I have had a career long interest and focus on crisis and stress management, and assessment of disability. My 19 years as director of emergency psychiatry initially at UW Medical Center and later Harborview Medical Center and current work as Medical Director of the Harborview Mental Health Services intake and Brief Intervention Service have been where I have worked with families and individuals with acute stress , mental illness , and/or both together( usually these are together) have been my source of knowledge and practical experience.
Thirty one years of doing consultation and assessments about disability have given me an appreciation for the severe impact of mental disorder on function and relationships. Teaching stress management classes and doing workshops and consultation with multiple companies and organizations have focused me on efforts to prevention whenever possible. Initial prevention is almost always preferable to needing to do stabilization and reconstitution and subsequent preventive efforts. in summary, prevention efforts whether initially or after crisis have been and are a major focus and value for me.
Univ. of Washington, School of Medicine Medical education, 1974
UW - Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Residency, Psychiatry
Faulkner Hospital Internship, Internal Medicine
Int J Law Psychiatry 27(4): 387-93
Harris V, Dagadakis C
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