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Neuromodulation for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Illness
Episode 520th February 2023 • Healthy Brain Happy Body • Northeast Region Biofeedback Society
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This episode’s guides all work with individuals who have both intellectual disabilities and mental health conditions. All three are involved with the National National Association for the Dual Diagnoses (NADD), a sponsor of NRBS.

Beth Barol, PhD, LSW, BCB, NADD-CC started out as a direct support worker and live-in “houseparent.” She has worked as a community-based project director, residential program director, facility director and clinician. She served in the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs, as the Clinical Director for the Statewide Training and Technical Assistance Initiative, focusing on individuals with dual diagnosis. Dr Barol recently retired from Widener University where she served as an Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Clinical Social Work. She is trained in EMDR, Biofeedback, and Neurofeedback and is a Certified Brain Health Professional through the Amen Clinic. She was the 2020 recipient of the NADD Earl L. Loschen, MD award for clinical practice. She currently serves as co-Director of the Capacity Building Institute for Pennsylvania and the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services (NASDDDS) Capacity Building Institute.

Ginny Focht-New, PhD, PMH-CNS, BCB, NADD-CC, BCN has a PhD in Nursing and has been a therapist for 30 years, specializing in treating trauma. She recently retired as a Social Work Clinical Associate Professor (currently adjunct) and Associate Clinical Director for a clinic through Widener University. She has worked with people with intellectual and developmental differences for 50 years. Certified as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist with additional certification in biofeedback, neurofeedback, and as a Dual Diagnosis Specialist with NADD, and with the Amen Clinic as a Certified Brain Health Professional. She has provided numerous presentations and also has publications in a variety of journals.

Tim Barksdale, PsyD, LMSW, NADD-CC is the Senior Executive Director of Clinical Services for Merakey where he supervises a clinical team of over fifty clinicians of adults with intellectual disabilities and mental illness across 5 states (PA, DE, NJ, VA & CA). He is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Licensed Master Social Worker, CBT therapist, a certified hypnotherapist, and Mental Health First Aid Instructor, along with being an adjunct professor of psychology. He has been the recipient of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA) Early Career Psychologists Award, PCOM Distinguished Service Award and NADD Member of the year award, amongst others. Dr. Barksdale is also the Vice President of Chosen 300 Homeless outreach program, serves on the NADD Board of Directors, on the Board of Governors for Friends Hospital, and was elected as President of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association for the 2023 term. He is a Christian and his greatest achievement is being the proud dad of a 19-year-old artist & musician son.

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