The “four questions” of the refocused psychotherapist [in the Biodyne Model] and the concept of the “onion/garlic” psychodynamic enabled me to not only conceptualize a case and plan treatment more rapidly, but to rise to a new level of professional confidence in meeting the behavioral care needs of my patients.
Dr. Gayle Cordes, DBHJuly 12, 2016
At the age of 53, and after working 25 years in the field of social work returning to school was not on my bucket list, but after learning about the Cummings Graduate Institute’s online program, my hope of achieving my lifetime a doctorate degree was possible. CGI online Doctor of Behavioral Health program is innovative and relevant. It's the perfect fit for the busy professional, parent or person looking to return to school or career advancement without the fuss of unnecessary coursework. CGI understands and recognizes that there are capable professionals and that most professionals are looking to gain a competitive edge or simply looking to satisfy a personal goal.
Steven ByrdDBH Candidate, Cummings Graduate InstituteMarch 4, 2017
I am a behavior analyst, and always believed that behavior analysis could improve the quality of life of so many people; but the way ABA services are delivered nowadays, one behavior analyst cannot reach many people. The healthcare landscape is changing and integration is a perfect venue to reach more people. I had already worked in a hospital setting and knew that my training was not enough to navigate the changing systems. The DBH offers training in relevant subjects such as population health management, health equity, legal issues and ethics in healthcare, and entrepreneurship. The breadth and variety of the courses will prepare me to face any challenges I may encounter.
The faculty at CGI are not only very knowledgeable in their field, but are very caring individuals who make an effort to learn about the students and their interests. I have been pleasantly surprised by the various systems CGI has in place to set clear expectations and guidelines for the student's performance. For each class, I know exactly what to expect, and what I have to do. The course material is very stimulating and engaging. The staff is very approachable and responsive, and the Librarian is an asset! I feel that everyone at CGI is cheering me for my success while holding me accountable for my work. I am sure that upon graduation, I will have a solid foundation to be an active change agent in the healthcare landscape.
I truly believe that my experience with CGI was exactly what I needed, when I needed it, and every barrier that I faced was problem solved jointly with CGI advisor/staff.
Dr. Leolani Ahquin, DBHAlumni, Cummings Graduate InstituteApril 7, 2017
CGI has changed my life, all for the better. Because I have the DBH program listed on my resume, the Senators (my Senate Confirmation Hearing to serve on the New York State Board of Parole) wanted to know all about the program in each hearing. I was questioned by New York Senate Board members to explain the DBH program, and the 'DBH' title. Everyone appears to be excited to have someone on the Board with behavioral experience. My goal is to use the education and skills acquired at CGI to improve behavioral health services throughout the New York correctional system.
Presently, within the NYS correctional system, primary care and behavioral health care are siloed, with no interaction across boundaries. The integration of care will support inmates while in prison, and will ensure appropriate treatment upon release, thus reducing recidivism rates among the formerly incarcerated.
Charles DavisDBH Candidate, Cummings Graduate Institute July 10, 2017
As a therapist with more than thirty years of experience, I felt a strong need to continue to learn and grow as a professional. The Cummings Graduate Institute's focus on integrated care intrigued me because so many of my current patients are dealing with physical as well as psychological concerns. The faculty and staff have all been welcoming and very supportive. The Institute's utilization of webinars creates an atmosphere of student togetherness while allowing easy access to the teaching staff. I recommend the program for all candidates but especially experienced clinicians who are seeking professional growth and development. Successful completion of this program will open many doors in the field of mental health and integrated care.