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Dr. W. J. Casstevens

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Associate Professor

Interests

Mental health disorders - prevention, assessment and intervention

Gerontology

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

Projects

NC State University Suicide Prevention Program

Suicide is now the 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, newly-awarded $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. A third program, At Risk for University and College Students, is an online avatar-based simulation program that engages students with common indicators of psychological distress, and coaches them on how best to approach an at-risk student for referral. At Risk will be introduced in Fall semester 2013,  targeting the almost 5,000 students who enter NC State each year.

The Campus Suicide Prevention grant is supported by the CHASS Department of Social Work, the University Counseling Center, Health Promotion, and the GLBT Center.

NCIOM Suicide Prevention and Intervention Task Force Member

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  

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

Funded Research

North Carolina State Suicide Prevention Program

Casstevens, W. J., Principal Investigator, & Hall, J. K., Co-investigator:  

North Carolina State University Suicide Prevention Program, Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant 2012-2013; http://news.chass.ncsu.edu/?p=4064

Casstevens, W. J., Principal Investigator, & Hall, J. K., Co-Investigator:

North Carolina State University Extension, Engagement and Economic Development Grant 2011-2012; http://chassnews.blogspot.com/2011/04/suicide-prevention-program-earns-seed.html

Developing Health & Wellness Programming 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 programming 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

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, Member, North Carolina Institute of Medicine Suicide Intervention Workgroup, Morrisville

2010 – 2013, Member, University Standing Committee on Extension, Engagement and Economic Development, North Carolina State University

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

Publications

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

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

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), 161-240. DOI: 10.2975/35.1.2011.37.43 

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. (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.

Casstevens, W. J. (in press).  Depression in Adulthood.  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.  In T. Gullotta & M. Bloom (eds.), Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion.  Second edition.  New York:  Kluwer Academic/Plenum.

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.

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., Coker, J., & Sanders, T. D. (2012).  Exploring voices in a mentored self-help approach to voice-hearing.  Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 14(2), 110-124. 

Casstevens, W. J., Waites, C. C., & Outlaw, N. (available online 2011; in print 2012).  Non-traditional student retention: Exploring perceptions of support in a Social Work graduate program.  Social Work Education: The International Journal. DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2011.556188

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.

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

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