In an opinion piece in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Mark Salzer, chair of the Rehabilitation Sciences Department, discusses the fallacy in using violence and crime in mental health policy discussions and that such a narrative leads to ineffective policies. Here is an excerpt from the piece. Read the full story online.
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Watch this video of Roger Ideishi, an associate professor of rehabilitation sciences and an occupational therapist, as he talks about his work with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in creating sensory-friendly concerts.
Typically, once research papers are submitted and graded, they sit on a professor’s desk until they become the victims of spring cleaning. In May of 2013, Heather Porter, an assistant professor of rehabilitation sciences in Temple University’s College of Public Health sought to change that.
Roger Ideishi gives the gift of art, culture, and recreation to people who are often exempt from experiencing them in public—children with special needs and their families. Ideishi, an associate professor of rehabilitation sciences and an occupational therapist, curates “sensory experiences” with select partners so that children with special needs and their families can attend events at theaters, parks, museums, zoos, and aquariums.
Following “sweeping reforms” by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, ethicists and mental health experts are worried about the care of inmates with serious mental illness. Some of these experts argue, that in light of these changes, there should be a call for more psychiatric hospitals in the state, while others argue for deinstitutionalization across the board.
CPH's Mark Salzer, chair of the Rehabilitation Sciences department, discussed the phenomenon of auditory hallucinations, or "hearing voices", with WHYY's The Pulse. In the story, Salzer emphasized the need to put "trauma -- not pathology at the root of voice hearing" and the importance of putting the individual over a diagnosis.