Research & Resources

Part of Council for Relationships’ mission is to conduct research and provide resources for the general public and mental health professionals. The following programs incorporate research into their methodology:

Community Partnerships Initiative | Council for Relationships Staff Therapists provide onsite group and individual therapy at community organizations as part of the Community Partnerships Initiative (CPI). CPI also has a strong research component. The Thomas Jefferson University Dean’s Research Award for research on the development of multicultural therapy competence continues. The purpose of this study is to explore the nature and development of multicultural therapy competence in working with marginalized and under-served populations. Qualitative and quantitative data was collected from the graduating cohort of Masters students, and pre-post data collection efforts into the summer and fall quarters will focus on the clients seen at the partnerships sites.

Operation Home and Healing | “Understanding Military Culture and Behavioral Health Treatment for Veterans and Family Members,” taught by OHH Director Nancy Isserman, was approved as a research study by the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work’s Institutional Review Board. The study assessed student’s military and veteran-related cultural competency by gauging competency at the beginning and end of the course in spring 2017. Students had an opportunity to compare both assessments and participate in a discussion on how the course may have influenced their views. The study has already been approved to be repeated next year, and OHH will seek to publish the findings at its conclusion.

Transcending Trauma Project | Established in 1991, the Transcending Trauma Project (TTP) studies the lives of Holocaust survivors and their families in order to learn about the human response to extreme trauma. This research contributes to the field of mental health by providing essential knowledge for treating trauma victims.

Council for Relationships also offers resources for the public on a variety of mental health topics. Click here to view a selection of published books written by our clinicians. Also, visit our blog to read helpful articles from our experienced clinical staff.