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Collaborating in the Field: Doubling Down on Education About the Co-Response Model

Collaborating in the Field: Doubling Down on Education About the Co-Response Model

In one way or another, Sarah E. Abbott, PhD, Director of the Center for Crisis Response and Behavioral Health, has spent the majority of her career at the intersection of individuals experiencing a mental health crisis and the community at large. Her first exposure to work in America (after earning her BA at home, in England) came via recruitment by a nonprofit agency in central Massachusetts where Abbott spent several nights each week in a residential group home for individuals ages 18-25 with a mental health condition. While there, she witnessed first-hand the challenges associated when police responded to calls—which didn’t always go well.

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Massachusetts School Psychologists Association Bestows Top Honors on William James Community Members at Annual Conference

A pair of William James College community members were recognized for their significant and ongoing contributions to the field of school psychology by the Massachusetts School Psychologists Association (MSPA) at the organization’s annual conference in late October 2023. Top honors were bestowed upon...

For Effective DEIB Efforts, First Know Thyself

Higher education and mental health professionals from across 72 institutions and organizations attend Part III of the Reimagining Behavioral Health on Campus Summit centered around the theme "Celebrating Diversity."

Center for Crisis Response and Behavioral Health Speaks at the 4th Annual National Co-Responder Conference

Members of the Center for Crisis Response and Behavioral Health team from William James College were selected to speak at the International Co-Responder Alliance (ICRA) 4th Annual National Co-Responder Conference in Spokane, WA from June 11-14. ICRA was established to unite, promote, strengthen, and...

Dr. Jackie Lapidus ’90 Helps Fund William James College Future by Making a Planned Gift

Jackie's appreciation of the profound experience she had as a student at WJC, which promoted introspection and self-examination, were critically important to her and deepened over time. She believes in the mission of the College and wants to help ensure its future so that succeeding students can take...

Bridging the Mental Health Services Gap Across the Commonwealth

In recent years, media outlets have reported on the dramatic increase in rates of depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia, and substance use. In response to this healthcare crisis, William James College has introduced a pathway to education, careers, and professional growth.

Critical Collaboration: Students Reap the Benefits of Partnerships with ABA Organizations

Through an organizational partnership agreement between the College and Positive Behavior Supports (PBS), students can use their job as their fieldwork site while they learn in the classroom. Learn about Vanessa Benitez Cisneros' experience.

William James College and Middlesex Community College-A Perfect Fit

Forming articulation or transfer agreements with local community colleges helps eliminate barriers for students looking to complete a bachelor’s degree and enter the field of psychology and human services. With Middlesex, this partnership delves deeper than simply accepting credits.

Healthy Schools, Healthy Kids

Welcoming the new Center for Behavioral Health, Equity, and Leadership in Schools (BHELS). Formerly Teachers21, BHELS provides consulting services focused on ensuring students’ emotional wellbeing, a healthy school environment, intentional and purposeful equity and inclusion programming, and leadership...

Center for Crisis Response and Behavioral Health at the International Association of Chiefs of Police

Bonnie Cuccaro, Associate Director of the Center for Crisis Response and Behavioral Health, had the opportunity to represent William James College at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and Expo in Dallas, Texas. This is the largest law enforcement event of the...

Community Reading Activity Inspires Student, Alum to Write Article Now Published in National Publication for School Psychologists

Student Hollie Brown and Alumna Rose Perez co-authored an article that shared successes of a four-part series, hosted by the School Psychology Department, that invited participates to read and discuss the book Unconscious Bias in Schools by Tracey Benson and Sarah Fiarman.


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