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Behavioral Health

Convenient Care at Parkeay Health and Wellness

CNHP Clinical Practices Round-up

January 16, 2018

Ever wonder about CNHP’s practices? Where are they? Who they serve? What services are available at these practices? Read the Round-up to get an overview, then read all the individual articles posted highlighting the people who make these places run. Read More
Al Rundio

Rundiogram

January 15, 2018

This is a monthly column highlighting the accomplishments of the faculty and students. It started as a column just for nursing, but we're expanding and renaming it. In the next issue of Off the Charts, look for "R & B Notes" by Al Rundio, PhD who continues to talk up nursing and Stephanie Brooks, PhD who will highlight health professions.

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Mother Baby Connection at CNHP

Mother Baby Connection

January 12, 2018

Postpartum depression, anxiety and other psychiatric symptoms transcend race, culture and socioeconomic status and affects one in ten women. CNHP’s Bobbie Posmontier, PhD and Pamela Geller, PhD developed a unique and successful way of helping new moms. Read More
The Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services

News at 11

January 11, 2018

For 19 years, the nurse-led Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services has been touting a message of an integrative approach to health. Its people, patients, staff, and neighbors alike, benefit from such a great center. Read More
Director of Community Health and Wellness and Associate Dean of Community Health John Kirby, Jr., MPH, EPC

Future Leader of Community Health

January 10, 2018

If there is a perfect place for John Kirby, Jr. to work, it is the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Center and the perfect job for him is the one he currently has as the director of community health and wellness at 11th Street. Read More
Suzanne Levy, PhD and Guy Diamond, PhD

Drexel Helping Depressed and Suicidal Adolescents around the World:The ABFT Training Program

January 10, 2018

Treatment of adolescents who suffer from depression and may be suicidal had been slow to evolve. However, a nationally and internationally acclaimed program was developed by Guy Diamond, PhD and Suzanne Levy, PhD involving the entire family in therapy. Read More
Students who work at the Community Wellness HUB

Student Powered Community Wellness: Meet Our Team

January 10, 2018

Meet the students who greet everyone coming through the door at the Community Wellness HUB with a bright and cheerful smile. From diverse backgrounds and institutions, these men and women chose the HUB for different reasons, but all share a desire to serve. Read More
Erica Wilkens

Dr. Erica Wilkins: Behavioral Health Counseling

January 09, 2018

With a wealth of experience, Erica Wilkins, PhD is bringing healing into the community—the Community Wellness HUB. Neighbors from the Mantua and Powelton Village area have access to her knowledge through counseling and family therapy. Read More
Opening day and Health Fair at the Community Wellness HUB

Community Wellness Services at the HUB

January 09, 2018

It took over a year to gather information from residents of Mantua and Powelton Village before the Community Wellness HUB opened its doors. Looking at health concerns, Loretta Jemmott, PhD and her team created seven key areas for services. Read More
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IPER Roles and Responsibilities 

January 09, 2018

IPER's Brown Bag Lunch Series is off to a great start. New collaborative working groups are forming, ideas are being exchanged and faculty and students are getting excited about what learning outcomes will result from this series and work. Read the story to see how you can get involved.
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Sarah Wenger, PT, DPT works with patient with arm pain in the gym

Power Over Pain

November 30, 2017

The number of Americans affected by chronic pain and the annual cost to treat it is staggering. Add to it the poor outcomes and it is clear that we are facing one of the most challenging health issues to address. A new approach is needed and Sarah Wenger, PT, DPT is working on just that.

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IPER Mindfulness Workshop Recap

November 29, 2017

Mindfulness is a hot topic. That's easy enough to see from the more than 55 students from multiple disciplines who came to "Mindfulness: for Clinical Practice and for Life" in early October. A workshop given by faculty in physical therapy and rehabilitation sciences and creative arts therapies, students experienced the science and the creative part of mindfulness.

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IPER Brown Bag Lunch Series 

November 29, 2017

IPER's Brown Bag Lunch Series is off to a great start. New collaborative working groups are forming, ideas are being exchanged and faculty and students are getting excited about what learning outcomes will result from this series and work. Read the story to see how you can get involved.

