USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences                                                       May 2 - 8, 2016

VA Smart Home Project Team & RMHC Faculty William Kearns Place Third in National Competition

Congratulations to RMHC Associate Professor William Kearns, member of the VA Smart Home project team that achieved 3rd place nationally at last week's National Brain Trust competition in Washington, DC. The competition was part of a summit hosted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Center for Innovation to facilitate national, partnership-based solutions in the general areas of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The summit promotes forward-thinking dialogue and innovative collaboration among private industry, national/professional sports organizations, the Federal government, innovators, scientists, athletes, clinicians, caregivers, and Veterans. Read more...

Seven RMHC Students Receive Workshop Scholarships

Congratulations to students Nineska Del Rosario, Casey Fox, Shanda Holmes, Morgan Lang, Marah McAleer, Esha Shrestha, and Trine Garlett in the Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling (RMHC) program who were awarded scholarships to attend the upcoming 2 day workshop Facing The Dragon Together: EFT with Traumatized Couple with Dr. Sue Johnson. RMHC is co-sponsoring the May 13 & 14th workshop in Tampa with National Marriage Seminars. It will offer a mixture of didactic presentations, case discussion, viewing and discussion of clinical training tapes and experiential exercises.

Dr. Johnson, a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy, is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 25 years of peer-reviewed clinical research. Students attending the workshop will gain a greater understanding of the use of EFT, known to significantly reduce the symptoms of traumatic stress as well as to help these couples, who often suffer from particularly dysregulated chaotic relationships, move into a secure base of relationship satisfaction, trust and equilibrium. Read more...

Supervisor Speaker Series 2016 - Performance Management
The 2016 Supervisor Speaker Series is a series of workshops designed to address the most pressing uses that our supervisors face on a daily basis. Supervisors and staff who provide support to HR functions may attend any or all of the workshops throughout the year to help develop skills as a supervisor.

In this seminar, Tim Miller will discuss establishing a framework for regular communication, setting clear goals and expectations, and providing consistent and meaningful feedback on performance and development. As a manager or supervisor, performance coaching is a critical part of your job. During this training, you'll acquire the tools and training to necessary to effectively communicate with your employees to achieve great results.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
MHC 1503
9:00 - 11:30am

Seating is limited. Participants must register via email to Your registration will be confirmed. A wait-list will be established if demand exceeds space availability. If you need to cancel your attendance, please email this address as well. This will help to ensure that all available seats have been assigned.
Tip of the Week: Skype for Business

Business communication for the next generation! Skype for Business is a tool that provides solutions for effective communication within the University community as well as affiliated universities and those with Microsoft accounts. Special features include: desktop control, allowing participants to work together on the same documents. Read more...

CBCS In the News

Investigators: Elderly woman killed by companion may not have been part of suicide pact
Orlando Sentinel
University of South Florida professor Donna Cohen, who researches homicide and suicide among the elderly, said that suicide pacts and mercy killings are a statistical anomaly.


DOJ report: No discriminatory intent in Fla. police bicycle citations
Bay News 9
[OJ Mitchell] Associate Professor at the University of South Florida Criminology, I am a subject matter expert hired to conduct this research. I have been asked to provide an overview of methodology and findings. I will start by talking about the data.


DOJ report: No discriminatory intent in Fla. police bicycle citations, PoliceOne
"Crime did not vary significantly before and after the story came out," said Ojmarrh Mitchell, a University of South Florida criminology professor who worked on the report. "There was a 4 percent increase in (serious) crimes after" the drop in citations. This, Mitchell said, was "not statistically significant. In statistical terms, the crime rates are identical before and after."


Study: Florida 3rd in parental incarceration
Pensacola News Journal
"The numbers are quite staggering," said Norin Dollard, director of Florida Kids Count. "It's a much bigger deal than I think a lot of people are accustomed to thinking about. The acts of crime and the cost of incarceration are very familiar, but the children who are left behind and the cost to them isn't as well understood."


Miami-Dade police deploying 1,000 body cameras
Associated Press, Tampa Bay Times
Last year, a University of South Florida study found that use-of-force incidents fell by 53 percent from year to year among a select group of 46 Orlando police officers outfitted with cameras.


Solutions to racial disparity in justice appear obvious to some, illusive to others
Summit Daily News
Research from the University of South Florida forms the basis of the U.S. Department of Justice-backed program Fair and Impartial Policing. The Colorado State Patrol has participated in that training, program founder and criminology professor Lorie Fridell said.


Using a kitchen to stir up food memories, Sun Sentinel
MorseLife's open kitchen is an unusual amenity, said Kathryn Hyer, a University of South Florida professor of aging studies, but it likely will become increasingly popular as facilities for senior citizens move away from impersonal institutionalization into "person-centered care," with an emphasis on each senior's preferences and life goals.

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