Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, Inc.
Counsel + Empower + Strengthen + Advocate + Enlighten = Wellness
August 2018
Dear Worcester Youth,


Happy August! Welcome to our newsletter and thank you for supporting Worcester Youth and Family! 

In This Issue
What's happening at WYFCS?
July Bus Stop Snack Shack
    The Bus Stop Snack Shack provides local children with an afterschool snack and healthy foods when they get off the school bus at the end of their day. Parents are provided information about Worcester Youth and Family and community services that may be helpful to them. There is no cost for the service, but WYFCS does solicit sponsorships to provide snacks for the kids.
     A special thank you to Arby's - Berlin for providing Sliders, Fries and Drinks for our July 20th Bus Stop Snack Shack. We had two awesome volunteers from OC/Berlin Jaycees to help with food distribution and to talk with the kids about what they do. The gracious donation from the Berlin Lioness allowed us to send home brown bags with healthy snacks and fresh fruit. We were able to restock The Little Free Library in Dr. William Henry Park with all the book donations that we have received from friends of WYFCS.
    Our next event will our Back To School Bash version of the Bus Stop Snack Shack at Dr. William Henry Park on August 17th from 4 -6. We will be providing backpacks and school supplies with a completed registration form from parents. Games, food and resources will be provided at this event. In September we plan to set up at Byrd Park in Snow Hill and plans are under way in Pocomoke for October.
    The news of the Bus Stop Snack Shack is spreading and we are delighted to be reaching out to so many children and families by providing snacks, talking with them and learning new ways that we can help them by meeting them where they are.
     If you or your organization are interested in sponsoring a Bus Stop Snack Shack, volunteering your time or know of a great location to hold an event, please contact Debbie at 410-641-4598.

We are still collecting school supplies for the upcoming school year! 
We are also still collecting books to pass out  at Bus Stop Snack Shack and fill The Little Free Library at Dr. William Henry Park. Any Donations can be made to WYFCS.
Special thanks to, OC Fishing Pier, World of Toys, Wainwright's Tire Center, Inc, The Treasure Chest, Heart of Gold Kids, Pitt Stop Beer & Wine, C W Cheers and Bleached Butterfly for supporting us!
Berlin Youth Club

The Berlin Youth Club teaches children about the community in which we live and offers meaningful activities to build personal wellness and demonstrate appreciation for one another.  

BYC kicked off a great summer with a boat ride to Chincoteague Island! 
The kids of Berlin Youth Club have spent the last month kayaking, taking nature cruises, swimming, painting, doing yoga, and much more! 

Special thanks to the Berlin Police Department for sponsoring our trip to Jolly Roger's.

Also, thank you to Chick-fil-a for donating food to SAGES and SABERS as they went out on the Sea Rocket in Ocean City. 



Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services is expanding its practice and has openings described below. Please email cover letter and/or resume to shine@gowoyo.org.

Licensed Counselor/Therapist
Our outpatient clinic is seeking an innovative and enthusiastic clinician to provide mental health counseling to youth, adults and families. Candidates must be a licensed psychologist, LCSW-C or LCPC.
Volunteer of the Month
Nancy Thumma
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
 
 

Worcester Youth & Family
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
Nancy Thumma
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)


DUTIES: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA's) are trained to advocate for children in the child welfare system. A CASA develops a relationship with the child he/she advocates for and closely follows the child's case to ensure the child receives needed services. The ultimate goal is seeing the child placed in a safe, permanent home.
PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Nancy relocated back to the Eastern Shore 5 years ago, after a 14-year absence. She was a single mother and raised her 2 kids, (now ages 21 and 19), when she decided that she had extra time and wanted to volunteer. Her son was in high school at the time and was doing some community service hours to benefit CASA. That is when she did some research and felt the calling. Nancy works full time from home as an IT program manager. Her job sends her on travels throughout the country and as far as Denmark and the UK.
BEST PART OF YOUR VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: "Being able to make a difference in a child's life is an extraordinary gift. My best experience has been when my 'child' recently graduated from high school and he asked me to drive him to the ceremony and celebrate with him afterwards. That's when I knew that the 4 years we had been together meant something to him."
BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU HAVE FACED: "Trying to sort through the 'facts' when you hear different sides to the same story can be a challenge when working with foster parents, the child, siblings and biological parents. Sometimes you have to just go with your gut and make the best recommendation that you can for the child."
WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE OTHERS TO KNOW: "Take the commitment to be a CASA seriously. You don't know how long you will end up on a case and you may be the only consistent person in their world. My child has been in 3 foster homes, has had 2 different social workers and 2 different lawyers, but he has only had ONE CASA."
CASA PROGRAM STAFF STATEMENT ABOUT NANCY: Nancy has been committed to her CASA child for over 4 years. She has been dedicated and consistent through her years of service, while juggling her own children and her career. Nancy has been quite an asset to the CASA program and her assigned child. Her commitment has been extraordinary.

