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What can we do to improve communication—specifically, with our children? Yes, communication is so very complicated and multi-faceted. The messages we communicate involve much more than just what we say to our children. In fact, every single message we send involves three channels: 1) words, 2) tone, and 3) body language (i.e., hand gestures, proximity, and facial expressions). When all three channels carry the same message, the communication is clear and powerful. The following strategies can help us build a set of foundational skills that model respect, encourage cooperation and support our children in solving problems.
The 24th Annual Centers Classic Golf Tournament, presented by Dover Dixon Horne, will be held on Monday, November 10th at Pleasant Valley Country Club. Due to severe storms the original date of October 13th was cancelled.
Centers’ Classic is a premier Central Arkansas golf tournament that will feature a full day of fun, food and fellowship with two 18 hole scrambles (4 man team), both morning and afternoon flights available. Thanks to your past support, this event has grown each year. Last year, we hosted the largest single shot gun start of any tournament held at PVCC, with over 180 golfers in attendance, raising $60,000 to benefit the children and families we serve. We’re excited to build on our success. It would be an honor to have your involvement in support of our kids.
For volunteer information, to register your 4 man team and/or reserve your hole sponsorship, call Chris Shenep in The Centers’ Foundation at (501) 666-9436 ext 3328.
Special thanks to tournament chairman Matt Buchanan and our many sponsors!
Little Rock Outpatient began a partnership with Little Rock Pediatric Clinic in September. A clinician will be in the Pediatric Clinic one day a week to provide mental health services onsite to their patients. This partnership is aimed at preparing the Centers and LR Pediatric for the integration of physical and behavioral health care services. The Centers and LR Pediatric Clinic are both very excited about this partnership.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital-Dental Outreach Clinic provided services for 32 clients at the Elizabeth Mitchell Adolescent Center and the Elizabeth Mitchell Children Center from July 28th through August 13th. Services provided included filling cavities, teeth extractions, teeth cleaning, sealants, root canals, etc. We are looking forward to the Dental Van returning to our campus next year! They have also agreed to enter a partnership with our Day Treatment Program and the Southeast Residential Center in Monticello.
EMAC and EMCC Classrooms received 20 iPads each complete with OTTER Boxes for instructional learning along with 7 additional iPads. They were provided through Title 1 Federal Funds and have been an excellent and enjoyable resource!
Therapeutic Family Homes Program has been conducting training on the impact of domestic violence entitled Silent Witness/Silent Victim. This training is made possible through a grant from Verizon Wireless. The training has been provided to therapeutic foster families, foster families, CASA volunteers and other interested community members on the impact of domestic violence on children and adolescents in foster care. Attendees are receiving practical information and skill based interventions to intervene with children and adolescent who are dealing with the impact of trauma (from domestic violence).
Therapeutic Family Homes Program recently received a specialized license through Child Welfare Licensing for Sexual Rehabilitative Program. Obtaining this specialized license further validates the work that we have been doing in the field with children and adolescents with sexual behavioral problems.
On September 16th youth in our emergency shelter and therapeutic transitional living began the GO! Families program. GO! Families is funded through Blue and You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas. The 8 week program is a hands-on nutrition and fitness class where youth meet weekly to learn how to shop, prepare and eat healthy foods on a budget. They meet with professionals to interact and learn healthy habits to decrease the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and other metabolic issues in the future and to enhance their social and emotional well being.
Parent Education Classes have been a hallmark of Centers for Youth and Families Parent Center for the last twenty years. The Parent Resource Library is now housed in the Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center and available to parents throughout the week. Our parent education classes continue on a quarterly basis. The schedule of classes is published and updated frequently on our website. Over the next year, we will be focusing efforts on moving classes and other information to meet today’s parents where they are through an online Parenting Resource Library. Efforts are underway to establish this for 2015.
Mental Health First Aid has been condensed to an 8 hour class to make this training attainable for anybody working with the public on a regular basis. This class teaches the basics of what to do when faced with a Mental Health Emergency. The training will be offered to the public Nov 22 and Jan 23. Cost is $75 per person. This may qualify for up to 8 hours of continuing education for some behavioral and physical health personnel.
Private Group and Onsite Training for your office can be arranged by contacting Prevention Services Director, JoBeth McElhanon.
Due to the pending inclement weather, we have decided to move tomorrow's golf tournament to Monday, November 10th. This is a very tough call for us given the uncertainty of how bad the weather might actually be. More detail to follow!
Anger is a universal emotion. As parents, it is important to remember that the way in which we handle our own anger is very likely to be observed and repeated by our children. With that in mind, let’s look at a research-based model for managing anger constructively – which, ultimately, will teach our children better ways of dealing with their own anger.
What can we do to improve communication—specifically, with our children? Yes, communication is so very complicated and multi-faceted. The messages we communicate involve much more than just what we say to our children. In fact, every single message we send involves three channels: 1) words, 2) tone, and 3) body language (i.e., hand gestures, proximity, and facial expressions). When all three channels carry the same message, the communication is clear and powerful. The following strategies can help us build a set of foundational skills that model respect, encourage cooperation, and support our children in solving problems.
In the spirit of academics and an evening of FUN, Centers for Youth & Families Emerging Leaders held our First Annual Back to School Cook-Out over the weekend. To prepare for another important year, our Emerging Leaders and The Centers’ Foundation staff worked to prepare, grill and serve a delicious combination of hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken wings, beans, salad, coleslaw and delicious deserts. Our youth and young adults also played a few games of Bingo with great prizes awarded to the winners!
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Robin Williams. His untimely death is a sobering reminder that depression is an illness that requires much support. The act of “being there” for the individual, being available, listening and having a nonjudgmental attitude can go far in offering support to someone who has depression. If you or someone you know is dealing with mental illness we are here to help.