On September 28, 2010, Dr. Elizabeth Marlow was honored to represent TGI's Participatory Action Research Group at the 2010 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research held at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.  The conference, sponsored by the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, celebrated its 10th anniversary with over 500 attendees!

Elizabeth presented a poster of TGI's groundbreaking research on Nonviolent Communication (NVC) training and male parolees in residential substance abuse treatment.  This study, completed with financial support from the UCLA School of Nursing, found that NVC training increased male parolees' empathy levels and improved their relationships with friends, family, and parole agents.  It was the first study to examine how empathic communication skills, and NVC training in particular, affects paroled adults' community reintegration.  The full report of this exciting research will be available in The Journal of Correctional Health Care in Spring 2011. 

em-and-poster_webA proud Elizabeth stands by TGI's fine work.

 Presenting our work at such an outstanding conference is a proud acheivement for TGI's Participatory Action Research Group and one we couldn't have done without the help, support, and guidance from the following folks:

Dr. Adeline Nyamathi, UCLA School Nursing - Elizabeth's post-doctoral mentor extraordinaire!  Adey guided Elizabeth from the study's inception to its completion. em-and-adey_webElizabeth and her wonderful mentor, Dr. Adey Nyamathi. 

Newt Bailey, NVC Expert Faciliator - Newt is a rock star and met every challenge this project encountered with a smile and empathy (of course!). 

Ron Doyle, Seventh Step Foundation - Super-duper Research Supporter!  Ron gave us the space to do the study and supported the research project all the way through.

Cindy James, Karen Taka, and Nancy Jo Bush, UCLA School of Nursing - They helped Elizabeth weather post-doctoral life (and traffic) in L.A.

Finally, a special thanks to the study participants, who took a risk and gave their time to a new researcher (Elizabeth) and weren't afraid to try something different.  We couldn't have done it without you!

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