May Newsletter
April and May have been really great months for us here at the Chris Kyle Hospital. To start with, Herschel Walker, Heisman Trophy winner, NFL football player and Patriot Support Program spokesperson shared his personal experience regarding mental health with the patients and staff at Chris Kyle. He also shared his story at the VA, on JBER and at UAA's Wendy Williamson Auditorium.
A number of our staff had the opportunity to participate in ropes course training and are now certified to belay patients during therapeutic ropes course activities.
We also added a climbing wall to our facility!

There are many ways a rock wall can help meet patient’s therapeutic goals.
Rock climbing is a sport that can help build strength, endurance, reduce stress, and help people gain confidence. We are excited to add this to the program and use it to help our patients.
Patients also have the opportunity to participate in art therapy during their time with us
Patients at the Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital are using plaster, water, and trust to create molds that capture their cheek bones, lip curvature, and chin shape. However, catching the feelings behind those masks require patients to be mindful and vulnerable, which is difficult when there is comfort and safety in hiding their personal perception of who they are on the inside. Also, for many patients trusting others is not easy as a result of traumatic experiences. Mask making presents patients with an opportunity to allow themselves to trust peers who cover their face with plaster while laying down and closing their eyes.

Once the plaster dries, patients add two large layers of plaster to cover up all the small, individual pieces that make up their face. Next, sandpaper is used to smooth out the rough plaster which leaves a smooth, blank canvas for patients to work with.

This art therapy helps our patients process in layers. The first layer is being able to trust others and stepping toward unveiling their hidden self. The second layer is the start of self-reflection and identifying the small layers of feelings they have inside. The additional two layers of plaster and sanding are necessary prep work for expression. Lastly, with the use of paints, markers, yarn, and other materials, patients are able to illustrate their hidden self. 
Meet Our Staff!
Mark Gleason- Military Liaison
Having served 28 years as a United States Marine and retiring at the rank of E-9, Mark brings the hospital an extensive background working with both service members and veterans.
He continues to seek knowledge that helps our patients and recently completed a course to become a Tribal Veterans Representative for the Alaska VA.

Tarryn Dubois- Intake Coordinator

Tarryn holds a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. She joined the CKPH team in March 2017 and has enjoyed watching the program develop and grow over the past year.

As the intake coordinator, Tarryn facilitates and completes all admissions at CKPH along with Debbra Johnson, RN. Debbra grew up in a military family and is committed to passionately serving our patients and their families.

Tarryn and Debbra work closely with the team to ensure our veterans, active duty service members and dependents get the care and services they need. 
      Upcoming Events
Lunch and Learn (Free CMEs!)

Tuesday, May 29th
11am– 3pm

North Star Behavioral Health
Debarr Residential Treatment Center-1500 Debarr Circle, Anchorage

Speaker : Renee Rafferty, Director of Behavioral Health, Providence Alaska Medical Center

Topic: Developing resilience in children and their families through self-regulation tools

  Go to our website and register under the "current Events Tab"

North Star Behavioral Health is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians and medical professionals.
North Star Behavioral Health designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 3 credit(s) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their activity par ticipation
For family members of those who are/have been in treatment at 
Chris Kyle:

Family Education Hour

Monday, June 25th

Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital
1650 S Bragaw Rd, Anchorage

Speaker : To Be Determined

Topic: Understanding transitions (deployment, separation from service, wounded, etc.) as a family member

If you have any questions:

Colette Moring
Military Liaison
Amanda Johnson
Director of Community Relations
| Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital ~ A Division of North Star Behavioral Health | 907-258-7575