March 2017 Blog Update

Publications: We received word from the American Psychological Association’s Psychological Services journal that our paper on Implementing Stepped Care 2.0 was accepted for publication.

SC2.0 Grants: Disappointing news arrived on March 27th from CIHR – Our SPOR Catalyst grant was not funded although it did receive a “fundable” score. It can take up to 10 tries, so we are not ready to give up yet!

Recruiting for a tenure track faculty position

We are hiring at the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre! Click here for more information.

SC2.0 in the Media:

  • I hosted a panel this month on Mental Health feature Todd Leader, Andy Jones, Mary-Lynn Bernard, Paula Corcoran-Jacobs and Kenzie Butt. The panel was moderated by VOCM’s Fred Hutton. Approximately 150 people attended.
  • Stepped Care 2.0 is also receiving some media attention at Hacking Health in John’s. Hacking Health is an international movement designed to improve healthcare by inviting technology creators and health care professionals to collaborate on realistic, human-centric solutions to front-line problems.
  • Memorial University’s student newspaper the MUSE published a feature on mental health. This quote suggests that students are (as much as may be possible) satisfied with our programming at the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre: “Here on campus our institution isn’t doing half bad. The Counselling Centre provides us with timely access to a variety of services, like individual therapy, group therapy, online therapy etc.” I take this as a full endorsement!
  • The NL Government released an all-party report: Towards Recovery: A Vision for a Renewed Mental Health and Addictions System for Newfoundland and Labrador. After consulting with me, this variation of our Stepped Care model became central to the recommended actions. Here is a graphic representation of the Provinces version of Stepped Care 2.0:

Communities of Practice:

There is a growing community of practice on Stepped Care 2.0. Over the past two years, more than 50 universities and health regions have been trained by, or have consulted with us on Stepped Care 2.0.
The Small Schools Community of Practice on Stepped Care has met twice by teleconference for roundtables on successes and challenges. Currently North American membership stands at 17.

Here are a few recent unsolicited SC2.0 accolades and comments about how implementation is going at other universities:

“I just wanted to say a word of thanks for your leadership in the area of stepped care at college counseling centers.  I am a new director (started in August), and I used the materials you posted on the AUCCCD website to inform the transformation of our counseling center into a new Stepped Care Model this semester.  The results to-date have been outstanding.  Students are receiving more customized care with same-day access for new screenings.  Campus partners are appreciating the increased breadth of treatment resources.  And counselors are experiencing more manageable caseloads and are subsequently feeling less burnt out.  It’s been a win all around. Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI.

 “I have to tell you how impressed I am with how quickly you and your team are evolving your approach.  It is clear that you really are well into version 2.0.  Integrating readiness for change as the primary indicator of which step to introduce is so simple and seemingly obvious that it is brilliant.  I love your critical examination of time and treatment effectiveness, and find it fascinating that most of the positive change might happen within as little as a few sessions. I also really appreciate your perspective on the “mental health crisis” and believe we should emphasize training our community to utilize the resources and tools from the innovative lower level steps as an effective and efficient way to promote mental health and wellness in our community.  In all seriousness, I think you are truly a pioneer in our field and thank you for all that you are doing.”  University of Hartford, Hartford, CT.

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