Leading Psychiatrist Visiting Cincinnati to Train Mercy Health’s Behavioral Health Institute Staff in Group Therapy Best Practices

(CINCINNATI; October 30, 2014) – Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, compassionate, quality care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that Molyn Leszcz, MD, FRCPC, DFAGPA, one of the world’s leading authorities on group therapy, is visiting Cincinnati for a special training session in November.

Physicians and staff from across Mercy Health’s Behavioral Health Institute serving both inpatients and outpatients will travel to Cincinnati for the November 14 training session in cutting-edge interventions and evidence-based practices in group therapy.

Mercy Health’s Behavioral Health Institute operates behavioral health facilities throughout Ohio and Kentucky and recently completed the renovation of Mercy Health – Clermont Hospital’s behavioral health facility. The Behavioral Health Institute renovated the facility to ensure patients receive quality treatment in a contemporary, state-of-the-art environment. The renovated facility includes the latest innovations in safety features and a multi-sensory environment that includes music, color, lighting and exercise equipment to help patients’ reach their behavior management goals. Mercy Health has also already renovated its behavioral health facility in Lorain, Ohio and is renovating locations in Toledo, Ohio and Paducah, Kentucky.

Dr. Leszcz is the Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital, Professor and Vice Chair, Clinical, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. His academic and clinical work has examined broadening the application of psychotherapy within psychiatry. Dr. Leszcz’s research has focused on group psychotherapy for individuals with cancer and genetic or familial predisposition to cancer; group psychotherapy for patients with schizophrenia; geriatric depression; evidence-based approaches to group therapy; modified interpersonal group psychotherapy for patients with substance abuse; and in acute care inpatient units. He co-authored with Irvin Yalom the 5th edition of The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy (2005). His latest text is Achieving and Sustaining Psychotherapy Effectiveness (2014).

Dr. Leszcz co-chaired the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA)  Science to Services Task Force leading to publication of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Group Psychotherapy,  which  received the 2009 Alonso Award for Outstanding Contributions to Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy. Dr. Leszcz was awarded Fellowship in the Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association and was recognized in 2012 as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Dr. Leszcz also has been the recipient of a number of teaching awards at the University of Toronto.