AABH is very excited about this teleconference series in lieu of our full summer conference. The seminars will be presented on Thursdays at 3pm EST from September 10 – October 15, 2020. You can register for the full series for choose to attend only one or two.  

Building Resiliency During a Pandemic Response

September 24, 2010

3 PM EST/12 noon PST

During a pandemic response, healthcare workers are at risk for emotional distress which is a function of the unique challenges of the role (not the individuals in the role!). This workshop reviews signs of psychological distress as well as ways to identify and build resilience. Participants will create a personal resiliency roadmap to use in an ongoing manner. Techniques for relieving stress both within and outside the workplace will be taught.

Jill M. Donelan, Psy.D.

Clinical Supervisor

Baystate Medical Center

Assistant Professor Of Psychiatry UMMS-Baystate

 

Jessica Wozniak,PsyD

Manager, Clinical Research & Development

Baystate Medical Center

Assistance Prof of Psychiatry UMMS-Baystate

Jill Donelan - 

Dr. Jill Donelan is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and families. She is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School at Baystate, clinical supervisor for the Child Partial Hospitalization Program at Baystate Children’s Hospital in MA, and Adjunct Professor in Graduate Psychology at Bay Path University. 

She has over a decade of experience providing psychological services.  Dr. Donelan also has a wealth of experience in supervision, training, and program development and evaluation. She works with interdisciplinary teams to implement evidence-based, culturally sensitive clinical practices. Dr. Donelan has a passion for bridging the gap between research science and real-world clinical practice.  She provides training and supervision to professionals and students in psychology, behavioral health, and related fields. 

Dr. Donelan earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Baylor University in Waco, TX. She previously served as the Director of Psychology and Internship Training at The Village, Inc. in Hartford, CT.

 

Jessica Wozniak -

Jessica Wozniak,PsyD is the Clinical Research and Development Manager at Baystate Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry in Springfield, MA, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate (UMMS). In her role she oversees community based projects, clinical research, and training. Dr. Wozniak is co-principal investigator on their third 2 million dollar SAMHSA/NCTSN Trauma-Focused Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy dissemination grant. Additionally, Dr. Wozniak is the co-principal investigator on the FAC’s One Mission Project which is funded by the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime to provide coordinated services to child trafficking victims. She is also a leader of the Hampden County Coalition to Identify and Prevent the Sexual Exploitation of Children. Dr. Wozniak is a clinical child psychologist specializing in childhood maltreatment, the impact of trauma and trauma-informed multidisciplinary teams. Dr. Wozniak is a nationally recognized trainer in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, the most rigorously tested treatment for trauma in children. Additionally, she conducts trainings for community organizations as well as presenting at national and international conferences on topics related to trauma informed practices, vicarious trauma, and sexual exploitation of children.

Infection Prevention Standards
in PHP/IOP during COVID

October 1, 2020

3 PM EST/12 noon PST

A challenge to all programs during this pandemic is setting up infection control protocols, training staff, informing clients and compliance with new protocols. This presentation will help programs with this new process in programming, including measures to manage a highly contagious infection. 

Kimberley A. Greenwald, RN, BA, CIC

Corporate Infection Preventionist

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

Kimberley A. Greenwald -

RN since 1982, BA 2004, CIC 2005.  Infection Prevention since 1995.  Began my Infection Prevention career in an LTAC.  Moved to acute care. 2007 Co-editor with Howard Brody MD, and Zahra Meghani PhD, Michael Ryan'sWritings on Medical Ethics, 2017 began as an IP at Pine Rest.  Completing my MSN in Infection Prevention at Loyola University Chicago.  Married, two daughters, one grandson. 

Racism and Behavioral Health: Pathways and Interventions

October 8, 2020

3 PM EST/12 noon PST

In today's climate, racial inequalities have been highlighted and the discussion is happening about institutional racism. This presentation will provide some insight into how racial inequities continue to exist in behavioral health institutions and programming and look at the pathways to changing inequity.

Brian D. Smedley, Ph.D.

Chief of Psychology in the Public Interest

American Psychological Association

Brian D. Smedley - 

Brian D. Smedley, PhD, is chief of psychology in the public interest and acting chief diversity officer, where he leads APA's efforts to apply the science and practice of psychology to the fundamental problems of human welfare and social justice. A national thought leader in the field of health equity, Smedley got his start in Washington, DC, as an APA Congressional Science Fellow, and subsequently served at APA as director of public interest policy. Most recently, he was co-founder and executive director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity, a project that connects research, policy analysis and communications with on-the-ground activism to advance health equity. He was also co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leadership National Program Center.

From 2008-14, Smedley was vice president and director of the Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, DC, a research and policy organization focused on addressing the needs of communities of color. Previously, Smedley was research director and co-founder of a communications, research and policy organization, The Opportunity Agenda, which seeks to build the national will to expand opportunity for all.

Prior to helping launch The Opportunity Agenda, Smedley was a senior program officer at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), where he served as study director for the IOM reports, In the "Nation's Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce" and "Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care", among other reports on diversity in the health professions and minority health research policy. Among his awards and distinctions, in 2013 Smedley received the American Public Health Association's Cornely Award for social activism; in 2009 Smedley received the Congressional Black Caucus Congressional Leadership in Advocacy Award; in 2005 he received a Presidential Citation from the APA; in 2004, he was honored by the Rainbow/PUSH coalition as a “Health Trailblazer” award winner; and in 2002 he was awarded the Congressional Black Caucus “Healthcare Hero” award.

