Media Advisory/Press Release
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology Acquires Newton's WarmLines
October 28, 2008 –Boston (West Roxbury), MA and Newton, MA—WarmLines Parent Resources, longtime Newton-based private social service agency, has been acquired by Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in West Roxbury, an independent graduate school for individuals seeking intensive clinical training in psychology. “This is a partnership of two like-minded organizations who have a strong commitment to the mental health of the citizens of the Greater Boston community, primarily families and children,” says Dr Nicholas Covino, president of MSPP. "Together we believe we can make a greater impact on those in need.”
For the past 30 years, WarmLines has provided resources to families in Greater Boston and has a tradition of joining forces with other area organizations to provide comprehensive services. "The WarmLines Board of Directors voted unanimously to accept the invitation to become a subsidiary of MSPP," states Beth Basnight, who will continue as Director of WarmLines. "Our two organizations have been collaborating successfully on various projects over the past three years. We are thrilled to announce this formal affiliation and receive invaluable support from a much larger non-profit that shares our vision for the future. As always, WarmLines/MSPP remain committed to meeting the changing needs of families by providing the highest quality programs and services."
WarmLines has always been known as "the place to call” when families want to meet one another, identify child care resources, become educated about parenting, or find educational programs for children. Professionals working with children and families rely on WarmLines for educational workshops on a wide variety of topics. Employers such as Boston College also turn to WarmLines to help employees balance their work and family responsibilities.
“We at MSPP believe that the acquisition of WarmLines will enhance the mission of our Freedman Center for Child and Family Development and other centers at the school,” says Margaret Hannah, the executive director of MSPP’s Freedman Center, of which WarmLines is now a part. The Freedman Center "strives to connect children and families with appropriate information, resources and each other in order to serve their mental health needs."
WarmLines in Newton will be a place where doctoral and master’s level psychology students from MSPP refine their skills and provide services during their practicum experience. In fact MSPP students have received supervised clinical experience at WarmLines in the past and several students are already on-site working in New Parents groups and doing directed study work.
With the support of MSPP’s Freedman Center and Basnight’s leadership, WarmLines will continue to advance the goals of Project INTERFACE, a local mental health initiative focusing on children and families. WarmLines will continue to offer parent education programs, such as New Moms and New Parents groups, with the help of MSPP faculty and graduate students. WarmLines Speaker Services will join MSPP's Continuing Education Program. In addition, the staff of MSPP will assume many WarmLines administrative and organizational functions.
WarmLines will maintain its own non-profit status, its well-known name, and its current location within the Newton Cultural Center on Nevada Street in Newtonville. Jane Hobbs, Community Services Coordinator, and Diana Simon, Corporate Services Coordinator, will continue in their positions along with Basnight.