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Angela Colistra, PhD

The Opiate Epidemic: Keeping a finger on the pulse

August 07, 2017

For clinical professor Angela Colistra, PhD, getting the most up-to-date information about this 21st century epidemic includes talking to those on the front lines including addicts. Her hope is to improve training and moving clients to recovery. Read More
Christian Jordal, PhD, director of the Master of Family Therapy program and assistant clinical professor

Inclusive and Welcoming Mental Health Support

August 06, 2017

Christian Jordal, PhD, director of the Master of Family Therapy program and assistant clinical professor and Anthony Pennant, LMFT, adjunct professor and CNHP alumnus are training students to be culturally competent and socially just clinicians. Read More
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Commencement Activities and Celebrations

July 05, 2017

Academic excellence and hopes for the future were celebrated and shared at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts at CNHP’s commencement exercises. Graduates received sage advice and life’s lessons from two student commencement speakers and the incoming CEO of BAYADA Home Health Care on June 12. 

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With Graditude for Your Service: 2017 Retirements

June 03, 2017

No matter how long an individual has been at the College of Nursing and Health Professions, be it faculty or staff, his or her contributions to the success of educating our students and changing the delivery of healthcare will be recognized for years to come.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

June 03, 2017

 

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On a Mission

May 01, 2017

Very few individuals can gather enough experience before going to college to be absolutely sure of their chosen major, especially when following the traditional path of starting the fall after high school graduation. Health Services Administration senior, Toni Ross, is one of the few who can say that her experiences before coming to Drexel undeniably revealed the path she wanted to pursue. But Toni Ross is anything but traditional...

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Drexel Magazine's 40 Under 40 2016

March 15, 2016

The College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) was well-represented in Drexel Magazine’s 40 Under 40 for 2016. 

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

February 15, 2016

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Students Secure Spring-Summer Co-ops

February 15, 2016

In less than two months, another round of co-operative education students will embark on their six- month-long professional journeys focused on sampling careers in the health professions and nursing. For some, this will be their first go-round. For others, this could be another step toward landing a job post-graduation. 

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Going Global with an Innovative Approach to Psychiatric Rehabilitation Education

January 19, 2016

Faculty members from the Behavioral Health Counseling (BHC) Department traveled to Seoul, Korea in November 2015, to present a workshop on a unique partnership with Project HOME, a nonprofit organization that provides housing and other services to men, women, and children in Philadelphia.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

January 19, 2016

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Before and After Clinical: Two PA Students Share their Perspectives

August 27, 2015

The primary goal of Drexel’s Physician Assistant (PA) Program is to develop graduates who are competent, caring physician assistants, possessing the skills of life-long learning needed to incorporate new knowledge and methods into their practices and to adapt to a changing medical environment. 

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Sampling Careers at Summer Institute

July 30, 2015

If you were given a week to sample a desired major and connect with professionals in your field, all before coming to college, would you take it? The high school students who attended Drexel’s Exploration in Mental Health Careers hosted by the Behavioral Health Counseling Department certainly did. From June 22 – 26 and July 6 – 10 nearly 30 students made the journey to Drexel to get the inside scoop on all things mental health, and their experiences couldn’t have been more positive.

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Robert Chapman, PhD, to Retire

June 25, 2015

Since joining the Behavioral Health Counseling Department in 2006, Robert Chapman, PhD has endeared himself to students and to faculty throughout the College and University with his thought-provoking lectures...

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Veronica Carey

Veronica Carey Leads the Recovery Workforce Summit: 2015 Annual Conference

January 29, 2015

The study of psychiatric rehabilitation has been an important topic among mental health professionals recently. Predicated on skills development, psychiatric rehabilitation aims to stretch the limits of typical medication...

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Behavioral Health Counseling Colloquium

January 29, 2015

If you’ve ever seen the movie Good Will Hunting, you know Matt Damon’s title character, Will Hunting, is a tough cookie to crack.  Through the movie, we watch as psychologist Sean Maguire, played by the late...

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Join Us for Creating Integrated Healthcare for People with ASD

October 15, 2014

Creating Integrated Healthcare for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder. That’s the title of the one-day conference scheduled to take place on November 8, 2014 in Behrakis Grand Hall on Drexel’s University City Main Campus. The conference, complete with invitational speakers and networking opportunities, will explore...

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CNHP in the Media

July 14, 2014

Stella Volpe, Chair of the Nutrition Sciences Department, was quoted in a Shape magazine article on June 9 about Vitamin D and athletic performance.

