Global & Provider Partnerships
Global Enagement - Ukraine
GPS is partnering with the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center - PPSC Refugee Support Project assisting Ukraine. Elena Lewis an MSW Intern from the University of Michigan is working with us this year and has been providing support to aid workers and refugees from Ukraine located around the world.
In collaboration with her daughter Olivia Lewis, MFT trainee, Elena is hosting a virtual interactive presentation on the cultural nuances of psychotherapy with Ukranian and Russian-speaking clients. The goals of this event are to highlight cultural blindspots clinicians often face when working with Eastern Europeans, to increase understanding of client responses to traditional psychotherapy, and to offer tangible practices that take into consideration the history and mentality of this population. Mental health providers, trauma specialists, translators and anyone interested in the topic are invited to attend and learn as part of an effort to support those most affected during the continual full scale invasion of Ukraine.
Global Engagement - Jamaica
At GPS Guide to Personal Solutions, we always strive to provide our clients with the support and assistance they need to find culturally and personally appropriate solutions.
Our director Nicole Dingwell Frendt is developing a pilot project as part of an independent study with her Doctor of Health Administration studies at Central Michigan University. Under the guidance of Dr. James Johnson, Ph.D., a medical social scientist, the project aims to provide quality mental health psychoeducation and skills-based services to people around the globe, starting in Jamaica. She has partnered with Dr. Alex Tracey, MD, and Kerri-Anne Freckleton MSc., BSc., PMP to create a project focusing primarily on those with little access to care and technology by bridging both. We plan to offer a variety of services via telehealth, including psychoeducation and a culturally appropriate resiliency curriculum. Jason Ross, an MSW Intern from the University of Michigan, is working on the project with Nicole and Jacqueline White, MA LPC.
Provider Engagement -Child Welfare Workers
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The Child Welfare Support Partnership provides a vital service for Ingham County, recognizing the importance of child welfare workers and their difficult job. GPS with MSW Interns Jason Ross and Alison Napoleon from the University of Michigan, partner with Ingham County to provide an independent support group to assist in this effort. By providing support to child welfare workers, we are helping to ensure a safer future for our community as well as help maintain such an important workforce.