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Institute for Mental Health


  • To establish a continuous dialogue with the social work expert community in family and mental health practice fields.

  • To increase the opportunities for student learning experience via generalist and advanced externships or community-based research.

  • To create a milieu for positive enrollment and recruitment of students and faculty of color at the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work.

  • To provide a practice and teaching environment that enhances the development of cultural competence in the development of future social workers at Kutztown University.

Principal Investigator

Janice Gasker, DSW, LCSW, ACSW



Community Activities and Presentations

Dr. John Vafeas is a member of the Board of Directors of SAM, Inc.

Research and Publications

Gasker, J. (2002).  Incorporating sexual trauma into the functional life narrative.   Lewiston, N.Y.:  Edwin Mellen.


Dr. Sharon C. Lyter




Dr. John Vafeas



Related Courses

SWK505 Psychopharmacology for Social Workers
SWK575 Clinical Supervision in Social Work

Agencies Hosting Interns

Behavioral Health Assoc. Acute Partial Hospitalization Program


Devereux Foundation

Family Guidance Center

KidsPeace Children’s Hospital (Orefield, PA)

Lehigh Valley Hospital Behavioral Health Science Center

Sacred Heart Hospital

SAM, Inc.

St. Joseph Medical Center

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