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Winter 2011

Bill Gaventa, MDiv, Participates in Emmy Nominated Documentary

Bill GaventaBill Gaventa participated in a 2010 documentary nominated for 2011 Emmy, A Place for All: Faith and Community for Persons with Disabilities. This hour long documentary, which has already been shown on a number of national TV channels and is available on DVD, includes Rev. Bill Gaventa, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Community and Congregational Supports. Rev. Gaventa was interviewed for the film and also served as an advisor to the Director. A Place For All: Faith & Community For Persons With Disabilities explores the courageous stories of persons with disabilities as they succeed in making their faith communities truly inclusive.

View the opening sequence and more information at:
http://www.divacommunications.com/programs/documentaries/a-place-for-all

Dan Baker, PhD, Contributes to Autism Speaks Transition Toolkit

Dan BakerDan Baker PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Community Positive Behavior Support, Transition, and Supported Employment projects, has served on the Autism Speaks Transition Toolkit Professional Advisory Committee. Autism Speaks developed the Transition Tool Kit to serve as a guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood.

The Autism Speaks Transition Toolkit is available at: http://www.autismspeaks.org/community/family_services/transition.php

Dan Baker, PhD and Nancy Razza, PhD, Co-Author Chapters for New NADD Book

Psychotherapy book coverDan Baker, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Community Positive Behavior Support, Transition, and Supported Employment Projects, and Nancy Razza, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, each co-authored chapters for NADD’s new edited book, Psychotherapy for Individuals with Intellectual Disability.

Dan Baker, PhD, co-authored the chapter, “Positive Psychology” with Richard Blumberg, PhD, Associate Professor at The College of New Jersey, formerly of The Boggs Center. Nancy Razza, PhD, co-authored “Treating Survivors of Sexual and Interpersonal Abuse” with Dick Sobsey, EdD, Professor & Director, John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada; and “Group Psychotherapy with Trauma Survivors who have Intellectual Disabilities” with Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, MFA, Associate Professor, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ.

The book, Psychotherapy for Individuals with Intellectual Disability, is a major contribution to the effort to make psychotherapy available to individuals who have Intellectual Disabilities (ID) and should serve to further stimulate interest in the provision of psychotherapy treatment for individuals who have ID co-occurring with significant mental health problems. The individual authors are respected authorities in the field of providing psychotherapy treatment for persons with ID and all have contributed to the professional literature. Edited by Robert J. Fletcher, DSW, ACSW, the Executive Director of NADD, the book is now available for order through NADD.

Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Appointed Chair of The Council on Quality and Leadership Board of Directors

Deborah Spitalnik, PhD

Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Executive Director of The Boggs Center, was recently appointed as Chair of the Board of Directors for
The Council on Quality and Leadership
. The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) works with public and private organizations with a commitment to person-centered services and supports for people with disabilities, people with mental illness, and older adults by defining, measuring, and improving quality. CQL is located in Towson, Maryland.

 

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