News Archive

2017

Audiologist takes graduate students to Project Connect
Dr. Alyssa Eminhizer, audiologist for the Charles Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic in the Unified Clinics recently accompanied her Au.D. students to Project Connect 2017.

State approves two contracts with CTAC for continued training
The Southwest Michigan Children’s Trauma Assessment Center (CTAC) at Western Michigan University was recently awarded two separate contracts from the state.

Audiology clinic partners with foundation to get patients hearing aids
Faculty and students in the Audiology Clinic, part of the Unified Clinics at Western Michigan University, work diligently to assist low-income individuals to help them get hearing aids at no charge from the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

WMed students observe Unified Clinics
Over the next seven months, more than 100 level I and level II students in the WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine will observe both the vision and audiology clinics in the WMU Unified Clinics.

Changes to CTAC referrals announced
Beginning June 1, CTAC will be under contract with the State of Michigan for comprehensive transdisciplinary neurodevelopmental trauma assessments, as well as clinical assessments performed by CTAC mental health clinicians only.

Connie Black-Pond gives keynote at conference
The Western Regional Area Health Education Center hosted the Building Trauma Informed Organizations Across Disciplines conference in May. CTAC's Connie Black-Pond delivered the keynote at the event.

SLP students present at conference
Anna Poggensee and Brittany Barnes, both graduate students in speech-language pathology, presented their work at the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s annual conference in March.

Pair present at Aphasia conference

Two speech-language pathology clinicians from Western Michigan University’s Aphasia Communication Enhancement program (ACE) presented at the Aphasia Access' 2017 Leadership Summit in March.
Feb. 17

Autism Evaluation Center sees 100th patient
The Western Evaluation Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders saw its 100th patient in January. Located in Western Michigan University’s Unified Clinics on the Oakland Drive Campus, the center is part of WMU's multifaceted Autism Center of Excellence.
Feb. 17

Behavioral Health Services awarded reaccreditation

WMU’s Behavioral Health Services has been given a glowing review as part of a three-year reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
Feb. 6

Vision Clinic optometrist awarded

Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Johnson, WMU Vision Clinic optometrist, for receiving the Michigan Optometrist Association's Optometrist of the Year award.
Feb. 6

2016

Jim Henry receives outstanding social worker award

Dr. Jim Henry, professor in the School of Social Work and program director at WMU's Children's Trauma and Assessment Center, was the 2016 recipient of the Sue Smith Outstanding Social Worker Award at the 35th Annual University of Michigan Child Abuse and Neglect Conference.
Dec. 6

Unified Clinics trick-or-treat event a success

In late October, faculty supervisors from Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and Occupational Therapy collaborated on a trick or treating experience for children in the Preschool Language Intervention Program (PLIP). The event brought together staff and clients from three Western Michigan University Unified Clinics.
Nov. 18

Optician with 45 years of experience joins Vision Clinic

Phil Charlton has been named optician for the Western Michigan University Vision Clinic.
Nov. 16

CTAC Awarded Funds from United Way

The Southwest Michigan Children’s Trauma Assessment Center (CTAC) at Western Michigan University was recently awarded over $22,000 in supportive grant funds from the United Way of the Greater Kalamazoo and Battle Creek Region.
Nov. 11

Audiology Clinic welcomes new doctor

The Western Michigan University Charles Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic recently welcomed Dr. Alyssa Eminhizer to join their audiological team.
Nov. 2

CTAC and ISAAC Partnering with Schools to Create a Trauma-Responsive Community

The Southwest Michigan Children’s Trauma Assessment Center, in partnership with ISAAC's Early Education Task Force and the Raising Kalamazoo County collaborative has received commitment from eight of the 10 Kalamazoo county school districts to engage in an introductory session with CTAC to help make the school district more trauma-informed.
Oct. 27

Special NSSLHA Fundraiser

On Thursday, Sept. 29, the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) WMU chapter will host a screening of Michael Turner's film, The Way We Talk, at 6:45 p.m. at KVCC. A reception and discussion with the filmmaker will follow. The screening is a fundraiser for Camp Shout Out, a camp for youth who stutter that is hosted near Muskegon, Michigan each summer.
Sept. 9

2016 Van Riper Lecture Series

The 2016 Van Riper Lecture Series will take place Friday, Sept. 30, at Fetzer Center. The topic is Communication: The Lived Experience, and we are very excited about our two speakers -- Michael Turner, documentary filmmaker and director of "The Way We Talk," and Gael Hannan, author of "How I Hear It."
Sept. 9

WMU’s Children’s Trauma Assessment Center boosting its role in community trauma training

A significant offering from Western Michigan University’s Children’s Trauma Assessment Center in the Unified Clinics is trauma informed training. Not only do staff train whole organizations nationwide, CTAC is now offering training for anyone in the community who wants to learn about the impacts of childhood trauma. Training sessions are offered on campus, and topics vary.

