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Introducing the Pro Bono Counseling Project 

25th Year Video Tribute

As we celebrate 25 years of service, we thank you for your support of the Pro Bono Counseling Project and mental health care access in Maryland.  To express our gratitude, we honor your generosity with a video tribute sharing the impact of the Pro Bono Counseling Project and your compassion on the lives of those in need in Maryland.

A very special thank you to photographer Joe Rubino for donating his professional services to create this video.


 

In Memory of David Edwin, PhD

The Pro Bono Counseling Project is saddened by the sudden passing of David Edwin, PhD.  Dr. Edwin was a dedicated board member, serving as our president twice.  For over 26 years, he was committed to our mission and vision to provide quality mental healthcare for all those in need. 

 

 

 

 


Dr. Trivedi Presented with Humanitarian Award

Pictured from left are Swaran Dhawan, Pro Bono Counseling Project board member, Dr. Harsh Trivedi, president and CEO of Sheppard Pratt Health System, and Barbara Anderson, former Pro Bono Counseling Project executive director.

 

 

 

 

At the Pro Bono Counseling Project's annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, Dr. Harsh Trivedi, president and CEO of Sheppard Pratt Health System, was awarded the CHAI Radha Pathak Humanitarian Award. This award honors the memory of Dr. Radha Pathak's benefolent spirit in helping others.


Thank You Volunteers

Pictured from left, front row - Grata Garcia-Catipon, Rosalind Griffin, Bharati Devkota, Merlene Blair-Brown, Arlene Saks-Martin, Sheila Thaler, Mary Burke, Lynne Farbman, former Executive Director Barbara Anderson. Back row - John Knight, Carol Binta Nadeem, Amy Easley, Gil Bliss.

The Pro Bono Counseling Project recently recognized those clinicians who have volunteered with us for 25 years or more and/or have accepted 25 or more cases. It is with deep gratitude that we thank all of our volunteers for your dedication. 


Pro Bono Counseling Project and CHAI Merge

Pictured from left:  CHAI Board President Samir Palli, Pro Bono Counseling Project Board President Eric Radz, and Swaran Dhawan, CHAI Representative to PBCP Board

We are pleased to announce that the Maryland non-profit organization Counselors Helping South Asian/Indians, Inc. (CHAI) will now become a program within the Pro Bono Counseling Project.  For 15 years, CHAI’s mission has been to reach out to South Asians throughout Maryland to educate and inform them of the benefits of mental health care and to dispel the stigma associated with it.  This mission will now be continued as one of the Pro Bono Counseling Project’s programs.

The Pro Bono Counseling Project and CHAI have always worked closely together, providing access to free mental health care for South Asian families, couples and individuals who many not otherwise be able to afford therapy.

“Through the new CHAI program, we are committed to further enhancing this valuable mental health and wellness service to the South Asian community,” states Pro Bono Counseling Project Board President Eric Radz.

“We encourage all South Asian clinical community members to join with us to further enrich our partnership as Pro Bono Counseling introduces our program,” states CHAI Board President Samir Palli.

 




Pro Bono Counseling Project's

25th Anniversary Silver Celebration

Thank you to Dr. Kay Jamison and everyone who attended and supported the Pro Bono Counseling Project's 25th Anniversary Silver Celebration.  Dr. Jamison honored us with a book signing and question and answer session, and even gave us a sneak preview of her soon to be released book!

Pictured from left:  Dr. Kay Jamison, Executive Director Barbara Anderson, and Board of Directors President Eric Radz.

A special thanks to Silver Celebration sponsors Bacchus Importers, Wegmans Hunt Valley, Giant Foods and BJs Wholesale Club for their donations in support of the event.


Upcoming Workshops 

PBCP is pleased to announce the following workshops:

 


Friday, October 13, 2017

Pro Bono Counseling Project CHAI Workshop

"Working with Resistance in South Asian Families"

  • 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • New Hope Lutheran Church

OBJECTIVES

By the end of this workshop, clinicians will be able to:

  1. Describe barriers and facilitators to treatment of South Asians.
  2. Recognize the importance of working with families to facilitate treatment goals with South Asians.
  3. Give examples of the impact of stigma on treatment of mental health issues in South Asians.

