International Conference on Peer Run Organizations to be Held in June 2013

Meeting with staff from Jansen Pharmaceuticals, a Division of Johnson and Johnson, as well as mental health professionals from GGze Breda, and the Rokus Loopik Organization, Dr. Richard Pulice, Professor and Chair of the Social Work Department and Director of the Institute for Community Research and Training at the College of Saint Rose began the planning of an International Conference on Peer Run Organizations to be held in June 2013. This exciting event will be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands and include mental health peers from across the US and Europe. A final date will announced in late August 2012.

For further information email Dr. Pulice at

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Meet John Zogby: Advisor to the ICRT

John Zogby sat as Chairman of the Board and Chief Insights Officer of IBOPE Zogby International. He was formerly founder, President and CEO of Zogby International.

In 2008, John Zogby authored The Way We’ll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream. His analytical expertise has also been published on the opinion pages of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Christian Science Monitor, Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday and Boston Globe. He is a founding contributor to the popular website, The Huffington Post, and currently writes a weekly column for and a monthly column for Campaigns & Elections magazine.

The New Yorker, Fortune Magazine, Investors’ Business Daily and Inc. have all profiled John Zogby. He is a well-respected, popular lecturer and panelist who has appeared on all four major U.S. television networks, and dozens of U.S. and international cable news programs.

Spoofs of John Zogby can be heard on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the Late Show with David Letterman. Among his favorite appearances are his interviews on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Currently, John Zogby is a Senior Advisor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and serves as the first-ever Senior Fellow of the Catholic University Life Cycle Institute. He also serves as a Commissioner for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Commission on Smart power, having previously served as a member of Congress’ Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.

John Zogby holds degrees in history from Le Moyne College and Syracuse University. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from State University of New York at AlbanySt. Rose College, and the Graduate School of Union University. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Le Moyne College, from which he received the distinguished Alumni Award. He is Chairman of Sudan Sunrise, an organization dedicated to fulfilling the promise by NBA legend Manute Bol to build elementary schools in his native country. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the national Council for International Visitors and Upstate (NY) Venture Connect.

Professionals Study Tour to Amsterdam, The Netherlands October 27 – November 4, 2012

Join in on this exciting opportunity to visit and learn from Mental HealthDevelopmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse professionals in the Netherlands. Our group will be based in Amsterdam visiting agencies there and in other parts of the Netherlands.  Visits will be tailored to your needs and interests and lead by our Dutch Liaison Rokus Loopik, a Psychiatric Nurse with over twenty years of experience and by Dr. Richard Pulice , Professor of Social Work at the College of Saint Rose.  Dr. Pulice has also worked in the Netherlands as a consultant to programs for over twenty years.  This will be a “real Dutch Experience”.

The group will depart from Albany, New York and arrive at Schipol International Airport, just outside of Amsterdam.  The cost is $3175.00 (inclusive).

The price includes:

  • Round trip airfare to Amsterdam via Delta or United Airlines
  • All train and other ground transportation while in Holland
  • 8 nights’ accommodation in a 4 Star Hotel in Amsterdam’s Central District
  • A guided tour of the famed RED LIGHT DISTRICT provided by a Dutch sociologist
  • All agency visits and fees
  • Some meals

CEU’s can be arranged (for an additional fee)

Plenty of time will be available for visits to museums, galleries, to cruise the canals and to sample the many fine ethnic and Dutch restaurants.

Please contact Dr. Pulice at or call him at 518-454-5151 for further details and to enroll in the tour.  The deadline to sign up is July 10, 2012.

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