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Sheila Waters shared part of her doctoral research as it pertains to the history of mental health care reform in the Western world emphasizing the Questionable Ethics of Underfunding Evidence-Based Mental Health Care Initiatives: Risking Return of Dangerous Pre-industrial Solutions to Brain Disorders.
Dr. Sheila Fay Waters began her association with Ethical Culture at age fourteen when her parents joined the Philadelphia Ethical Society becoming life-long members. After graduating from Sunday-school she served as local chapter president of the National Ethical Youth Organization (NEYO), the young people’s group that preceded Youth of Ethical Societies.
Dr. Waters was engaged in social justice activities from an early age including the civil rights, anti-war, women’s liberation, and LGBT movements. She first encountered challenges with depression and the co-occurring disorders of addiction, anxiety and PTSD as a young adult but with the help of loving family and effective treatment was able to manage them successfully and function well at school and work including a six-year stint in the U.S. Navy where she earned her Associate in Science degree.
Continuing her education, Dr. Waters once had the privilege of studying Philosophy and Ethics at Long Island University with Professor Arthur Dobrin, Leader Emeritus of the Long Island Ethical Society. She went on to earn a Social Psychology Bachelor’s degree from Washington Adventist University, a Social and Public Policy Master’s degree from Georgetown University, and most recently a Human Services PhD focused on Social Policy Analysis and Planning from Walden University.
Dr. Waters has been a member of the Washington Ethical Society (WES) for the past six years where she currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. She has been a Certified Mental Health Counselor since 1994 and a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor for over eighteen years. She hopes to become a stronger advocate for optimal mental health care in the U.S. by promoting more effective mental health care reform. This morning she shares part of her doctoral research as it pertains to the history of mental health care reform in the Western world emphasizing the Questionable Ethics of Underfunding Evidence-Based Mental Health Care Initiatives: Risking Return of Dangerous Pre-industrial Solutions to Brain Disorders.
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