WYF'S CASA is currently accepting applications for new volunteers. Please contact Angie Manos, amanos@gowoyo.org, or Brigitte Southworth, bsouthworth@gowoyo.org, if you might be interested!

From One of Our Therapists
ADHD and Children
By Dr. Jen Leggour, Psy.D.

     Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is an issue with the brain that makes it difficult for children to control their behavior. While all kids have difficulty with this at times, children with ADHD have problems that are severe and interfere with being successful at home, in school, and in public. ADHD is a chronic issue that usually lasts a lifetime, and is something that kids do not "grow out of."

     There are three types of ADHD: Impulsive/Hyperactive - These children are always in motion and have problems with sitting still. They also struggle with acting and talking without thinking first.   Inattentive - These children have trouble paying attention and may daydream, be forgetful, or disorganized. They can also act without thinking first. Combined - These children have both the Impulsive/Hyperactive and Inattentive symptoms combined.

   While the exact cause of ADHD is not fully known, it appears to run in families and could be inherited. It is believed by experts that the brain is not sending or receiving messages correctly, hence creating the problems with behavioral control.

     Professionals usually work together as a team to make a diagnosis. These professionals include your child's medical doctor or a psychiatrist as well as a mental health professional qualified to do so. A clinical interview will take place as well as gathering information with questionnaires. Information will need to be provided by all caregivers involved with your child (parents, daycare providers, teachers).

     The best treatment for ADHD is "Combination Therapy," or a combination of medication (typically prescribed by a primary care doctor or psychiatrist) and behavior therapy (typically provided by a therapist or psychologist). Behavior therapy involves the entire family to include education and parent training in helping to manage ADHD. It often involves other caregivers as well, including teachers and daycare providers. Because ADHD is a chronic disorder, treatment must be ongoing. Beware of "alternative treatments" that are not supported by the National Institute of Mental Health.

     What can you do if you think that your child might have ADHD? First check with your primary care doctor who can do an assessment and provide medication if necessary. In addition, speak to your child's school about your concerns and how they can help with the assessment and diagnostic process. Once diagnosed, then you and your child can begin working with a behavior therapist as well.

If you believe that your child has ADHD and are in need of assistance, feel free to give us a call. We have a team of mental health professionals who can help with the assessment and treatment process.
Events
August 7 - National Night Out in Berlin
Join neighborhoods throughout the country in a National Night Out Against Crime.  Free food, music, educational booths, displays, medical screenings, and loads of fun for the whole family! National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Berlin Police Department. WYFCS will have snow cones and a craft for children!  Located at Henry Park from 4-7pm. 

August 7 - National Night Out in Pocomoke
Join neighborhoods throughout the country in a National Night Out Against Crime.  Free food, music, educational booths, displays, medical screenings, and loads of fun for the whole family!  Presented by the Pocomoke City Police Department. WYFCS will be there with a craft for children! Located at Cypress Park from 5-8pm.

August 10 - 2nd Friday Art Stroll
Stroll downtown Berlin from 5-8pm and check out our featured artists and musicians in the stores and streets.

August 12 - Concert on the Lawn in Berlin
Bring a blanket, chair and a snack to enjoy the sounds of bluegrass, country or gospel at the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Musicians for this evening John O'Dell. No alcohol please.

August 16 - 3rd Thursday Lunchtime Concert
Bring a grab and go lunch from one of our restaurants and enjoy the sounds of local musicians at Artisans Green (located between House by Salvaged and Go Organic Grocers) from 11:30am-1:30pm. Picnic tables and chairs available. Musicians to be announced at a later date.

August 16 - Concert in the Park
FREE Concert in Cypress Park featuring Triple Vision (Modern & Classic Rock). Pack a picnic & bring your lawn chairs or enjoy bleacher seating with a scenic view of the Pocomoke River. 
Cypress Park, 7 Bridge St, Pocomoke City, MD 21851, USA 

August 24 - 4th Friday Street Festival 
Local artists & craftsmen will the fill the sidewalks of Downtown Pocomoke for this block party style event. Live music, food, beer/wine, activities for the kids, free museum admission & much more! 5pm - 8pm
 
August 25 - Outdoor Movie Night in Berlin
Free outdoor movie night. See "Runaway Bride" right where it was filmed. Downtown on Jefferson Street from 8:30-10:30pm. Bring a blanket or chair and a snack. No alcohol permitted. Movie starts at full dark.

To make a donation to Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, click here

You can
..Protect a child from child abuse
..De-stigmatize mental health
..Empower the neglected
..Strengthen a family
..Improve a community
..Feel good about your day!

We often need volunteers to help with our programs. Some of the volunteer opportunities are short term such as helping with fundraisers and community events while others require more of a time commitment.
To learn about WYFCS volunteer opportunities, you can visit Get Connected by United Way or call the office at 410-641-4598

Thank you for your support! 
Worcester Youth & Family | 410-641-4598 | shine@gowoyo.org | www.gowoyo.org
124 N. Main Street Berlin, MD 21811