B-4-Boys Model Development Evaluation

B-4-Boys Model Development Evaluation

Principal Investigator: Bailey-Burch, Brendolyn
Funder: St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund (through Committed Caring Faith Communities)
Official Title: CCFC CSF B-4-Boys Project

B-4-Boys Model Development Evaluation

Committed Caring Faith Communities (CCFC) is answering the call of parents and the growing concern sweeping the nation about racial and ethnic disparities and their impact on the educational and life outcomes of African American boys through the B-4-Boys (Building Bonds Between Boys and Men) program model.  B-4-Boys is envisioned to be a gender- and culturally-specific intergenerational substance abuse prevention and mental health counseling intervention designed for African American boys ages 8-16  and caring adult males. The program is an adaptation of the MIMH’s Girls Holla Back! program model.  The MIMH is responsible for evaluating the adaptation phase. The evaluation for the 18-month adaptation phase is three-fold, conducting focus groups, charting adaptations, and testing segments of the proposed intervention with representatives from the focus population.

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Bi-Polar Disorder I and II: Empowering Strategies for Working with Clients


According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Bi-Polar Disorder is  a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels where day-to-day tasks become difficult.  The symptoms can be severe and are more difficult to manage than normal than everyday highs and lows.  If a person suffers from Bi-Polar Disorder poor job and/or school performance is often a problem.  Other problems that can occur could be a change in energy levels, activities, sleep and behavior.  Damaged relationships and even suicide are sometimes reported with this disorder.  It is estimated that over 5 million American suffer from Bi-Polar Disorder.

If you work with clients who suffer from this debilitating disorder and/or you want to learn more, attending this workshop will help you understand how Bipolar Disorder manifests in behavior and effective treatment that can help clients.


A case study review and video of a client diagnosed with Bi-Polar I

  • Her struggles
  • Her treatment
  • What has helped/ not helped
  • Her advice to others struggling with the disorder

Discussion and additional illustrations will be presented.


During the program to following concepts are addressed:

  • The diagnostic criteria for Bi-Polar I & II; Prevalence in the USA
  • The difference in symptomatology for each type of Bi-Polar disorder
  • How the systems manifest themselves in behavior of the client
  • Empowering treatment strategies from Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and Logo therapy
  • Helpful medications
  • Current research on treatment modalities for Bi-Polar I & II


Participants will come away with a better understanding of how Bi-polar disorder manifests in behavior and effective treatment that can help the client.

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