Course Listing - by Instructor

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Tabitha Fondren
Karen Frankel Karen Frankel is an instructors for the DC: 0-5 Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood.
Trena Goings
Corey Hayes Dr. Corey Hayes is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Research Health Scientist in the Center for Mental Health and Outcomes Research at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. Dr. Hayes received his Pharm.D. and M.P.H. from UAMS in 2013 and practiced for 3 years, primarily functioning as the clinical pharmacist with the psychiatric treatment team on the two inpatient psychiatric units at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. From 2016-2018, Dr. Hayes completed a NIDA funded T32 Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Translational Addiction Research and completed his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy. Dr. Hayes’s research has focused on evaluating opioid use and abuse in populations, and some of his previous works have been published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Health Services Resear! ch, Journal of Pain, and Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety.
Sherry Heller Sherry Heller is an instructor for the DC: 0-5 Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood.
Sharla Kibel Sharla Kibel is an instructors for the DC: 0-5 Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood.
Wendy Pascoe Wendy Pascoe graduated with a Masters degree in Special Education, Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education in 2002 from the University of Oregon. She arrived in Arkansas in 2016 after living and working in Japan for almost 4 years. She currently works for the Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit. She has worked with students with delays and disability, ages birth to 22, for more than 15 years.
Lisa Perry
Katelynn Priest
Paula Stone Paula Stone is a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) with more than 25 years of experience in Behavioral Health. She began her career working for a local non-profit agency as a child mental health therapist with abused and neglected children before moving into management roles within the agency. After moving into management she has spent much of her career in developing or expanding programs. She developed Arkansas’s first preschool day treatment program providing integrated care for children with behavioral and developmental issues. She developed a single point of entry system for a behavioral health agency to improve service access for a full continuum of care and prepare the agency for a managed care environment. Paula left Arkansas and directed community based programs in Florida, California and New Jersey before moving into work with a managed care organization developing a new children service system of care. Her experience in several areas of the country ga! ve her an opportunity to experience varied systems and methods for providing successful services. Paula has been with the AR Department of Human services for nine years in various roles with the Division of Aging and Adult Behavioral Health Services (DAABHS) and currently serves as Deputy Director of the Division of Medical Services (DMS) over Innovation and Delivery System Reform for the AR Medicaid program. During her time at DAABHS she led a team in the development of the AR Children’s Behavioral Health System of Care working with a Governor appointed Commission and writing and administering federal grants to demonstrate effective systems to model changes to the AR Medicaid system as well as the state funded Community Mental Health system. In her current role at DMS, the unit implemented changes to a 30-year-old fee-for-services behavioral health system including the development and operationalization the AR Independent Assessment process. The current work of the unit! is developing state policy, completing Medicaid waivers to tr! ansform services for the Medicaid beneficiary population of children and adults with behavioral health and intellectual/developmental disabilities through creating a new type of managed care. The system is built around a new organization structure for AR service providers and administrative partners, the Provider-led AR Shared Savings Entity (PASSE).
Melissa Stone Melissa Stone received a Bachelor’s of Arts and Science in English from the University of Arkansas in 2001 and her Juris Doctorate from the William H. Bowen School of Law in 2005. In October of that year, she began work at the Arkansas Department of Human Services as Assistant Deputy Counsel handling child welfare and adult abuse and neglect cases. She has also served as Deputy Counsel, Managing Attorney, and Assistant Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services. Ms. Stone currently serves as Director of DDS and is responsible for oversight of Arkansas’ five Human Development Centers. In addition, she oversees division wide compliance, policy and procedures, and represents DDS as Legislative Liaison. She is dedicated to serving Arkansas families who have a loved one with a developmental or intellectual disability and recognizes the importance of providing them with an array of service options
Don Streit Don Streit, LCSW, is a counselor in private practice in Little Rock. He worked for many years for MidSOUTH, UA Little Rock School of Social Work, doing training and supervision for child welfare workers around the state. He has done extensive training in the areas of ethics, supervision, Jungian psychotherapy, therapy techniques, and humor in practice all over the U.S. and abroad.