Hathaway-Sycamores Leads the Way in Innovative Research and Trainings

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Our Clinical Practice, Training, and Research and Evaluation (CPTRE) team plays an integral role in Hathaway-Sycamores’ commitment to providing quality behavioral health care for youth.

Not only do they train hundreds of staff within the agency and the community in best practices, they are also the central source for analyzing all of Hathaway-Sycamores’ outcome, implementation, and progress data. They use this information to improve our trainings, make recommendations to the agency’s leadership, and help us stay on track in supporting youth and families cultivate hope and resilience in their lives.

What may be lesser known is how they promote our agency’s vision and mission both nationally and internationally – through guest lectures, panel presentations, and poster exhibits at local, national, and international conferences. We’re pleased to share a review of their impactful work in the field in 2018.

Spring was a busy time for presentations! In March, Vice President of CPTRE Dr. Cameo Stanick presented her talk entitled, “Traumatic Grief and Applying Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” at the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect’s 14th Annual Childhood Grief and Traumatic Loss Conference in Los Angeles, CA. In April, Research Analysts Amanda Gentz and Rebecca Stephens presented “Factors Affecting Implementation: Updates to Staff-Level Impacts of Best Practice” at the 8th Annual Evidence-Based Practices Symposium: Building Lives Beyond Trauma in Sacramento, CA. And in May, Assistant Vice President of Clinical Training Dr. Nick Ryan and Amanda Gentz were invited to the Church of God Annual Parishioner Conference in Pasadena, CA, where they presented, “Toward Hope and Healing: A Mental Health Awareness Event”.

Over the summer, Assistant Vice President of Peer Support Gayle Wiler, Youth Advocate Jerry Salazar, and Senior Vice President Joe Ford travelled to Springfield, Illinois to present at the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) conference on “The Pathway to Permanency” for foster youth.

This fall, our team had the opportunity work with audiences at the local, national and international level.

Hathaway-Sycamores' Dr. Nick Ryan

In October, Program Manager Tasian Taylor and Dr. Nick Ryan conducted a 2-day training covering “Implementing Your STRTP” to train over 100 staff from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services in disseminating information on how to convert to a Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program.

Hathaway-Sycamores' booth at at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities National Conference in Denver, CO.

Chief Financial Officer Jim Huser, Dr. Cameo Stanick, and our UCLA partner Dr. Alan Steinberg, sponsored a booth for our Training and Research Institute initiatives focused on trauma-informed care and continuum of care reform (CCR) at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities National Conference in Denver, CO.

Hathaway-Sycamores' Dr. Nick Ryan at the EUSARF Conference

And, Dr. Nick Ryan travelled to Porto, Portugal to present on the symposium panel entitled, “The Trans(formation) of a Residential Treatment Center” at the 15th International Conference of the European Scientific Association on Residential and Family Care for Children and Adolescents (EUSARF).

In November, Amanda Gentz was invited to speak at the 19th Interregional Symposium for Certified Nurse-Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Other Healthcare Professionals hosted by Kaiser-Permanente in Oxnard, CA, where she presented two workshops, “Towards Hope and Healing: A Mental Health Awareness Event” and “Overcoming Barriers: A Mental Health Awareness Event”.

Hathaway-Sycamores' Research and Training

At the 52nd Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) in Washington, DC, we had the opportunity to present our findings in several areas. “Predicting Duration of Treatment Across Multiple Evidence-Based Practices in a Community Mental Health Agency” was authored by CEO Debra Manners, Amanda Gentz, Britni Kay, and Drs. Jennifer Regan and Cameo Stanick.

Hathaway-Sycamores' Research and Training

Meanwhile, our poster, “Staff Utilization of Core Practice Elements within an EBP at a Community Mental Health Agency” was authored by CEO Debra Manners, Elisa Hernandez, Amanda Gentz, Drs. Jennifer Regan and Cameo Stanick.

As a leader in the field, we share with our colleagues about our strategies and ‘lesson learned’ when making data actionable to further our vision of building stronger communities. We are grateful to our Board members and donor partners who make this all possible. We look forward to a bright and busy 2019!

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