2009 Distinguished Psychologist Award Presented

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May 20, 2009 for Immediate Release

2009 Distinguished Psychologist Award Presented

Antioch University New England’s Department of Clinical Psych honors Dr. Laurie Guidry

Keene, NH – The Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England presented its 2009 Distinguished Psychologist Award to Dr. Laurie Guidry. Laurie, who graduated from Antioch University New England in 2000, directs an innovative, evolving statewide program for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health for individuals with co-occurring chronic mental illness and problematic sexual behaviors and/or sexual offending behaviors. It has operated for nine years and is the only program like it in the country.

According to Antioch program chair Roger Peterson, Laurie created a pioneering system for working with mentally ill sex offenders for the State of Massachusetts. As part of this work, Laurie provides specialized clinical services, including assessment and treatment, consultation, program development services and staff and agency trainings, including offering practicum training opportunities for AUNE students.

“She does everything and has truly created her own path,” adds Peterson. “By doing so she has vastly improved services to a much neglected, and much feared and hated group.”

After accepting the award, Laurie said that she uses all that she learned during her time at Antioch University New England in her job everyday. “From direct clinical care skills, to working with systems, to consultation, to research and program development; my education at Antioch has proven both influential and invaluable to the work I do today.”

When not working with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Laurie has a private practice in which she provides forensic assessment, consultation, training, supervision and program development services for agencies and clinicians in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. She works with patients and clients with complex clinical issues and systemic complexities (legal, ethical, provider-based) and co-occurring problematic sexual behavior and/or sexual offending behavior.

She is president of the Massachusetts chapter of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (MATSA), is co-chair of the Massachusetts Coalition for Sex Offender Management (MCSOM), and presents and consults nationally. She recently published a book chapter on sex offender treatment and is working on two book projects regarding effective sexual violence prevention, assessment, treatment and risk management strategies with both impaired and non-impaired sexual abusers.

About Antioch University New England’s Department of Clinical Psychology
Accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1986, Antioch University New England’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) offers rigorous academic challenge and thorough clinical training. The department includes eleven core faculty members, many who have made distinguished contributions to professional psychology on the national stage. In addition there are nine associated faculty members and a number of adjuncts.

Antioch University New England’s PsyD doctoral practitioner-scholar program has provided leadership in the preparation of reflective clinicians who undertake multiple roles in their professional careers. Graduates of the program approach their practices with disciplined inquiry, taking on the role of “local clinical scientists” who view their work as a socially responsible action.

About Antioch University New England
This is Antioch University New England’s forty-fifth year as an institution of higher education. Based in Keene, New Hampshire, AUNE offers rigorous, practice-oriented, values-based master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs to more than one thousand students. Degrees in education, leadership and management, environmental studies, and psychology reflect a dedication to activism, social justice, community service, and sustainability. Antioch University New England is the oldest and largest of Antioch University’s graduate campuses.

About Antioch University
Antioch University is a five-campus university located in four states. Each campus has its own distinct academic programs, community life, and regional or national identity. Antioch University is founded on principles of rigorous liberal arts education, innovative experiential learning and socially engaged citizenship. The multiple campuses of the University nurture in their students the knowledge, skills and habits of reflection to excel as lifelong learners, democratic leaders and global citizens who live lives of meaning and purpose. For more information visit: www.antioch.edu.