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Institute for Social Work in Mental Health and Professional Wellness

Purpose

  • 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 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

Sharon Lyter, Ph.D., LCSW
610-683-4932
lyter@kutztown.edu

Community Activities and Presentations

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

Weller, M.R., Department of Social Work, September 2016 - September 2017. Board Member, Service Access and Management, Inc., Reading, PA.

Weller, M.R., Department of Social Work, September 2016 - September 2017. Board Program Committee Chair, Service Access and Management, Inc., Reading, PA.

Chaundy, Leslie M. & Toth, Chelsea, Department of Social Work, January 13, 2017. Best Practices in Assessment of Depression and Advances in Treatment. Kutztown University Department of Social Work Clinical Updates Colloquium, Kutztown, PA.

Chaundy, Leslie M., Department of Social Work, October 8, 2016. Spiritual Life Maps: Discovering Your Journey. National Association of Case Management, King of Prussia, PA.

Gasker, Janice, Department of Social Work, September 19, 2016. Case Manager Retention:  An Empowerment Method of Intervention for New Hires. National Association of Case Managers (NACM), Los Angeles, CA. 

Lyter, Sharon C., & Lyter, L., Department of Social Work, September 19, 2016. DSM-5.0 and beyond:  The transdisciplinary fit of the diagnostic manual. National Association of Case Managers (NACM), Los Angeles, CA. 

Vafeas, John G. & Gasker, Janice, Department of Social Work, September 19, 2016. Case Manager Retention:  An Empowerment Method of Intervention for New Hires. National Association of Case Management (NACM), Los Angeles, CA.

Vafeas, John G., Department of Social Work, September 20, 2016. National Case Management Practice Guidelines Review Session. National Association of Case Management (NACM), Los Angeles, CA.

Wei, FangHsun & Foulds, Amanda, Department of Social Work, October 6, 2016. Faculty-Student presentation. Review of Adolescent Depression Treatments. National Association of Social Workers - PA State Conference, King of Prussia, PA.

Kim, Y. M. June. 2016 Risk and Protective Factors of Secondary Traumatic Stress in Social Workers Responding to the Great East Japan Earthquake. South Korea.

Kim, Y.M. 1/1/2016. Psychological Distress in Disaster Social Workers Responding to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Kim, Y.M. 1/1/2016. Nursing Homes As Cultural Adaptive Systems: Relationship Between Acculturative Stress and Abusive Attitudes Among Immigrant Nursing Assistants. Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research: Washington D.C.

Lyter, S. 10/16/2015. Teaching DSM-5: Part Deux. Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. Denver, CO.

Chaundy, L. 9/21/2015. The Awakening: Integrating Religion and Spirituality into Practice. NACM. New Orleans.

Chaundy, L. 9/21/2015. Mindfulness and Yoga-Self-Care Practices for Caregivers. NACM. New Orleans.

Lyter, L. &  Lyter, S., Department of Social Work, October 23, 2014. Teaching DSM-5: Faculty Development Institute. Council on Social Work Education, 2014. Tampa, FL.

Constance-Huggins, M. & Kim, Y. M., Department of Social Work, 2014. Preparing Students to Address Clients' Needs Through Social Capital Building. 2014 Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Tampa, FL. 

Kanno, H., Kim, Y. M., & Umezaki, K., November 2, 2013, Secondary Traumatic Stress in Social Workers Responding to 2011 Japanese Earthquake. Paper accepted for oral presentation at the 2013 Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education: Dallas, TX.

Lyter, L.L. & Lyter, S.C. (November 2, 2013). DSM-5.0: Implications for Social Work Education workshop presentation. Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting (Global Social Work-The World Is Here), Dallas, Texas.

Lyter, L.L. , & Lyter, S.C. (November 5, 2013). Understanding DSM-5 workshop. National Association of Social Workers - Brandywine Division. West Chester, PA.  Attendees received 3 continuing education credits.

Hanna, E. P., Stress and Life Balance, April 16, 2013, for OPTUM on behalf of Nationwide Insurance Corp., Harrisburg, PA.

Lyter, L. , Lyter, S.C. (March, 16, 2012)., presented a paper titled Mental health and diagnosis: Fit with BSW education, Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD), Portland, Oregon

Lyter, L., Lyter, S.C. (October 14, 2011), Gearing up for DSM V: 2013, Annual Conference of the National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter, Lancaster, PA.

Research and Publications

Lee, A. (2017). The Impact of Work/Family Conflict and Workplace Social Support on Mental Distress in Home Health Workers. Home Health Care Management & Practice.

Lee, A.
with Jang, Zadrozny, Bae, Kim, and Marti. (2017). Determinants of Job Satisfaction and Turnover Intent in Home Health Workers: The Role of Job Demands and Resources. Journal of Applied Gerontolgy, 36 (1).

Lyter, Sharon C., & Lyter, L., Department of Social Work, 2016. Social work educator views of DSM. Social Work in Mental Health, 14(3), 195-214. DOI: 10.1080/15332985.2015.1011365.

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

Collaborators

Dr. Leslie M. Chaundy, LCSW, Psy.D, NCSP, ABSNP
484-646-4343
chaundy@kutztown.edu

Dr. Yoon Mi Kim, Ph.D.
484-646-5826
yokim@kutztown.edu

Dr. Yasoda Sharma, MSW, Ph.D.
484-646-4328
sharma@kutztown.edu

Dr. Fang-Hsun Wei, MS, Ph.D.
610-6834935
wei@kutztown.edu

Related Courses

SWK505 Psychopharmacology for Social Workers
SWK575 Clinical Supervision in Social Work

Agencies Hosting Interns

A.M.A. Counseling Services, LLC
ACCESS Services - Schuylkill Region
ACCESS Services Lehigh Valley   
Berkshire Psychiatric & Behavioral Health Services, P.C.
CMU / Case Management Unit
Creative Health Services Mental Health Outpatient Program
Devereux Foundation Children's IDD Services
FamiliCare Counseling Center, LLC
Family Guidance
Gnaden Huetten Memorial  Hospital - Young Adult Behavioral Health  (Blue Mt. Med. Ctr.)
Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern PA
Haven House Behavioral Health
KidsPeace
KidsPeace  Outpatient Mental Health Services - Green Street
KidsPeace - Patriot Center Barton house
KidsPeace - Sarig School Temple
KidsPeace Hospital
KidsPeace Sarig School Partial Hospital Program
Lehigh Valley Health Network Adult & Pediatric Psychiatry - Muhlenberg Campus
Lehigh Valley Health Network Inpatient MH Banko Family Community Center
Lehigh Valley Health Network PHP Alternatives Adult Transition Program
Lehigh Valley Health Network - Adolescent Transitions
Mifflin Counseling Group
New Life Youth & Family Services
NorthWest Human Services - Susquehanna Center
NorthWest Human Services Midwest School Program
Opportunity Behavioral Health
Pine Run Health Center
Pinebrook Family Services
Professional Counseling, Consulting and Human Services
Program of Wellness, Empowerment and Recovery
Pyramid Bartonsville
Pyramid Health Care OP Allentown
Pyramid Health Services - Hillside Office
Reading Health System ED Mental Health Consultants
Sacred Heart Hospital Crisis Intervention
Sacred Heart Hospital- MHU
Salisbury Behavioral Healthcare Agency 
Schuylkill County Mental Health & Developmental Services -CASSP
Service Access Management, Inc. Lehigh Valley
Service Access Management,Inc. Berks
St. Luke's University Health Network - Inpatient Behavioral Health
St. Luke's University Health Network - Quakertown Campus
Wernersville State Hospital