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October 26, 2009 ELEMENT Volume 1, Issue 1 Mental Health Services Newsletter Special Interest Articles: • Coming out Agency News by William Weber-Brown month. Welcome to Element Element Mental Health to find a healthy • Resources Mental Health Services provides a solution to the issues variety of services they face in their lives. • Does It Matter Services’ first to individuals, couples, Poem newsletter. Sessions with Element’s and families with mental health therapist * Community Element Mental Health quality clinical and and chemical Calendar Services opened its group mental health and dependency counselor doors on July 11, 2009. support services. are by appointment Element’s mission is to Each service we offer only. Our hours are support, connect and can provide a vital days, evenings and educate the element towards an weekends. Our goal is LGBTTTIQQA and individuals’ wellbeing. to set up an appointment other diverse within the first 48 hours populations in Element offers a safe Element Highlights: after initial contact. Minnesota. environment for clients Agency Update 1 (cont. p. 3) Meet your providers 2 Agency Update (cont.) 3 Coming Out Month 4 Coming Out Month (cont) 5 Does It Matter Poem 5 Resources 6 New Recovery Group 6 Community Calendar 7 Upcoming Events 8 ELEMENT Mental Health Services Newsletter Page 2 of 8 Meet our Mental Health Provider Troy R Weber-Brown, MS, LAMFT Troy enjoys working with individuals, couples and families of all ages. Troy has been working as a family based therapist for the past 2 years doing in–home therapy for a diverse population of clients. Troy has enjoyed the challenges and successes of working with his clients and has found that this experience has enriched his abilities. Troy has found the time to branch out into various other areas of therapy such as working with Relatives As Parents and their families, the LGBTTTIQQA population, school groups, and involvement in numerous organizations and professional affiliations within the therapeutic community. Troy has additional experience teaching for the Stearns Benton Employment and Training Council, publishing professional articles for the Caregiver Chronicle, working as an Adult Rehabilitation Mental Health Services (ARMHS) worker and writing grants. Troy has also presented numerous workshops at conferences throughout the state of Minnesota. “Whether you think that you can, Troy is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Minnesota. or that you can't, Troy currently receives supervision from Victoria Knight, MS, LMFT, a Minnesota You are usually right. Board Approved Supervisor, and Jennifer Connor, PhD, LMFT, a Minnesota Board Henry Ford Approved and American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor. Troy obtained his Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Cloud State University. Troy has additional experience teaching for the Stearns Benton Employment and Training Council, publishing professional articles for the Caregiver Chronicle, working as an Adult Rehabilitation Mental Health Services Henry Ford (ARMHS) worker and writing grants. Troy has also presented numerous workshops at conferences throughout the state of Minnesota. .” Meet our Chemical Dependency Provider William Weber-Brown BS, BCC, LADC Troy is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Minnesota. Troy currently receives supervision from Victoria Knight, MS, William has been working in Approved Supervisor, Treatment Center as a primary LMFT, a Minnesota Board a Chemical Dependency and Jennifer Connor, PhD, counselorMinnesota Board Approved and facilitating several aftercare Marriage and LMFT, a for the past 2 years and is currently American Association of Family William Approved Supervisor. Troy relapse groups and primary groups. Therapyis also experienced in facilitatingobtained his Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Cloud State University. groups. William uses the 12-Step program and has experience using the MRT program. William is a strong supporter of the AA system and sponsorship to help facilitate a long, clean and sober recovery for his clients. William is involved in Chemical Dependency education on various topics such as boundaries in relationships, changing behaviors, shame and guilt in recovery and relapse triggers and cravings. William is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), license #302691 by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. William is also a Board Certified Counselor (BCC) by the Minnesota Certification Board and has his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Sociology from Northern State University in South Dakota and a Graduate Certificate in Chemical Dependency from Saint Cloud State University. William is currently studying for a Master of Science (MS) degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) at Saint Cloud State University. Page 3 of 8 ELEMENT Mental