Session 4F: Connecting Children to Mental Health Services: Lessons from Research and Practice
Track: Research and Innovative Practices
CACs are well-positioned to connect children with mental health services, but many children referred to therapy do not start services. We'll review effective strategies to increase family engagement, including an example of how a rural CAC created short-term services to bridge the gap between a referral and the first therapy session.
Elizabeth McGuier, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Elizabeth McGuier is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research aims to improve mental health outcomes for children who experience maltreatment. Areas of expertise include 1) Expansion of mental health services into non-traditional settings; 2) Workforce issues and support for front-line providers; 3) Implementation of evidence-based practices in rural areas; 4) Caregiver risk for perpetration of child abuse and neglect; and 5) Outcomes for children involved in public service systems. Dr. McGuier’s research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, Doris Duke Foundation, Society for Research in Child Development, Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, and University of Pittsburgh Center for Interventions to Enhance Community Health. Dr. McGuier holds a BA in Psychology from Harvard University and a PhD from The Pennsylvania State University. She completed clinical training at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and has specialized clinical training in treating youth who have experienced maltreatment (Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy) and children and adolescents with problematic sexual behavior.
Mary Tatum, MPA
Child Advocacy Center of Clearfield County
Mary Tatum is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. She obtained her Master of Public Administration from Capella University and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Capella University. Over the past 15 years, she has obtained diverse experience working in the adoption and foster care field, afterschool program management for at-risk children, mental health programming, and the child advocacy center movement. Tatum is the current Director of the Child Advocacy Center of Clearfield County and sits as the Western Regional Representative for the PA Chapter of CACs & MDTs Board of Directors. She specializes in training teams on managing vicarious trauma within themselves and their team and strengthening team relationships. Tatum is passionate about the CAC model and ensuring that families and children have the best outcomes possible.