Sunday, March 5, 2017 - Poster Presentations 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Poster Presentations & Networking Reception
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm ~ Bayshore Ballroom
101. A Community Collaborative to Support LGBTQ+ Youth: The Saginaw Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Youth Advocacy Initiative
Heidi Wale Knizacky, MS, LLP, Amy Kanouse, MPH, APPRECOTS Applied Research Consultants, Freeland, MI
As part of its expansion efforts, the Saginaw MAX System of Care initiative committed to provide outreach and support to youth who identify as LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, two-spirit, etc.) and who experience significant emotional and behavioral challenges. This poster presentation describes the development and impacts of this new initiative, including the formulation and efforts of a community driven Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Youth Advocacy Council.
102. Application of Experiential Treatments: Innovative Practices to Engage Clients from Multi-Stressed Environments
Bobbi Beale, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; Maurie Lung, MA, Life Adventures Counseling & Consulting, Seminole, FL; Tiffany Wynn, MA, Santa Fe Mountain Center, Santa Fe, NM
Adventure Therapy (AT) is the prescriptive use of adventure experiences provided by mental health professionals, often conducted in natural settings that kinesthetically engage clients on cognitive, affective, and behavioral levels (Gass, Gillis, & Russell, 2012). Research has been rapidly growing in the field of experiential and adventure therapies. We will share three different adventure therapy program applications which share some common elements, including experiential participation in treatment and concurrent research. In our ever-expanding understanding of the role of trauma and resiliency, we need to identify and share strategies that can engage youth and families who are distracted by traumatic stress and stuck in survival response sets that are not effective in the normative environments of school, home, and community.
103. Assessing the Utility of a Toolkit for Modifying Evidence-Based Practices to Increase Cultural Competence
Wendy Zeitlin, PhD, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
Because the U.S. is a diverse nation, there is a need to consider culturally modifying interventions to better fit those being served as many evidence-based practices were not developed with this in mind. In this study, a freely available Toolkit for considering cultural modifications to EBP's was examined in a case study. The Toolkit was found to be a useful model for considering cultural modifications, and the agency intended to replicate its use.
104. Nevada's Mobile Crisis Teams
Kevin McGrath, MS, Nevada Division of Child and Family Services, Las Vegas, NV
Since the fall of 2013, Nevada has moved from the initial planning stages of its Mobile Crisis Program to full-scale implementation. The program has hired effective staff, established policy and procedure, piloted the hotline and now has moved to full implementation including 24-hour services in some locations. The program has also recently been expanded to our rural areas through the System of Care Grant Expansion and now effectively covers the entire state.
105. Sensory Processing Deficits in Children That Have Experienced Trauma or Neglect
Heidi Sanders, MA, OTR/L, University of New Mexico Occupational Therapy Graduate Program, Albuquerque, NM
Children who experience trauma or neglect in early childhood often experience delays in multiple areas of development. Sensory differences have been recorded in parental reports and clinical observations of children who have experienced trauma (Purvis, McKenzie, Cross, & Razuri, 2013). This poster presentation will highlight results from research aimed at identifying types of sensory processing skill deficits commonly found within the population of children in treatment foster care. Possible implications on attachment and social behaviors will be discussed.
106. Assessing Youth Strengths from Caregiver and Youth Perspectives
Cynthia Killough, MA, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Incorporating strengths into treatment has shown to reduce stigma for youth & their families, encouraging them to seek out mental health services. In New Mexico, a longitudinal outcomes study was done with youth enrolled in New Mexico Systems of Care and their caregivers. Implications of the study suggest youth receiving services where assessments are strength based see increases in intrapersonal strengths and when measuring youth strengths it is important to get data directly from youth.
107. Now is the Time-Healthy Transitions (NITT-HT) National Evaluation Progress Update and Grantee Characteristics
Heather Ringeisen, PhD, Ariana Napier, MA, Amy Ryder-Burge, MS, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC
The Now is The Time-Healthy Transitions (NITT-HT) program aims to improve access to services for youth and young adults who have or at risk of developing a serious mental health condition. This poster presentation will include a description of the NITT-HT National Evaluation design, an update on national evaluation progress, as well as a summary description of grantee structure, service offerings and participant baseline characteristics.
