Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, Inc.
Counsel + Empower + Strengthen + Advocate + Enlighten = Wellness
February 2019

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

In This Issue
What's happening at WYFCS?
WYFCS would like to send a big thank you to Coach Greta, Coach Lorie and Coach Holly. The 2018-2019 SAGES participants enjoyed their first CrossFit experience at CrossFit Ocean City on January 24th. We look forward to continuing to expose our youth to various forms of exercise that will continue promote a healthier lifestyle.
The WYFCS Bus Stop Snack Shack set up on January 25th at Greenbrier Court Apartments in Snow Hill. Thank you Spence Baptist Youth Group for sponsoring the January Snack Shack, the Noel Project for donating canned foods, and the volunteers who helped from the Judy Center of Worcester County, DSS, and staff from Snow Hill Middle School.

If you are interested in sponsoring a Bus Stop Snack Shack, please contact Debbie Smullen at 410-641-4598. The next stop will be on February 27th at Bank Street Apartments in Pocomoke.
On January 22nd, WYFCS welcomed Tiffany Scott as the new Youth Programs Coordinator! We will have a welcome party on February 15th in the Ray from 6-8pm for the Berlin Youth Club participants. Please RSVP to Debbie by 2/8/19. Pre-registration packets will be available for summer participants.
WYFCS is collecting toiletries and cleaning supplies to distribute to families in Worcester County. Any kind of toiletry and any size. Please deliver supplies to WYFCS. If you or your organization would like to contribute, please call Debbie at WYFCS 410-641-4598.
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.
From One of Our Therapists
Couples Date Nights
By: Caryn Horn

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we are likely to have mixed emotions and thoughts. Is this a Hallmark holiday? What is the point? Or, it might really be nice to show/feel cared about today, etc. Ultimately, whether it is Valentine's Day or not, are we showing the people who matter most to us that we care? Do we feel cared about? Our lives are made up of relationships, whether it is with ourselves, with our work, with our family, our partner, our friends or our children. Poor quality of relationships and lack of social supports increase the risk for depression. Think about it. What is your mood like when your relationships are not going as well as you would like? Is it better than when it  is going well? New studies are being conducted every day, and with the divorce rate as high as it is, it is immensely important to continue to learn what we can do to change this pattern and improve relationships from the start. Having a movie date night, specifically watching movies which show the ups and downs of a relationship, can be an effective tool for instigating effective communication in a relationship, leading to overall increased satisfaction and decreased chance of divorce within a relationship ( http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/10/movie-date-night-can-double-as-therapy/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&smid=pl-share&_r=1 ). What have you done lately to enhance your relationship? Make every day Valentine's Day, and show the people that you love that you care. Here are some ideas:

Movie date night
Dinner for just the two of you
Leave notes about why you love them or something you are proud of them for
Bonfire on the beach
Walk the boardwalk
Share a list of the times you felt most connected to them
Go for a midnight drive
Go in the backyard and gaze at the stars
Recreate a special moment
Have a real conversation
Meet for coffee
Share your dreams together
Surprise one another
Listen and empathize with one another
Whatever you decide to do in your time together, ensure you are focusing on one another and your relationship. Take some time and give care to the relationship that has contributed so much to building your life to what it is today. Here at WYFCS, we do provide not only individual therapy for all ages, but also family and couples therapies. Give us a call if you'd like some assistance in improving your relationship today! 410-641-4598.
February 5 - "Suicide: The Ripple Effect"
Wor-Wic Community College is hosting a free showing of "Suicide: The Ripple Effect" on Tuesday, February 5th at 6pm in Guerrieri Hall. Call 410-334-2900 for more information.

February 8 - 2nd Friday Art Stroll
Stroll downtown Berlin from 12-5pm and check out the featured artists and musicians in the stores and streets.

February 9 - Kids Valentine Event 
Bring your kids by the Welcome Center to decorate a Valentine bag and then stroll downtown to collect goodies from the businesses from 12-2pm. For ages 3-10. Sponsored by Berlin Main Street.

February 10 - SOUP-ER Bowl Throwdown
Come join us for a soup cook off at 45th Street Taphouse Bar and Grille at 1pm! Some of Ocean City's best restaurants will be competing for the best soup. One free draft beer with a $10 donation. 50/50 raffles. Proceeds benefit WYFCS!

February 11 - Medical Mondays
Free educational workshop on Sleep Disorders: The Signs and Symptoms. Open to the public. In the Ray at WYFCS from 5:30-6:30pm. Brought to you by AGH Healthy Happenings. To register, contact Michelle at 410-641-9268 or visit www.atlanticgeneral.org/MedicalMonday

February 14 - WYFCS Welcome Party for New Youth Programs Coordinator
Family and friends of the Berlin Youth Club will be welcoming Tiffany Scott as the new Youth Programs Coordinator at WYFCS. Pre-registration packets will be available to summer participants. RSVP to Debbie by February 8th. 410-641-4598

February 18 - Presidents' Day
WYFCS Office Closed

February 27 - WYFCS Bus Stop Snack Shack
WYFCS' Bus Stop Snack Shack will set up in Pocomoke at Bank Street Apartments. Join us as we hand out snacks and reading materials to children as they get off the bus.

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