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October 2017


Fall is so fabulous!  Beautiful changing leaves, cool breezes, football and soccer games, s'mores, campfires and pumpkin pie are just a few of my favorite things! 
This time of year brings Halloween fun and celebrating what we are most thankful for at Thanksgiving.  Autumn is a time of renewal and hope is in the air!
So many wonderful things are happening at the Child & Family Guidance Center this fall. Please take a few minutes to catch up with us.
With Gratitude,
Brenda Hayward
Executive Director
Child & Family Guidance Center of Texoma

Happy Halloween from CFGC! 
From our family to yours, Happy Halloween! 

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Every October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP 
O ut Bullying™ in observing National Bullying Prevention Month. It works to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educates against homophobia, LGBTQ discrimination, racism and hatred, and deters violence in schools, online and in communities across the country. CFGC has been engaged in a month long effort to increase awareness.  To learn helpful tips on dealing with bullying click here.

Texoma Community Professionals Benefit from  
Mindfulness Training 

Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Wilson N. Jones, the Child & Family Guidance  Center hosted its Fall 2017 Seminar, Experiencing a Mindfulness Practice
The seminar included presentations by local healthcare pr ofessionals and mindfulness practitioners.  Attendees practiced guided mindfulness exercises and learned basic mindfulness techniques that can be incorporated into everyday life.
(L-R) Dr. Dave Tuck; Colleen Callister, LPC, Development and Program Director with CFGC; Jim Runnels, LPC; Bill Mory Ed.S., LPC, LMFT.

Thank You to all of our Sponsors, Board, Guests and Supporters who helped make the 6th Annual Starfish Benefit the most successful one yet!
Event Video
Event Video

  Click here to see pictures from the Benefit
Click here to see a list of our 2017 Sponsors

Mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Starfish Benefit on September 22, 2018!

CFGC Offers Virtual Therapy

CFGC is excited to announce that we are adding online therapy services as a means to increase our capacity to serve clients. Online therapy  is the delivery of behavioral health therapy using the Internet. You may have heard it called e-therapy, distance therapy, Internet therapy or web therapy before. Regardless of what you choose to call it; it is exciting news for our clients! Current research supports the notion that online therapy services can be just as successful and rewarding as traditional therapy services making it a viable alternative for our clients who are challenged with finding transportation to get to their in-office appointments. It also allows clients who are chronically ill to be able to connect with their therapist even when they are physically unable to attend an in-office session.  CFGC strives to provide the best care possible to our clients and we believe adding online therapy services will allow us to do just that.

Back Row, L-R: Courtney Lemmond, Stormy Malone, Beth Lewis, Phelicia Hughes, Michael Kowalski, & Jessica Matisoff. Front Row, L-R: Sarah Williams, Lacy Row, & Dari Cosey.

Our Licensed Intern Program Continues Its Success
In 2013, CFGC launched the licensed professional counselor intern program funded in part by Texoma Health Foundation, WNJ Community Foundation, the Smith Foundation, W.B. Munson Foundation and the United Way of Grayson County.  The program addresses the critical mental health professional workforce shortage in the region.  Since the introduction of the program, 11 therapists have taken part in the program and 6 are currently working toward completing the program. CFGC also offers a field placement program for Master level students in the behavioral health field. Currently there are two students in the field placement program.

 Many of the graduates continue their investment in the Texoma community working at CFGC and other environments and capacities in mental healthcare. We are committed to growing the mental health work force in the Texoma region and celebrate our interns' commitment to help, hope and healing for children and families in Texoma! 

October is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. It is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior that is only a fraction of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and in severe cases, even death. The devastating physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime. For anonymous, confidential help available 24/7, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or click here for more information. 


CFGC Integrating a Trauma Informed Care Model 

It was a year ago that we first wrote about integrating a Trauma Informed Care (TIC) model at Child & Family Guidance Center. Our focus for 2017 has been to " learn, value, embrace and implement the fully integrated trauma-informed model of care. " And it has been quite a journey! We have made significant strides forward, although there will always be things to learn and ways to grow as we, mental healthcare providers and community members, engage with those living with the effects of trauma and helping them heal and build their resiliency.

As we learned about the prevalence of trauma in our society, we became more aware of how trauma may have affected our own lives. As professionals in the mental healthcare field, we have an ethical responsibility to care for ourselves and examine the effects of trauma we may have experienced. In the spirit of a TIC model, we, as an agency, have come up with creative ways to inspire and encourage one another in our individual self-care quests. In our efforts to support and educate our community we have provided training at partnering agencies, and hosted a self-care focused Fall Seminar:  Experiencing a Mindfulness Practice . At CFGC, we are proud of the center-wide effort made to embrace and implement a TIC model. We invite you to journey with us as we bring hope and healing to children and families, and empower and strengthen the resiliency of our community through a trauma informed perspective.

Happy Thoughts!

"Notice how the trees do not cling to their leaves. Fall is about releasing the old to make way for the new."


We wish to extend sincere appreciation to every volunteer, donor, advocate, and referral and collaborative partner for your help and support. 
We could not do this vitally important work without you. 
CFGC Board of Directors & Staff