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Video: Applying Group Psychotherapy Principles to Vulnerable Populations to Advance Public Health

Jennifer E. Johnson, PhD, Michigan State University – The Joseph P. Powers Memorial Lecture

High rates of mental illness, including substance use disorders, have been recorded among individuals involved at different levels of the criminal justice system in the United States. However, there are few behavioral health interventions available to this population.

In this presentation, Dr. Johnson discusses the implementation of interpersonal group therapy and other interventions to address the mental health problems experienced by this population within under-resourced systems. Dr. Johnson details the barriers to providing and accessing care and the actions that can be taken in policy, health care, and the legal system to address this public health issue.

Presentation highlights include:

  • Review of multiple ways in which the justice/legal systems and community-based mental health systems intersect
  • Discussion of ways to increase treatment and service capacity of low-resource systems serving high-need patients
  • Explanation of the relevance of the justice/legal system to mental health practice and policy efforts
February 18, 2021

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