I have been a Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Tufts University since 1979, my primary academic appointment. I served as Department Chair for 21 years and am currently Interim Chair. My interprofessional teaching and research involves several schools and departments across Tufts University including the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (Occupational Therapy, School Psychology, and Urban Environmental Policy and Planning), the School of Medicine (Public Health & Community Medicine Program in Pain Research, Education and Policy; Department of Psychiatry; Community Service Learning Faculty Mentor), and the School of Dentistry (research supervisor dental students Oral Health in Inpatient Psychiatry Study). Secondary appointments are as Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Public Health & Community Medicine.
My teaching currently includes the following courses:
Group Theory and Community Based Practice for Occupational Therapy Students.
Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program: Proseminar on Leadership, Leadership Project Planning, Leadership Project Implementation, and Integrative Paper.
Running Effective Groups Interdisciplinary Group Process and Leadership: A cross-listed course with Occupational Therapy, School Psychology, and Urban Environmental Policy and Planning.
Interprofessional Team Management of Pain, School of Medicine, Co-taught with Dan Carr, MD.
I facilitate peer support groups on group for a variety of health professionals leading groups.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS
My groups are training groups for graduate students at Tufts University. Those interested can register for OTS 230 Group Leadership and Process (Spring 2014 term Graduate School of Arts &Sciences) or PREP 244 Interprofessional Team Functioning in Pain Settings (Summer Session 1 School of Medicine).
As an occupational therapist I am primarily interested in helping individual to function in daily occupations and use activities as a means to improved social participation and wellness. My model of group practice, The Functional Group Model (FGM), has been widely published and currently being manualized. An overview of the model is found in Schwartzberg, S. L., Howe, M. C., & Barnes, M. A. (2008). Groups: Applying the functional group model. Philadelphia: FA Davis. The FGM is used in a variety of settings including group therapist training, day programs for elders with limitations (medical, social/psychiatric, rehabilitation, after school programs, groups for individuals with developmental disabilities, and programs for well elders.
I hope to start a consultation group for group therapists interested in working in adult pain-centric programs and with individuals with chronic illness or disability. Please contact me if you are interested in such a group in the Boston area.
School: Boston University Year Graduated: 1979
Supervision/Consultation: by phone in person
TYPES OF GROUPS:
Mixed Adult Group Older Adult Groups Womens Groups
MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALTIES:
Academic Struggles Cooperation Issues Medical Illness Motivation Problems Occupational Concerns Relationship Difficulties Stage of Life Concerns
SCOPE OF GROUP PRACTICE:
Short-Term Focused Groups Time-Limited Groups In-Patient Groups Group Supervision-Consultation