Archives: Summer '07
The Annual Substance Abuse and Addictions Studies Institute (SAASI)
SAASI was held at the Springfield College Townhouse Conference Center June 11 through 15. Robert Hewes, associate professor of rehabilitation and disability studies, served as faculty program coordinator.
A total of 45 participants attended the institute this year, including 24 students registered for the full week-long graduate and upper level undergraduate 3 s.h. credit course. In addition, 21 agency and school personnel registered for "Understanding Addictions" and "Special Populations," the newly developed continuing education sessions held June 13 and 14 for CEU, CRC, or PDP Continuing Education units.
The school or community agency participants were from Agawam High School, The Center for Human Development, New England Business Associates, Sabis Charter School, Suffolk University, American International College, Phoenix Academy, Met Life Insurance Co., The Hartford, Lewisco Group, Inc., Allied Rehabilitation Centers, Allied Behavioral Network, United Services, Inc., and JobNet, Inc.
The latest edition of the SAASI Training Manual was made available and utilized by the participants thanks to the assistance of Julie Bates, graduate teaching fellow, and Michele David, administrative assistant for the Rehabilitation and Disability Studies Department.
Workshop on Ethics
"Readdressing Ethical Issues in Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Rehabilitation Counseling" served as the topic for the fifth annual workshop on ethics, held in Cheney Hall June 1.
Michael Accordino and Robert Hewes, associate professors of rehabilitation and disability studies, were the faculty coordinators. A total of 28 participants attended the day-long workshop. Eleven graduate students registered for academic credit and seventeen professional rehabilitation, substance abuse, and mental health counselors obtained continuing education credits for attending the workshop.
The focus of this year’s workshop was on unethical behaviors and issues faced by rehabilitation, mental health, and substance abuse practitioners. Guest speakers included Martha Deering, account executive and clinician and trainer for the Wellness Corporation's Employee Assistance Programs; David Soja, vocational consultant, forensic vocational expert and president of CRC Services, LLC of Longmeadow, Mass., and Kerry Quint, senior vocational consultant and vocational expert at CRC Services.
Julia Chevan awarded research grant
Julia Chevan was awarded a research grant in the amount of $7000 by the Section on Health Policy and Administration of the American Physical Therapy Association to continue her work on a population based study of the determinants of access to ambulatory physical therapy services.
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