What you need to know
The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) and the Foundation of the CMSC (FCMSC) have launched a new Mental Health Mini Mentorship Program for the summer at the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Hackensack University Medical Center.
The Mental Health Mini-Mentorship experience is a one-week intensive instructional course taking place twice this summer. The first course was August 5-9 and the second will be held August 19-23, at the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Hackensack University Medical Center which is helmed by Center director Florian P. Thomas, MD, MA, PhD, MS, chair of the Department of Neurology and the Neuroscience Institute.
The Mental Health Mini Mentorship Program at the Multiple Sclerosis Center will be led by counseling psychologist, Brian Amorello, PhD.
More information about the program
The program is designed to educate clinicians who have shown an interest in the unique mental health challenges faced by the estimated one million people in the United States living with multiple sclerosis.
Each session will bring two mentorship candidates, each selected from a pool of skilled applicants with varied backgrounds in the multiple sclerosis field, on-site for thirty-five hours of immersive education in the mental health issues most often faced by the MS population.
Trainees will shadow members of the multiple sclerosis care team including mental health clinicians, nursing professionals, physicians, and rehabilitation therapists, learning how the care team can work together to address critical mental health issues in this population.
As part of this support, the Foundation of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers presented the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Hackensack University Medical Center a check for $4,350.
The mentees in the program are:
- Kimberly Hunter, LCSW, Mandell MS Center, Waterbury, CT
- Shannon Hunt, LCSW, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA
- Corey Lofton, BSN, RN, University of Alabama Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
- Diane Masciangelo, MS, BSN, ACNP-BC, CNRN, OhioHealth Multiple Sclerosis Center, Columbus, OH
See photos below of the check presentation to Dr. Florian Thomas and Brian Amorello, PhD.