WMU's Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic has big impact on preschoolers

In collaboration with the Kalamazoo County Ready 4s program, the Charles Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic and its graduate students from the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences have made a significant impact on children in Kalamazoo county.

Optometrist Named President of State Association

Vision Clinic optometrist, Dr. Matthew Johnson, has recently been named president of the Michigan Optometric Association.

Grant funds study of food selectivity in children

Dr. Michelle Suarez, Western Michigan University clinical supervisor and assistant professor of occupational therapy, was recently awarded the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation grant for treatment of food selectivity in children with developmental disabilities.

CTAC staff participate in CHHS Interprofessional Education Expo

The 2016 Interprofessional Education Expo highlighted interprofessional collaboration and teamwork at CHHS.

Now accepting applications for fall clinic

Applications for fall 2016 speech and language services and/or therapy at the Western Michigan University Charles Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic are now being accepted for adults and children. The deadline for all applications is Aug. 19.

Southwest Michigan Children’s Trauma Assessment Center offers spring workshops

The Southwest Michigan Children’s Trauma Assessment Center at Western Michigan University’s Unified Clinics is offering two workshops for parents of children who have experienced trauma.
Mar. 1

Occupational therapy faculty member brings sabbatical research to CDS, Unified Clinics

Berit G. Miller, master faculty specialist-professional specialist of occupational therapy, was granted sabbatical during the fall 2015 academic semester to engage in research regarding the Beckman Oral Motor Intervention techniques.
Mar. 1

Unique feeding clinic helps families

The Finicky Feeders Food Selectivity Clinic at the Western Michigan University Pediatric Occupational Therapy Clinic serves children ages one to 15 who have food aversions, food refusal, difficulty with texture transition, self-limited diets, oral incoordination and/or disruptive mealtime behaviors.
Mar. 1

Southwest Michigan Children’s Trauma Assessment Center launches major impact on child welfare system in Colorado

Jim Henry, PhD, CTAC Project Director, and Amy Perricone, LMSW and Project Coordinator, have been collaborating with the Larimer County Department of Human Services in Colorado over the last 17 months.
Mar. 1

Partnership continues between Behavioral Health Services and WMed

Behavioral Health Services in the Unified Clinics at Western Michigan University (BHS) has been collaborating with WMU’s Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine clinics since 2013.
Mar. 1

WMU students gain valuable experience in Autism Clinic

During the fall 2015 semester, the Western Evaluation Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (WECAN) at the Western Michigan University Unified Clinics provided rich educational opportunities for three undergraduate clinical assistants.
Feb. 15

Kremer named director of Vision Clinic

A professional with over 35 years of experience with low vision rehabilitation and services is the new director of the Vision Clinic, part of the Unified Clinics at Western Michigan University.
Feb. 15

Southwest Michigan Children's Trauma Assessment Center offers training to area schools

Western Michigan University's Southwest Michigan Children's Trauma Assessment Center (CTAC) has recently been partnering with area school districts in an effort to create trauma-informed schools.
Feb. 15

The WMU Vision Clinic is currently accepting new patients

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Feb. 3

2015

WMU aphasia program receives donation

The Aphasia Communication Enhancement Program in the Charles Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic at Western Michigan University received a gift from Sole2Soul on behalf of Trevor Rhoda and treatment of aphasia.

New Michigan autism resource launched at WMU

Located in WMU's Unified Clinics on the University's Oakland Drive Campus, the new center is part of WMU's multifaceted Autism Center of Excellence.

Open house at Unified Clinics to spread awareness about aphasia

The Aphasia Communication Enhancement Program—ACE—in the WMU Charles Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic is observing National Aphasia Awareness Month in June by hosting the open house from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, on the fourth floor of the Unified Clinics located at 1000 Oakland Drive.

Kuchenbuch named director of Behavioral Health Services


 

A longtime criminal justice/mental health/substance abuse treatment professional with over 36 years of experience has been named the new director of Western Michigan University’s Behavioral Health Services in the Unified Clinics. Joseph Kuchenbuch, MA, LLP, CAADC, CCS-M assumed his post as Faculty Specialist I Clinical Specialist on June 15.