The School of Health Sciences at American International College is hosting a free lecture for healthcare providers, featuring Deborah Dreher RN, MSN, DNP, State Director for NHS Human Services operations in the state of Louisiana.

The event will take place Monday, September 30, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m in the Griswold Theatre. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

Using Hurricane Katrina as an example, "Trauma, Transition and Transformation" will explore the roles of healthcare providers at times of transition and transformation, including the process of change and the leadership qualities required to facilitate change, specifically as it relates to behavioral health and behavioral health systems.

Cesarina Thompson, Dean of the School of Health Sciences, said this is a very timely topic. "At a time when our healthcare system is undergoing tremendous changes, the ability to effectively deal with and facilitate change will be an essential skill for all healthcare providers regardless of their practice setting. We are excited to be hosting such an accomplished healthcare leader to share her insights and expertise with our students and professional colleagues," she said.

Dreher has more than 25 years experience as a psychiatric nurse specializing both in the care of adults with severe and persistent mental illness and children with complex behavioral challenges. She earned her BSN from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.; her MSN in psychiatric nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa., and her DNP from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Her professional experience includes university teaching, functioning as clinical specialist and in consultant roles in private and not for profit mental health settings, and as a program director in various community mental health settings. She is also a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

NHS is a multi-state, multi-service system, non-profit provider of human services, one of the largest in the country, employing over 10,500 individuals in the human services field, spanning 40 years of providing services to more than 50,000 individuals with special needs annually. children and adults annually.