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Dr. W. J. Casstevens

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Associate Professor

Interests

Mental health disorders - prevention, assessment and intervention

Check out the Suicide Prevention Program website!  go.ncsu.edu/suicideprevention

Projects

NC State University Suicide Prevention Program

Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among college students, and some specific student groups are at higher risk. Drs. Casstevens and Hall in the Department of Social Work are co-investigators on a three-year $253,200 Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant that they hope will help change campus culture around suicide and its prevention.

The federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration funds education and prevention programs that emphasize how to reach out to students in distress. The Question, Persuade, Refer Gatekeeper Training (QPR), for example, targets student leaders, while the Multiculturalism, Diversity and Suicide Prevention training targets faculty and staff who work directly with students.

Campus suicide prevention grant key personnel come from the CHASS Department of Social Work, Office of Student and Community Standards, and the GLBT Center. The University Counseling Center plays a vital role in suicide prevention efforts on campus.

NC Suicide Prevention Plan Working Group & NCIOM Suicide Prevention and Intervention Task Force

Dr. Casstevens was a member of the 2012 NC IOM Suicide Prevention and Intervention Task Force, and the 2014 NC Suicide Prevention Plan Working Group to develop the State of North Carolina's suicide prevention plan.

Reference:

North Carolina Institute of Medicine in Collaboration with the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (July, 2012). Suicide Prevention and Intervention Plan: A Report of the NCIOM Task Force on Suicide Prevention and Intervention. Retrieved from:

http://www.nciom.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/SuicidePrev-report_web.pdf

Funded Research

North Carolina State University Suicide Prevention Program

Casstevens, W. J., Principal Investigator, & Hall, J. K., Co-investigator (2012-15): North Carolina State University Suicide Prevention Program, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant; http://news.chass.ncsu.edu/?p=4064

Casstevens, W. J., Principal Investigator (2013-14): Developing Student Commitment to Suicide Prevention on Campus, North Carolina State University College of Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Grant. 

Casstevens, W. J., Principal Investigator, & Hall, J. K., Co-Investigator (2011-12): North Carolina State University Extension, Engagement and Economic Development Grant; http://chassnews.blogspot.com/2011/04/suicide-prevention-program-earns-seed.html

Developing Health & Wellness Programing for Clubhouse Model Programs

This NC State 2009-2010 EEED grant funded project helped initiate and develop Health and Wellness programming at psychiatric clubhouses in central North Carolina. The project used Glasser’s choice theory as a basis for formulating healthy choice programing with the input of members and staff at four local psychiatric clubhouses. Clubhouse model programs are community non-profit agencies that offer adults diagnosed with severe and persistent mental disorders (such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) meaningful activities and an opportunity to obtain community employment. 

Developing Health and Wellness Programming for Clubhouse Model Non-profit Agencies in North Carolina: NC State University Extension, Engagement and Economic Development Grant 

Extension & Community Engagement

2014, Member, North Carolina Suicide Prevention Plan Working Group

2013 – Present, Steering Team Member, Association of Women Faculty, North Carolina State University

2012 – Present, Chapter Representative, International Association for Social Work with Groups North Carolina Chapter

2012, Task Force Member, North Carolina Institute of Medicine Suicide Prevention and Intervention Workgroup

2010 – 13 & 2014 - present, Member, University Standing Committee on Extension, Engagement and Economic Development, North Carolina State University

2009 - Present, Community Representative, Institutional Review Board of the North Carolina Department of Corrections

2008 – 2013, Board Member, HopeLine, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina

Publications

Articles (Refereed)

Cissé, G. S., & Casstevens, W. J. (in press). Choice Theory/Reality Therapy in sex offender treatment. International Journal of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, 2014.

Fisher-Borne, M., Hall, J. K., & Casstevens, W. J., (in press).  MSW student perception of evaluation  research as a capstone project: A pilot study.  Field Educator, Fall 2014.

Casstevens, W. J. (2013). Health and wellness at a clubhouse model program in North Carolina: A choice theory-based approach to program development and implementation. International Journal of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, 32(2), 48-53.

Casstevens, W. J. (2013).  Reflections on suicide prevention from a choice theory perspective. International Journal of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, 33(1), 102-104.

Cissé, G., & Casstevens, W. J. (2013).  Train bound for needs:  Cultural diversity training. International Journal of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, 33(1), 58-62.

Fire, N. M. & Casstevens, W. J. (2013).  The use of cultural historical activity theory within a constructivist learning environment to develop core competencies in social work.  Journal of Teaching and Social Work, 33(1), 41-58. DOI:10.1080/08841233.2012.749828

Taliaferro, J. D., Casstevens, W. J., & Decuir-Gunby, J. T. (2013).  Working with African American families using narrative therapy:  An operational citizenship and critical race theory framework.  The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 1, 34-45.

Casstevens, W. J. (2012). Hearing voices: A voice of hope.  National Association of Social Workers Mental Health Section Connection, Fall, 4-5.

