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					                                                                      i s s u e 3 | V o l u m e 32 | f a l l 2011

                                                       The Counselor
             A Publication of Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center

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                                                                                Summer Programs

             Center Offers Training;              Fast Facts About                                                 Guidance Center’s Child


             New Member Joins Board               Recovery                      Shine; Henrietta the               & Family Services
                                                                                Hawk Soars

Join the Voices for recoVery:
Recovery Benefits Everyone                                                                                    4th annual
   This is the theme for Recovery Month. Every September, the
                                                                                                           Night of Recovery
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)                                             September 13
sponsors National Recovery Month. As part of the celebration of
recovery, Horizon hosts their Night of Recovery.
                                                                                                           Phoenix Village Expo
   The Night of Recovery is one of hundreds of events sponsored                                              Dinner & Auction
by behavioral healthcare and substance abuse treatment providers
throughout the country. Recovery Month spreads the message that                                              Tickets $30 each
behavioral health is essential for health and one’s overall wellness, and                                  Table Sponsors-$300
that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people with substance
use and mental disorders can and do recover.
                                                                                                                Auction Items
   Horizon is a treatment program for adolescents with chemical
                                                                                                       •      Two Roundtrip Southwest
dependency as well as co-occurring psychiatric disorders. For over                                            Airlines Tickets
twenty years, Horizon’s unique program has offered hope and healing to                                 •      10 Day Condo Stay in
hundreds of Arkansas adolescents and families. In 2011, they expanded                                         Hawaii
their services to offer treatment to adolescents throughout the country.                               •      4 Tickets to Disneyworld
   The highly effective treatment model integrates mental health                                       •      Romantic Weekend at
counseling, evidence-based practices, a twelve-step model, and an                                             Arlington Hotel-Hot Springs
outdoor therapeutic adventure program. Education and family                                            •      Bread & Breakfast Package-
participation are integral and necessary components for the success of                                        Eureka Springs
the treatment process.
                                                                                                         To purchase tickets or to
   Success rates twelve months post discharge include 95% attending                                     make a donaton, please call
school or have completed high school, 71% clean and sober, and 72% can                                   479-478-6664, ext. 1316.
function independently or with occasional assistance.
center offers training                                                                                                                                      a summer to shine
    The Guidance              causes and correction of                                                                                                      Kids Engage in Focused Fun
Center will sponsor a         deviant behavior. A goal
workshop titled Juvenile      oriented approach and                                                                                                            All the kids at the summer program in Van Buren at
Sexual Offending: Goal        treatment outcomes will                                                                                                       The Learning Center (TLC) had a chance to S.H.I.N.E.
Oriented Prevention and       also be reviewed.                                                                                                             which stands for Students. Having. Incredible. New.
Intervention. Coordinator                                                                                                                                   Experiences.
of Special Services, Jackie       The workshop will
Scarborough, MS, BCPD,        be held at the Janet                                                                                                             According to John Skelly, WACGC Coordinator, “We
ACS, LPC will teach the       Huckabee River Valley                                                                                                         had a great deal of focused fun. We focused on building
class.                        Nature Center on                                                                                                              better coping skills, learning how to interact appropriately
                              Thursday, October 27 from                                                                                                     with others, and how to deal with frustrations”.
    The training will         9:00a.m.-4:30p.m. The
deal with perpetration        cost is $60 per person and                                                                                                       Over 25 children, ages 5-12, attended the program
prevention; specifically      includes lunch. A NBCC                                                                                                        daily. The two family cookouts were successful in getting
reducing the risk of          certificate of completion                                                                                                     the families of the children connected to the Center’s
juveniles being abusive as    will be awarded for 6.5                                                                                                       service providers. “We had a great summer and we can’t
children and adolescents      continuing education units.                                                                                                   wait to do it all again”, stated Skelly.
and ultimately as our next
generation of adults. The         For more information                                                                                                        The Center held other summer programs in Fort Smith,
discussion will examine       or to register for the class,                                                                                                 Greenwood, Mena, Ozark, Paris, Booneville, and Waldron.
juveniles who commit          please send an email to
sexual offenses and the
many types of variables       Lunch will be provided
and risk factors that can     for those who register by                                                                                                     Henrietta the Hawk
play a role in both the       Wednesday, October 25.
                                                                                                                                                                Mr. George found an injured
                                                              RECOVERy MONTH FAST FACTS:                                                                    young hawk near his home one