Health Services Newsletter Agency News (continued from p. 1) Element also offers a now prepared to offer drug We also encourage free 30 minute session to and alcohol assessments anyone that might have help individuals and evaluations. an article of interest to determine if our services submit it via email to fit your health and Element has purchased Element for publication financial needs. several flags and is proud in the monthly The greatest thing you’ll to be able to fly them newsletter. ever learn is just to Element has recently outside of our office (see love; added a new picture of Element’s office Element’s newsletter Presentations page to on page 1). will sent out monthly. If and be loved in return. our website. We will you are on our emailing update this page when Our mental health list, you will receive it. Eden Ahbez Element staff is therapist is involved in If you know others that scheduled to present at a Safe Space training for would like to receive conference, workshop or both students and this newsletter, please event. Please check our professionals. He has pass it on. If you would website often to see several trainings set up to like to be put on our what is new and might provide education over the mailing list, go to our be of interest to you. months of October and website and sign up. November. If you know Check out our resource of any organizations If you would rather not page when browsing which would benefit from receive our monthly through the website. such an educational newsletter, please email We are constantly experience, please contact us and let us know. adding new supportive Troy through the website, resources. If anyone in email or by phone. the community has suggestions about a Element also provides the resource that might be opportunity for clients to added to our Resources, contact our therapist and please fill out the counselor through the contact form with as internet by email or chat much pertinent via Skype. We recognize information as possible that because of some and how to contact you issues with feeling safe if more information is and comfortable about needed. We are always entering into therapy, we looking for valuable offer sessions online. resources to pass on to Please see our website for our clients. more information about how to access this service Our chemical and our policy towards dependency counselor is this type of service. ELEMENT Mental Health Services Newsletter Page 4 of 8 National Coming Out Month By Troy R Weber-Brown Here we are at the end the “coming out” Stress from the school constant and intense of another National process is for setting has been linked stigmatization and Coming Out Month. LGBTTTIQQA to elevated reports of learning to accept a What a wonderful individuals is to isolation, school stigmatized identity. No opportunity to celebrate incorporate the accepted dropout, health issues small feat. the greatness of being sexual/gender identity (including alcohol and lesbian, gay, bisexual, as one element of their drug use), depression Remember, the “coming transgender, personality into the symptoms, and attempts out” process is a highly transsexual, two-spirit, personality as a whole. to commit suicide in individualized way that intersex, queer, LGBTQA teens. Many LGBTTTIQQA questioning, and ally Past research has shown teens may conceal the individuals transform a (LGBTTTIQQA) that the mean age of fact that they are negative identity into a individuals, couples, “coming out” is 27. LGBTQA to try to positive one. In the and families. As a However, research also avoid stigmatization. interest of helping culture, we have reports that more teens LGBTQA teens may LGBTQA teens, allow struggled with are coming out at not have the emotional them the space and accepting ourselves and younger ages. Lesbian, or physical stamina it experiences they so in gaining others gay, bisexual, takes to navigate the desperately need to learn. acceptance of us. Now, transgender, “coming out” process Validate and encourage after working at questioning, and ally because they are LGBTQA teen’s integrating our (LGBTQA) teens focusing on self- experiences at their own sexual/gender identity experience a great deal preservation. stage. Ask your teens and sexual orientation, of distress related to the teachers, school we get the chance to stigma attached to LGBTQA teens may counselors, and principle celebrate our efforts sexual/gender identity find that the pressure to whether they have a individually and within and sexual orientation at celebrate with us is policy on respect in our culture. earlier ages within the more stress producing regards to diversity of Congratulations! You school setting. GLSEN than stress relieving. sexual/gender identity deserve it. identifies that the “Coming out” means and sexual orientation. common stressors for that those who Support your schools “Coming out” refers to LGBTQA teens in the stigmatize LGBTQA GSA presentations, the process