October 1st, 2015

Therapy, recreation integrated

By Howard Newman

The Grove School, a therapeutic boarding school in Madison, Conn., provides a holistic environment for students in grades 6-12. By integrating education, therapy and recreation into a year-round program, the school creates a family-type structure that allows residents to heal, learn and enjoy group activities in a non-restrictive setting. Utilizing the “Educateur” program model, teachers have roles that extend well beyond the classroom. “They are dormitory parents, activity leaders and mentors,” explained Executive Director Peter Chorney, M.Ed. “This requires our teachers to work long hours and live on site. They understand that part of the work to heal and connect [More]

January 1st, 2013

Three NE states system of care expansion grants

By Janine Weisman

Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island are among 16 recipients of federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) System of Care Expansion Implementation Grants to improve behavioral health outcomes for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. SAMHSA defines “system of care” as an organizational framework for a network of effective community-based services using evidence-based practices. Each state receives $1 million annually over four years to build upon their respective strategic planning efforts and roll out new networks of care for children’s mental health and related recovery support services. SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services [More]

August 22nd, 2014

Time and summer time

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

This was the summer of hellos and goodbyes, the summer when I played with time and time played with me. It was the summer of reunions, my 45th college reunion and the 49th time that my closest high school friends and I came together to celebrate our long association and enjoy one another’s company.   It was hello to our son’s future wife and our daughter’s future husband. For every hello, there was a goodbye. Friends gathered and scattered. Children sailed away to distant shores leaving the memory of their laughter and the promise of future visits. With most of [More]

January 1st, 2010

Tips offered to psychologists to cope with trying times

By Ami Albernaz

As clients have cut back on the frequency of sessions, or in some cases, ended them altogether to save money, psychologists, too, have felt the pain of the financial crisis. For those just starting their practices, the downturn may be especially difficult to weather. A few seasoned psychologists around New England offered some tips for making it through these trying times, and even thriving in them. If some of the tips sound familiar, it may be because they’re similar to advice you would likely give your clients Keep a cool head. “Try to avoid overreacting to negative stories in the [More]

October 6th, 2018

To overcome the mental health bias, clinicians must serve as examples

By New England Psychologist Staff

In the middle of labor with my second child, I had a panic attack. It happened when my epidural kicked in and I realized I couldn’t feel my body. I panicked. After spending hours in excruciating pain of back labor and feeling the sweet sensation of the pain subsiding, I realized I couldn’t move. I felt the wave of panic washing over me as the nurse repeatedly asked me to move my legs and I could not. “I can’t feel my body” I said, “I’m going to have a panic attack!” “Ma’am, I see in your chart that you have [More]

August 19th, 2016

Tool created for psychosis risk

By Phyllis Hanlon

Psychologists have attempted to predict the risk of psychosis in young people since the early 2000s. Recently, the National Institutes of Health funded a study to develop a unique tool to calculate this risk. Nine sites participated in the study, including Yale University and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Tyrone D. Cannon, Ph.D., Clark L. Hull Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Yale University, has devoted a quarter century of his career in schizophrenia research to creating such a tool. “Up to now, it has been dependent on finding people at risk with recent changes in psychological functioning and who [More]

January 1st, 2016

Top workplaces’ list includes mental health agencies

By Susan Gonsalves

Commonwealth Psychology Associates LLC was named one of the “Top Places to Work,” by The Boston Globe for the past two years. The distinction is based on confidential surveys filled out by employees that are assessed by Workplace Dynamics of Exton, Penn., an independent third party that specializes in employee engagement and retention. In all, 357 companies, divided into four groups by size, completed the questionnaire with input collected from 77,000 employees. The participants responded to two dozen statements related to their work experiences. Andrea Piatt, Ph.D., ABPP, who founded the practice in 2004, attributes employee satisfaction to the fact [More]

May 1st, 2015

Trade organization represents interests of inpatient care

By Catherine Robertson Souter

David Matteodo is executive director of the Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Health Systems (MABHS). A non-profit trade organization that represents the interests of 44 inpatient hospitals and units that provide psychiatric or substance abuse services in the Commonwealth, the MABHS was created in 1989 to advocate for and protect the interests of its members. The group works with state legislators on bills ranging from those that affect reimbursement rates to placement issues with state-run services. New England Psychologist’s Catherine Robertson Souter spoke with Matteodo about his role with the organization and the group’s goals and successes and the status of [More]

May 1st, 2014

Tragedy underscores need of intervention

By Howard Newman

When tragedy struck Ken and Danielle Lambert six years ago, they grieved for a short while and then took action. They never wanted anyone to experience the type of heartbreak and suffering they had faced. Their two children, Kaleigh, 5, and Shane, 4, and Danielle’s sister, Marci Thibault, died as the result of a horrifying psychotic incident. With the children in her car, Thibault pulled over to the side of Route 495 in Lowell, Mass., and then intentionally walked everyone into oncoming traffic. In April of 2008, Ken and Danielle formed a non-profit organization called Kaleigh, Shane and Marci for [More]

December 1st, 2017

Transforming Long-Term Care: Expanded Roles for Mental Health Professionals

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

Transforming Long-Term Care: Expanded Roles for Mental Health Professionals By Kelly O’Shea Carney and Margaret P. Norris American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2017   Book explores long-term care’s challenges, opportunities Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Historically, mental health professionals, including psychologists, have had limited roles in long-term care settings for older adults. However, geropsychology has become an active discipline and represents solid ground for innovative practice and research inquiry. Written by two psychologists, this book encourages mental health professionals to expand service options within nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care settings. It provides a [More]

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