Dr. Bart Andrews and Dewitt Campbell chat with #SPSM Sunday 2/22/15, 9pm CST about a virtual mental health service they are building. While they chat with #SPSM on Twitter, watch their LIVE stream here:
The Tweets for this chat will be archived on Storify.
Behavioral Health Response’s Virtual Online Youth Center (VOYC) is a pilot project designed to meet youth where they live and provide services in a form that they prefer. An offshoot of BHR’s award winning Youth Connection Helpline program, both funded through the St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund, VOYC provides an immersive environment for youth to connect with each other and with social services. Imagine meeting friends a beach bonfire, taking a walk in the mountains with friends and then flying, yes, flying, to a virtual appointment with a mental health or substance use provider, all from the comfort of your own home. Go to www.bhrstl.org to learn more about BHR’s services and mission.
Bart Andrews, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Clinical Operations at Behavioral Health Response (BHR). Dr. Andrews started his academic career as a business major, but switched to psychology after experiencing severe boredom and spreadsheet inadequacy. After completing his bachelor’s degree in psychology, Dr. Andrews gained greater appreciation for the principles of a free market economy and entered graduate school with the hopes of obtaining gainful employment while helping others. Dr. Andrews started work as a crisis intervention clinician at BHR in 1998. The power of telephonic access for people in crisis altered his professional path. Dr. Andrews believes that there are many parallel processes between providing services to clients, providing training to clinicians and increasing awareness in the community about mental health needs. Dr. Andrews’s primary focus is to ensure BHR continues to provide superior services for our community and behavioral health partners.
Dewitt Campbell was born and raised in the city of St. Louis. He received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Webster University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University. Campbell has more than nineteen years of social service experience in a number of distinct areas including; substance abuse prevention, United Way fund distribution, adult and youth homeless services, emergency disaster services, and workforce development services.
Campbell has extensive experience with Social Justice training and group facilitation including, more than 15 years as a contract trainer with NCCJ St. Louis and has previously taught the Social Justice and Human Diversity course at Washington University’s School of Social work.
Campbell became a full time freelance social worker in early 2014 focusing on project management, end-user technology, diversity training and consultation. Campbell is currently working with Behavioral Health Response (BHR) as the contracted Project Manager for the innovative new project, the Virtual Online Youth Center (VOYC). VOYC is a pilot project to develop a new on-line virtual world platform for youth to access mental health services.