by which school setting are teens will now have a meetings, or activities. LGBTTTIQQA violence, which target for their homo- As LGBTQA teens have individuals move from includes bullying, and negativity. LGBTQA supportive efforts to identity confusion to homo-negative attitudes teens’ “coming out” focus on, the focus on tolerance and then to of peers and adults. goals are two-fold – peer and adult acceptance. The goal of coping with often stigmatization will diminish. (cont. on P. 5) Page 5 of 8 ELEMENT Mental Health Services Newsletter National Coming Out Month (cont. from p. 4) Celebrate because you References bisexual individuals. have earned that right. Journal of LGBT Youth, One day, our teens will Frost, D. M. & Bastone, 5(1), 27-36. choose to celebrate L. M. (2008). The role LGBTTTIQQA of stigma concealment www.glsen.org culture’s right to self- in retrospective high acceptance with us. school experiences of Congratulations. You gay, lesbian, and deserve it. Does It Matter? My father asked if I am gay. I asked, “Does it matter?” He said, “No, not really.” I said, “Yes.” He said, “Get out of my life.” I guess it mattered. My boss asked if I am gay I asked, “Does it matter?” He said, “No not really.” I told him, “Yes.” He said, “You’re fired faggot.” I guess it mattered. My friend asked if I am gay I asked, “Does it matter?” He said, “No not really.” I told him, “Yes.” He said, “Don’t call me your friend.” I guess it mattered. My lover asked, “Do you love me?” I asked, “Does it matter?” He said, “Yes.” He said, “Let me hold you in my arms.” For the first time in my life, something matters. My God asked me, “Do you love yourself?” I asked, “Does it matter?” He said, “YES!” I said, “How can I love myself? I am gay.” He said, “That is that way I made you.” Nothing will ever matter again. Written by An Anonymous high school student ELEMENT Mental Health Services Newsletter Page 6 of 8 Resource for LGBTTTIQQA Families By Troy Weber-Brown According to the PFLAG straight forward? LGBTTTIQQA families website, an estimated 6 who have conceived a Narelle Wickham writes million to 14 million child by sexual inter- a straightforward book children have a lesbian or course, donor for children 2 – 12 years gay parent. Many insemination (DI), In old. First published in LGBTTTIQQA would-be Vitro Fertilization (IVF) 1992, Where Did I Really parents face barriers in and Gamete Intra Come From? was a some states when they try Fallopian Transfer a pioneering book. to adopt. In trying to simple, non-judgmental Revised in 2008, it is avoid those barriers, explanation of even more relevant today. many LGBTTTIQQA conception, pregnancy, individuals, couples, and Since intercourse is no birth, surrogacy, and families have turned to longer the only way adoption. other methods of babies are made, LGBTTTIQQA families conceiving children. LGBTTTIQQA families and children are validated need a resource to help and have their This leads us to the age- facilitate discussion with experiences normalized. old question: “Where did their children when they Where Did I Really Come Children will learn ways From? I come from?” The book ask about the birds and to communicate about By Narelle Wickham Where Did I Really Come the bees… or the birds Illustrated by Ingrid Urh their families that evokes From? helps and the birds… or the less stress and healthier LGBTTTIQQA families bees and the bees. social interactions. answer this very question Anyway, I digress. in an open and honest This book gives way. Did I mention New LGBT Group for Individuals in Recovery By William Weber-Brown Our chemical can feel comfortable with The first meeting of this Mind, Body and Spirit, dependency counselor their sexual identity and in group will be on has donated the space for has been involved in building a sober support Saturday, November 14, this meeting to take place. working with several network in this area. 2009 at 6:30 pm. individuals in recovery You do not have to be to create a self-help For more information, and This meeting will be an from the St. Cloud area to group in the St. Cloud the location of the meeting, organizational meeting attend. Give Cassidy a area similar to AA/NA, contact Cassidy at 320- about how to go forward call and help yourself and which will be specific to 217-1941. and what the group others in recovery! the LGBT population. structure will be for the Anyone interested in future. It is important to This group will be a safe coming or helping out, get as many individuals to environment where please call and talk to attend. Please pass the individuals in recovery Cassidy before the word to others who would meeting. be interested. Page 7 of 8 ELEMENT Mental Health Services Newsletter Community Calendar of Events October 2009 26 27 28 29 30 31 25 8:30 to 2:30 9 til 2 7:00 PM - PFLAG 6 pm til ? Meeting Social Justice GAB Halloween Wright County GLBT Conference with Halloween party Dance @ Red Youth@ SCSU Carpet Atwood Hall 6 to 7:30 pm