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Colloquium Addresses Collegiate Alcohol Use

July 14, 2014

The College’s Behavioral Health Counseling Program presented its second colloquium in late May, this time focusing on collegiate alcohol use. Robert Chapman, an associate clinical professor and the Associate Director of the Behavioral Health Counseling Department, delivered an informative and entertaining talk for attendees in the Geary Auditorium of the New College Building.

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College Provides Free Screenings for Veterans

July 14, 2014

The Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions was asked to provide Philadelphia’s veterans with an array of health screenings during the second annual City of Philadelphia City Council President’s Veteran’s Fair on May 21.

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Ground Broken for Health Center Expansion

July 14, 2014

June 6 was a very happy day for many as golden shovels literally broke ground at the site of the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University...

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Behavioral Health Counseling Department Presents Methadone Colloquium

April 22, 2014

The Behavioral Health Counseling (BHC) Department at Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions presented the first in a series of colloquia on March 11.

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Students Witness Life in a Prison’s Psychiatric Inpatient Facility

March 20, 2014

Students from the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program (PMHNP) at the College of Nursing and Health Professions were invited to tour the Philadelphia Prison System on February 18 during their On Campus Intensive (OCI) days.  MHM Services, Inc., one of the largest mental health providers to jails and prisons throughout eleven states nationwide, has agreed to provide Drexel’s PMHNP students opportunities to complete clinical hours and experiences within their system...

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6 Ways to Moderate Consumption if You Choose to Drink

February 28, 2014

It’s not news that some college students choose to drink alcohol. That some of these drinkers actually choose to, or unintentionally, become intoxicated while drinking and experience an array of consequences is likewise no secret. 

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Formerly Homeless Teach Students “A Person is a Person”

February 28, 2014

“The Behavioral Health Counseling Program teaches you that a person is a person,” said Alison Reynolds, a student in the College’s Behavioral Health Counseling Program. 

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Carey Brings Psychiatric Rehabilitation to Karachi, Pakistan

January 21, 2014

“Choice, hope, and empowerment.”  These are the three words Veronica Carey, PhD, an assistant clinical professor in the Behavioral Health Counseling Department, used to describe the potential outcomes of psychiatric rehabilitation. 

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Veronica Carey Appointed Chair of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association Academy

September 12, 2013

Veronica Carey, PhD, an assistant clinical professor in the Behavioral Health Counseling Department and Associate Director of the Department’s Saturday Scholars Program, has been appointed as the first Chair of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) Academy....

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Sister Katherine Baltazar ’08 Addresses Suicide, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders on Native American Reservation

August 29, 2013

“I always find it a great compliment when people ask me if I’m native,” said Sister Katherine Baltazar, a psychiatric nurse currently working on a Native American reservation with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

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Fellowship Allows Posmontier to Bring Therapy for Postpartum Depression to Israel

July 29, 2013

 “My father was a general practitioner for fifty years and he regularly made house calls. It seemed like a natural step for me to do the same,” said Bobbie Posmontier, PhD, who has delivered more than 2,000 babies in homes, hospitals and birth centers as a Nurse Midwife. She previously had her own practice that emulated midwife practices you might find in the United Kingdom. Posmontier gave her charts directly to the patients with which she worked, explaining, “There were no secrets between us..."

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Sabella and Posmontier Author Chapters in Psychopharmacology Book for Nurses Edited by Student Laura Leahy

May 30, 2013

Donna Sabella, PhD, Director of Global Studies, and Bobbie Posmontier, PhD, an assistant professor in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Department, each contributed a chapter to the Manual of Clinical Pharmacology for Nurses, which was published in April. Dr. Sabella’s chapter, titled Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, provides...

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Interdisciplinary Team Provides Free Health Screenings to Veterans

May 20, 2013

The College of Nursing and Health Professions is partnering with the Philadelphia City Council and Veterans Advisory Commission again for the Annual Veterans Resource Fair on May 22.

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Chapman Ties Dracula Film to Addictions Counseling

November 01, 2012

Shortly after Halloween, professor and Associate Director of the Behavioral Health Counseling Department Robert Chapman, PhD, held a screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula. In addition to recognizing the holiday by screening the scary movie, Chapman’s intentions also included...