Casstevens, W. J., Coker, J., & Sanders, T. D. (2012).  Mentored self-help: A promising approach to exploring voices.  Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 14(2), 110-124. DOI: 10.1891/1559-4343.14.2.110

Casstevens, W. J., Waites, C. C., & Outlaw, N. (2012).  Non-traditional student retention: Exploring perceptions of support in a Social Work graduate program.  Social Work Education: The International Journal, 31(3), 256-268.  DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2011.556188

Casstevens, W. J. (2011).  A family group work application of cognitive behavioral therapy of psychosis for community mental health settings.  Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 92(2), 199-202. DOI: 10.1606/1044-3894.4099

Casstevens, W. J., & Cohen, M. B. (2011).  A group work approach to focus group research in the context of a psychiatric clubhouse program.  Groupwork 21(1), 46-58.  DOI: 10.1921/095182411X578810

Casstevens, W. J. (2011).  A pilot study of health and wellness program development in an International Center for Clubhouse Development (ICCD) Clubhouse: Procedures, implementation, and implications.  Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 35(1), 37-43. DOI: 10.2975/35.1.2011.37.43 

Cissé, G., & Casstevens, W. J. (2011).  Choice theory to empower community change. International Journal of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, 30(2), 28-33.

Casstevens, W. J. (2010).  An example of choice theory-based change in small, non-profit organizations.  International Journal of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, 30(1), 64-68.

Casstevens, W. J. (2010).  Social work education on mental health: Post-modern discourse and the medical model.  Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 30(4), 385-398.  DOI: 10.1080/08841233.2010.515920

Casstevens, W. J. (2010).  Using reality therapy and choice theory in health and wellness program development at psychiatric psychosocial rehabilitation agencies.  International Journal of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, 29(2), 55-58.

Casstevens, W. J., Cohen, D., Newman, F. L., & Dumaine, M. (2006).  Evaluation of a mentored self-help intervention for the management of psychotic symptoms.  International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 11(1), 37-49.  [Abstract referenced by Intervoice, www.intervoiceonline.org/research-2/bibliography/self-help-and-peer-support]

Chapters (Refereed)

Casstevens, W. J. (in press). Depression in Adulthood.  Forthcoming in: T. Gullotta & M. Bloom (eds.), Encyclopedia of primary prevention and health promotion.  Second edition.  New York:  Kluwer Academic/Plenum.

Casstevens, W. J. (in press).  Schizophrenia in Adulthood.  Forthcoming in: T. Gullotta & M. Bloom (eds.), Encyclopedia of primary prevention and health promotion. Second edition.  New York:  Kluwer Academic/Plenum.

Casstevens, W. J. (2012).  Care-giving couples and adult children diagnosed with major psychiatric disorders.  In P. A. Robey, R. E. Wubbolding, & J. Carlson (eds.), Contemporary issues in couples counseling: A choice theory and reality therapy approach (pp. 103-116).  New York: Routledge.

Symposium Proceedings (Refereed)

Casstevens, W. J., & Cohen, M. B. (2014).  Using a reflecting team as a small group exercise in the social work classroom. In Lee, C. D. (ed.). Social group work: We are all in the same boat, pp. 63-75. Proceedings of the 33nd International Symposium on Social Work with Groups, Long Beach, California, USA, June 2-5, 2011. London: Whiting & Birch.

Casstevens, W. J., Cloninger, L., & Avinor, E. (2013).  Group work with KEG Cards: Keys to emotional growth.  In Tully, G. J., Dolan-Reilly, G., Bacon, J., Lo Re, A. (eds.). Group work: An international conversation highlighting diversity in practice, pp. 133-143. Proceedings of the 34th International Symposium International Association for Social Work with Groups, Long Island, New York, USA, June 14th-17th 2012. London: Whiting & Birch.

Non-refereed Publications

Casstevens, W. J. (2014). Suicide prevention and college students. The North Carolina Social Worker Newsletter, 38(1), 10.  Retrieved from http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.naswnc.org/resource/resmgr/Newsletter/FebMarApr_2014_final.pdf

Hall, J. K., Casstevens, W. J., & Fisher-Borne, M. (2013). The graduate field program and capstone evaluation project. Field Educator3.2, 1-4.  Retrieved from http://fieldeducator.simmons.edu/article/the-graduate-field-program-and-capstone-evaluation-project/#more-1742

Burdenski, Jr., T. K., Faulkner, B., Britzman, M. J., Casstevens, W. J., Cisse, G. S., Crowell, J., Duba, J. D., Mason, C. P. , Minatrea, N. B., Shaffer, T. F., Dyson, M., Gilchrist, S. B., & Graham, M. A. (2009). The impact of the Glasser scholars project on participants’ teaching and research initiatives: Part 2. International Journal of Reality Therapy, 28(3), 44-53.

Burdenski, Jr., T. K., Faulkner, B., Britzman, M. J., Casstevens, W. J., Cisse, G. S., Crowell, J., Duba, J. D., Minatrea, N. B., Shaffer, T. F., Dyson, M., Gilchrist, S. B., & Graham, M. A. (2009). The impact of the Glasser scholars project on participants’ teaching and research initiatives: Part 1. International Journal of Reality Therapy, 28(2), 43-49.

Books and Monographs

Casstevens, W. J. (2007).  A mentored self-help intervention for psychotic symptom management:  An evaluation.  Saarbruecken,Germany: VDM Verlag.

Presentations

Casstevens, W. J. (September, 2012).  Voice-hearing interpreted: Coping with spirits, demons, and/or  stress.  Paper presented at the World Hearing Voices Congress in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom 

Refer to page 28: www.intervoiceonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Congress-Report-2012_revised.pdf

Education

  • PhD in Social Welfare from Florida International University
  • MSW in Social Work from Florida International University
  • BA in Anthropology from Oakland University
  • LCSW in Clinical Social Work from Florida and North Carolina