Thursday, February 27, 2014

Animal Care Center Manager/Shelter Manager

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13th Annual Southwest Florida Conference on Aging event!

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The purpose of the conference is to provide information and education to professionals in the field of aging and to bring the local aging community together to meet our common goals. Additionally, it is to provide information to the general public regarding aging issues. Attendees will include professionals in aging as well as older adults and family members. Sessions will offer education in health care, mental health, case management and current issues.

CEs will be provided for Florida Board of Nursing, Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy & Mental Health Counseling and Psychology, Nursing Home Administrators, Attorneys, and Professional Guardians.

For more information or to register, please email

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Preventing suicide should start in a general medical setting


Preventing suicide should start in a general medical setting

Mental health conditions in most suicide victims are left undiagnosed at regular doctor visits

New York, 24 February 2014

The mental health conditions of most people who commit suicide remain undiagnosed, even though most visit a primary care provider or medical specialist in the year before they die. To help prevent suicides, health care providers should therefore become more attuned to their patients’ mental health state and possible suicide ideation. These are the findings of Brian Ahmedani from the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan, in a new study¹ documenting the type and timing of health services sought by Americans who commit suicide. The study is the largest geographically diverse study of its kind to date, and appears in the Journal of General Internal Medicine²published by Springer.

Ahmedani and colleagues in the Mental Health Research Network (
) studied the medical records of 5,894 health-plan members from eight states who committed suicide between 2000 and 2010. This methodology provided data on the health care that people who commit suicide receive prior to their deaths.

Eighty-three percent of people received health care treatment in the year prior to dying, and used medical and primary care services more frequently than any other health service. However, a mental health diagnosis was made in less than half (45 percent) of these cases.

Only about one quarter of individuals were diagnosed with a mental health condition in the four weeks before they died, and one in every five people who committed suicide made a health care visit in the week prior to their death. In comparison, only five percent of people who committed suicide received psychiatric hospitalization, with only 15 percent receiving such treatment in the year before committing suicide.

The frequency of visits differed markedly according to sex and age. Women, people older than 65 years old, those living in neighborhoods with incomes over $40,000 per year and people who died by non-violent means made the most visits. One in every four patients was a college graduate, and  mental health diagnoses were less common among disadvantaged groups with lower levels of education and income.

This study and others point to the importance of outreach efforts at regular doctor visits, especially to men and younger- or middle-age groups. These findings can help target future suicide prevention efforts, and help meet the targets of the 2012 national strategy report by the United States Surgeon General and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

“These findings indicate that mental health and suicide risk may need to be assessed more thoroughly, especially in general medical settings,” writes Ahmedani. “By detecting mental health problems more effectively, we may be able to begin treatment earlier and prevent many suicides.”

1. Ahmedani, B.K. et al. (2014). Health care contacts in the year before suicide death, Journal of General Internal Medicine, DOI 10.1007/s11606-014-2767-3.
2. The Journal of General Internal Medicine is the official journal of the Society of General Internal Medicine.
3. This study was supported by funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (grant number # U19MH092201).

Workshop with Dr. Ruby Payne

Dr. Ruby Payne – Educator | Speaker | Author | Business Owner
Bridges Out of Poverty is a powerful model for economic and social change and stability. It helps social, health, business, and legal professionals in middle class and wealth to understand the tyranny of living in poverty in constant survival mode.

This workshop is designed for community non-profits, criminal justice system, government agencies, businesses, and healthcare providers.

Tickets are $50. Please R.S.V.P. by February 26, 2014 to 239.334.7007 ext. 128, and make your secure payment online via PayPal

Monday, February 24, 2014

Twitter chat on eating disorders

In recognition of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is hosting a Twitter chat on eating disorders. Please join us on Friday, February 28, 2014, from 3 to 4 pm ET, with expert Mark Chavez, Ph.D., who is chief of the Eating Disorders Research Program at NIMH. Dr. Chavez will be on hand to discuss the topic and answer your questions. Please use the hashtag #NIMHchats  to follow and participate in the Twitter chat.

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Episcopal Academy is seeking a dynamic and experienced Director of College Guidance

The Episcopal Academy is seeking a dynamic and experienced Director of College Guidance to begin in July, 2014 or earlier. A bachelors degree and thorough knowledge of the college admission and financial aid processes are required as are excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. The Director shall be an exceptional writer and public speaker who inspires confidence in our students and their families as they explore opportunities in higher education.

