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Managing Mental Health in the Era of COVID-19

September 30, 2020
5:30pm – 6:30pm
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Join us on September 30, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. for a Zoom panel discussion on "Managing Mental Health in the Era of COVID-19."  The panelists are four Niagara University alumni that currently work in the field of mental health counseling.  Each panelist brings a unique perspective based on their own experiences and are prepared to discuss current challenges, strategies, and resources.  The panel will be moderated by Dr. Timothy Osberg and Dr. J. Shannon Hodges.

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The panelists are:

Amber Boyer, '15, '17

Amber Boyer is a LMHC and a two-time alumna from Niagara University. She graduated in 2015 with a BA in Psychology and in 2017 with an MS from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  Amber’s research has been published in the journal, Substance Use and Misuse, as well as in the Journal of American College Health. She is a substance use counselor at Horizon Health Services with a focus on positive psychology. 

Allison Kilmer Filosofos, '12, '15

Allison Filosofos is a two-time time Purple Eagle, having graduated from the Niagara University Psychology Program in 2012 and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program in 2015. While completing her undergraduate degree Allison worked for Dr. Tim Osberg as a head lab assistant and under the mentorship of Dr. Shannon Hodges while completing graduate studies. She held internships through various community agencies, most notably through the Child Advocacy Center of Niagara and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s Outpatient Wellness Center. Upon graduating from her Master’s Program, Allison was hired through Beacon Center in Niagara Falls. Allison has spent most of her post-graduate career to date working with individuals struggling with alcohol and substance abuse issues and mentoring new graduates as they enter the fields of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency. Allison received her CASAC (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor) Certification in 2016 and her New York State License of Mental Health Counseling in 2018.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and telehealth therapy on the rise, Allison accepted a position as a clinician through BetterHelp. Betterhelp is an entirely online-based platform for providing mental health services to individuals in a telehealth setting. This new position has given her the ability to work from home and balance work/life goals.

Sabrina Khandai, '14 

Sabrina Khandai is an enthusiastic and compassionate Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, who practices psychotherapy in Ajax, ON and Toronto, ON Canada.  Sabrina earned an M.Sc. in Clinical Mental Health Counselling from Niagara University in 2014. Prior to this, Sabrina obtained an Hon.B.Sc. from the University of Toronto. Sabrina currently works at a public youth mental health agency in Toronto, ON, providing intensive Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and general psychotherapy to youth and their families. Sabrina also works with a private clinic in Ajax, ON providing psychotherapy support to youth, adults and families who are navigating various mental, intellectual, emotional and social challenges. Within her role as a psychotherapist, Sabrina has also enjoyed contributing and collaborating to the development of new therapeutic programs within the communities that she serves. 

Jessica Whitley, '15

Jessica Whitley is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and clinical supervisor, who practices in Buffalo, NY with the Monsignor Carr Institute. She earned her M.A. in general psychology from Medaille College in 2011 and M.S. in clinical mental health counseling from Niagara University in 2015. Jessica provides clinical supervision for multiple adult and children’s mental health clinics across Catholic Charities and provides EMDR and general psychotherapy to individuals ages 4 and above. She also teaches as an adjunct professor in the clinical mental health counseling and undergraduate psychology program of Medaille College in Buffalo, NY and in the social sciences department at Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY.