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MSSA Student Valentino Zullo Leads “Comics & The Clinic”

Sep 17 2014

Comics and the Clinic ZulloMSSA student and comics scholar Valentino Zullo is leading “Comics & The Clinic,” a graphic novel book club series this fall presented in joint partnership with the Cleveland Public Library and the Ohio Center for the Book. Discussion will include the roles comics may have in social work practice, as well as how comics have been informed by clinical experiences and influenced by psychiatry, psychology, social work, and psychoanalysis. The sessions and books are:

  • September 18: “Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama” by Alison Bechdel
  • October 16: “Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary” by Justin Green
  • November 20: “Double Discussion: Marbles – Ellen Forney & My Depression” by Elizabeth Swados
  • December 18: “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” by Roz Chast

Each session is held at 4pm at the Literature Department in the 2nd floor of the Main Branch of the Cleveland Public Library at 325 Superior Avenue. For more information, contact Valentino Zullo directly at valentino.zullo@case.edu.

Valentino Zullo, who is in the Direct Practice concentration specializing in Adult Mental Health, holds a Masters of Arts in English and Women’s Studies from Bowling Green State University and is an early admissions student for psychoanalytic training at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center. He is on the board of QGrad, a new CWRU student organization for LGBT students and issues on campus, and heads up Learning Circles at the Mandel School.

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Research by Megan R. Holmes debunks domestic violence myths

Sep 16 2014

Domestic Violence Map Megan HolmesIn a recent article in the Maple Heights News, Domestic violence exists in every neighborhood, a map created by Professor Megan R. Holmes, PhD, in conjunction with Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center debunked the myth that domestic violence only happens in inner city Cleveland neighborhoods and highlighted how underreported the crime is.

The Silent Survivors Map displays the rate of domestic violence incidents projected per household for each suburb in Cuyahoga County in 2011, following the research statistics. Although factors such as poverty may increase the risk factor, suburban residents can, and do, suffer the same trauma and harm as residents in inner city neighborhoods. Research and statistics indicate that residents in the Cleveland suburbs of Westlake, North Olmsted, Strongsville and Cleveland Heights should have a much higher rate of domestic violence than is being reported.

The foundation of Dr. Holmes’ research is her clinical experience with families from domestic violence households. Her 2013 study, “The sleeper effect of intimate partner violence (IPV) exposure: long-term consequences on young children’s aggressive behavior,” examined aggression in school-age children who as toddlers witnessed violence between their mothers and partners. Holmes said researchers know the impact of recent exposure to violence, but little information has been available about the long-term effect from the early years of life. To her knowledge, she said her study is the first to look at the effect of early exposure to domestic violence and its impact on the development of social behavior. Between three and 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence each year, according the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence.

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Veterans Affairs in Ohio Delivers Best Integrated Treatment Available

Sep 9 2014

zCEBP-5744406_VA_246pVeterans of the U.S. Armed Forces in central and northeast Ohio are receiving the best treatment available for co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. Find out why the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center are implementing Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), the evidence-based practice, with help from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. Attend workshop “E-04, Implementing IDDT in the Veterans Affairs System: Lessons Learned—A Work in Progress” at EBP Conference 2014, sponsored by the Center. / Presenters from the Columbus VA and Cleveland VA will discuss the top five challenges of implementing IDDT in the VA system and their strategies for overcoming those challenges and achieving success with the veterans they serve. / Register online today for this workshop:

+ E-04 | Implementing IDDT in the Veterans Affairs (VA) System: Lessons Learned–A Work in Progress

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Leadership: It’s More Than Supervision

Sep 9 2014

zCEBP-Conference2014-TeamLead_246p-textTeam leaders of clinical services have an important job on their hands, especially if they are overseeing the implementation of an evidence-based practice. The successful outcomes that team members achieve with their clients rely, a lot, on the team leader’s ability to appreciate and understand how cohesive, high-functioning teams actually operate. Think strengths, group dynamics, constant communication, genuine collaboration, advocacy, supervision, and more. / Attend workshop “A-03, Special Considerations for Effective EBP Team Leadership” at EBP Conference 2014. Explore common leadership challenges, discuss solution-focused strategies, identify professional development opportunities to strengthen your leadership skills. / Register today for these EBP Conference 2014 workshops that focus on leadership and supervision:

+ A-02 | Ethics and Boundaries on Intensive Teams
+ A-03 | Special Considerations for Effective EBP Team Leadership
+ C-01 | 20 Questions: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to IDDT Clinical Case Reviews
+ D-03 | Supervising the Practice of Motivational Interviewing
+ E-06 | Supervising the Supported Employment Team, Part 1: Use of Outcomes
+ F-05 | Supervising the Supported Employment Team, Part 2: Supervising Job Development

Learn More & Register >>

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