Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Meet Jamie!

Jamie Pasquale, a member of Erasing the Distance's Mental Health Advisory Board, is one of many professionals that support our work, and connect us to a broader community of mental health professionals.  

Jamie's experience working with young adults is particularly helpful as we often perform at middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities, or offer long-term residencies (like the recently completed project at Al Raby High School - see previous post).
We asked Jamie to help us get to know her a little better through our Five Questions...

Five Questions With Jamie Pasquale
ETD collaborator since 2009

1. What is your role with Erasing the Distance?
I am a member of ETD's Advisory Board. Our group tackles many different issues, such as best clinical practices, ethical considerations, and collaboration/relationship building with other organizations. Since ETD is the type of organization that is always looking within in order to grow and evolve, the Advisory Board has an important role.

2. When you are not working with ETD, what might you be doing?
Oh, lots of things! I am a clinical psychologist- so I am often seeing patients. Or, I am taking classes at the Institute for Psychoanalysis. I also enjoy being a member of the Board of Directors at the Medical Research Institute Council at Children's Memorial Hospital. And, last, but definitely not least, I am enjoying time with my family.

3. Can you share with us your favorite ETD moment?
I attended an ETD show last spring at UIC. It was a remarkable moment when, at the conclusion of the show, Brighid opened up a discussion with the audience and there was a free and candid exchange about every sort of mental health topic. People shared personal stories and raised all sorts of questions and observations. It was wonderful to hear these often stigmatized topics candidly considered in a large public forum. That was a first for me.

4. What do you think is a pressing mental health need in your community?

I'm very concerned by our society's move toward briefer and briefer treatment. For instance, many insurance companies' restrictions on sessions per year often make adequate treatment inaccessible, even to those with good insurance. Long term change can take quite a bit of time and pressures toward a "quick fix" are concerning.

5. Can you tell us your favorite way to de-stress?

I really enjoy walking along the lake front here in Chicago. It's beautiful and de-stressing!

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