Workshop Details:

  • Friday, October 13, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • 3 CE's
  • Breakfast provided
  • New Hope Lutheran Church, Columbia, MD

                    

FREE for participating clinicians                        Registration Rate:  $45

PRESENTERS:

Sunil Khushalani, M.D.

Dr. Khushalani completed his medical school in India in 1991 from G.S. Medical College, Mumbai University. He completed his residency at the Department of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital in 1997 and came to Sheppard Pratt Health System in 2000. He is board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also certified, by examination by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. 

Currently, he serves as the Medical Director of the Adult Service Line at Sheppard Pratt. Dr. Khushalani also serves a physician advisor for the Stanley Research Group at Sheppard Pratt. He is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has helped develop and teaches a course on ‘Lean Problem Solving’ at Sheppard Pratt. He has been voted as a Top Doctor in Addiction Psychiatry by Castle Connolly and Baltimore Magazine

Dr. Khushalani is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is also a fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is currently the chair of the Education Committee of the Maryland Society of Addiction Medicine. He is also a member of the Patient Safety Workgroup of the APA Council on Quality Care.

Swaran Dhawan, LCSW-C

Swaran Dhawan, LCSW-C, has extensive experience as a clinical social worker and an organizer of social and community change.  She has worked with many populations, and is dedicated and committed to the South Asian community, mental health and issues concerning women and children.

Mrs. Dhawan began her career in Social Work in India, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Baroda.  She received a second Master’s Degree in Social Work from Smith College in Northampton, MA, and remained in the United States.  She worked at Family and Children’s Services of Baltimore for 25 years in various capacities which included being a caseworker, Assistant Director of Professional Service, Director of Practice and Training, and leaving as the Assistant Executive Director for Children and Aging services.  Simultaneously, she served par time as a social work consultant at two hospitals for the mentally ill, Spring Grove Hospital and Taylor Manor Hospital.  After leaving Family and Children’s Services of Baltimore, she accepted a full time position at the Taylor Manor Hospital as Director of Admissions and Social Work.  When she retired from the Taylor Manor Hospital, she was the Director of Social Work and Training.

Mrs. Dhawan has volunteered and served on numerous boards of nonprofit organizations including the Pro Bono Counseling Project, the Baltimore Commission for Women, the local chapter of the National Association for the Mentally Ill, the Maryland Chapter of Social Workers and CHAI Inc.

 


In need of Clinicians!  Refer a friend!

We offer benefits exclusively for clinicians who are participating in the PBCP.  And now, more than ever, we need you to invite a colleague so that we may more equitably refer families, couples and individuals throughout Maryland. 

Requests for therapy have dramatically increased—we currently have 650 active cases.  PBCP needs your help in recruiting additional therapists to join our mission in your county.

Additionally, PBCP is always looking for bi-lingual therapists to serve the growing Latino community. 

Please assist us in referring your colleagues to PBCP & ask them to fill out the easy Enrollment Form or contact Ana Carrera at 877-323-5800 or ana@probonocounseling.org.

PS  Benefits include free CEs at inspiring workshops, networking within & outside your clinical group, free resources guide, documentation of your pro bono hours, + + +.

 



NEWS ARCHIVES


 

Affordable Care Act Info

 

We are pleased to provide a handy tool that can help navigate clients through enrolling for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

This tool is an exclusive benefit for PBCP volunteer clinicians.  To receive this information, contact Tina at tina@probonocounseling.org or 410.825.1001 x103.

 


Komen Maryland Race for the Cure

Breast cancer survivor Ava Queen, a Pro Bono Counseling Project client, was featured in one of Susan G. Komen Maryland Affiliate's Race for the Cure promotional emails for the Baltimore race in October.

 

Please Note:  The Pro Bono Counseling Project always ensures complete confidentiality of all client names and information.  Ms. Queen has signed a consent for release of confidential information so she can tell her personal story of the support provided by PBCP and Susan G. Komen for the Cure Maryland Affiliate.

 

 


Please Note:  The Pro Bono Counseling Project always ensures complete confidentiality of all client names and information.  Ms. Queen has signed a consent for release of confidential information so she can tell her personal story of the support provided by PBCP and Susan G. Komen for the Cure Maryland Affiliate.

 

 

 

 
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