new member welcomed                                           Positive Impressions of Treatment & Recovery                                                  day this summer. He coaxed
                                                                                                                                                            it into a cage and brought it to
                                                                  The message of Recovery Month                   *   Between 70-90% of individuals
   The Guidance Center is pleased to welcome                  is that prevention works, treatment                     with a mental health problem have
Kenneth Warden III to the Board of Directors. He will         is effective and recovery is possible.                  significant reduction of symptoms        He looked for a place that would love and help our
serve as the Board’s Franklin County representative.          Below are some Fast Facts published by                  and improved quality of life with a   new friend, Henrietta the Hawk, to heal up. Ms. Jessica
                                                              SAMHSA that support the message.                        combination of medication, therapy,   transported Henrietta to Rogers where she was nursed
   Warden is the Chief Business and Community                                                                         and other support.                    back to health.
Outreach Officer at Arkansas Tech University in                  *   Approximately 75% of the
Ozark. He also serves as their Business and Industry                 population believes that recovery is         *   Two-thirds of Americans believe         Henrietta came back to TLC and we are happy to report
Coordinator and was formerly the Automotive Service                  possible from addiction to highly                that treatment and support can help   when Mr. George got her back home, she flew off. When
Technology Department Chair for nine years.                          abused substances, such as alcohol,              people with mental illnesses lead     he looked, he saw Momma hawk coming alongside her.
                                                                     prescription drugs, and marijuana.               normal lives.
   When asked about his recent appointment he                                                                                                                  Sounds a lot like what our mission is at TLC. We come
stated that he is “passionate about education and                *   Half of all adults over age 18                Western Arkansas Counseling and          alongside hurting young people and families and help
mental health”. As the husband of a mental health                    know someone in recovery from an          Guidance Center is dedicated to our          them heal and then watch them soar.
professional, he has knowledge of behavioral health                  addiction to alcohol, illicit drugs, or   mission to offer treatment, prevention and
care and the need to provide quality mental health                   prescription drugs.                       education. If you or someone you know            TLC hopes that your child gets more and more
services to the communities in western Arkansas.                                                               is in need of mental health or substance     opportunities to soar. They were glad to serve the families
                                                                 *   Fewer than 20% of Americans say           abuse counseling services, please contact
                                                                                                                                                            this summer.
   Warden is a life-long native of Franklin County and               they would think less of a friend         us at 479-452-6650 to schedule an
lives there with his wife, Cassandra, and their two sons.            or relative if they discovered that       appointment. We serve persons of all
                                                                                                                                                               *Mr. George and Ms. Jessica are two staff members who
                                                                     person is in recovery from addiction      ages and incomes. (Information provided by   worked at the TLC summer program.
                                                                     to alcohol and/or drugs.                  SAMHSA website at
                                             It’s Back to School: Let Us Help!
                                        *Individual & Family Counseling       *Group Therapy
                                        *School-Based Services                *Medical Services
                                        *Case Management                      *Psychological Testing
                                        *Child & Adolescent Service System-C.A.S.S.P.
                                        *Western Arkansas Therapeutic Children’s Homes-W.A.T.C.H.
                                        *Language Enrichment & Articulation for Preschoolers-L.E.A.P.

                                        For information about programs & services, please call 479-452-6650.

                                                                                  Board of Directors
                                                                                  Warren Blaylock, Chair
The Counselor is published by the       The Center supports:                      H.C. Varnadore, Vice Chair
Community Relations Office at           The Americans with Disabilities Act       Gina Curtis Clark, Secretary
Western Arkansas Counseling &           (ADA)                                     Patrick Widders, Treasurer
Guidance Center as an information       The Civil Rights Act
and education resource. The             Equal Employment Opportunity              Mary Jo Abernathy
Counselor is designed for educational   (EEO)                                     Peggy Adair
purposes only. Readers should not use   The Patient’s Bill of Rights              Nancy Brewer
this information to diagnose or treat                                             Larry Nelson
a mental health problem without                                                   Glen Dale Sparks
consulting a qualified behavioral       Jim West, Chief Executive Officer         Dr. Harry Tommey
healthcare provider.                    Joni Padilla, Editor, The Counselor       Kenneth Warden, III

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           Fort Smith, AR 72903
           3111 South 70th Street
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                                                                                   FORT SMITH, AR
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