Beth Barol

Beth has dedicated the past 42 years to serving and supporting people with Intellectual and Developmental Disability (ID) who also have challenging behaviors.
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She is committed to expanding the availability and use of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback to all undeserved populations through training, treatment, and research.

After working in a community- based agency for 19 years, she served for 10 years as the Clinical Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Retardation’s (now ODP)Training and Technical Assistance Initiative, as a full-time consultant. Her responsibilities included directing the Positive Approaches/Dual Diagnosis Initiative, building a statewide network including state facilities and community programs, as well as providing clinically based training and consultation, including annual trauma institutes for clinicians throughout the state.

Her areas of special interest include: Positive Approaches with people with IDD and challenging behaviors including co-occurring mental illness, the effects of trauma, and neurological differences. She works on the behalf of these individuals through her clinical roles as well as through her experience in Individual Trauma-based therapy and supports, Group Process, Conflict Resolution, Partnership Building, Leadership Development, System Change, and Management. She has been working with Biographical Timelines as part of her practice on a micro as well as a macro practice level for over 29 years.

She is currently the Associate Dean and Director of Widener University’s Center for Social Work Education. She initiated and co-directs the certificate in IDD associated with the MSW program as well as the Clinical Services for Vulnerable Adults (CSVA) clinic. Dr. Barol also consults regularly in the U.S. and internationally.

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