USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences                                                September 6 - 11, 2016

Criminology Associate Professor to Present in China

George Burruss, PhD, has been invited by the Zhejiang Police College to give a presentation on cybercrime and the police response to cybercrime. The theme of the conference is "Virtuality and Reality: Government Control Strategy for Internet Crime", which will be held from September 26th to the 29th at the Zhejiang Police College in Hangzhou, China.

MHLP Professor to Present in Vienna

Roger Peters, PhD, has been invited to participate in a Meeting of Experts on "Treatment and Care of People with Drug Use Disorders in Contact with the Criminal Justice System: Alternatives to Conviction or Punishment", to be held in Vienna, Austria in early October, 2016. The meeting is a joint initiative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), with the objectives/goals as follows:

".... to provide support to Member States in their efforts to implement treatment and care for people affected by drug use disorders who are in contact with the criminal justice system. This initiative explore strategies and options to direct, in appropriate cases, people with drug use disorders who are in contact with the criminal justice system, to the health care system, in line with the international drug control conventions and other relevant legal instruments. It also contributes to implementing resolution 58/5 of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, entitled "Supporting the collaboration of public health and justice authorities in pursuing alternative measures to conviction and punishment for appropriate drug related offences of a minor nature", which invited UNODC, in consultation with Member States, to provide tools on this topic. The specific purpose of the Meeting of Experts will be to review existing practices on treatment as an alternative to conviction or punishment and to provide inputs to the ongoing process of development of a handbook on the topic."

Dr. Peters will provide a presentation at the UNODC-WHO meeting on the topic of mental health courts and specialized court programs for persons who have co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.

Criminology Professor to Provide Training in Japan

Richard Dembo, PhD, has been invited by a representative of the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI) to provide training on juvenile justice issues and innovative services to representatives/delegates from 20 nations in Japan in late January 2017.

National Suicide Prevention Week is September 5 - 11: Know the Signs

Many suicides can be prevented and each of us can help by reaching out and responding when concerned. By knowing the warning signs, we can be better prepared to intervene when we see a friend, coworker, neighbor, or relative in distress. Read the letter from CFS's Stephen Roggenbaum, Gubernatorial appointee to Florida's Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council.

CBCS Student Success Café

CBCS hosted a Week of Welcome Student Success Café during the first week of classes. Many students took advantage of the interactive round table discussions to learn more about undergraduate research, study abroad, stress management, employment, diversity and inclusion, the library, and the tutoring and writing center. Students were encouraged to Like our Facebook page, and were entered into a raffle drawing for several great prizes.

Supervisor Speaker Series 2016 - Interviewing Techniques
The 2016 Supervisor Speaker Series is a series of workshops designed to address the most pressing issues that our supervisors face on a daily basis. Supervisors and staff who provide support to HR functions may attend any or all of the workshops throughout the year to help develop skills as a supervisor.

In this seminar, Nancy Wisgerhof will discuss a variety of strategies and techniques you can use during the interview process that will help to ensure you hire the best candidate for the job. Whether you're new to the hiring process or are a seasoned veteran, knowing what questions to ask and how to elicit and interpret responses is crucial to a successful recruitment plan.

Friday, September 9, 2016
MHC 1636
10:30am - 12:00pm

Seating is limited. Participants must register via email to Your registration will be confirmed. A wait-list will be established if demand exceeds space availability. If you need to cancel your attendance, please email this address as well. This will help to ensure that all available seats have been assigned.
Florida KIDS COUNT Needs Your Cute Kid

Florida KIDS COUNT is in the midst of producing a County Data Book and we want faces of real Florida Kids to help tell our story. Our Data Book will be put in the hands of advocates, politicians, county planners and administrators who make decisions every day on how our tax dollars and efforts are spent. Let's make sure they are looking into the faces or our children as they do so.

We are looking for children and young people from infant to young adult, as well as all sizes, colors, and abilities! Family and group photos are welcome too, as long as they include children. Please send a photo of your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, neighbor, whoever (with permission of course). Keep your eyes out for newest book coming in December 2016. It could include your cutest kid. More information...

Because of demand, all sessions for the financial counseling by TIAA-CREF on Monday, September 12 are filled. To accommodate those who were not able to schedule a session, a TIAA-CREF representative will also hold sessions on Wednesday, September 14.

You can discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA-CREF Financial Consultant on a confidential basis. They are available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals by investing in financial products such as mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.
Wednesday, September 14, 201610:00am - 5:00pmMHC 1123

CBCS In the News

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, HSCO offer new device to track missing persons
Bay News 9
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF are set to introduce a pilot program with a device called 'Safety Net.'


Diabetes linked to memory decline in older adults
We believe that the combination of diabetes and high blood sugar increases the chances of a number of health problems," said lead study author Colleen Pappas, an Aging researcher at the University of South Florida in Tampa.


Juvenile detention staff offer positive comments on Vonachen; defense expert begins testimony
The Hutchinson News
However, during that time Dr. Kathleen M. Heide, a tenured professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, only presented her credentials, in order for the court to determine she could testify as an expert. She began to lay out how she conducted her examination, which resulted in a 60-page report.


Defense expert testifies Vonachen suffers from dissociative disorder
Hutchinson News
Heide, a criminology professor at the University of South Florida whose focus of study is on parenticide, and licensed mental health counselor, detailed more than two dozen specific examples from the evidence accumulated in the case and from interviews she had with Vonachen and a dozen others that she said indicated he suffered from a mental disorder.

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