Instructor, Center for Applied Conflict Management
M.Ed., School Counseling, Kent State University, 1991
Ohio Licensed Social Worker since 1992
Ruth Simera is a part-time instructor for the Center for Applied Conflict Management, teaching Introduction to Conflict Management, Mediation, or Gender, Power and Conflict each semester. Ruth works full time in the Psychiatry Department at the Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, as the Center Coordinator for the Ohio Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence (CJ CcoE). Previously, she worked for more than 25 years in the non-profit sector at Townhall II in Kent, as Planning & Development Director, overseeing Conflict Management Services, Educational Services, and Emergency Services programs.
From 1987- 90 Ruth worked as a Case Manager for adjudicated unruly and delinquent youth and their families in Geauga County, Ohio. In the early 1990’s Ruth implemented Portage County, Ohio’s first community based Victims of Crime Outreach & Advocacy Program through federal Victims of Crime Act funds. This program continues today. In 1995, Ruth implemented the Family Crisis Mediation Program, followed by a Truancy Prevention through Mediation project in 2000, both of which were funded by the Office of Criminal Justice Services.
Ruth is an Ohio mediator and mediation trainer and has provided and supervised mediation services for domestic relations, at-risk and adjudicated youth, workplace, elderly care, community and school-based disputes. She has special training to provide mediation services for Abuse, Neglect and Dependency cases and Foreclosure Prevention. She has provided consultation and training to other Ohio counties on implementing crisis mediation and Truancy Prevention through Mediation programs. In the past, the Townhall II Crisis Mediation Program was cited at the Ohio Intercourt Conference as one of the model programs in Ohio.
In 1997 Ruth became the first Red Cross, Disaster Services, Mental Health volunteer in Portage County. She provided disaster response services for ten years in this capacity, including many local outreach efforts, occasional regional or state efforts, and assignment to New York City in the immediate aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center towers. Ruth coordinated the Portage County Crisis Response Team for ten years, from 1992 – 2002, during which time she also served as a mental health practitioner for the Portage County Critical Incident Stress Management Team.
In 2003, Ruth authored a three-year grant on behalf of the Portage County Mental Health and Recovery Board for planning and evidence-based program implementation for substance abuse prevention in Portage County. That project ended in September 2006 with the majority of the programs continuing for several years until funding was no longer available. Programs included the evidence-based Children In the Middle and companion After the Storm, divorce education programs for parents and children.
In 2007, Ruth obtained a short-term Delinquency Prevention grant from the Ohio Department of Youth Services to provide special outreach services to youth and families of Windham, Ohio, which included activities to prevent school absenteeism, reward pro-social involvement by youth, enhance relationships between community members and local law enforcement, and provide outreach mediation to the community throughout the summer.
Ruth served two terms as Chair of the Portage County Family & Children First Council, was a founding member of the Advisory Board for the Women’s Resource Center at Kent State University, and recently joined the Ohio Attorney General’s Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness.
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