This January, Cairn alumnus Troy Brindle ‘93 will be featured in a mini documentary called “Social Workers Promote Healthy Minds & Bodies.” This documentary was created in partnership between the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and Rob Lowe, host of the “Informed” series. The National Association of Social Workers is the largest social work professional network in America with more than 120,000 members.
Nearly 1 in 25 adults in America live with serious mental health issues, and approximately 60% of them did not receive any mental health treatment in 2017. NASW created “Social Workers Promote Healthy Minds & Bodies” as a resource to raise awareness of the prevalence of mental health issues in America, help people fully embrace the value of early diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, and support a cultural shift in how we view and treat mental illness.
“Treating patients directly inside primary care settings not only reduces stigma associated with mental health disorders but also increases overall patient compliance with continuing in treatment,” said Troy Brindle. “The goal of integrating behavioral health services within the primary care setting is to improve a patient’s overall health by increasing access to behavioral health services, providing better coordination of patient care, and reducing the total medical spend in order to produce a healthier consumer.”
Mental wellness is essential to everyone’s health, and NASW seeks to end the age old separation between mind and body—showing that physical and emotional health go hand in hand.
Troy Brindle graduated from Cairn University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and a BS in Bible. He continued his education at Rutgers University, receiving his MSW in 1995. He is a licensed social worker, qualified clinical social worker, and licensed clinical social worker.
Troy received a doctorate in clinical hypnotherapy from American Pacific University in 2009. In 2015, Troy was awarded a Cairn’s Alumni Recognition Award for uniquely distinguishing himself in fulfilling the University mission of service to Christ through his role in social work. Troy was the former President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
Currently, Troy is the Co-owner and Director of Business Development for Springfield Psychological, a licensed, mental health practice committed to providing outstanding and affordable therapy since 1985. Troy has over 20 years of experience with children, adolescents, and older adults. His experience is diverse, ranging from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Stress/Relaxation Management, and many other types of therapy. His competency in these therapies has allowed him to treat a variety of mental issues such as ADHD, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, PTSD, and more.
In addition to his work at Springfield, Troy developed and directs the integrated behavioral health services division of his practice by placing clinical social workers and psychologists in over 48 primary care physician offices within the Advocare, Main Line Healthcare, and Penn Medicine CCA systems.
The documentary puts a spotlight on the critical role social workers play in helping people improve their mental health and the partnership between social workers and physicians to promote health and wellness. Social workers not only serve as advocates for mental health, but often have a key impact on legislation and provide a significant share of mental health services in America.
The film is scheduled to be released later this January and will air on a variety of television outlets and news stations, including PBS and the History Channel.
You can view the documentary trailer here.