Upcoming Webinar – December 10, 2020 – Dr. Richard Pulice, PhD

by Avila Institute Staff

November 25, 2020


Making Informed Choices: How to Assess the Need for and Availability of Mental Health Resources in Your Community


Speaker: Dr. Richard Pulice, PhD


Thursday, December 10, 2020 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

COVID-19 has expanded the level of stress and anxiety in health care workers in ways that we could not have imagined, leaving many to try to decide whether they should go it alone or seek support.

This workshop addresses how to determine whether support is advisable and how to find mental health and related services in the community. It begins by examining the barriers to accessing care, including self- and societal stigma, cultural and ethnic biases, availability, and accessibility, as well as some basic concerns related to a person’s ability to pay. We will discuss the types of services available, who provides them, and what the commitments to participation are. The services discussed will include peer support, individual and group counseling, holistic and pastoral approaches, as well as traditional psychiatric care. At the conclusion of the event, we will discuss a strategy for self-evaluation and determining the next steps in care and support. 

Learn more about Dr. Richard Pulice, PhD: 

Dr. Richard Pulice is an experienced motivational speaker, trainer, teacher and researcher, who focuses on issues related to social justice and equity for persons with disabilities  He presently serves as a Professor of Public Health at Regis College (Weston, MA) , and is a Professor Emeritus in Social Work and Public Health at the College of Saint Rose (Albany, NY). While at Saint Rose, he was the founding Director of The Institute for Community Research and Training and the Coordinator of the Public Health Program. In 2019, Dr. Pulice was appointed as a Permanent Visiting Professor of Social Science, Psychology and Public Health at the University of Kisubi in Entebbe, Uganda.  

Dr. Pulice has graduate degrees in community clinical psychology from Marist College, in public health from Columbia University, and in social welfare from Brandeis University. He completed a Research Fellowship at the Columbia University School of Public Health in Psychiatric Epidemiology. In addition he has had advanced training in health economics, research design and statistics (quantitative and qualitative), labor mediation, clinical practice and gerontology.    

Dr. Pulice has over 40 years of experience in public and mental health. Among other experiences, Dr. Pulice has consulted on program development for mental health services in the Netherlands, and worked in Puerto Rico, Romania, the Czech Republic and Uganda on issues related to the social reintegration and economic self-sufficiency of people with disabilities. He served as a Trustee for the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), as a grant and peer reviewer for several federal, state and private organizations and as a Mentor for the IREX Community Solutions Program (a program sponsored by the US State Department).  

In 2015, he was awarded a grant and was designated a Specialist in Global Public Health by the Fulbright Organization. In his home communities, he has served a Trustee for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany, a volunteer for the Homeless Action Committee in Albany NY.  Relocating to Massachusetts in 2015, he is as a volunteer for the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, a member of the Knights of Columbus and is the State Chairman for Special Olympics for the Knights of Columbus in Massachusetts.  


Participants may be eligible to earn up to 1.0 continuing education hours based on attendance. This program has been approved for Continuing Education for 1.0 total participant hours by NAB (National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards)/ NCERS (National Continuing Education Review Service). Program approval # 20211209-1-A71755-DL.

Avila Institute of Gerontology, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0265. Participants can earn 1.0 Contact Hours.

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