Homecoming Lecture Series


On Choice & Change: Taking Charge of Change at Work and in Life  

Speaker:  Featuring BGSU Alumna Kathy Cleveland Bull '83, '85 
Date:  Friday, October 3, 2014 Time:  8:30 a.m. - Noon
Cost:  Free  Event - Registration will be required by Sept. 22.
Location: 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union, BGSU


True success in life is not a static result but a dynamic, balanced approach to living with constant change and the ebb and flow of all the different aspects of life. Not judging as good or bad, fortunate or not, but just part of life to meet head on. This modern and healthy approach to living isn't destabilized by change - but includes change as a reality, a catalyst and an opportunity for growth.

In this powerful seminar, Kathy Cleveland Bull creates an unparalleled experience for participants as she shares stories, proven organizational change models as well as the latest advances in integrating organizational and personal change strategies necessary for successful, long-term change. Participants will  discover profound truths about change that give people and organizations a quick and easy way to understand change and internalize their responsibility in taking charge of change.


At the end of this sessions, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand organizational change models and the affective and behavioral reactions to change efforts
  2. Identify ways in which to overcome barriers to organizational change
  3. Identify one's own typical response to change and develop effective personal change strategies that will lead to healthy balance
  4. Demonstrate the ability to integrate the content by illustrating how personal change strategies can be utilized effectively within the therapeutic environment


Kathy Cleveland Bull, M.Ed., is a highly regarded professional speaker, trainer, coach and consultant. Her most recent business venture is The Center for Eating Psychology, helping clients heal their relationships with food, body and soul. She also is the founder and president of N~Compass Consulting, a speaking and consulting firm focused on "Navigating the Art and Science of Change." She works with Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, government agencies and nonprofit organizations helping them adapt to change. She has spoken on four continents to over 200,000 people. Previously, she was the director of training and organizational development and director of Student Life at The Ohio State University.  Over her 17-year career in higher education, she has worked in various leadership positions at BGSU, North Carolina State University and Ohio State. A Phi Beta Kappa psychology graduate of Bowling Green State University, Cleveland Bull holds two master's degrees in guidance and counseling and college student development, also from BGSU. She recently received certification as an eating psychology coach from the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. She is the co-author of Success Simplified - Simple Solutions, Measurable Results.

To register or for more information, contact Jennifer Wagner at hhsevents@bgsu.edu or 419-372-7773.

Continuing Education Available: Three hours of continuing education are approved for Ohio Social Workers (RSX108808), Counselors (RCX020601) and Nursing Home Administrators (202-C-14) through their state boards. Nurses and Chemical Dependency Professionals may use CEs approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist board as well as the Ohio Board of Executives of Long Term Services and Supports as permitted by their respective licensure requirements.   


•  Alzheimer's Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter

•  Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio

•  Bridge Home Health and Hospice

•  Browning Masonic Community

•  Children's Resource Center

•  Center of Excellence for Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan

•  Harbor

•  Wood County Committee on Aging

•  Wood County Job and Family Services-Children's Services Unit

•  Wood Lane Industries



2013 - Diversity in the Helping Professions through Effective Communication Strategies

Nancy Orel, PhD, LPC, and Director of the Gerontology Program began by sharing a strategy for assessing our diverse population and how to better understand their needs and communicate more effectively.

Other faculty from the College of Health and Human Services and Affiliates from the Center of Excellence for Health and Wellness across the Lifespan shared insights from their research and lessons in diversity that will make us think outside the box.

2012 - When It's Not Black and White: Decision Making with Individuals with Dementia and Their Families

In a workshop sponsored by the College of Health and Human Services in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association of Northwest Ohio, Beth Spencer, MA, LMSW, examined issues that families struggle with in making decisions for their relatives who have memory loss or other cognitive changes. Ethical issues and risk assessments were described as well as practical strategies for working with clients with memory loss.

Beth Spencer, who has specialized in dementia care since 1982, has worked with individuals with memory loss and their families in a variety of settings, including residential care, private practice, and adult day programs. She is the co-author of Understanding Difficult Behaviors,Moving a Relative with Memory Loss: A Family Caregiver's Guide, and most recently, Developing Meaningful Connections with People with Dementia.

2011 - Issues Surrounding Vulnerable Populations in Need of an Advocate

Attorneys Chad Baker and Eileen Sullivan provided information from the perspectives of a probate attorney and a bank trust officer that can assist the helping professional in identifying clients who are at risk for various types of exploitation. Through case studies participants learned how to help clients maintain their autonomy and learned what their professional obligation is to the client and their representatives.

Probate Judges Puffenberger and Woessner, from Lucas and Wood Counties, shared trends that they have seen in their courtrooms when presiding over cases involving clients who are dealing with end of life needs, physical and mental challenges, financial exploitation, and difficulties due to family conflicts to name only a few. The Judges discussed the role of the professional in their courtrooms and how they can best benefit their clients.

2010 - Servant Leadership and Recovery from Severe and Persistent Mental Illness: Consumer Empowerment in the Context of Healthcare Reform

BGSU alumnus William Harper ’76 presented information and facilitated a panel discussion about consumer empowerment in mental health services.  Harper, who is executive director of the United Way of Greater Lorain County, has had an extensive career as a service provider and executive in behavioral health agencies. He served as assistant director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health from 2007-09. In 2010, he was named one of BGSU’s Centennial Alumni Award recipients.

2009 - Domestic Violence: You Can Make a Difference!