108. Towards Better Services for Transitional Aged Youth: Successes and Challenges in the Development and Implementation of a Dual Diagnosis Program
Gretchen Conrad, PhD, Nick Schubert, MA, Kim Corace, PhD, The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, The University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
Improved transitions from the child to adult mental health system are essential. We reviewed behavioral health services for youth ages 16-25 years, in a large region in Ontario (Canada). Findings informed the development and implementation of a multidisciplinary dual diagnosis service for youth with moderate to severe substance use and mental health symptoms. Evaluation of the new service reveals that the target population of youth are receiving timely access to care. Crucial community partnerships have been established, and successes and ongoing challenges will be discussed.
109. "I Need a Young Adult”: How to Ensure Youth Voice is Heard and Respected
Joel Danforth, MSW, Christine Furnari, BA, CPRP, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Boston, MA
- The poster will present what the Success for Transition Age Youth (STAY) project has learned regarding best practices for including youth voice in the work of the grant and throughout Massachusetts, and the development of guidelines for young adult participation in various settings and events. In addition, some of the misconceptions of working with TAYYA will be discussed including but not limited to the type of support and information TAYYA may need in sharing their experience with the audience.
110. The University of South Florida’s Master’s Program in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
Rick Weinberg, PhD, Chih-Chin Chou, PhD, USF, Department of Child and Family Studies, Tampa, FL
- The Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (RMHC) Program at USF promotes quality behavioral healthcare for all, particularly people with disabilities, and helps the state and nation meet human service and workforce needs in the area of rehabilitation and mental health counseling through teaching, research and service. RMHC’s CACREP and CORE-accredited Master’s Program prepares students for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, and certification in Rehabilitation Counseling, and Addictions. This poster will allow interested students and faculty the opportunity to discuss the training program with program faculty and current students.
111. Canadian Francophone Adolescents’ Identity, Stress and Coping
Cameron Montgomery, PhD, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
This study looked at the relationship between francophone adolescents’ feelings of identity, stress, and coping in a linguistic minority environment in Canada. Both daily and monthly stress affect adolescents’ feelings of sociolinguistic vitality. Stress may, therefore, inhibit rich daily interactions within the francophone community. Functional cognitive coping strategies such as acceptance and even religion for some adolescents are useful in managing and reducing stress. Dysfunctional intrinsic coping strategies are linked to more personal stress and make life more difficult.
112. Classroom-Community Consultation (C3) 10 Years after Hurricane Katrina: A Retrospective Look at a Collaborative, School-Based Referral Model
Madeline Y. Lee, MSSW, PhD, California State University San Marcos, San Marcos, CA; Laura Danna, LCSW-BACS, Project Fleur-de-lis, a program of Mercy Family Center, Metairie, LA; Douglas W. Walker, PhD, Mercy Family Center, Metairie, LA
This study takes a retrospective look at Classroom-Community Consultation (C3), a school-based referral model established months after Hurricane Katrina. Developed by Project Fleur-de-lis, C3 brought school-based mental health professionals together with professionals in the community to triage students who needed intensive services. From the perspective of five former C3 participants, this case study describes the evolution, impact, and implications of C3 for any community to be prepared for any disaster.
113. A Case Study of Mentoring in Foster Care: An Exploratory Study
Lynn Squicciarini, MSW, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
This is an exploratory case study constructed to better understand resource parents’ perceptions after participation in a foster parent mentoring program. The purpose was to gain insight into how foster parents perceive placement stability; their ability to foster children with different emotional, physical, and medical issues; their willingness to continue to provide foster care; and the importance/usefulness of a social support network that was developed through the mentoring experience.
114. Bi-Cultural Wraparound Practices in New Zealand
Ruth Gammon, PhD, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand is a bicultural country which ensures culturally safe practices when adapting overseas models to include not only a European or Western perspective but a Maori Worldview and framework of wellness. The Ministry of Education provides Wraparound services to high and complex needs youth and families. This poster presentation will review how they have incorporated a bi-cultural practice with practical examples into the National Wraparound Initiative’s wraparound model.
