In March of this year, Dr. Levy and Chief Celano offered their training to the Seal Beach Police Department and they received very favorable evaluations. In 2012, they conducted three workshops to train approximately 90 Tustin Police Department officers, in addition to offering the workshop at the Southern California Police Chief's annual conference in Palm Springs. Dr. Levy and his colleague Charlie Celano, MA, Chief of Tustin Police Department offer a four hour training for law enforcement on how to effectively interact with the mentally ill in the community. The training includes curriculum outlining and comprehensively describing mental illness, how to develop active listening skills leading to positive outcomes when encountering the mentally ill in the community.
The corporate training conducted by Dr. Levy includes the following on-site workshops:
*Developing Core Competencies to Become an Outstanding Manager
A workshop designed to equip managers with the skills to manage the dynamic, fluid and changing workenvironment that demand you adapt to the challenges by learning new strategies and skills. The soft skillsincluding emotional intelligence, decision making, resolving conflict and building high performance teams will bereviewed. Experiential learning activities such as simulations, case studies and role playing active listeningtechniques will be included. The topics reviewed include managing personal stress, developing self-awarness,completing self-assessments, coaching, cultural competency, motivating employees, managing conflict,empowerment and delegating, building effective teams and teamwork, leading positive change. consensusbuilding and action planning. All participants will receive a handbook containing the workshop curriculum.
*You, Me and Them: An Awesome Us
Teamwork is a core developmental process that can dramatically and positively affect departmental
and organizational performance. For a manager to be effective and respected by supervisees, he/she must demonstrate the indispensable skills to create united, highly effective teams. This training will teach managers the skills and strategies essential to creating social and positive interdependence, the importance of sharing information, supporting each other to make work more efficient and in the process, members creating their own, unique roles and identities. High functioning team members nurture and support one another, develop trust and interdependence which is crucial for optimal performance. Managers will learn how to engend credibility through consistent follow through, integrity in work and how consensus building creates solidarity.
The training will demonstrate how disagreement and conflict can be maximized resulting in creative breakthrough and solutions to problems Innovation can be achieved through creative problem solving.
The attainment of the above ideals energizes team members, creates reciprocity and contributes to the healthy functioning of the team.
Becky is a professional consultant with over 16 years of executive experience in nonprofit management. She is skilled in strategic planning and group facilitation, and offers individualized trainings and workshops tailored to address an agency's most pressing needs. Becky is also an accomplished grant writer, whose winning proposals have helped local organizations support and expand their critically needed services. Her awards and recognitions include: "Outstanding Executive Director" by the Agency Executives Association, "Community Champion” by Molina Healthcare, "Woman of Distinction" by California 63rd District Assemblyman Bill Emmerson, and "Everyday Hero" by the YWCA of Riverside County.
Services offered include:
Strategic Planning: Developed by the Institute of Cultural Affairs, this highly interactive process engages all stakeholders in creating long and short-term goals with specific timelines, activities, expected outcomes and success measurements. This process is normally conducted over two days and is customized to meet an organization’s specific needs.
Group facilitation: Becky is adept at leading group discussions focused around addressing immediate issues and concerns, resulting in a mutually agreed upon course of action that is reasonable and fair to all parties.
Grant writing: Becky is an accomplished grant writer with a winning track record. She offers an initial consultation at no cost. Grant writing is billed on a per project basis.
Dr. Levy has been teaching at University of Redlands for 21 years in the graduate and undergraduate school of business. He has also taught at California State University Long Beach, Cerritos College and several other local colleges. Dr. Levy has written curriculum for the majority of the courses he has taught which is available to instructors seeking to enrich their instruction through lecture notes, small group activities and related instructional methods designed to engage students and create a more natural, meaningful learning environment.
Dr. Levy also offers training on how to become outstanding college instructors. He has been nominated several times and received Excellence in Teaching and distinguished academic service awards from several universities. Dr. Levy is available to conduct his two hour workshop at your site, and participants receive a booklet containing the strategies, teaching methods and additional content to develop outstanding teaching skills.
Curriculum is available for the following graduate and undergraduate business courses:
Team and Group Dynamics
Communication and Conflict in Organizations
Organizational Theory and Management
Managerial Assessment and Development
The Reflective Manager
Contemporary Contexts of Business
Contemporary Contexts of Management
Leadership and Motivation
The Capstone (senior project)
Dr. Levy teaches general education and humanities courses. Curriculum is available for the following courses:
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
The American Family
The Stress of LOiving
Death and Bereavement
Founders House of Hope is self publishing an anthology of poetry written by residents enrolled in the creative writing class. The free verse poetry captures, in a sensitive yet evocative style the challenges of living with a mental illness, hope and how the indomitable will to overcome and embrace recovery engenders meaning and purpose in life. The anthology will be available in late January, 2014.
In this collection of poetry, individuals living with mental illness share in an intimate and evocative style their experience of living with a mental illness and longing for acceptance. Writing poetically is liberating and therapeutic because it initiates self-discovery and clarifies one’s life passage. For the mentally ill, using imagery, symbols and the metaphor is a creative process that produces clarity and insight. The imaginative mind is unleashed through this process, which begs one to entertain renewed possibilities for hope and recovery. The metaphor derives its power from the symbolic world because of its ability to express a vision.
Individuals living with symptoms of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder yearn for others to understand their condition. Poetic expression transforms what is dormant and shameful to disclose. The written word sensitively describes the limitations the illness imposes on life, yet it energizes one to defeat ongoing devaluation, loneliness and stigmatization. In the end, it is hope that gives life meaning and sustains faith for recovery. Without hope, one lives in despair and futility. Meaning gives one the strength to overcome.
The mentally ill live in their safe, intimate and private world. The written word-- the poem, allows one to share this experience in a public forum for others to appreciate and empathize with to reduce alienation. Only then will the healthy mind understand the depth of suffering and how compassion can engender hope and recovery.
New Contract to train Anaheim Police Department
Beginning in January and running through April, we will train all of the officers at the Anaheim Police Department on how to interact effectively with the mentally ill. We owe our mighty thanks to Josef Levy, President of Embassy Consulting who obtained this partnership for us, and who will also co-teach the workshops with me.
To order Elijah Levy's books, booklets, curriculum for courses or the documentaries please visit the page: Dr. Levy's Publications.
A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of these items is donated to Founders House of Hope.
Recent Developments for The Launch
In February The Levy Launch signed a two year contract with the Orange County Sheriff Department to provide their officers with training on how to effectively
interact with the mentally ill they encounter in the community. Charlie and I will be conducting one four hour training a month through December, 2014 at the Sheriff departments Tustin Training
Facility. Andy Knight, a resident from Founders House of Hope is on our team, presenting on the challenges of living with Schizophrenia to police officers. We are very pleased providing this
worthwhile, invaluable training to our law enforcement personnel.
Dr. Levy is a deeply thoughtful, caring individual who encourages and inspires all who come in contact with him to pursue their aspirations with conviction and courage. He emphasizes high ethical standards, critical thinking, and respect for diversity. His concern for the needs and well-being of others is rare and genuine. I am and will always be extremely grateful for the support and guidance he has provided me.