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New Paper Highlights Importance of Interprofessional Skills in Community Mental Health Services

Dr. Katherine Lamparyk, OhioGuidestone’s Director of Clinical Training and Development and an Institute of Family & Community Impact® Clinical Fellow, recently published a paper on the ways clinicians can utilize interprofessional skills to improve community mental health.

Her article, Interprofessionalism as a Cross-Cutting Skill: A Perspective on Transitioning from Academic Medicine to Community Behavioral Health,” appears in this year’s edition of The Ohio Psychologist, published by the Ohio Psychological Association.

Through her insightful perspective, Dr. Lamparyk details her own experiences and how interprofessional skills translate into community-based services such as OhioGuidestone’s. She particularly focuses on why these skills play an important role in whole health — physical, mental, and social. Additionally, as she notes, “The skills and values of a psychologist make us uniquely primed for leadership and advocacy efforts outside the direct clinical work we have been trained for.”

Leveraging collaborative relationships between health providers as well as their patients is key, Dr. Lamparyk argues. That way, providers can treat people as whole persons who are part of dynamic communities. Even better, it can help empower clients to gain the kind of transformative care they need. Whether care is provided in academic medical settings or community mental health services, interprofessional skills can help build a better, more holistic model of healthcare.

Advocating For Those We Serve: An Update from the Institute of Family and Community Impact

The Institute of Family and Community Impact (IFCI), OhioGuidestone’s center of excellence for clinical research and quality performance, is wrapping up several studies and ramping up others while continuing to advocate for the individuals, families and communities the agency serves.

Joyful Together® Is Now an Evidence-Based Practice!
Father holding hands with child.Joyful Together® was recently announced as a childhood evidence-based prevention practice by the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund (OCTF).

OhioGuidestone staff helped celebrate by participating in the Joyful Together® Video Game, in which participants recorded videos of themselves doing Joyful Together® activities with their children. These videos will be crucial for future training and development of this innovative, play-based model.

Meanwhile, Joyful Together® was featured at the annual conference of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) in May. Soon it will be offered throughout the state via the Ohio Department of Health.

The Father’s Feelings Project
The Father’s Feelings Project, IFCI’s study into fatherhood and paternal depression, has begun to gain attention both in Ohio and nationally. The project was highlighted at AMCHP 2021 during a panel discussion on fatherhood, featuring OhioGuidestone Director of Applied Clinical Sciences and Research, Brittany Pope. It was also featured at the Association for Psychological Science (APS)’s virtual conference in May.

Cleveland Cavalittles playing basketball with kids.On May 22, IFCI teamed up with the Cleveland Cavaliers to host a special, free Cavalittles Basketball Skills Mini-Camp for dads and kids, led by Bryson “Coach B” Haynes, senior manager of the Cavs’ youth sports outreach program, and Ryan Virtue of Positive Coaching Alliance.



The Father's Feelings Project presents: Daddy Yoga with Judge Dawson. Free virtual yoga class for dads and young kids. June 13 and June 27, beginning at 10:00am. Register today at June, two special virtual yoga events, called “DaddYoga,” were held to celebrate fatherhood, led by East Cleveland municipal judge, expert yoga instructor and motivational speaker Judge William Dawson.

DaddYoga was sponsored by the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood, which awarded OhioGuidestone a grant to host the events.



White Papers: IFCI’s Calls to Action
IFCI regularly publishes white papers that advocate for particular positions, policies and the people and communities that are affected
by them. Here are the most recent publications:

All IFCI white papers can be accessed here.

“Are We All Mad Here?” – A Maternal Depression Spotlight

Cuyahoga County’s stand out maternal depression program recently received well-deserved praise at the Association for Psychological Science (APS) 2021 virtual conference.

Screen shot of Brittany Pope giving talkDirector of Applied Clinical Sciences and Research Brittany Pope was invited to give a 15-minute flash talk, titled “Are We All Mad Here? Anger As an Important Symptom of Maternal Depression,” focusing on the importance of other symptoms such as anger in women experiencing maternal depression. Pope and her team found that anger symptoms improved significantly more than depression and anxiety symptoms in mothers receiving psychotherapy for maternal depression.

Photo of woman on a bed looking sadThis suggests that psychotherapy programs could continue to push to incorporate physiological and social determinants of health when addressing maternal depression to better and more holistically support mothers.

This is an excellent example of how clinical success leads to research and innovation, as well as an excellent example of interdepartmental collaboration at OhioGuidestone that continues to positively impact client lives as well as the field of mental health.

Watch Brittany Pope’s flash talk on Maternal Depression, as well as other talks from the APS conference.

OhioGuidestone’s Institute of Family and Community Impact Continues Advocating Despite Pandemic

Logo for the Institute of Family and Community Impact (IFCI) who continues advocating for families despite the covid pandemic

The Institute of Family and Community Impact (IFCI), OhioGuidestone’s center of excellence for clinical research and quality performance, has remained committed to advocating for the individuals the agency serves and their communities, even throughout this global pandemic. Among IFCI’s recent highlights are several trail blazing initiatives.

Father’s Feelings Study Expansion

Ohio Children’s Trust Fund (OCTF), the Ohio chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, awarded IFCI additional grant dollars to expand the groundbreaking Father’s Feelings study into Southeast Ohio.

“Becoming a new dad can be both exciting and overwhelming at the same time,” said Lindsay Williams, OCTF’s Executive Director “However, most people don’t think about providing postpartum support for fathers.”

The Father’s Feelings study is responsive to the needs of dads with infants under one year old. It combines short questionnaires, used to facilitate casual conversations about new dads’ experiences, and father-centered brief study visits designed to improve caretaking strengths and parent child relationships. This includes utilization of the agency’s proprietary play-based research model, Joyful Together®, which lowers parental stress and increases childhood resiliency through playing games.

Presenting at AMCHP 2021

The IFCI team will present and discuss the Joyful Together® clinical innovation and the Father’s Feelings project at the national conference of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) in May. AMCHP focuses on work connected to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic

To date, IFCI has sent out more than 100 copies of the free, proprietary telehealth phone tool the agency developed for behavioral health providers.

The team has received requests from clinicians across the country, from California to Connecticut. Meanwhile, the team has also revved up their research activities in this remote environment, thanks to OhioGuidestone’s Web Developer, Trinity Hinton, and the new online Research Portal. Currently, three major studies are underway at IFCI.

Addressing Toxic Stress of Poverty and Racism

IFCI recently published a white paper titled Preventing Harm and Deaths from Racism and Poverty: The Need to Eradicate Sources of Toxic Stress in Communities to Improve Public Health.

Racism and poverty are two major drivers of toxic stress, which harms families and communities across the United States. This stress can lead to a large number of adverse health effects and outcomes, particularly in children, causing long-term health issues and even reducing life expectancy.

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