All Kinds of News for December 07, 2016
Michael Groat, PhD, a clinical leader at the Menninger Clinic in Houston for 9 years, will be the next Executive Director and President of the CooperRiis Healing Community beginning Jan. 2. Dr. Groat will succeed Virgil Stucker, who last year announced his intention to step down after serving as Executive Director and President since CooperRiis opened in 2003. Virgil will continue in a part-time role, helping with outreach and fundraising.
As Director of Menninger's Adult Division, Dr. Groat led the Hope Program for Adults and Professionals in Crisis. At the time, he also served as associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine. The American Psychoanalytic Association (APA) named Michael a Fellow in 2003-2004, and he was a 2004 fellow of the Psychoanalytic Research Training Program at the Anna Freud Centre at the Yale Child Study Center and Western New England Psychoanalytic Institute.
Dr. Groat's hire continues CooperRiis’ commitment to provide the best of mental health science within a healing milieu that helps residents move from despair to a more fulfilling and hopeful life. About 80 percent of residents who complete the program reach the level of independence they desire and are successfully reintegrated into society.
Before deciding to come to CooperRiis, Dr. Groat held the healing community in such high regard, he often referred individuals and families to CooperRiis. “It is so clear to me that the science of mental health yields its best outcomes when a person with mental illness can experience their recovery within a therapeutic community,” Dr. Groat said. “At CooperRiis, individuals can take the time they need to recover while being cared for by a community of staff and peers. I believe the synergy of extended time, a healing community and deeply respectful care is transformative. My family and I are thrilled to join CooperRiis. It is a rare find and I sense that everything I have come to value about relationships and healing has led me to this moment.”
Dr. Groat received his master’s degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and his doctorate degree in counseling psychology from the State University of New York, Albany. He completed a four-year advanced fellowship in psychodynamic psychotherapy and systems-based hospital work at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Mass.
Dr. Groat has published on topics ranging from attachment style, personality assessment and addictions to mentalizing-based approaches to treatment and impasses in treatment. He presents regularly at national professional meetings on approaches to mental health recovery.
About CooperRiis Healing Center
CooperRiis Healing Community is a residential mental health facility founded in 2003 by parents of a child who faced mental health issues. Its campuses in Mill Spring and Asheville, N.C. have a resident-to-staff ratio that’s better than 1:1. They treat wellness, not illness. CooperRiis residents experience a holistic approach that includes daily service work, peer interaction, diet, exercise, self-esteem and empowerment. Data and anecdotes from residents show that CooperRiis helps them and their families get beyond helplessness and blame to a positive place of hope, support and transformation. Approximately 80 percent of residents who complete the program reach the level of independence they desire and are successfully reintegrated into the community, an achievement that has earned CooperRiis national recognition.