Dr Willa J Casstevens

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Associate Professor

  • Email: wjcasste@ncsu.edu
  • Phone: 919-513-7959
  • Address:
    1911 Bldg 214, Box 7639
    NCSU Campus
    Raleigh, NC 27695

Teaching and Research Interests

MENTAL HEALTH

Voice-hearing - check out what's happening internationally

www.isps.org/images/The_Melbourne_Hearing_Voice_Declaration.pdf

http://www.intervoiceonline.org/

Suicide Prevention - check out Social Work at NC State

http://socialwork.chass.ncsu.edu/suicide_prevention/ 

Casstevens, W. J., Coker, J., & Sanders, T. D. (2012). Mentored self-help: A promising approach to exploring voices. Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 14(2), 110-124. DOI: 10.1891/1559-4343.14.2.110  

Suicide Prevention - check out National Institute of Mental Health

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml

Projects

NC State University Suicide Prevention Program

Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among college students, and some specific student groups are at higher risk. Drs. Casstevens and Hall in the Department of Social Work were co-investigators on a three-year $253,200 Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant to help change campus culture around suicide and its prevention.

Campus suicide prevention grant key personnel came from the CHASS Department of Social Work, Office of Student and Community Standards, and the GLBT Center. The University Counseling Center played a vital role in suicide prevention programming development, and is now home to the NC State Suicide Prevention Program.

NC Suicide Prevention Plan Working Group & NCIOM Suicide Prevention and Intervention Task Force

Dr. Casstevens was a member of the 2012 NC IOM Suicide Prevention and Intervention Task Force, and the 2014 NC Suicide Prevention Plan Working Group to develop the State of North Carolina's suicide prevention plan:

North Carolina Institute of Medicine in Collaboration with the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (July, 2012). Suicide Prevention and Intervention Plan: A Report of the NCIOM Task Force on Suicide Prevention and Intervention. Retrieved from:

http://www.nciom.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/SuicidePrev-report_web.pdf

Funded Research

North Carolina State University Suicide Prevention Program

Casstevens, W. J., Principal Investigator, & Hall, J. K., Co-investigator (2012-15): North Carolina State University Suicide Prevention Program, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant; http://news.chass.ncsu.edu/?p=4064

Casstevens, W. J., Principal Investigator (2013-14): Developing Student Commitment to Suicide Prevention on Campus, North Carolina State University College of Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Grant. 

Casstevens, W. J., Principal Investigator, & Hall, J. K., Co-Investigator (2011-12): North Carolina State University Extension, Engagement and Economic Development Grant; http://news.chass.ncsu.edu/2011/04/20/suicide-prevention-program-earns-seed-grant-funding/

Developing Health & Wellness Programing for Clubhouse Model Programs

This NC State 2009-2010 EEED grant funded project helped initiate and develop Health and Wellness programming at psychiatric clubhouses in central North Carolina. The project used Glasser’s choice theory as a basis for formulating healthy choice programing with the input of members and staff at four local psychiatric clubhouses. Clubhouse model programs are community non-profit agencies that offer adults diagnosed with severe and persistent mental disorders (such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) meaningful activities and an opportunity to obtain community employment. 

Developing Health and Wellness Programming for Clubhouse Model Non-profit Agencies in North Carolina: NC State University Extension, Engagement and Economic Development Grant 

Extension and Community Engagement

2015 - 16 NC State University Community Engaged Faculty Fellow

2014 - 17 & 2010 – 13, Member, University Standing Committee on Extension, Engagement and Economic Development, North Carolina State University

2014, Member, North Carolina Suicide Prevention Plan Working Group

2013 – Present, Association of Women Faculty Steering Team, North Carolina State University

2012 – 2016, Chapter Representative, International Association for Social Work with Groups North Carolina Chapter

2012, Task Force Member, North Carolina Institute of Medicine Suicide Prevention and Intervention Workgroup

2009 - Present, Community Representative, Institutional Review Board of the North Carolina Department of Corrections

2008 – 2013, Board Member, HopeLine, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina

Publications

Articles (Refereed)

Wubbolding, R. E., Casstevens, W. J., & M. H. Fulkerson (2017). Using reality therapy, the WDEP system, in treatment planning. Journal of Counseling and Development, 95(4), 472-477. 

Hayes, C. M., & Casstevens, W. J. (2017). Everyday racism in black mothers’ lives: Implications for social work. Social Work Chronicle. 6(1), 11-27. 

Casstevens, W. J. (2016). Voice-hearing interpreted. Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 18(1), 78-86.

