An Effective California Fellowship Program For Homicide Prevention

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With a background as a psychiatrist, Bruce Maag has focused his career on expanding Ohio’s network of treatment foster care agencies. Bruce Maag is one of the Foster Family Based Treatment Association founders and was the organization’s fifth president. He is also active with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NACD), which focuses on child welfare and juvenile justice issues.

NACD was recently in the news for the success of its innovative fellowship program in Richmond, California, which has one of the nation’s highest homicide rates. In 2007 alone, the city of 100,000 experienced 45 murders: a rate that exceeded Washington D.C’s rate by a factor of three.

Coordinating with the newly formed Office of Neighborhood Safety, NACD offered “potentially lethal” young men $1,000 each month simply for simply participating in the program and staying out of trouble.

A recent evaluation of the fellowship program, now in its eighth year, found that it has been effective. The costs were far less expensive than those associated with homicide, which average $400,000 when prison and medical expenses are considered. The program is now being considered by violence-stricken communities such as Oakland, California, and Toledo, Ohio.

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American Counseling Association Announces 66th President

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Since 2000, Bruce Maag has served as chief executive officer at International Phoenix Group, a treatment foster-care nonprofit he founded in Delphos, Ohio, to help underserved youth. With decades of experience in social work, Bruce Maag maintains membership with several professional organizations, among them the American Counseling Association (ACA).

Established in 1952 when four associations held a joint convention in Los Angeles, the ACA began as the American Personnel and Guidance Association. It changed its name in 1983 to the American Association of Counseling and Development before settling on its current name in 1992. The ACA seeks to maintain the public’s trust in counselors by enhancing the counseling practice. It serves professional counselors in the United States and 50 other countries.

On February 16, 2016, the ACA announced that its 66th president is Dr. Gerard Lawson. He begins his term as president-elect on July 1 with his term officially beginning the following July 1. Active in the ACA, he was a volunteer leader at the branch, division, and national levels. Currently, he is a member of the ACA’s governing council. A licensed professional counselor, Dr. Lawson works as an associate professor in the counselor education program at Virginia Tech University.