Homecoming Lecture Series
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 – the Arizona Battery for Communication Disorders in Dementia (1993) and the Functional Linguistic Communication Inventory (1994), and conducted research on this topic for over 20 years.