Casstevens, W. J., & Gallagher, J. (2016). A journey into grief: Reflections on loss and suicide. Social Work Chronicle, 5(1), 26-36. 

Cissé, G. S., & Casstevens, W. J. (2014). Sexual offender treatment from a choice theory/reality therapy perspective. International Journal of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, 34(1), 22-27. 

Fisher-Borne, M., Hall, J. K., & Casstevens, W. J., (2014). MSW student perception of evaluation research as a capstone project: A pilot study. Field Educator, 4.2, 1-11.

Casstevens, W. J. (2013). Health and wellness at a clubhouse model program in North Carolina: A choice theory-based approach to program development and implementation. International Journal of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, 32(2), 48-53. 

Casstevens, W. J. (2013). Reflections on suicide prevention from a choice theory perspective. International Journal of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, 33(1), 102-104. 

Cissé, G., & Casstevens, W. J. (2013). Train bound for needs: Cultural diversity training. International Journal of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, 33(1), 58-62. 

Fire, N. M. & Casstevens, W. J. (2013). The use of cultural historical activity theory within a constructivist learning environment to develop core competencies in social work. Journal of Teaching and Social Work, 33(1), 41-58. DOI:10.1080/08841233.2012.749828  

Taliaferro, J. D., Casstevens, W. J., & Decuir-Gunby, J. T. (2013). Working with African American families using narrative therapy:  An operational citizenship and critical race theory framework. The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 1, 34-45. 

Casstevens, W. J., Coker, J., & Sanders, T. D. (2012). Mentored self-help: A promising approach to exploring voices. Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 14(2), 110-124. DOI: 10.1891/1559-4343.14.2.110  

Casstevens, W. J., Waites, C. C., & Outlaw, N. (2012). Non-traditional student retention: Exploring perceptions of support in a Social Work graduate program. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 31(3), 256-268.  DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2011.556188 

Casstevens, W. J. (2011). A family group work application of cognitive behavioral therapy of psychosis for community mental health settings. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 92(2), 199-202. DOI: 10.1606/1044-3894.4099 

Casstevens, W. J. (2011). A pilot study of health and wellness program development in an International Center for Clubhouse Development (ICCD) Clubhouse: Procedures, implementation, and implications. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 35(1), 37-43. DOI: 10.2975/35.1.2011.37.43  

Casstevens, W. J., & Cohen, M. B. (2011). A group work approach to focus group research in the context of a psychiatric clubhouse program. Groupwork 21(1), 46-58. DOI: 10.1921/095182411X578810 

Cissé, G., & Casstevens, W. J. (2011). Choice theory to empower community change. International Journal of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, 30(2), 28-33. 

Casstevens, W. J. (2010). An example of choice theory-based change in small, non-profit organizations. International Journal of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, 30(1), 64-68. 

Casstevens, W. J. (2010). Social work education on mental health: Post-modern discourse and the medical model. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 30(4), 385-398. DOI: 10.1080/08841233.2010.515920 

Casstevens, W. J. (2010). Using reality therapy and choice theory in health and wellness program development at psychiatric psychosocial rehabilitation agencies. International Journal of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, 29(2), 55-58. 

Casstevens, W. J., Cohen, D., Newman, F. L., & Dumaine, M. (2006). Evaluation of a mentored self-help intervention for the management of psychotic symptoms.  International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 11(1), 37-49.  [Abstract referenced by Intervoice, www.intervoiceonline.org/research-2/bibliography/self-help-and-peer-support]

Presentations

Selected International Conference Presentations

Casstevens, W. J. (September, 2012).  Voice-hearing interpreted: Coping with spirits, demons, and/or  stress.  Paper presented at the World Hearing Voices Congress in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. Refer to page 28: www.intervoiceonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Congress-Report-2012_revised.pdf

Casstevens, W. J. (July, 2016). Putting clients at the center of program planning: The use of focus groups and WDEP. Workshop presented at the 2016 William Glasser International Conference with translation into Korean by Minkyung Julie Surh Lee, Seoul, Republic of Korea. YouTube video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTHJtbbLwME 

Cissé, G. S., & Casstevens, W. J. (July, 2016). Using choice theory when treating sex offenders. Workshop presented at the 2016 William Glasser International Conference with translation into Korean by Dr. Anastasia Park, Seoul, Republic of Korea (invited).

Education

  • PhD in Social Welfare from Florida International University
  • MSW in Social Work from Florida International University
  • BA in Anthropology from Oakland University
  • LCSW in Clinical Social Work from Florida and North Carolina