Jay Szabo, a retail florist and event specialist for sixteen years, was asked to participate in the MSASS podcast class to offer a perspective of someone outside the field of social sciences. Jay’s degrees are: BS, Botany, BA, Chemistry (Miami University) and MS, Agronomy (Cornell University).

October 29, 2008

A CASE MANAGER’S PERSPECTIVE: An Interview with Valli from Adoption Services

Valli recounts highlights from her nearly thirty-year career the field of social service. She discusses her various roles—from case manager to facilitator—and walks the listener through some of her harrowing experiences removing children from dangerous living situations. Valli also talks about the emotional tolls that such challenging positions take on the worker and advocates for good self-care. Valli reveals how her own experience of adopting a child—and subsequently receiving case management herself—has impacted her life and practice.

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ABOUT THE INTERVIEWER

Case Western Reserve MSASS Alumnus Jacqueline Smith is a Licensed Social Worker who has worked with foster and adoptive children and families, birth families and collaborative network agencies in foster care and adoption. Jacqueline is currently working as a therapist at a nonprofit agency in Cleveland, Ohio

October 29, 2008

REACHING OUT: A Conversation with Mika Major, Director of The LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland

“Honorary Social Worker” Mika Major discusses The Metro Youth Outreach program, a mobile effort to get social services to the homeless youth of northeast Ohio. The program is spearheaded by The LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland, the organization for which she is the Central Director. Ms. Major talks about modeling social justice for the greater community and why her center is taking the lead in addressing this issue.

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ABOUT THE INTERVIEWER

Simona Mkrtschjan is a second-year master's student at MSASS focusing on child and adolescent mental health.


RESOURCES

The LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland
http://www.lgcsc.org

October 29, 2008

A FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON AN OLD PROFESSION: An Interview with 1st Year Social Work Graduate Student

Stephanie is a graduate student who is new to the aging network and services. Though she has previous experience from a psychological perspective, she is realizing the benefits of the social work profession and its impact on the client and their environment. Our discussion lends itself to the foundation of the practice, the importance of building rapport with clients, adapting their environment to keep them functional and implementing theories into practice—all while addressing the semantics of case management vs. people management.

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ABOUT THE INTERVIEWER
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Beth Piotrowicz is an Alumnus of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences from the graduating class of 2005. In her studies, Beth concentrated in the area of Geriatrics and obtained a graduate certificate of Gerontology. She is employed at Benjamin Rose Institute in the Elder Care Services department and at the Margaret Blenkner Research Institute. In her practice, in addition to piloting a service named Care Consultation which is used for working with people who suffer from chronic conditions and depression, Beth utilizes empirically-based therapies in counseling clients. She also works as an intervention specialist in a study about caregivers who care for loved ones with dementia. Through this podcast project, Beth’s wanted to gain a fresh perspective on social work case management in the geriatric social work field.

October 29, 2008

HOW DO MEMBERS OF THE ELDERLY COMMUNITY MAINTAIN SATISFYING LIVES? An Interview with Cindy Plagata

Nobody looks forward to growing older, yet many elderly people sustain satisfying lives by maintaining a sense of purpose, staying connected to the community and adapting to life’s changes. Cindy Plagata talks about her work in social outreach with the Goodrich Gannett Community Center of East Cleveland and how she keeps older people connected to the community. Although her focus is on the elderly, her objective is to strengthen the connections within the entire community to help better serve everyone. Her inspiring stories of searching for underserved elderly residents by going door to door or by attending Sunday services at diverse churches within her clients’ communities are a testament to her commitment to social outreach.

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ABOUT THE INTERVIEWER

Jay Szabo, a retail florist and event specialist for sixteen years, was asked to participate in the MSASS podcast class to offer a perspective of someone outside the field of social sciences. Jay’s degrees are: BS, Botany, BA, Chemistry (Miami University) and MS, Agronomy (Cornell University).


RESOURCES

Gannett Community Center of East Cleveland
http://www.ggnc.org

October 29, 2008

“BIGS” and “LITTLES” – CASE MANAGEMENT IN YOUTH MENTORING PROGRAMS: Interview with Rebecca Kodysh, M.N.O. and Robin Shavers, L.S.W.

Rebecca Kodysh and Robin Shavers share their experiences matching volunteers (“Bigs”) with children (“Littles” ) in school-based and community-based branches of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland. They discuss case management and analyze the shortcomings of the term. Kodysh and Shavers also offer advice on skills that new social workers should develop to facilitate interactions with their clients.

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ABOUT THE SUBJECTS

Rebecca Kodysh is the Vice President of Programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland. She has a master’s degree in nonprofit organizations from Case Western Reserve University and taught as an adjunct instructor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. She started her career in special education.

Having spent more than twenty-five years working with youths, Robin Shavers is now the Director of Community-Based Mentoring Programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland. Over the course of her career, she has been responsible for approximately five hundred matches between mentors and children. She has a bachelor’s degree in corrections from Kent State University and is a Licensed Social Worker.

ABOUT THE INTERVIEWER
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Kristen Kirchgesler is the reference librarian at Case Western Reserve University and has a background in history as well as an interest in social justice. Currently, Kristen works at the Harris Library, which is located in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. When she learned about the podcasting project, she was excited about participating because she wanted to collect oral histories about case management. Prior to working at the Harris Library, Kristen was a reference librarian at the Foundation Center-Cleveland which focuses on the areas of nonprofit management, fundraising, and philanthropy. Her educational background includes a B.A. in History from Oberlin College and a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan.

October 24, 2008

Adolescent Experience of Psychiatric Medication

In this podcast, a slight departure from the shorter versions, Jerry Floersch is presenting preliminary findings from his current study at the 2007 annual meetings of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Boston, MA.

The power point slides that accompanied this presentation are available HERE

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ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Jerry Floersch, Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, is a 1998 University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, Ph.D. graduate; he earned his masters degree in social work from the University of Kansas. He is the author of Meds, Money, and Manners: The Case Management of Severe Mental Illness, published by Columbia University Press (2002), where, through utilizing ethnographic and socio-historical methods, he examines the rise of community support services, the rise of the case manager and case management, and the limits of management models in providing effective services. He has published qualitative studies on old age, culture and manic-depression, and African drumming, psychiatric rehabilitation, and youth experience of psychiatric medication. He is a recent NIMH K08 recipient (2004-2009); the award is for training in and development of qualitative methods to study youth subjective experience of psychotropic treatment. His work on psychotropic treatment focuses on the meanings adolescents and young adults make of their medication treatment, including social and psychological ‘side effects.’