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July 2016


One of the things I love about summer is the inexpensive and simple toys and activities that are available for young children that bring them so much joy! 
Our newsletter photo made me smile as I remembered  how much fun it used to be to entertain our young children and their friends years ago in our backyard with a plastic swimming pool or  water slide, water balloons, squirt guns and a bottle of bubbles.   Simple is sometimes best and just enough on hot summer days.

We are thrilled to share all the happenings at CFGC including  celebrating 50 years of life changing work this year.   We are so grateful for all the people that has had a hand in our story of hope.  
Please take a few minutes to catch up with us.
With Gratitude,

Brenda Hayward
Executive Director
Child & Family Guidance Center of Texoma
Thanks to everyone who attended the 50th Anniversary Celebration on June 7th!

Celebrating 50 years of life changing work!  Thank you. 

A True Story of Healing and Giving Back

As written by Jackson Shumate
I struggled with depression for a large portion of my life. While I was able to have good days from time to time, there would always be a dark cloud still over me. I can still remember locking myself in my room to be alone to be sad because I thought that it was all that my life would ever come to. My emotions had an effect on those around me as well. Less people would spend time with me because of my gloom.

In the past year, I was finally able to get the help I needed. I was determined to finally push the depression out of my picture. I was starting college. It was time for me to plan for the rest of my life. I didn't want depression to be my identity, as it had been for so long. I was able to receive help from extensive counseling, where I learned about cognitive reconstruction. With this knowledge, I am currently able to change my mindset when I go through negative situations. Eventually, I was put on medication. This was to help my resilience as well by supplying by brain with the serotonin it needs. The last step I took was exercising and building healthy sleeping patterns. These three things have helped me through my illness and I believe that they can help others in similar situations.
Jackson and his friends performed Songs of the Heart, a benefit recital for the Child & Family Guidance Center on June 26th at the First United Methodist Church to raise awareness of mental health stigma and to raise funds for the work of the Center.  Healing, recovery, health and wellness is Jackson's message.  Thank you so much for sharing your story and giving back to our community in this special way!
Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, Sylvia Rivers, Jackson Shumate, Darius Thomas and Timothy Jenkins

Appreciation Tour Continues...

CFGC is so blessed, honored and proud to be 50 years old in 2016!  We wanted to share our joy and appreciation with community supporters, donors, referral sources and partners.  Please stop by our Center and see our wall of appreciation.  We are not done yet. We still have lots of stops to make!  Thank you Texoma!

So Grateful to Celebrate CFGC Staff Therapist, Pam Chappelle-Lyons...
   The Child and Family Guidance Center is the Best Place to Work because of the genuine, sweet and positive, upbeat, and diligent working people who practice team building successfully for the sake of serving the individuals in our community and making a difference in their lives.   I am a proud LPC-S Staff Therapist whose interests are: Self-Esteem building, Trauma-Focused, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  In addition, I am the facilitator of Team Building Committee.  I am grateful for my purpose being fulfilled at CFGC because it is a once and a lifetime experience.  I cannot believe it, but my 1 year anniversary is July 20, 2016.  Time really travels when you are having fun, making memories with wonderful leadership, staff, and clients.  Thank you CFGC Team!

 Winner's Choice Raffle...Tickets Going Fast!
Choose from FIVE AMAZING TRIPS!  Trip Values  $5,900 to $10,470
Tickets $100.00 each.  Drawing October 1st. Need not be present to WIN!

    For trip descriptions and to purchase tickets go to 

 Starfish Benefit 10.1.2016

Highlight video
2015 Starfish Benefit Highlight video

Mark your calendar and get ready to be inspired!  Plans are underway  for the 5th Annual Starfish Benefit...celebrating 50 years of life changing work.

Together...we are the Starfish Story!

Click here for sponsor opportunities and tickets to the event. 

Mental Health Disorders in Children: Is Diet To Blame?

Mounting evidence suggests there's some truth to the old adage, "you are what you eat." And it's time to start listening. Rising Mental Health Disorders U.S. Children According to a recently released report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), millions of children in the U.S. suffer from mental disorders including depression, anxiety, autism, and ADHD. In fact, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) ranks number one - with 4.2 million children ages three to 17 affected by the disorder. 

Boys are more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ADHD as well as other behavioral and cognitive problems. In addition to the emotional and physical costs, the financial costs of childhood mental disorders amount to an estimated $247 billion each year. So, what can we do? What strategies exist to promote children's mental health so that they can lead productive, healthy lives?
 Author Amy Boulange
Free Trauma Focused Training 

The Child & Family Guidance Center of Texoma
proudly presents  a Mental Health Professional Training Seminar by
 Jeffrey N. Wherry, Ph.D., ABPP
Director of the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center Research Institute 
Assessment and Treatment of Trauma and Abuse-Related Symptoms 
Using Evidence-based Methods:  
An Introduction.
The purpose of this course is to increase the healthcare professional's practical knowledge base about trauma and abuse related symptomatology.   Dr. Wherry will work to provide attendees with an introduction to the current evidence-based methods for treatment of trauma and abuse.

Friday, October 21, 2016     8:30 am - 12:00 pm 
Registration details will be announced by August 15th

Happy Thoughts!
The lazy, hazy Dog Days of Summer are upon us! Try to slow down, relax and stay cool!