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A Practitioner's Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children

A Practitioner's Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children

Offers information and resources to help practitioners throughout health and social service systems implement best practices in engaging and helping families and caregivers to support their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Therapist Position

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Webinar to Discuss How Therapy Animals Can Help Abused Children

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Webinar to Discuss How Therapy Animals Can Help Abused Children

Therapy Animals WebinarOn February 27, 2014, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET, OJJDP, in collaboration with the National District Attorneys Association, will present “How Therapy Animal Programs Can Help Maltreated Children.” When children have been abused, neglected, or exposed to violence, telling adults about their experiences can be difficult and testifying in court can be traumatic. This Webinar will focus on how therapy animals can help abused children through the court process and what professionals should consider when incorporating an animal-assisted intervention program. Therapy animals can greet children at advocacy centers, police stations, prosecutors’ offices, and court houses, and they can assist children during forensic interviews, medical examinations, therapy, court preparation, and testimony.


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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida is seeking a grant coordinator.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida is seeking a grant coordinator. This is a full-time position in Fort Myers. This position requires the grant coordinator to work at the food bank's main warehouse/office, 3760 Fowler St., Fort Myers.

Compensation based on experience. Generous benefits.

Please do not call about this position. Please email resumes to: Miriam Pereira, Development Director

Job Summary: The position requires the grant coordinator to research and write foundation, corporate foundation and government grant requests and to prepare progress reports to funding entities. The position requires grant-writing skills, report-writing skills, planning and organizational skills, and communication skills.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  Research and identify new grant prospects and opportunities.

  Maintain accurate and up-to-date files on existing and prospective grant funders.
  Meet grant deadlines.

  Plan writing time and complete grants so Development Director and/or Executive Director can review grants 1 to 2 weeks before grantor deadline.

  Develop, collect, analyze, prepare and maintain information/data as required to produce grant proposals, progress reports and other communications with funding entities. Maintain paper and electronic grant files.

  Strategize and coordinate with the Development Director to develop appropriate funding requests.

  Coordinate donor recognition strategies and actions with the Development Director. Use consistent messaging.

  Coordinate with Development Director to achieve annual revenue expectations related to grant funding.

  Maintain absolute confidentiality regarding all donor records, transactions, data, research and communications, respecting the anonymity of each donor's identity, as directed by the donor and department policy.

  Maintain a positive work environment by conducting all communications with clients, visitors, colleagues, co-workers and supervisors in a professional, friendly, cooperative and helpful manner.

  Participate in community events, special events, fundraisers and other meetings appropriate to fundraising.
  Attend staff meetings and other administrative meetings as assigned/appropriate.
  Perform other job functions as requested or assigned.



  Honesty, integrity and commitment to fighting hunger in Southwest Florida

  Ability to relate effectively other staff, volunteers, agency representatives and the general public.
  Must have clear understanding of and ability to articulate the mission of the HCFB.
  Ability to complete work in an accurate, effective and timely manner.
  Ability to perform physical labor as necessary to assist in achieving HCFB Mission.
Specific to Position
  Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

  Ability to take direction well, using active listening skills, asking questions and taking notes, if necessary.

  Ability to work independently under the broad direction of the Development Director.

  Ability to travel, as necessary, within Food Bank's service area to meet with appropriate foundations, trustees and/or executive staff, and others, as directed. Ability to travel to attend conferences, training or meetings. May involve overnight travel to areas within and outside of the Food Bank's service area.

  Strong organizational, time-management and attention-to-detail skills.

  Excellent basic computer skills, including word processing, spread sheets, database, email and Internet experience.
  Excellent phone etiquette skills.

  Excellent public relations and customer service skills.

  Ability to perform as an effective, positive team member.

  Impeccable ethical business practices.

  Valid Florida driver's license and proof of satisfactory driving record.

  College degree in related field is required.

  Minimum one year experience in grant writing or related field


SR. Friendship Center Home Delivered Meal Driver

Job opening: Assistant Program Director

Description Assistant Program Director
Assistant Program Director position available. Candidate must possess a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, Social Work, or Marriage and Family Therapy and be licensed or become licensed within 3 months of hire. As the Assistant Program Director responsibilities will include ensuring compliance of contract and program standards, reviewing and monitoring billing reports, supervising clinical interns, training new staff, attending community meetings and networking functions, and maintaining a small clinical caseload. This position requires excellent organizational skills, the ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing, the ability to manage others, and possess strong clinical and therapeutic counseling skills.

