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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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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Rokus Loopic: ICRT Advisor, Instructor at LEAP Institute, Amsterdam Area, the Netherlands

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Meet Our Faculty: Dr. Richard Pulice, Social Work Department Chair, Director of the Institute for Community Research and Training

DR. RICHARD PULICE presently serves as a Professor at the College of St. Rose in the accredited BSW Social Work Program.  He is also the founding Director of The Institute for Social, Behavioral, Health Research and Training.  He has graduate degrees in community clinical psychology from Marist College, in public health from Columbia University, and in social welfare from Brandeis University.  He has completed a Research Fellowship at Columbia University ASchool of Public Health in Psychiatric Epidemiology.  In addition, he has had advanced training in health economics, research design and statistics (quantitative and qualitative), labor mediation, clinical practice and gerontology.

Dr. Pulice has 35 years of experience in public and mental health in diverse areas including field investigations, administration, planning, research and evaluation.  He has published several articles and book chapters in social work, mental health publications and other venues.  He is a regular presenter at meetings such as the American Public Health Association and The Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education.

Among other experiences, Dr. Pulice consults on program development for mental health services in the Netherlands.  He has served as a Trustee for the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and is currently a Trustee for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany.  In 2010 he became one of the first people to receive his Board Certification in Public Health from the National Board of Public Health Examiners.  In the Spring of 2011 Dr. Pulice was on sabbatical. During this time, he worked with Zobby International, a national polling organization, and spent two months in the Netherlands lecturing at several universities and consulting with mental health programs.

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