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Assistant : Mark Stiles of Stiles Law


Thursday, October 10th: Our guest this week on The Dr. Joe Show: Edward G. Jacoubs


Edward G. Jacoubs MSW is currently employed by the Plymouth County District Attorney office as the Director of Grants and Sponsored Projects having been in this position since 1998. He is responsible for grant writing and administration, as well as community education and special projects having administered over 14 million dollars in grant funding since 2000. Prior to working at the District Attorney’s Office he was a Probation Officer for 13 years at the Brockton District Court, supervising juvenile offenders and mental health adults. He also served seven years as the Director of a DYS detention center. He holds a Master’s degree of Clinical Social Work from Boston College and has 42 years’ experience in the juvenile justice and forensic mental health field. He completed his clinical training at McLean Hospital (a Harvard Medical School affiliate) with his concentration on addictions and adolescent behavioral health. He serves on the faculty at Bridgewater State University, Curry College and Stonehill College all located in Massachusetts.


Mr. Jacoubs has presented at numerous local and statewide conferences, his national speaking engagements are as follows:


• The Massachusetts Bar Association Annual Conference, Boston Ma. 1997,

• The National Crime Prevention Conference, Washington DC 2001

• The National Weed and Seed Conference 2005 Philadelphia Pa. and 2010 Tampa Fla.

• The US Atty. of West Virginia, 19th Annual Crimes Against Children Task Force Nov. 2011

• West Virginia Dept. of Education Annual KIDSTRONG Conference “Joining Forces for Healthy Kids” Charleston WV June 2012

• “Helping Traumatized Children Succeed in the School and Community” at John Jay College in New York City for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, September 2015

• The National Drug Endangered Children Conference in Reno NV presenting Community Strategies Serving Traumatized Children November 2016

• Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) 27th Annual National Leadership Forum at the National Harbor Md. Feb 2017

• 2018 National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, April 2018, Atlanta Ga.

• 2018 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) Conference, San Francisco, Ca. October 2018

• Office of Victims of Crime, Community Response to Children effected by the Opioid Epidemic, Washington D.C. June 3rd to 5th, 2019




About Dr. Joe:

Among colleagues and staff, he is affectionately called “Doctor Joe,” as he was “Joe” in the original children’s cast of the PBS series ZOOM.

Dr. Joseph Shrand is a Lecturer of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Medical Director of CASTLE (Clean and Sober Teens Living Empowered), a short-term residential program for at-risk teens, for High Point Treatment Center in Brockton, MA. Dr. Shrand is triple Board certified in adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

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Dr. Shrand routinely gives lectures on adolescent addiction and Theory of Mind and its application to re-conceptualize the behaviors of patients. He has developed a strength based model called The I-M Approach that suggests a fundamental paradigm shift, moving away from pathology to viewing a patient at a current maximum potential. Dr. Shrand is the author of Manage Your Stress: Overcoming Stress in the Modern World, Outsmarting Anger: Seven Strategies to Defuse our most Dangerous Emotion, the winner of the 2013 Books for a Better Life Awards, 2013 Psychology self help category, The Fear Reflex: Five Ways to Overcome it and Trust your Imperfect Self, and Do You Really Get me? Finding Value in Yourself through Empathy and connection published by Hazelden Press. He has a regular blog post at exploring many of the topics discussed on The Dr. Joe Show.

Dr. Shrand helped to design the Independence Academy, the first sober high school on the South Shore of Massachusetts, and currently sits on the Steering Committee. Currently he also teaches psychiatry residents-in-training and Child Psychiatry Fellows as a member of the Children’s Hospital Boston staff, and has been an Assistant Child Psychiatrist on the medical staff of Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Shrand has served as Medical Director of the Child and Adolescent outpatient program at McLean Hospital, and has run several inpatient psychiatric units and hospitals as their Medical Director. He is also the Medical Director of Road to Responsibility, a community based program that tends to adults with significant developmental disability and serves on various Boards involved in national mental health issues as well as global fair-trade concerns.

Dr Shrand is founder of Drug Story Theater, Inc., a non-profit organization that takes teenagers in the early stages of recovery from drugs and alcohol and teaches them improvisational theater techniques. The teenagers then create their own shows which they perform in middle and high schools, so the treatment of one becomes the prevention of many.

Dr. Shrand is a recognized expert and routinely sought out by both local and national publications. He is a “friend” of NECN, the New England Cable Network, frequently invited to comment from a psychiatric perspective on a range of topics from the Marathon Bombing, to the Newtown tragedy, to how fans can manage the stress from the Bruins going to the Stanley Cup. He was featured in a series by ABC during suicide prevention week, has been quoted in magazines and online sites such as Good Housekeeping, Psychology Today, She Knows Parenting, Everyday Health, eHow,, parent dish, and the Today Shows Section Today Parenting. Dr. Shrand has done numerous radio interviews including being featured on 33 Voices, Wellness for the Real World, and Business Book Talk.

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