The Children’s Advocacy Center is a multidisciplinary organization specializing in child abuse and neglect issues. Some evenings required. Competitive salary and benefits offered.  Fax resume and salary requirements to Children’s Advocacy Center, attn: Val Gill, at 239-939-4794 or email resume to

Must be licensed or become licensed with the State of Florida within 3 month of hire.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Dean of the School of Education and Human Services

Oakland University

Announcing a National Search for
Dean of the School of Education and Human Services
Oakland University, a highly respected and nationally recognized research university in Rochester, Michigan, seeks nominations and applications for Dean of the School of Education and Human Services. As the School’s chief executive officer, the Dean reports directly to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. The Dean provides overall strategic leadership, administration, and fiscal management of the School, and provides leadership among various constituencies throughout the University, state, region, and nation. 

The Dean will lead the School of Education and Human Services (SEHS) in providing outstanding educational programs for its students, opportunities for scholarly productivity, and service to the campus, neighboring community, and beyond.
Primary Responsibilities
  • Recruit and retain a diverse, highly motivated, and productive faculty
  • Foster the development of new academic initiatives and partnerships that will benefit students and the community at large
  • Sustain and expand the School’s commitment to diversity
  • Oversee a balanced budget of the School, including the shifting of resources as necessary and the expansion of revenue through creative initiatives, grants, contracts, and partnerships
  • Encourage faculty and staff development by staying abreast of technological changes and innovations in the workplace and classroom
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to develop and pursue a vision and goals that anticipate how the School will best serve its constituencies now and in the future
  • Pursue fund-raising opportunities that will enhance the excellence of existing and expanding programs
  • Provide leadership for a full range of academic administrators, chairpersons, administrative professionals, and clerical and technical staff
  • Represent the School on the Dean’s Council and the University Senate and at other internal and external meetings
Required Qualifications
Qualified candidates for this position will hold an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution in a field contained within the School and must have extensive experience in academic administration/leadership.  Applicants must have the academic credentials and a strong scholarly record appropriate for appointment at the rank of tenured full professor in the School. 

School of Education and Human Services
The SEHS integrates human resource development with counseling and education to prepare collaborative leaders capable of and committed to empowering an inclusive society. The School has received recognition for its highly rated teacher preparation programs, faculty research, and international educational programs.

The School’s 71 full-time faculty, more than 80 adjunct faculty, and 64 staff members reflect the School’s commitment to diversity. SEHS offers undergraduate through doctoral programs that provide a strong theoretical knowledge base plus experiential learning opportunities.

The SEHS is comprised of five departments: Counseling, Human Development and Child Studies, Organizational Leadership, Reading and Language Arts, and Teacher Development and Educational Studies. In addition, there are four offices within the School: Advising, Professional Development and Education Outreach, Public School Academies, and School and Field Services.

The School is home to 11 centers of excellence. Among them are the Oakland University Center for Autism Research, Education, and Support (OUCARES); Counseling Center; Adult Career Counseling Center; Reading and Writing Clinic; Lowry Early Childhood Center; Galileo Institute for Teacher Leadership; and Pawley Lean Institute. The School also supports several outreach initiatives, including the Michigan Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) conference, and the Learning Achievement Coalition – Oakland County (LACO).

Oakland University
Established in 1957, Oakland University is one of the fastest growing public universities in Michigan. A vibrant academic community, the University currently enrolls more than 20,000 students, boasts more than 94,000 alumni, and delivers more than 260 degree and certificate programs. Located in Rochester, a community that has been consistently identified as one of the most desirable places to live in the nation, the 1,443-acre campus of wooded hills and meadows is 25 miles north of Detroit in Oakland County.

Oakland University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmation Action Employer.

Applications and Nominations
Candidates should submit a substantive cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with contact information. (References will be checked only if the applicant becomes a finalist.) The cover letter should include statements describing the candidate’s approach to leading the School, personal areas of priority and commitment, and assessment of the most pressing education and human services issues facing our nation and the world. All inquiries and information will be kept in strict confidence.

All nominations, inquiries, and letters of application must be sent to:  

Review of applications begins immediately. 
For full consideration, applications should be submitted by February 27, 2014
Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting is assisting Oakland University with this search. The consultants are:  Emily Parker Myers, President and CEO, and Kenny Daugherty, Executive Vice President and COO.