Since 2000, The Bridge has provided consultation services to many organizations and schools. Our 35 years of experience, combined with a commitment to Evidence-Based Practices makes us uniquely suited to assist mental health and educational professionals.
- customized training programs for clinical and direct care staff,
- assistance designing and implementing an evidence-based practice that meets the special needs of your population and milieu,
- assistance adapting these treatments to suit specific populations and setting such as: adolescents, individuals with developmental disabilities, parents, residential settings, schools, out-patient treatment and others,
- staff supervision,
- case consultation and treatment planning,
- assistance to agency leadership to develop strategies that build funder and stakeholder commitment to evidence-based practices,
- assistance to schools to manage and prevent dangerous and disruptive behaviors and costly outplacements.
Principal Consultation Staff
Self-Injury & Suicide Prevention
Barent Walsh, Ph.D. has written extensively and presented internationally on the topic of self-destructive behavior. He is the author of Treating Self-Injury: A Practical Guide 2nd edition, Guilford Press, (2014). This volume has been translated into Polish and Japanese. In addition, Dr. Walsh is co-developer (with Screening for Mental Health of Wellesley, MA) of “Act to Prevent Self-Injury,” a prevention program with DVD for high schools. Dr. Walsh has presented on self-injury in London, Edinburg, Vienna, Stuttgart, Ulm, Oslo, Dubai, Tokyo, Beijing, Montevideo, Mexico City, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, and throughout the United States.
Dr. Walsh is the Executive Director Emeritus and Senior Clinical Consultant at The Bridge, a human service agency headquartered in Worcester, MA. Dr. Walsh is a Lecturer on Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School at Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA.
Illness Management & Recovery
Kerrin Westerlind, L.I.C.S.W., is The Director of Illness Management & Recovery (IMR) Services at The Bridge of Central Massachusetts. She holds a master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. Ms. Westerlind is responsible for overseeing the implementation of IMR throughout the agency and training staff. In addition, Ms. Westerlind has provided IMR training and consultation to many organizations.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Jennifer Eaton, M.S., LMHC, is the Director of DBT Training and Consultation for The Bridge of Central Massachusetts, Inc.
Previously, as Director of DBT Training, She oversaw eight DBT projects including residential and outreach DBT programs that serve emotionally disturbed adolescents and young adults, mentally ill adults, adult women with physical disabilities and traumatic brain injury, and adults with developmental disabilities.
Ms. Eaton, holds a masters degree in clinical psychology. In addition, she was intensively trained in DBT by Dr. Charles Swenson and completed an Advanced Intensive taught by Dr. Marsha Linehan, the developer of DBT. Ms. Eaton has presented numerous times at the annual ISITDBT Conference and at various local and national conferences.
Ms. Eaton has consulted and trained staff and administrators at the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, the New York State Office of Mental Retardation, the Alabama Mentoring Network, Denver Behavioral Health, and various public school and outpatient clinics.
Some of the organizations that have benefited from our training and consultation are:
Alabama Mentor Network
Assabet Valley Collaborative
Community Counseling of Bristol County
Community Research Foundation, San Diego, CA
Denver Health, Denver, CO
Dover-Sherborn, MA Public School District
Fairfield, CT Public Schools
Greenwich, CT Public Schools
Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education
Leominster, MA Public School
Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Quality Management Symposium
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Massachusetts Department of Youth Services
Mendon-Upton Regional School District
Mental Health Association of Lowell, MA
Millis, MA Public Schools Nashoba Regional School District, Bolton, MA
Natick, MA Public Schools
New York State's Office of Developmental Disabilities
Phoenix, AZ Public School District
Preferred Alternatives, Fayetteville, NC
Reading Public Schools
Riverside Community Care, Dedham, MA
Scituate, MA Public Schools
Screening for Mental Health, Inc., Wellesley, MA
The Edinburg Center, Lexington, MA
The Key Program, Framingham, MA
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Westborough, MA Public School District
If you are interested in exploring ways The Bridge can help you with a new treatment model, a challenging client or a student in critical need, please contact Stephen Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (508-755-0333).