Dr. Ande Nesmith

Text-Based Crisis Intervention Counseling: A Promising Venue to Reach Underserved Young Clients

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“The question should not really be is this as good as voice counseling or as good as in person, but is it better than nothing, given that so many young people would chose to just sit with their pain? If we are at least reaching and making some sort of connection and helping, that’s a huge improvement over them sitting with it and not getting any help.”

Dr. Ande Nesmith

In this episode, Dr. Ande Nesmith takes the path of least resistance and most user-friendly access by utilizing text-based intervention counseling to reach and assist younger clients. She describes her program, her research, and what she is learning about the differences between in-person and text-based counseling formats.

Ande Nesmith, PhD, LISW, is an associate professor at the School of Social Work at the University of St. Thomas. Her research over the past twenty years has focused on vulnerable youth and young adults, including runaways, homeless youth, youth transitioning to adulthood, and youth in the child welfare system. Prior to St. Thomas, she conducted evaluations of foster care programs in her role as senior researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Her newest area of research is environmental justice. As a professor, she teaches graduate and undergraduate social work students in research methodology and mentors students at all levels in independent original research projects.

Interviewer: Charles Syms, LCSW/ACSW

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