The Mandel School received a two-year, $200,000 grant to study why some children thrive, achieve and develop despite being abused and witnessing violence in the home.
Megan R. Holmes, PhD, assistant professor of social work and the study’s lead investigator, believes the research could potentially help victims of abuse and neglect by learning why some children are more resilient to it. By understanding child resiliency, social workers and policymakers can implement interventions and programs that focus on protective factors that promote resiliency in maltreated children.
Dr. Holmes said such mistreatment is a prevalent public health concern that has both immediate and long-term consequences on a child’s behavior and academic performance. In 2012, Child Protective Services’ national report, “Child Maltreatment 2012,” found that 686,000 children suffered maltreatment, defined as abuse and neglect.
The training grant provides support for three studies: one by Dr. Holmes and two dissertations by Mandel School doctoral students Julia Kobulsky and Susan Yoon, whom Dr. Holmes will mentor. The researchers will study children from 3 to 17 years old.
Kobulsky will examine the use of substances in children up to age 17, with a particular interest in those who begin using before age 13. Yoon will study the development of behavioral problems of children 4 to 13. Dr. Holmes’ study will focus on how witnessing domestic violence in the home impacts the academic performance from preschool to middle school.
The grant is provided by U. S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Fellowships for University-Based Doctoral Candidates and Faculty for Research in Child Maltreatment from the Administration of Children, Youth and Families’ division of the Children’s Bureau.
The Mandel School was among five nationally to receive the federal grant.
The researchers intend to share what they learn with social workers and policymakers who work with and address children’s issues. They expect to present their findings during a symposium in 2016 with the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services.
The Mandel School will be closed for Thanksgiving Break on Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28. There are no classes. For a complete schedule of Harris Library hours for this break and the remainder of the year, please click here.
Now on display in the Mandel School Art Gallery, the Angel House Project debuted as part of the Slavic Village “Rooms to Let” event held in Cleveland on May 17, 2014, and was curated by Cleveland artist, James Jenkins. For this Project, one photograph of a foreclosed or abandoned house from the Slavic Village area was distributed to over 30 local Cleveland artists. The artist was asked to embellish, renew or transform the photograph of the dwelling into an object of beauty.
Per Jenkins, this Project was “conceived to celebrate the efforts to reclaim for its citizens the historic and formerly troubled neighborhood that had been derided as one of the worst in Cleveland. The work of all the artists involved showcased the way in which artists and ordinary individuals can make a difference in the life of our city. By turning abandoned houses into objects of wonder and beauty…as if that same object had, indeed, been touched, if you will, by an angel.” It was re-birth of a run-down photography of a dwelling that the individual artist fashioned into a unique, creative and almost fantasy-like piece of art.
June Hund, a librarian in the Mandel School’s Harris Library and curator of the school’s in-house art gallery, has given this group of art works a “second re-birth” by exhibiting them in the school’s in-house gallery. This group exhibit is captivating, imaginative, and incredibly distinctive as each individual artist.
The following is a list of artists displaying their work at the Mandel School: Dr. Trease; Joseph Daniel; Anthony & Nina Funk; Slider; Davon Smith; Tony Serna; Nico Pico Train; Art Maffia; Debe Perry; Josh Usmani; Ross Bochneck; Amanda Black; June Hund; Carina Smith; Anneli Curnock; Joseph Hughes; Diane Collins; James Jenkins; Mary J. Roby; John Saile; Norbert Ziebold; Loren Naji; Sophie Poitevien; Scott Pickering; Veronica Solar.
This exhibit is displayed throughout the Mandel School building and runs until December 19, 2014. The gallery is open and free to the public. Artwork is available for purchase. For further information about the artist, please contact gallery curator June Hund (firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-368-0722).
Save the dates! / March 27-28, 2015 / Beachwood, OH / CMEs, CEUs / Join the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the “12th All-Ohio Institute on Community Psychiatry: Integrating Care: Preparing Your Workforce for the Future.” / The All-Ohio Institute is a statewide multidisciplinary event that focuses on community mental-health services, clinical practices, and research and education. For psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, and other mental health providers. / This event is presented by University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University Department of Psychiatry. / Call for presenter abstracts! / Deadline is December 12, 2014. / The All-Ohio Planning Committee is calling for abstracts from presenters who wish to highlight the following:
Integration of care
Workforce development initiatives
New research and educational programs
Other topics of interest to hospitals and community psychiatrists in the public sector