This workshop offered opportunities to relate to the experiences of victims of domestic violence of all ages, genders, and sexual orientation. The myths and complex realities of intimate partner violence were discussed. Information on how to become an effective advocate for all victims of domestic violence was offered as well as the services and resources available to all helping professionals and the people they serve.

Michelle Clossick, founding Executive Director of the Cocoon Shelter, has over 25 years of social services experience and a Masters in Family and Community Development and Marriage and Family Therapy. Ms. Clossick has spent nearly 20 years working in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Her commitment to social justice and previous experience directing a comprehensive victim services agency in Pennsylvania, including a shelter for victims of domestic violence, and the Transformation Project at BGSU, prepared her to lead the Cocoon Shelter. Ms. Clossick has developed a model for managing shelters utilizing principals of empowerment and capacity building that is grounded in best practice and the battered women’s movement.

2008 - Advancing Your Suicide Prevention, Assessment and Intervention Skills: Practical Information for Helping Professionals

Drs. Granello discussed the basics of suicide prevention, assessment, and intervention through lecture, discussion, video clips, and case studies. The presenters detailed the similarities and differences in suicide prevention, assessment and intervention throughout the lifespan.

Dr. Darcy Haag Granello and Dr. Paul Granello, Associate Professors at The Ohio State University (OSU) conduct workshops and training on suicide prevention, assessment, and intervention.   In 2006, OSU was awarded funding by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the development of a campus-wide suicide prevention plan. Darcy Granello serves as the principal investigator for that project and more than 30 campus and community partners are involved in the project. Paul Granello is the Chief Science Officer for The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation.  In addition, he also has received funding from SAMHSA for training on suicide prevention in Ohio schools.  Darcy and Paul Granello are co-authors of the book Suicide: An Essential Guide for Helping Professionals and Educators (Allyn & Bacon, 2007).

2007 - Navigating the Ethical Uncertainties of Your Profession

Dr. Huss reviewed the importance of ethics in any profession, but particularly in a mental health profession.  This program provided an experiential opportunity to deal with ethical issues within various disciplines and explored the quagmires of ethical dilemmas that make our professions so interesting and challenging.

Dr. Huss, is an Associate Professor in the Mental Health and School Counseling program in the College of Education and Human Development at Bowling Green State University and has been at BGSU for 10 years.  She was a practicing professional school counselor for 23 years prior to that time.  Dr. Huss has served in numerous leadership positions in professional counselor associations and has given over 200 workshop presentations in the area of Ethics.  Governor Taft appointed Dr. Huss to the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Licensure Board and she served as Chair of the Counselor Standards Committee of that Board from 2004-2006.

2006 - Twenty-five Years of HIV and Still Spreading

Twenty-five years into the epidemic, the rate of HIV infection in Washington, D.C. has reached 1 in 20.  Where are we in Northwest Ohio?  This continuing education offering was a retrospective look at: who is getting infected; the progress that has been made in treatment and testing; and why prevention efforts are not working.  Importantly, it will address the long term impact for Health and Human services professionals.

Ms. Locher has a Masters degree in Nursing and is an HIV Clinical Nurse Specialist, Coordinator of the Ryan White Title IV Family Centered Program at the University Medical Center at the University of Toledo Health Science Campus, and the Director of the University Medical Center HIV Testing Program.  She has twenty-five years experience in HIV care and education.  She is a nationally recognized educator in the field of HIV and a published researcher in the field of HIV/AIDS.

Ms. Carter has been working with people living with HIV/AIDS for 17 years as a volunteer, counselor, and social worker. For the past 15 years, she has been a member of the AIDS Resource Team at the University Medical Center at the University of Toledo, Health Science Campus. She is one of the coordinators of the University Medical Center HIV test site, facilitates men’s and women’s support groups, and works closely with patients to link them with medical care, resources and support services. 

2005 - Psychosocial Adaptation to Disability: Techniques to Facilitate Adjustment

Dr. Haines discussed the theoretical foundations of psychosocial adaptation and adjustment. Participants learned ways to facilitate adjustment by learning techniques to acknowledge feelings, support the experience of the patient and family, and understand the process of grieving.  Methods of dealing with difficult patients, such as the “angry” patient or the “depressed” patient were demonstrated.  Emphasis was placed on discussing special differences for specific disabilities; changes in body image; changes in how society perceives the individual.

Dr. Haines is a neuropsychologist for the rehabilitation service at the University Medical Center on the University of Toledo Health Science Campus.  Dr. Haines has presented at numerous regional, national, and international conferences, has written a number of articles for peer-reviewed journals, and was asked to contribute two book chapters to the recently published Handbook of Dementia

2004 - Understanding Human Memory and Improving Function in Individuals with Dementia

Ms. Tomoeda presented current conceptualizations of memory and how memory systems are affected by dementing diseases.  A model for treating the cognitive-linguistic disorders of patients with dementia was presented, and direct and indirect interventions were described in relation to their rationale and use.

Ms. Tomoeda is a Senior Research Specialist in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona.  She is known for her work with Dr. Kathryn Bayles on the communication abilities of individuals with dementia and together they collaborated on three books -Improving Function in Dementia and Other Cognitive-Linguistic Disorders (1997); The ABCs of Dementia (1993); and Communication and Cognition in Normal Aging and Dementia(1987). Ms. Tomoeda co-authored two standardized tests – theArizona Battery for Communication Disorders in Dementia (1993) and the Functional Linguistic Communication Inventory (1994), and conducted research on this topic for over 20 years.