Juvenile Justice Diversion Works, Begun Center Research Shows

August 2, 2018 / No Comments

Researchers from the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education Jeff Kretschmar, PhD, Krystel Tossone, PhD, and Fredrick Butcher, PhD, published “Examining the impact of a juvenile justice diversion program for youth with behavioral health concerns on early adulthood recidivism” ...

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Exploring the Relationship Between Domestic Violence and Homicide: Begun Center Report

June 7, 2018 / No Comments

It’s the question many survivors of domestic violence hear, often incredulously: Why didn’t you just leave? The reality is that leaving an abusive relationship often endangers the survivor or others, even to the point of fearing for their lives. A new report from the Begun Center for Violence Pre...

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New Funding for PERI Means More Agencies Can Receive Assistance

January 8, 2018 / No Comments

Introduced in November 2015 to a gathering of more than two dozen Cleveland-area social service administrators and leaders, the Partnership for Evaluation, Research, and Implementation (PERI) is designed as a high-quality, low-cost program evaluation resource center for child- and family-focused ...

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Poly-victimization Across Social Contexts

January 20, 2017 / No Comments

Fred Butcher, Senior Research Associate, and colleagues recently published an article examining childhood exposure to violence across social contexts. Nationally, a large proportion of youth experience exposure to violence (ETV) in their homes, schools, and neighborhoods and research has consiste...

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2017 SSWR: Faculty and Student Presenters

January 4, 2017 / No Comments

The Mandel School is proud to be participating in the Society for Social Work Research’s 21st Annual Conference, on January 11-15, 2017, in New Orleans. In addition to having a booth at the conference (#102), one of our faculty members, Claudia Coulton, PhD, was chosen as a 2017 SSWR Fellow and w...

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Kretschmar named Managing Director of the Begun Center

October 10, 2016 / No Comments

As of October 1, 2016, Dr. Jeff Kretschmar began serving as the Managing Director of the Begun Center. He is currently a Research Assistant Professor and Senior Research Associate. He first joined ISPV at Kent State as a post-doctoral fellow in 2004 and has been the long-time project director/PI ...

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Research ShowCASE on April 15th Features Mandel School

April 15, 2016 / No Comments

On April 15, hundreds of researchers, scientists and scholars will gather in Case Western Reserve’s Veale Convocation Center for the annual Research ShowCASE, a day filled with exploration and discovery of the university’s exciting research. Check out the full list of Mandel School pr...

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Begun Center Presents at the Tampa Conference 2016

March 11, 2016 / No Comments

 Jeff Kretschmar, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Richard Shepler, PhD, PCC-S, Center for Innovative Practices (CIP) Director, and CIP Research Associate Michael Fox, MA, PCC, LCDC III, presented on, “Treatment of Youth with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders,” ...

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How Ohio Went from Investing in Youth Prisons to Investing in Youths’ Futures

January 21, 2016 / No Comments

New report from the Juvenile Justice Coalition of Ohio highlights Ohio’s successful juvenile justice initiatives involving the research, evaluation, and quality assurance work of the Begun Center. Over the past two decades, Ohio has significantly reduced its state youth prison population while si...

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SSWR 2016: Faculty, Student and Alumni Presenters

January 13, 2016 / No Comments

The Mandel School is proud to be participating in the Society for Social Work Research’s 20th Annual Conference, beginning today in Washington, D.C. In addition to having a booth at the conference (#201 – see us for a special Centennial gift to SSWR attendees!), two of our faculty hon...

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Jeff Kretschmar Presents on School-Based Juvenile Justice Diversion Models

December 8, 2015 / No Comments

Begun Center Senior Research Associate and Research Assistant Professor Jeff Kretschmar will present as part of a webinar entitled, “Implementing School-Based Diversion for Youth with Behavioral Health Needs: The Responder Model,” on Wednesday, December 9, at 12 p.m. EST, presented by the Nationa...

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Begun Center Introduces PERI Initiative to Cleveland Area Social Service Leaders

November 30, 2015 / No Comments

A gathering of over two dozen area social service administrators and leaders convened at the Begun Center early in November for the introduction of the new Begun initiative, the Partnership for Evaluation, Research, and Implementation (PERI). PERI Overview | Apply for PERI Services | Value of Eva...

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Fred Butcher Publishes New Article in Social Science & Medicine

November 17, 2015 / No Comments

Article exploring “The impact of neighborhood disorganization on neighborhood exposure to violence, trauma symptoms, and social relationships among at-risk youth” available for free for limited time A Begun Center research team was recently invited to write an article appearing in a special issue...

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Researchers propose new streamlined way to analyze TSCC and trauma in children

June 5, 2015 / No Comments

The 54-question Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children (TSCC) has been used for decades to test how trauma affects youth in hopes of developing the best treatment and support possible. But interpreting the results can be labor intensive and difficult because the work is done manually and involves ...

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