Finding Success Through High School and Beyond: Discussing Effective Services, Supports, Programs, Activities and Resources for Children and Young Adults in School & College
Summary of Presentation
This panel provided information about programs, resources, supports and services for children and teens in elementary, middle, and high school who have a psychiatric disorder. The IEP (Individualized Education Plan) for children with disabilities and how parents can be involved in developing an IEP for their child was discussed. In addition, panelists described the professionals within a school system who provide school–based mental health supports. Panelists also discussed resources available in the college setting for students with psychiatric conditions, as well as for those who develop a mental illness while in college. They provided resources for parents of college students who are struggling with a psychiatric condition, as well as information on research being conducted at Rutgers that focuses on developing and evaluating interventions aimed at improving career-development outcomes of individuals with psychiatric conditions through a focus on skill development and the provision of supports that facilitate success in higher-education settings.
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Judy L. Thompson, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation of the School of Health Related Professions at Rutgers.She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006, and completed her clinical internship at University of Illinois-Chicago. After graduate training, she completed a Schizophrenia Research Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University, and later transitioned to a Research Scientist position there. She has recently joined Michelle G. Mullen’s research team at Rutgers, which focuses on developing and evaluating psychosocial interventions that aim to improve functional outcomes of individuals with psychiatric conditions through a focus on career development.
Michelle G. Mullen-Gonzalez, M.S., CRC, CPRP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation of the School of Health Related Professions at Rutgers. She is director of a research team at Rutgers that focuses on developing and evaluating psychosocial interventions that aim to improve functional outcomes of individuals with psychiatric conditions through a focus on career development. She is currently implementing several NIDRR-funded projects focused on supported education and other career-development services targeting college students and/or transition-age youth with psychiatric conditions. Ms. Mullen-Gonzalez is the statewide technical assistance advisor and trainer for the supported-education programs in New Jersey and has provided trainings nationally and internationally on supported-education service elements and research.
Erin Seigh is currently on staff at SPAN: The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network where she holds the position of Transition Coordinator for the Transition to Adult life Project which is supported by the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey. Ms. Seigh is also the Lead Transition Coordinator for SPAN’s Parent Training Institute (PTI) funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) to provide training and technical assistance to families and professionals. Ms. Seigh has over 15 years’ experience working in the field of education, disability and healthcare advocacy, with an emphasis on serving families with the greatest need due to disability; poverty; discrimination based on race, sex, language, immigrant, or homeless status; involvement in the foster care, child welfare, or juvenile justice systems; and other underserved populations. Ms. Seigh serves on numerous NJ councils and committees dedicated to addressing the needs of issues of youth with disabilities. She is also the proud Mother of two transition age youth.