I was born and raised outside of Buffalo, NY, where I returned to live and work 10 years ago after moving out of state for work to NC, HI, and VA. I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Philosophy and a master’s degree in Philosophy specializing in medical ethics at SUNY Buffalo. I was originally on track to study medicine and completed Pre-Medical training for psychiatry there before shifting my focus to Clinical Psychology. I then earned a Master’s in Psychology from Walden University, and a Master’s in Applied Psychology and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Walden. I was drawn to Walden by the University’s focus on social change and in particular their focus on training clinicians to use the education and training they received to make a positive social impact on their communities. My professional career began while in college, working in group homes for developmentally disabled adults. After graduation I began a career as a behavior support clinician for facilities serving disabled children, adults, and elderly residents.
I was also drawn to working with youths and adolescents having difficulties managing emotional and social challenges and expressing that in unsafe and unhealthy behaviors. Adding this focus helped broaden my clinical skills and made me better able to impact a wider range of individuals in my community. Later, after having a traumatic brain injury, I made an effort to learn about the best ways to help those who had experienced PTSD/TBI with managing the challenges it presented for them. My work has ranged from assessment and treatment plan writing to therapy and crisis counseling, providing services to individuals with challenging behaviors, mood-related disorders, cognitive and personality disorders. My generalized training in psychology includes working with autism/Down Syndrome/other DD, depression, anxiety, PTSD/trauma, emotional regulation, and dementia/memory care.
I am working as a postdoctoral fellow in Clinical Psychology, after which I will pursue my License as a Clinical Psychologist. As my clinical experience has involved providing services and support to widely varied clients and backgrounds, my approach to treatment has had to adapt and grow to meet the particular needs that each client presented. As such, my approach is best described as eclectic and integrative. At the core is a reliance upon cognitive-behavioral and person-centered psychodynamic therapies, with an emphasis on empathy, self-awareness, acceptance, and a goal-oriented clinical experience. My focus is on making the therapeutic experience and treatment work well for each individual client, matching their unique needs and goals to the treatment we together decide upon in a collaborative process between me and the clients and their family.
Areas of Clinical Focus
Child and Adolescent Mental and Behavioral Health
I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents with challenging behaviors and mental health issues using cognitive behavioral interventions anchored in behavior analysis and support planning. Ideally, we involve the family and other support systems to develop a team-based approach to addressing the individual’s presenting challenges. I have utilized this method in various settings including office-based treatment, residential treatment, outpatient services, school-based treatment teams, and in-home clinical services. I have worked with a wide range of maladaptive behaviors often seen with youth and adolescents with emotional disorder and regulation issues, from self-harm to property damage to physical aggression. My approach is strengths-based, supplemented with an understanding of underlying issues that could be driving the client’s unhealthy and unwanted behaviors.
The focus of my doctoral research was on developing in-home supports for individuals who had suffered a severe TBI. This was an area that had not been well researched, and it was a great opportunity to help this unfortunately growing and underserved part of our communities. It was the culmination of several years of work providing services to individuals with TBI and PTSD and other trauma, both in their homes and in clinical settings. Utilizing a strengths-based, empathetic, cognitive behavioral approach has allowed clients to address many of the challenges they presented within our treatment.
I specialized in behavior support and mental health counseling for individuals with DD in my early career. This included work with cognitive disabilities and emotional regulation issues, as well as challenging behaviors that arose from their conditions. My predoctoral internship included a focus on assessment and treatment planning for youths with autism, which helped broaden my skills in this area. Understanding the challenges posed to the individual and their families by autism and other developmental disabilities is a great aid in providing an empathetic, effective treatment method for them.
Down Syndrome/Dementia care
I have experience working with a Memory Care and Down Syndrome residential service, where my focus was on assessment and treatment planning for these individuals and their care givers. The unique challenges that the cognitive deficits presented by these conditions poses to the client and their families can be considerable, as are the benefits that successful support planning can bring to them all.
Anxiety Disorders and Depression
In treating the physical, emotional and mental challenges of anxiety disorders and depression in children, adolescents, and adults, I rely on a cognitive behavioral and person-centered psychodynamic therapy approach, emphasizing empathy, self-awareness, and acceptance.
Jack, C. (2020). Positive Behavior Support-based in-home services for Traumatic Brain Injury. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.
Jack, C. (2006). Behavioral Crisis Services for individuals with Developmental Disabilities: An alternate, home-based approach. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.
Jack, C. (1998). Life-threatening pathology as a Trigger for competency assessment. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.
Jack, C., & Wear, S.E. (1997). Review of Bayertz, K., GenEthics: Technological Intervention in Human Reproduction as a Philosophical Problem. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 22, pp. 199-210.
Wear, S.E., Coles, W.H., Szczygiel, A.H., McEvoy, A., Pegels, C. (1998). Patenting medical and surgical techniques: An ethical-legal analysis. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 23(1).
Thompson, M., Thomson, A., Jack, C., Wear, S., Clarke, A. (1998). Genethics: Technological intervention in human reproduction as a philosophical problem. American Journal of Medical Genetics, 66(3), p. 369-369.
Wear, S.E., Jack, C. (1995). The relevance for HECs of H.T. Engelhardt’s The Foundations of Bioethics. HEC Forum, 8(2–11). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00057971
Professional presentations and Papers
Jack, C., & Fox, J. (2006). The need for clinical ethics committees in residential treatment agencies. NYSACRA Annual conference. Lake George, New York.
Jack, C. (2006). Panel member – Services for individuals with Developmental Disabilities in behavioral crisis. National Association of Social Workers Annual Conference. Salt Lake City, Utah.
Jack, C., & Fox, J. (2006). The need for clinical ethics committees in residential treatment agencies. National Association of Social Workers Annual Conference. Salt Lake City, Utah.
Jack, C., & Fox, J. (2005). Crisis Services Team – a unique approach to supporting individuals with Developmental Disabilities in behavioral crisis. NYSACRA Annual Conference. Lake George, New York.
Jack, C. (1998). Voter Training Program for individuals with Developmental Disabilities. NYSACRA Annual Conference, Lake George, New York.
Jack, C. (1996). Life threatening pathology as a Trigger for competency assessment. Annual Graduate student conference, University at Buffalo. Amherst, New York.