Mind Over Mood Group Pride Night at PJ’s DJ Nate November 2009 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 Nov 2 3 4 5 6 7 7:00 PM - PFLAG 12 to 2 pm Safe 6 to 7:30 pm 12:30 to 2:30 Meeting Space Training @ Mind Over Mood MAMFT Students CMMHC in Group on Saturday @ Monticello SCSU 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7:30 PM - 7:30 PM OUTside the Lines Pride Night at PJ’s Unsilenced. GLBT LGBTQA Teen Karaoke and Jewish Voices Support Group of the Holocaust 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 7:00 PM - PFLAG 7pm St Cloud 8 to 4:30 6:30 Meeting Pride Monthly MAMFT Fall Recovery Group @ Meeting @ PJ’s Conference in Mind Body & Spirit Minneapolis 6 to 9 9 til 2 MAMFT Fall 6 to 7:30 pm St Cloud Pride Dance Conference in Mind Over Mood at PJ”s Minneapolis Group Pride Night at PJ’s DJ Nate 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 7:00 PM - PFLAG 12 to 2 6:00 PM - 8:00 6 to 7:30 pm 9 til 2 Meeting Safe Space Training PM OUTside the Mind Over Mood GAB Dance @ Red @ CMMHC in St. Lines LGBTQA Group Carpet Cloud Teen Support Group Pride Night at PJ’s Karaoke 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 7:00 PM - PFLAG Thanksgiving 6 to 7:30 pm Meeting Mind Over Mood Group Pride Night at PJ’s DJ Nate Element Mental Health Services Upcoming Events ELEMENT October 27, 2009 - Atwood Memorial Center, St Cloud, MN Mental Health Services 8:30 am to 2:30 pm th 227 10 Avenue North The Teaching Development program in the College of Education (St Cloud State University) St. Cloud, MN 56303 and the Center for Service-Learning and Social Change co-sponsor the 10th annual Social FAX: Justice Conference with Youth: Empowering the minds, hearts, and hands of youth on issues of (320) 259-0791 social justice. Troy will be facilitating a discussion on discrimination based on sexual orientation for each of the three breakout sessions. E-MAIL: elementmentalhealth@e lementmentalhealth.vpw November 5, 2009 - Central MN Mental Health Center, Monticello, MN eb.com 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Troy will be co-presenting Safe Space Training with Heidi Aldes, St Cloud State University LGBT Resource Center Director. This presentation is designed to educate persons who serve PHONE: the general youth population and build a network of allies who are knowledgeable and MENTAL HEALTH supportive of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. (320) 492-4525 E-MAIL: November 7, 2009 - St Cloud State University, St Cloud, MN tweber- brown@elementmentalhealth. 10:30 am to 12:30 pm vpweb.com Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) will host it's Students On Saturdays discussion for the first time in St Cloud. Troy will be leading the discussion on LGBTTTIQQA: Practice Considerations. Join other Students, Associates, and Clinicians in CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY Room A226 in the Education Building for this 1 and a half hour discussion followed by a half (320) 492-7609 hour post-presentation social opportunity. E-MAIL: wweber- brown@elementmentalhealth. November 12 and 13, 2009 - The Northland Inn, Minneapolis, MN vpweb.com 12th - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm 13th - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm We are on the Web! Element Mental Health Services will have a booth at the MAMFT Fall Conference, Navigating See us at: Life's Transitions: Exploring Clinical Approaches, to promote our services and distribute information. Stop by and visit with our Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Providers. www.elementmentalhealth.vpweb.com November 18, 2009 - Central MN Mental Health Center, St Cloud, MN 12:15 pm to 2:00 pm For more Troy will be co-presenting Safe Space Training with Heidi Aldes, St Cloud State University LGBT Resource Center Director. This presentation is designed to educate persons who serve information and the general youth population and build a network of allies who are knowledgeable and supportive of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. how to register, visit our website February 17, 18 and 19, 2010 - Best Western Kelly Inn, St Cloud, MN and select the 17th - 8:00 am to 4:30pm 18th - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Presentation page 19th - 8:00 am to 1:00 pm from the selections Troy will present two workshops at the Minnesota Family Based Service Association's (MFBSA) 28th annual conference, "Plant a Seed": Cultivate. Nourish. Grow. Sustain. on the left. Workshops titles are: The Ethics of Electronic Counseling and LGBTQA Youth. Anyone wishing to have activities added to our monthly calendar or wish to contribute to our newsletter, please submit an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will gladly review them for the next month’s newsletter which is published on the last Monday of the month. The deadline for any submissions is the 15 th of the month.
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