By Whitney Grube
Conference dates: March 2-5, 2014
Faculty and research staff from the School of Social Welfare’s Center for Children and Families traveled to Tampa, Florida to participate in the 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference sponsored by the University of South Florida’s College of Behavioral and Community Sciences.
Dr. Megan O’Brien, a member of the Center’s research staff, along with Kyle Chapman, doctorate in Sociology student, and Michael Rosen, doctorate in Counseling Psychology, participated in the poster presentation session and presented their poster titled Development of a Tool for Understanding Parent and Teen Agendas for Outpatient Psychotropic Medication Appointments. Their poster described the application of a worksheet for parents and teens to support communication with each other and with providers during psychiatric medication appointments. Implications for practice and research were also described.
Dr. Amy Mendenhall, director of KU’s Center for Children and Families, Susan Frauenholtz, doctorate in Social Work student, and Kate Heavilin, master of Social Work student, presented their poster, Incorporating Child and Family Voice into Systems of Care: The Experience of One Change Effort which discussed the challenges and barriers to including child and family voice in the development of a system of care. In addition to the poster presentation, Dr. Mendenhall and Susan Fraeunholtz delivered a paper presentation titled Stakeholder Views Regarding the Evolving Challenges of Developing a System of Care in Children’s Mental Health. Their presentation described the evaluation of the development of the Children’s Enhancement Project, a collaborative effort to provide flexible, family driven community based services to children with behavioral and emotional needs.
Dr. Steve Kapp, faculty member and Associate Dean for Academic Programs, along with doctorate in Social Work student Jeri Damman and master of Social Work student Jordan Ryan, also delivered a presentation titled Promoting a Multilevel Approach to Interagency Partnerships: One State’s Experience of Implementing a PRTF Outcome-Based Information System. This presentation centered around one state’s partnership approach to developing and implementing a state wide database and findings from a small study examining the individual barriers experienced by specific facilities.