Transform Lives. Be the Change.

 

STRENGTHS

Building on strengths and 
resources to reach goals and 
address challenges

We embrace the inherent worth of all people, and recognize the strength and power that exists within each individual.  By focusing on strengths, we seek to make positive changes at the micro and macro levels.  This approach harnesses the valuable traits that already exist, and channel them in a constructive way to attain goals and overcome barriers.  The strengths perspective was conceptualized at the KUSSW, and continues to positively influence our approach to scholarship, education, research, and practice.

 

 

Research Projects

Strengths Case Management for Youth at Johnson County Mental Health Center

  • PI: Mendenhall, A.N.
  • Funder:Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
  • Dates: 10/1/17-09/30/18

Strenghts Model and Strengths Plus for Adults at Johnson County Mental Health Center

  • PI: Mabry, Ally
  • Funder: Johnson County Mental Health Center
  • Dates: 01/01/19 to 12/31/19

Strengths Model Case Management for Adults at Hong Fook Mental Health Association Toronto, Canada

  • PI: Mabry, Ally
  • Funder: Hong Fook Mental Health Association
  • Dates: 11/01/18 to 10/31/19

Eastern Sierra Strengths Model Learning Collaborative

  • PI: Mabry, Ally
  • Funder: Alpine County Behavioral Health Services, Mono County Behavioral Health, Inyo County Behavioral Health
  • Dates: 01/01/18 to 03/01/19

California Compliance Project

  • PI: Mabry, Ally
  • Funder: California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions
  • Dates: 07/01/18 to 06/30/19

FACULTY & RESEARCHERS

Edward Canda, Professor

Edward Canda

Scholarship Focus
Connections between cultural diversity, spirituality and resilience in
irelation to health, mental health and disabilities.

 Grand Challenge
Achieve equal opportunity and justice. Create social responses to a changing environment. Advance long and productive lives.

Ally Mabry, Research Project Director

Edward Scanlon

Scholarship Focus
Policies and services involving adults with mental illness who are involved with the criminal justice system or who are homeless.

 Grand Challenge
Promote smart decarceration. End homelessness.

Amy Mendenhall, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Research

Amy Mendenhall

Scholarship Focus
Children’s mental health including serious mental illness, service utilization, parent and child education and the impact of mental illness on children and their families.

 Grand Challenge
Achieve equal opportunity and justice. Close the health gap. Ensure health development for all youth.


Research Office Contacts
Amy Mendenhall
Associate Dean for Research
amendenhall@ku.edu
785-864-4792
 
Jenni Atwood
Research Office Manager
atwoodj@ku.edu
785-864-7368
Social Welfare Research Events
Recent Publications & Presentations
Mendenhall, A., Frauenholtz, S., & Grube, W. (2018). Mutuality in the Mentorship Relationship between Pre-Tenured Faculty and Doctoral Students. Poster presentation at the 2018 Mentoring Conference in Albuquerque, NM on October 24, 2018.
 
Schuetz, N. & Mendenhall, A. (2018). Qualitative Insights from Implementing the Strengths Model for Youth. Poster presentation for 31st Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health in Tampa, FL on March 4, 2018.
 
Schuetz, N., Mendenhall, A. (2018).  Qualitative insights from implementing the strengths model for youth, Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, March 4, 2018.
 
Mendenhall, A.N. & Grube, W.A. (2018) Strengths Model Case Management for Youth: A case study of a mental health center’s journey to providing strengths-based, client-driven services. Annual Social Work, Education, and Social Development Conference: Environmental and Community Sustainability and Human Solutions in Evolving Societies, Dublin, Ireland.
 
Mills, A.N., Grube, W.A., & Mendenhall, A.N. (2018). The effect of Strengths Model for Youth implementation on Professional Quality of Life for mental health case managers. Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa, FL.