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A Publication of Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center
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Center Offers Training; Fast Facts About Guidance Center’s Child
New Member Joins Board Recovery Shine; Henrietta the & Family Services
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.
Horizon is a treatment program for adolescents with chemical
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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
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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 email@example.com.
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
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 www.samhsa.gov)
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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