The Trinity Institute for Addictions (TIA) is an endowed social work institute focused on biopsychosocial approaches that aim to prevent and treat substance use, abuse, and dependence. The TIA advances research emphasizing intervention strategies to address the effects of addictive processes on body, mind, and spirit. The Institute’s scope encompasses the conduct of and training essential to advancing state-of-the-art clinical practice. In a broader sense, the TIA strives to advance behavioral healthcare by addressing the critical factors that underlie addiction and other related conditions. The ultimate aim of the Institute is to promote research from the leading edge of addiction science into innovative treatments and services for people in need.
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The Institute for Family Violence Studies (IFVS) conducts cutting-edge research on community solutions that employ both law and social services to end family violence. Our goal is to guide practice and shape real-world decisions in both the public and private sectors to keep families safe. To fulfill this mission, Institute staff, affiliated faculty, multiple stakeholder advisory boards, and graduate students from across the FSU campus undertake the following:
The Louise R. Goldhagen Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Consulting Center (MDC) is a university-based diagnostic and training center that serves preschool and school-aged children presenting complex academic, medical, emotional and/or behavioral problems in school programs. Comprehensive diagnostic, consultation, and counseling services are provided to 20 school districts in the Florida Panhandle (including the research schools at FSU and Florida A&M University) and a number of medical and community agencies that primarily serve low-income families (e.g., Children’s Medical Services). Children and their families in the school districts we serve are ethnically diverse and many are low-income families living in rural areas. Thirteen of the counties served are classified by the Florida Department of Education as “small and rural” with limited resources for psychological services. All eighteen counties are considered Medically Underserved Areas and/or Medically Underserved Populations. All eighteen counties also meet criteria for Health Professional Shortage Areas in primary care and fifteen counties meet the criteria for Health Professions Shortage Areas for mental health.
The MDC staff includes professionals from clinical, school, and counseling psychology; counseling education; and, social work. The MDC frequently collaborates with several FSU entities to provide services, including: the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, the School of Communication Science and Disorders, the Department of Psychology, the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, and the FSU College of Medicine. Pre-service training placements are also provided for graduate and undergraduate students from the FSU school, counseling, and clinical psychology programs; the College of Social Work; and the art and music Therapy programs. In-service training for school personnel is provided through seminars, workshops, and conferences.
Community Science and Practice Initiative focuses primarily on delinquency prevention and child welfare programming by utilizing community-based research to inform policy design and policy analysis. The interdisciplinary nature of this research serves as a vehicle to introduce needed insights from community psychology and social work to the alleviation of social problems that are predominantly addressed by professional fields that focus either on deficits of individuals or perceive dysfunctional communal systems as natural or unchangeable.
This leads the Initiative to its current focus on developing a community science curriculum centered on service learning, to be implemented by the University in the fall of 2012. This service learning curriculum is a component of the University’s community engagement activities. As a part of these community engagement activities, the C-CORE (Construction-Coaching Opportunities to Reach Employment) Mentoring Program was developed. C-CORE is a community program developed in partnership with the Homebuilders Institute to facilitate mentoring and skills training for underserved, at-risk, and court-involved youths. Florida State has the charge of delivering mentoring services to approximately 200 youths over a fourteen month period.
The Health and Aging Initiative (HAI) is an interdisciplinary group involving social workers, geriatricians, psychologists, lawyers, pharmacists, and doctoral students. We aim to assess the benefits, values, and cost-effectiveness of certain health and social service programs that service disadvantaged populations, including the elderly. We provide multiple perspectives concerning the programs under-investigation and directives regarding best practices and enhancements. Consistent with a focus of the University of Florida on longevity and healthy aging for all, our ultimate goal is to improve the quality of care and professional practices based on rigorous research evidence and best-practice guidelines.
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