Using Art Therapy on the Front Lines
During COVID

October 15, 2020

3 PM EST/12 noon PST

For over five years the Rural Veterans Telerehabilitation Initiative Creative Arts Therapies Project has offered art therapy, dance/movement therapy and music therapy through clinical video telehealth to meet the needs of veterans who have difficulty accessing care. This project has since partnered with Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network and expanded to four additional VA sites, with three more scheduled in the coming year. This presentation will discuss how home tele-health has allowed for veterans to connect more fully with support systems, particularly during COVID-19. Examples of veterans' creative works will also be shared.   

Heather Spooner, MA, ATR-BC

Assistant Scholar and Lead Telehealth Creative Arts Therapist

University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine

Malcom Randall VA Medical Center

Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Heather Spooner -

Heather Spooner is an artist, art therapist and arts in health advocate. Heather has worked as an art therapist in a variety of settings including healthcare facilities, museums, community outreach programs, residential substance abuse. Prior to joining the Center for Arts in Medicine, Heather taught art therapy at the undergraduate level and spearheaded the formation of Florida's own arts in health network,  Arts for Health Florida. Heather joined the University of Florida in July 2014 as an Assistant Scholar and instructor in the Center’s graduate programs.  Heather works in a dual capacity with the Center for Arts in Medicine and the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center. She was part of the team that founded the Rural Veterans’ Telerehabilitation Program in 2014. This project has since partnered with Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network and expanded to an additional four VA medical centers, with three more planned for 2021. Heather also serves as the Lead Telehealth Creative Arts Therapist for Creative Forces, through the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.

Benchmarking for Success

September 10, 2020

3 PM EST/12 noon PST

COMPLETED

AABH has conducted peer-based benchmarking since 1994. Dr. Michael will provide highlights from the most recent AABH Benchmarking Survey followed by an overview of key components of benchmarking. The presentation will cover why programs should be participating in benchmarking and how benchmarking can improve programming and patient satisfaction, as well as help strengthening a visit from a regulation body.

Stephen Michael, DrPH

Executive Director

AABH

Dr. Michael has been active in AABH since 1994 and has worked with the Board of Directors since 2000. He served as President of AABH from 2005 - 2008.  Stephen has provided the support and analysis of the annual benchmarking survey since 2014. Program evaluation and data driven programming have been passions in behavioral health throughout his 30+ years in the industry.

A Leap to Telehealth Group Programs:
How Measurement-Based Care Can Enhance Patient Engagement and Communication

September 17, 2020

3 PM EST/12 noon PST

COMPLETED

The global pandemic has become both a crisis and an opportunity in the mental health field. This presentation showcases a practice-technology partnership where a measurement-based care (MBC) tool supported clinicians and patients as they made the rapid transition from face-to-face group treatment to video conferencing. As clinicians leaped to the telehealth platform, they used MBC as a component of their innovative strategies to strengthen and maintain client engagement and the therapeutic relationship. Baystate clinical leaders will discuss the benefits and challenges of using MBC to enhance ongoing communication, relationship, and outcome monitoring with patients in intensive short-term therapeutic partial hospital programs. Implementation support staff from Mirah, the MBC company, will discuss the change management and decision-support process for measure selection and integration of MBC into everyday workflow. The presentation will be structured in an interview format, with rich clinical case examples and an emphasis on application of MBC in the practice setting.

C. Baxter Chandler, LICSW, MA-PGS

Program Manager Adult PHP and Child PHP

Baystate Medical Center

 

 

 

Jill M. Donelan, Psy.D.

Clinical Supervisor/Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Baystate Children's Hospital/UMMS-Baystate Medical School

 

Susan Casey, MSW, MFA

Clinical Implementation Manager

Mirah

 

 

 

Susan Douglas, Ph.D.

Clinical Implementation Lead

Mirah

C. Baxter Chandler -

Baxter Chandler, LICSW is the Program Manager of the Adult and Child Partial Hospitalization Programs at Baystate Medical Center. He also is a senior visiting instructor with the MSW program of Westfield State University. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology from St. Andrew's College in North Carolina and a Master's in Social Work from the University of Georgia. For 26 years he has worked with people dealing with mental health and substance use disorders in a variety of treatment settings including medical units, crisis programs, partial hospital programs, and outpatient behavioral health services.

 

Jill M. Donelan -

Dr. Jill Donelan is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and families. She is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School at Baystate, clinical supervisor for the Child Partial Hospitalization Program at Baystate Children’s Hospital in MA, and Adjunct Professor in Graduate Psychology at Bay Path University.
She has over a decade of experience providing psychological services. Dr. Donelan also has a wealth of experience in supervision, training, and program development and evaluation. She works with interdisciplinary teams to implement evidence-based, culturally sensitive clinical practices. Dr. Donelan has a passion for bridging the gap between research science and real-world clinical practice. She provides training and supervision to professionals and students in psychology, behavioral health, and related fields.
Dr. Donelan earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Baylor University in Waco, TX. She previously served as the Director of Psychology and Internship Training at The Village, Inc. in Hartford, CT.

 

Susan Casey -

Susan E. Casey, MSW, MFA, is an author, a licensed mental health clinician, and certified bereavement group facilitator. Throughout the past 25 years, Susan has worked in hospice, in-patient, and home-based settings with teens and adults, and taught numerous courses to executive leaders and clinicians. Currently, Susan works for Mirah, a measurement-based care organization, providing clinical coaching to therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists countrywide to improve mental health outcomes for youth and adults.

 

Susan Douglas -

In addition to leading the clinical implementation team at Mirah, a behavioral healthcare technology company specializing in measurement-based care, Susan in an associate professor of practice in the department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Vanderbilt University. Her areas of specialization are program evaluation, health services research and implementation science, with an interest in quality improvement approaches that contribute to sustained individual behavior change and enhanced organizational learning through the use of technology, workforce development and evidence-based assessment. Her work in measurement-based care and workforce development has been funded by National Institute of Mental Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command, and the Department of Defense.