Mental Health, Mental Illness, on Block Island

bringing services and support for those who are ill and education for mental health to all on Block Island

2019 Speaker biographies

Jeffrey Hunt, MD.

Dr. Jeffrey  Hunt is Professor and Deputy Division Director in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is the Program Director for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship and the Combined Program in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child Psychiatry (Triple Board) residency. He is also Director of Inpatient and Intensive Services at Bradley Hospital. Dr. Hunt has been co-investigator on several NIMH funded studies relating to mood disorders including the Course and Outcome of Bipolar Youth study (COBY) over the last 15 years.

Pamela Hoffman, MD.

Pamela Hoffman is Assistant Professor at Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the Assistant Director at Hasbro Psychiatric Emergency Services at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and helps lead a multidisciplinary team evaluating children and adolescents in crisis in the emergency room setting. Dr. Hoffman also chairs the Telehealth Steering Committee and is dedicated to bringing telemedicine to RI to enhance patient access to care.

Liz Jorgensen, CADC.

Liz Jorgensen has 30 years experience with adolescent and adult psychotherapy and counseling. She is a nationally recognized expert in counseling, particularly in engaging resistant teens and motivating them to change. She was the coordinator of Adolescent Substance Abuse Services at Danbury Hospital and created and ran dual diagnosis partial hospital, intensive outpatient and outpatient services in her 18 years there. Since 2000 Liz has been the owner and director of Insight Counseling in Ridgefield, CT where she collaborates with seven dedicated colleagues to run a full spectrum of outpatient counseling programs, including intensive outpatient services for adolescents and young adults. Liz is also a consultant to Newport Academy, an adolescent treatment system with residential centers in CT and CA and outpatient centers in CA and CT.

Liz has received a Congressional Award in 1994 for her work in treatment innovation and prevention, a Community Service Award from RYASAP in 2008, the HVCASA Community Service Award in 2009 and she has held various leadership roles in non-profits and community prevention coalitions. Liz has been on faculty of Harvard CME for 15 years and has presented on issues related to adolescent treatment, recovery and program development. Her counseling theory was published by NIDA in 1999 and most recently Liz was featured in the Netflix documentary, “Take Your Pills.”

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