I spent my first 10 years in mental health services in various settings including residential psychiatric treatment, outpatient services, Rule 29 clinic and group homes with emotionally and/or behaviorally disturbed adolescents and with families. When I joined the Associated Clinic of Psychology in 1990, I was asked to begin providing services in long term care facilities, which was something I had never considered. I agreed to give it a try and quickly discovered that I really enjoyed serving residents in nursing homes. I have very much enjoyed providing services to residents of long term care facilities. Working with ACP, I feel that I have been able to make a difference in the quality of life of residents in nursing homes and board and care facilities. It's a privilege to serve this unique population.
My working approach is informed by cognitive-behavioral therapy, ecological psychology and the Gestalt approach. My general philosophy is borrowed from the observation of Kurt Lewin that B=ƒ(P,E) or "behavior is a function of the person within their environment." This approach can include working directly with residents from a counseling perspective, working with the facility staff to use effective behavior management approaches, program development to change the environment to promote more healthful functioning, education for families, training for caregivers, consultation with the care team, organizational development, coordination of care strategies between providers, sitting on oversight committees (Minimum Effective Dose, Quality Assurance, Ethics, etc.).