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FALL
NEWSLETTER
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October 2016

 

Autumn brings change to our lives in such brilliant and beautiful ways!  The sudden cool of our days, nature's palette of orange, red and gold, delicious food, aromas, holidays and events.

It is also a time of reflection, recognizing that as leaves flutter to the ground, we are reminded that nature's cycles and seasons resemble our lives.  Autumn is a perfect time for letting go of emotional burdens like resentment, anger or envy and turn a new leaf to live a more peaceful and happy life.

We are grateful to you and the Texoma community for supporting our life-changing work.   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 the CFGC Super Heroes! 
Great fun today at our staff Halloween luncheon.  Board member, Stacy Rake Murphy and  CFGC therapist, Jim Runnels were judges for all the great costumes.  Bat Woman, Myrtle Reid (far left) won the coveted Outstanding Costume prize! 

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. The goal: encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages.  CFGC has been engaged in a month long effort to increase awareness.  To learn helpful tips on dealing with bullying click here.

Local Mental Health Providers benefit from  
Trauma Training 

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Texoma Medical Center, Child and Family Guidance Center hosted their Fall 2016 Seminar. The seminar entitled Assessment and Treatment of Trauma- and Abuse-Related Symptoms Using Evidence-Based Methods was held at Austin College and was free to local providers. Dr. Jeff Wherry of the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center presented information to approximately eighty participants over the course of three hours. One participant's response echoed what others had to say, "I enjoyed the presenter, his knowledge and ability to relate info to clients as well as the therapeutic process. The venue was very nice, food was great" Thank you to everyone that made this year's Fall seminar an overwhelming success!


Thank You to All of our Sponsors, Guests, Volunteers and Supporters!
 
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Celebrating 50 Years of Life-changing Work!  

Mark you calendar for the 6th Annual Starfish Benefit on September 23, 2017

Our Licensed Intern Program Success Stories . . .
 
Antoinette Mitchell, LPC, Rachel Carey, LPC, Colleen Callister, LPC Intern, John Howard, LPC 
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 inception, 8 therapists have completed the program and 6 are currently working toward completing the program.

 Many of the graduates continue their investment in the Texoma community working at CFGC and other environments and capacities in mental healthcare. In 2016 CFGC interns Antoinette Mitchell, Rachel Carey, and John Howard completed the Intern Program and are serving as therapists at our center. Colleen Callister took a different route when she accepted the newly minted position of Development & Program Director. We congratulate our interns and celebrate their commitment to help, hope and healing for children and families in Texoma! 

And the Winner Is!!!  Jamie Ramey!
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Congratulations to Jamie for being the Lucky Winner of the Winner's Choice  Raffle
 at the Starfish Benefit!  

Jamie chose the Escape to San Fransisco 
and Sonoma Trip. 

Thanks to everyone who participated in the raffle.   148 tickets were purchased.

CFGC integrating a Trauma Informed Care Model 

SAMHSA reports for an organization to embrace a trauma-informed care (TIC) model fully, it must adopt a trauma-informed organizational mission and commit resources to support it. This entails implementing an agency-wide strategy for workforce development that is in alignment with the values and principles of TIC and the organization's mission statement. Without a fully trained staff, an organization will not be able to implement the TIC model. However, simply training behavioral health professionals in TIC is not enough. Counselors will not be able to sustain the kind of focus required to adopt and implement a trauma-informed philosophy and services without the ongoing support of administrators and clinical supervisors. An organizational environment of care for the health, well-being, and safety of, as well as respect for, its staff will enhance the ability of counselors to provide the best possible trauma-informed behavioral health services to clients. This culture of care must permeate the organization from top to bottom. Behavioral health program administrators should aim to strengthen their workforce; doing so "requires creating environments that support the health and well-being, not only of persons with mental and substance use conditions, but of the workforce as well." 
   
This project is an extension of the significant work and impact CFGC has accomplished over the past several years increasing capacity of mental healthcare for poor and working poor families.  Our efforts over the next year will focus on embracing the trauma informed care model that has been adopted by the State of Texas through the system of care initiative. While our clinical team is trained in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, we will increase our agency wide training efforts to become a trauma informed care organization, expand current programs through collaborations and partnerships and strive to add new sustainable funding sources. 

Happy Thoughts!
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"The season for enjoying the fullness of life -partaking of the harvest, sharing the harvest with others, and reinvesting and saving portions of the harvest for yet another season of growth."
 
Denis Waitley