My Entry in the National Geographic “Chasing Genius” Contest

National Geographic announced a search for innovative solutions to three global problems, including global health problems.  The application said “Tell us about the problem you are inspired to solve.”  Here’s what I said:

Children with mental illness symptoms need practice using new, mature problem-solving strategies and tactics.  Seeing a counselor once or twice a week in their office will never be enough practice for the vast majority of children!  Parents and teachers don’t have the skill, patience, time or ability to deliver all of the practice opportunities that children with disabilities (Autism, ADHD) require to learn new skills successfully.  Professionals who are trained and supervised can do this.

Then, they said “Provide a clear sense of how your idea will solve the problem identified.”  Here’s what I said:

A single licensed mental health professional can train and closely supervise 10 or more Masters-level mental health professionals who in turn each train and supervise 9 or more Bachelors-level professionals who deliver behavioral support and therapeutic guidance (opportunities to practice new skills) in the child’s own home, school and community.  No trips to an office, ever.  The services are entirely “evidence based” treatment procedures with decades of success behind them.  And they’re free.

Finally, they said “Share what inspired you to create your idea.”  Here’s what I said:

I’m a licensed psychologist and a certified school psychologist in Pennsylvania with 40 years of experience.  I have been delivering treatment to children using the model I created and described above, with funding for 10, 20, 30 or more hours of intensive, individualized treatment weekly per child.

Here’s a link to the one minute video included with the application.

I hope they think this is a worthwhile idea.  The staff of the Institute for Behavior Change and I have been perfecting the model I created in 1981 for the past thirty-five years.  Our treatment model has been examined by independent researchers from four different educational institutions since 2007.  They all agreed that the results are remarkable and worthy of publication.  With well over 1,000 treatment plans studied, they reported that the probability of the positive changes in the lives of all of the children treated had occurred due to chance was less than one in ten thousand.  That’s called a powerful and “statistically significant” finding in the professional literature, but not everybody respects findings like that, so I continue to call attention to the good work we’re doing.

We’ll see what National Geographic does with my entry.  In the mean-time, I’ll be publishing the results of some more treatment outcome research in conjunction with a book about the treatment outcome measurement system that I developed over the past 20 years that has been so successful in obtaining and retaining treatment funding via the EPSDT mandate of the Medicaid Act.  It’s called The Kossor Scale.  It will be released on Amazon, and to my friends upon request, in August.

Best wishes always for future success and happiness.


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