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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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Boston25: Peace Corps Inspired Program Encourages Young People to Pursue Mental Health Careers

Whitney Enobakhare, Marc Abelard, and Dr. Gemima St. Louis, spoke to Fox 25 about the Behavioral Health Service Corp, a workforce initiative designed to attract new and emerging talent to work in behavioral healthcare, and provide supportive pathways.

Season's Greetings From William James College

William James College will be closed Friday, December 24, through Friday, December 31, 2021, giving our community time and opportunity to rest and reconnect with loved ones during the holiday season. We wish all members of our community, and the communities we serve, a happy holiday season.

Black Mental Health Graduate Academy Honors Founding Cohort, Welcomes New Members, at Graduation Ceremony

This fall, the Black Mental Health Graduate Academy celebrated the graduation of 14 scholars.

Holiday Donation Drives Support Local Non-Profits

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Boston Globe: Mental Health a Factor as Colleges Calculate Omicron Risks

A Boston Globe article discusses the challenges college students are facing during the pandemic. WJC President Nicholas Covino was quoted.

Student Spotlight: Olivia Fenty, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Olivia Fenty, a first-year student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program with a concentration in African and Caribbean Mental Health chose an educational path that would allow her to study diversity and accessibility, while also working to reduce stigma and further the national conversation...

The Great Resignation: Organizational Leadership Psychology Experts Point to Workplace Culture, Worker Dissatisfaction

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Republic of Ireland National Police Force Looks to Local Law Enforcement Models, WJC Expertise, for Guidance on Co-Responder Models

Roundtable Brings Republic of Ireland Superintendent Together with Local Law Enforcement and Behavioral Health Leaders for Co-Response Discussion

Toward Healing: Report Finds Gaps in Pandemic Services Available to AAPI Communities

Asian American and Pacific Island (AAPI) communities were particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 exposure and its causes, and had a harder time accessing care during the pandemic. A recent story published through The Boston University Statehouse Program highlighted a new report that showcased these vulnerab...

William James College Launches Training Center for Law Enforcement and Mental Health Professionals; Sarah E. Abbott, PhD LSW, Named Inaugural Director

William James College has launched the the William James College Center for Crisis Response and Behavioral Health. Dr. Sarah Abbott will serve as its inaugural director. The center will be the first practical training program housed within an academic institution designed to provide frontline responders,...


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