Dr. Richard Shepler Named New Director of Center for Innovative Practices at the Begun Center

Rick Shepler, Ph.D, has been appointed Director of the Center for Innovative Practices at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at Case Western Reserve University’s Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences. Rick’s appointment was made effective July 1, 2015.

Dr. Shepler is the co-developer of the Integrated Co-Occurring Treatment (ICT) model, one of the first treatment models designed specifically for youth with the co-occurring disorders of substance abuse and mental illness. The ICT program has received the SAMHSA’s Science and Service award and the NIATx iAward while also being included in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) Blueprint for Change: A Comprehensive Model for the Identification and Treatment of Youth with Mental Health Needs in Contact with the Juvenile Justice Network.

Having joined the CIP in 2003, Dr. Shepler has specialized in the areas of in-home community services, co-occurring disorders in youth, resilience, wraparound systems of care and trauma informed care.

“Rick brings the clinical and programmatic expertise required to guide the CIP forward with its mission of assisting stakeholders with the identification, development and implementation of effective research supported interventions for youth and their families,” says retiring CIP director, Patrick Kanary.