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Chapman Featured in CBS-3 Clip about Stephanie Bon Jovi’s Heroin Overdose

November 01, 2012

Robert Chapman, PhD, a clinical associate professor in the Behavioral Health Counseling Department, was interviewed for a CBS-3 news clip about Stephanie Bon Jovi’s heroin overdose. Stephanie, daughter of musician Jon Bon Jovi, was discovered in her Hamilton College dormitory room with...

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Stephanie Ross Presents “Stressed: To Be or Not To Be”

November 01, 2012

On November 7, Stephanie Ross, Director of the Complementary and Integrative Therapy Program, presented a workshop to the University community titled “Stressed: To Be or Not to Be.” She showed the audience how to recognize stressors, eliminate unnecessary ones, and most importantly...

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A Longstanding Alumni Tradition

September 01, 2012

On June 20, the Behavioral Health Counseling department hosted 40 of its alumni at its 10th Annual Alumni Dinner. Music by guest flutist Lisamarie McGrath welcomed alumni into the room as they reunited with their classmates and professors at the catered dinner.

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Alumna Laura Salciunas ‘12 is on the Fast Track

September 01, 2012

“I always had an interest in behavioral health. I was always the ‘counselor’ among friends and had a genuine interest in helping people. I didn’t realize I could make a career out of what came so naturally to me until I came here,” said Laura Salciunas, a 2012 graduate of the Behavioral Health Counseling Program.

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Summer Program Influences High School Students to Join BHC

September 01, 2012

In 2010, the Behavioral Health Counseling Department began hosting an annual Summer Academy program for high school students considering careers in behavioral healthcare. This summer, 31 students traveled from the tri-state area, as well as from South Carolina, Texas, and Florida, to come to Drexel’s campus and attend the program.

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The Saturday Scholars Program: Flexible Learning for Non-traditional Students

September 01, 2012

The Saturday Scholars Program offers an alternative route to completing the Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Health Counseling. With classes held only on Saturdays, this accelerated, part-time option is designed to meet the needs of individuals who...

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Looking Ahead: Pioneering Undergraduate Education in Geriatric Mental Health Care

September 01, 2012

The Behavioral Health Counseling department has a roster of accomplished faculty members, a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum, offerings for nontraditional students, and a creative program for engaging prospective students...

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Carey: At the Forefront of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Training

September 01, 2012

Psychiatric rehabilitation (psych rehab) is a model that views recovery not as the absence of illness but as working within an illness. It gives individuals with mental disorder diagnoses the skills, resources and support they need to live, work, learn and socialize.

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Chapman: Four Decades of Addictions Counseling Expertise

September 01, 2012

Robert Chapman, PhD, brings 40 years of experience to his Behavioral Health Counseling faculty position as well as substance use disorder and addiction expertise. He is driven by a desire to reduce the...

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Comer: A Visionary Transforming Undergraduate Education in Behavioral Healthcare

September 01, 2012

While working in a locked, long-term psychiatric ward for adults in the 1970s, Ronald Comer, DSW, came to the realization that any hope of helping patients recover from their illnesses was hinged on major changes occurring within systems of care.

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Student Britt Cumens Roots for the Patient

September 01, 2012

As a first-year nursing student at the College in 2009, Britt Cumens found herself developing a specific interest in addictions counseling. “I decided that I wanted to pick up an...

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Evidence of Success

September 01, 2012

There is ample evidence that the Behavioral Health Counseling curriculum is hitting the mark. Graduates are highly sought-after by...

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Schmidt Holds the Nation’s First-Earned Doctorate in Psychiatric Rehabilitation

September 01, 2012

Like other members of the Behavioral Health Counseling faculty, Lisa Schmidt, PHD’s prior clinical experiences inform and inspire her current work as an educator. Before joining the Behavioral Health Counseling faculty, Schmidt worked in New Jersey community mental health...

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Jasmine Doshi Receives Outstanding Commuter and Distinguished Tutor Awards

August 01, 2012

Jasmine Doshi, Behavioral Health Counseling ‘12, has received both the Ian L. Alexander Outstanding Commuter Student Award and the Distinguished Undergraduate Tutor Award.

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10th Annual Behavioral Health Counseling Alumni Dinner

June 30, 2012

On June 20, the Behavioral Health Counseling department held its 10th Annual Alumni Dinner. Music by guest flutist Lisamarie McGrath welcomed alumni into the room as they reunited with their classmates and professors.

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