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Collaborating with Family Peer Advocates in Child Mental Health Research

October 13, 2022
Time: 2:00 p.m. CT
Location: Virtual

Part of the Building a Transformative 21st Century Research Agenda webinar series. Register on the Open Classroom platform.*

Dr. Mary Acri will co-present with Priscilla Shorter, parent advocate.

Webinar Description

This presentation will review the history of peer advocate-delivered family support for caregivers of children with mental health problems followed by two studies that tested a peer-delivered intervention to address caregiver stress and depression. The presentation will also include the voice of a peer advocate and their experience working with researchers. Finally, the presentation will offer key points of consideration in maximizing peer advocate/research partnerships.

About Our Presenters

Mary Acri received both her Master of Social Work and her PhD in clinical social work from New York University. She is currently a Research Associate Professor within the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York University Langone School of Medicine. Dr. Acri is a mental health services researcher whose main focus in on facilitating the detection of unmet mental health need and access to quality mental health services for marginalized and minoritized populations.

Priscilla Shorter is an energetic and motivated professional with 15 years of experience in the field of family support and advocacy in both education and hospital-research settings. She is currently a Parent Partner at the IDEAS Center, and in this capacity, provides training to clinicians on the 4R’s and 2S’s Program, a curriculum-based practice is designed to strengthen families, decrease child behavioral problems, and increase engagement in care by teaching the 4R’s (rules, roles and responsibilities, respectful communication, and relationships) and 2S’s (stress and social support).

Partners Supporting this Effort

Since 2020, Lived Experience Experts, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs (CFP) and the William T. Grant Foundation have worked in partnership with a broad array of experts, stakeholders and people with lived experience to draft research gaps that span community-based family support, child protective services, out-of-home care and post-permanency services. Partnering organizations include Black Administrators in Child Welfare, the National Indian Child Welfare Association, Child Trends Hispanic Institute, the American Public Human Services Association, the Child Welfare League of America, the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and Social Current.

*Please note that the title for this talk was updated. The previous title is “Parent Partners at NYU.”

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