On June 13th, 2022, Oklahoma City police have a large presence at Integris Southwest Medical Center after a suicide at the hospital's campus Monday. “Integris officials said they cannot disclose any details because of privacy laws other than there was a death at the campus. Hospital officials are cooperating with the Oklahoma City Police Department.” This was news from KOCO 5, a local TV station in Oklahoma City which was published on their website Monday, June 13. Just 3 sentences, 51 words. Today is Thursday, June 16 and not another word about it. In today’s episode, three Doctors of Behavioral Health will discuss suicidality in the US and what states and healthcare systems can and should be doing to address this crisis proactively.
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Dr. Larry Ford, Founder & CEO at Hands to Guide You, a behavioral and mental healthcare practice located in Oklahoma City, OK. Dr. Ford is a DBH (Doctor of Behavioral Health) and with a staff of a dozen, has been practicing for well over a decade. He serves as a vital member of his community, also teaching at MidAmerica Christian University and is founder of Let’s Play Sports, a program dedicated to providing school tuition and scholarships for young athletes living in under-served communities. Dr. Ford also serves on the Board of Directors for Cummings Graduate Institute.
Dr. Cara English, CEO of Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies. Dr. English has been a counselor for over 16 years, with specialties in women’s health, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, infant and child development, and family wellness. She earned a master’s degree in counseling in 2002 from Northern Arizona University and worked as a community and school counselor and behavioral health consultant in a wide variety of settings during her graduate work at NAU and following graduation. She earned a DBH degree from Arizona State University in 2013.
Dr. Janet Cummings, Chair for Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies and daughter of the institute’s founders Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings. Dr. Cummings serves as Chair for Cummings Graduate Institute and is an internationally recognized psychologist and author whose specialties include Pathophysiology, Psychopharmacology, Neuropathophysiology, Biodyne Model and Suicidal Ideation.
Founded in 2015, the Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies is one of a handful of universities worldwide that grant the distinguished Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) degree and is the only university that exclusively focuses on the growing field of integrated healthcare. CGI credits its origins to the work of Dr. Nicholas Cummings, an American psychologist, author, and former president of the American Psychology Association (1979). Learn more about degree programs and continuing education at cgi.edu
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