115. Sexuality Education Web Sites and Social Media for Adolescents: An Untapped (unmeasured) Resource
Stephanie Diez, MSW, Florida International University, Miami, FL
Sexuality health education web sites and social media are a promising medium to deliver sexuality health education to adolescents and increase adolescent sexual health. This poster reviews the diverse literature to highlight current methods of web site measurement and the potential of sexuality education websites and social media to encourage healthy sexual development in adolescents. Developing evaluation methods for these online platforms may provide evidence for these domains as supported outlets of information for adolescents.
116. Trauma-Informed Behavioral Parenting in Early Intervention
Heather Agazzi, PhD, University of South Florida Rothman Center for Pediatric Neuropsychiatry, St. Petersburg, FL; Emily Shaffer-Hudkins, PhD, Alison Salloum, PhD, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences,University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Trauma-Informed Behavioral Parenting (TIBP) is an early intervention grounded in trauma-informed care, behavioral parenting, and attachment theory. Five early steps interventionists in the Tampa Bay area completed brief training with supervision and were asked to implement TIBP with children dually enrolled in foster care and early steps. We present the development of the program, the outcomes for child and parent participants, and early interventionists’ acceptability of the treatment for meeting the social-emotional needs of children exposed to trauma.
117. Using State Administrative Data to Inform Children’s Behavioral Health Policy and Service Improvement
Barbara Lucenko, PhD, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Olympia, WA
State administrative data are rich sources of information to support decisions related to children’s behavioral health through research, program evaluation, and performance measurement. This presentation will highlight integrated data structures that have been instrumental in supporting service improvement in Washington State. Specific examples to be presented include predictive models for targeting high-risk populations, detailed descriptions of service populations and the development of comparison groups to evaluate new and innovative children’s behavioral health interventions.
118. Applying a Human Rights and Social Justice Perspective to the Utilization of Evidence-Based Practice
Dana Marlowe, PhD, Fordham University, West Harrison, NY
When using a human rights and social justice lens, it becomes clear that individuals have a right to receive evidence-based practice. Applying the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Human Rights Visual Assessment Tool to the use of evidence-based practice for mental health well-being illustrates this point. Utilizing this rationale, specifically in oppressed communities, could make significant systemic changes.
119. "Angels in Disguise": Preliminary Focus Group Findings of Child Welfare Families Involved in a Federal Supportive Housing Demonstration
Mitch Rosenwald, PhD, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL
This poster presentation reports preliminary themes from three focus groups associated with a U.S. Children’s Bureau supportive housing demonstration of child welfare-involved families. Using qualitative data analysis, themes emerged from study participants about their perspectives on the value of the supportive housing program. Preliminary themes include: 1) housing stability; 2) advocacy support; 3) knowledge and skills gained; and 4) family stability. Implications for how these findings can inform supportive housing interventions are provided.
120. A Statewide Roll-out of Wraparound Services in Ohio: Implementation, Successes, and Lessons Learned
Scott Wingenfeld, MPA, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (Ohio MHAS), Columbus, OH; Chris Stormann, PhD, Jane Timmons-Mitchell, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; Kraig Knudsen, PhD, Ohio MHAS, Columbus, OH
As a SAMHSA Systems of Care Grantee, Ohio set out to implement Wraparound statewide by gradually rolling out to the most “ready” communities. A readiness assessment was created and administered to determine which communities would receive training, funding, and assistance from the grant. After four years of implementation and data collection, significant change was observed in outcomes and fidelity.
121. Adverse Childhood Experiences of Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth
Monica Landers, MA, MSW, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences,University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; Kimberly McGrath, PsyD, Citrus Health Network Inc., Hialeah, FL; Norin Dollard, PhD, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences,University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Researchers have well-established prevalence rates of trauma among vulnerable youth. However, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) scale, has yet to be applied to commercially sexually exploited youth. Using data from an ongoing study evaluating a program intended to meet the needs of commercially sexually exploited youth, ACE questions were extrapolated from the CANS-CSE. Findings indicated that 88% of youth experienced four or more ACEs, and nearly half the sample (54%) experienced seven or more ACEs. The relationship between ACE scores and the emotional/behavioral needs of commercially sexually exploited youth were also assessed.
