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Daemen Launching State-Approved Applied Behavior Analysis Program

Daemen Launching State-Approved Applied Behavior Analysis Program

Daemen College has received New York State Department of Education approval to offer a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis (ABA) starting in the fall, making it the only state-approved ABA graduate program in New York.

In addition to the master’s degree, approval has been granted for Daemen to launch a new advanced certificate program to provide ABA post-graduate training for professionals in related fields. “These programs will greatly augment our exceptional academic offerings and prepare highly qualified professionals with the advanced level of skills and training essential for this growing field,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.

“For students, the programs are ideally suited for those looking to further their careers or would like to apply their talents and experience to pursue new opportunities as behavior analysts.”

Businesses Can Dramatically Decrease the Likelihood of Slip and Fall Incidents

Businesses Can Dramatically Decrease the Likelihood of Slip and Fall Incidents

The statistics are daunting: Falls account for over eight million hospital emergency room visits annually and are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims. Additionally, floors and flooring materials contribute directly to more than two million fall injuries suffered each year.

In an effort to eliminate slip and fall occurrences — and the potential for expensive lawsuits — many business owners across the country are turning to Sure Step, a non-slip treatment that can be applied to a wide variety of flooring surfaces to help prevent slip and fall incidents.

Commentary: Let’s Start a Community Discussion About Mental Illness

Commentary: Let’s Start a Community Discussion About Mental Illness

While we may not like to talk about it at the dinner table, mental illnesses are real and prevalent in our nation, and approximately half of us will have a mental health diagnosis at some point in our lives. And what better time to talk about it than during May, which is also known nationally as Mental Health Month.

It’s no secret that all Americans experience times of difficulty and stress in their lives, and you and I are not exempt from the problems of daily life. When our troubles begin to overtake our mental health, we should all feel comfortable in seeking help and support to manage these times in a compassionate, judgement-free way. 

Rural Outreach Center Receives Donation From United Capital

Rural Outreach Center Receives Donation From United Capital

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) recently received a $2,750 donation from United Capital, a national wealth management firm with an office in Western New York.  

Through United Capital's national “Help4Hearts” program, local offices generate $250 to donate toward a charity of their choice for every client referral they receive and meet with. The program is designed to help regional offices improve lives in their communities while growing their local practices.

The ROC provides wrap-around services to rural communities in southern Western New York, helping individuals and families move toward independence. In 2016, the ROC served over 1,500 people, working to empower them toward their personal goals.

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Social Worker

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Social Worker

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), an East Aurora-based nonprofit organization dedicated to ending rural poverty in southern Erie County and surrounding areas and assisting, empowering and elevating individuals to self-sufficiency, is seeking a part-time social worker to join its dedicated staff.

The ROC offers general counseling, mental health and substance abuse counseling, play therapy, multiple support groups and many other services through partner organizations. The person selected for this position will conduct individual intakes, provide case management in home and office settings, and will work with individuals to establish goals and objectives with the ultimate goal to reach a higher level of stability and independence. 

Preventing Falls is the Topic of Rural Outreach Center Event

Preventing Falls is the Topic of Rural Outreach Center Event

Did you know that falls are one of the most preventable causes of injury for older adults? In fact, one out of three adults will fall this year but only half of these individuals will mention it to their doctor. And, falling once greatly increases the risk of falling again. 

This will be the topic of a rescheduled event to be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 at the Rural Outreach Center, 730 Olean Road, East Aurora. Karen Shalke, an occupational therapist and community liaison for Catholic Health’s Living Independently for Elders program at the Our Lady of Victory Senior Neighborhood, will discuss many simple steps that can be taken to prevent falls. The event is free and open to the public.

Call the Right Play for Super Bowl LI and Pass the Keys to a Sober Driver

Call the Right Play for Super Bowl LI and Pass the Keys to a Sober Driver

Football fans across the country will celebrate America’s most watched national sporting event, Super Bowl LI, on Sunday, Feb. 5. For many, the celebration will include drinking alcohol.

That’s why highway safety advocates and law enforcement officials are teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a special “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” reminder to urge all football fans to call the right play on Super Bowl weekend by passing the keys to a sober driver before the drinking begins.