122. Implementation of a Juvenile Court Program: Lessons Learned
Christy Brinkley, EdS, Cheryl Nolan, MEd, David Saarnio, PhD, Arkansas State University, State University, AR
Juvenile drug courts are very popular avenues to address drug issues among youth. We know they work, but new programs may not be aware of issues that will arise in program implementation. This poster presentation shares lessons learned from the implementation of a small juvenile drug court. The critical issues involve decision making among collaborators and tolerances allowed in juvenile behavior.
123. Screening for Psychosis in a Transition-Aged Youth (TAY) Population
Joanna Prout, Sabrina Ereshefsky, Michael Tager, Jason Schiffman, Sharon Hoover Stephan, University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
The current project examined the use of a psychosis-risk screener, the PRIME-Revised-With-Distress (PRIME-R-WD), in a TAY population (N = 79) receiving intensive behavioral health services to support independent functioning in the community. Self-report screeners examining attenuated symptoms characteristic of a psychosis-risk state, in addition to ratings of distress caused by those experiences, may be a feasible approach to identify youth who may benefit from additional specialized early psychosis intervention. According to the PRIME-R-WD, approximately one-third of TAY could be categorized as high-risk for psychosis, and distress scores were associated with clients’ self-reported internalizing symptoms and clinicians’ report of clients’ functioning.
124. Adopting a Common Elements Approach to Psychiatry Training in Acute Care Settings: Exploring Course Satisfaction and Therapist Attitudes
Elaina Zendegui, PsyD, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, White Plains, NY; Angela Chiu, PhD, Weill Cornell Medicine/New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
Training psychiatrists presents an opportunity to improve the reach of evidence-based practices (EBPs). This pilot study aimed to: 1) evaluate the acceptability of an EBP course that adopts the common elements approach to training in an adolescent partial hospitalization program; 2) assess psychiatry residents’ satisfaction with this training model; and 3) assess trainees’ attitudes toward EPBs. Resident attitudes about EBPs improved on a trend level after participation in the didactic, and satisfaction was high.
125. Young Adult Engagement: Innovative Approaches for Youth-Driven Programming
Michael Scanlon, Advanced Behavioral Health (CT STRONG; NITT-HT), Middletown, CT; Britney Bidmead, Street Smart Ventures, Hartford, CT; Valerie Sacco, Community Health Center (CT STRONG; NITT-HT), Middletown, CT; Rai Crear, Ally Kernan, Southwest Regional Mental Health Board, Norwalk, CT; Jessica Goldman, NAMI Connecticut, Hartford, CT
This poster presentation will share diverse engagement strategies for systems development and change, and will be presented by young adult leaders from across Connecticut. These strategies are highly adaptable to multiple institutions and will provide outcome measures detailing the importance of investing in young adults.
126. Addressing Barriers to Mental Health Treatment: Why Not Wraparound?
Raven Barrow, MFTI, MA, California School Of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Alhambra, CA
Increasing clinicians’ and trainees’ awareness of the effects of poverty and best practices to treat individuals who suffer from a complexity of problems is crucial. Wraparound is one such approach that has been demonstrated to positively impact mental health through interagency collaboration and service coordination. This study examines the utilization of wraparound services in the local context and discusses how agencies can implement wraparound effectively given their limited resources.
127. Developing the SOC-ial Marketing Framework: An Analysis of the Children's Mental Health Initiative Social Marketing Efforts
Monique Thornton, Amanda Vithidkul, Chandria Jones, Glynis Jones, Westat, Rockville, MD
Mental health systems can employ social marketing activities to engage youth and families and improve barriers to access; however, without a guiding framework, these activities are less effective (Andreasen, 2004; Wymer, 2011). We present a conceptual framework developed through analysis of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Children’s Mental Health Initiative FY2013 and FY2014 System of Care Expansion and Sustainability grantees.