Thursday, August 24, 2006

Bereavement Camp Scheduled for 11/3-11/5

Camp Wings: A bereavement camp for children ages 6-16, sponsored by Heart of Georgia Hospice.

The camp offers a unique blend of therapeutic activities, arts & crafts and recreation to help bring hope and healing.

November 3 - 5
Camp Martha Johnson - Lizella, GA
Cost: $10

For more information or to register, call 953-5161

Monday, August 07, 2006

NAMI Family-to-Family Course in Houston 8/28/06


Sign-ups for the free course beginning now.

A 12-session free Family-to-Family course for relatives of mentally ill persons will start on August 28, 2006, at 6:00 p.m. at the Bonaire First Baptist Church, 142 W. Hwy 96 Bonaire Ga ( corner of hwy 96 and Old Perry Rd ).

You do not have to live in Houston County to participate.
The nationally acclaimed Family-to-Family course will be taught by two volunteers from the middle Georgia chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mary Ann van Hartesveldt and LaVonne Harn. The course provides information, support, and help with coping with the problems of a mentally ill relative.

The course will meet from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for 12 consecutive weeks, starting Tuesday August 28. The course and all materials are free. It is strongly recommended that participants pre-register for the course and be willing to commit to attend all 12 meetings. The course is limited to 18 participants.

To register for the course or to get more information, call LaVonne Harn @ 478 213 7080 ( cell ) or email at <>.

Be advised that Family-to-Family is an educational and support course only for family members of the mentally ill. It not intended as treatment for those who are themselves suffering from mental illness. Those individuals are urged to seek medical help and get into an appropriate treatment program.

Mrs. van Hartesveldt holds a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling, and has been an employment counselor for the Middle Georgia Consortium for the past 16 years. She is a member of the board of directors of NAMI-Central Georgia and active in community affairs.

Mrs. Harn is a registered nurse and retired as vice-president for patient services at the Medical Center in Macon. She is currently president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Central Georgia, Inc. (NAMI), and has participated in a variety of community activities.

NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and other severe disorders

The local branch office of NAMI is located at 209 Elberta Road in Warner Robins. For information about membership and other programs, call 328-0508.

NAMI-Central Georgia, Inc. is a United Way agency.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

NASW August 18, 12noon


Please join us August 18th from 12:00-1 :00 PM at Coliseum Psychiatric Center in Macon for a presentation of "Midlife Crisis or Not" Stages of Mid Adult Development by Jo Caywood, LCSW, retired school social worker.

Please call 478-464-8264 by noon on August 16th to reserve a space or a space and lunch.

Jan Yates, LCSW
Education Coordinator South Central Unit

Phoenix CSB Job Opening CEO

Executive Director

Phoenix Center Community Service Board, a behavioral health agency serving a three county area in Middle Georgia, is seeking an executive director with proven leadership skills. Candidate must be able to lead a diverse workforce and promote a positive and professional image in the community.

Candidate must have a master’s degree from an accredited university in the behavioral health or health administration field and at least three to five years of related experience. Previous fiscal management, program management and managed care experience is highly desirable. Commitment to the public service mission of the Community Service Board and to serving high-risk clients in the three county community is a must. Candidate must be willing to reside in the three county service areas. Salary range is 60K to 80K depending on experience.

Please submit resume and salary requirement to: Nancie Masters, Human Resource Manager, P.O. Box 2866, Warner Robins, Ga. 31099 or email to Deadline for applying is August 14, 2006.

September 7 Houston Co CASA Luncheon with First Lady

CASA Houston County Luncheon

On September 7, 2006, CASA of Houston County, Inc. will have the honor of sponsoring a luncheon for Georgia’s First Lady, Mary Perdue. She is touring Georgia to promote her “Our Children” Summit. Children’s issues are the First Lady’s primary focus. Mrs. Perdue is committed to working to support children in foster care and the juvenile justice system.

CASA of Houston County, Inc. is using this wonderful opportunity to raise awareness about the needs for child advocates and financial contributions to support the work of the local CASA program. Our goals for the 2006-2007 fiscal year include:

    · Increasing the number of trained CASA Advocates
    · Increasing number of children served.
    · Promoting community awareness of CASA of Houston County.
    · Increasing funding to meet and maintain our program goals

Nationally, CASA, champions the rights for abused and neglected children throughout our country. For more detailed information about the CASA of Houston County program, please refer to the enclosed brochure or visit our website at:

As a sponsor, you will receive a formal invitation to luncheon, reserved seating, and recognition on the printed program. We are also inviting local media to cover this monumental event. We have made it easy for you to decide the level of support that will reflect your financial ability and commitment. The following list states the levels of support:

Make A Difference

    · Cherub up to $100.00
    · Angel $101 to $500
    · Archangel $501 to $1,000
    · Guardian Angel $1,001 and above

We thank you in advance for your contribution to the CASA of Houston County, Inc. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at 478.396.2185.


Terry Di Diego, ED
CASA of Houston County, Inc.
206 Carl Vinson Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088
478 542 2141 Office 478 922 4279 FAX <>

Job Opening Family Counseling Center

Job Notice

The Family Counseling Center of Central Ga. is seeking to hire a full time (40 hours per week) Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Clinical Social Worker to provide counseling services in the Macon and Warner Robins office.

DUTIES include:

  1. Providing individual, marital, family and group therapy with appropriate populations as they present themselves whether through referral or in individual sessions.
  2. Conducting all case management duties necessary to support the on-going clinical work which includes but is not limited to: case record documentation, follow-up with ancillary contacts, attendance at any case reviews held by referring agencies, etc.
  3. Other Duties: Assisting other staff members in their duties as needed to maintain the smooth and proficient operation of the agency.

Work Hours:


Monday & Tuesday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:30 AM to 8:00 PM

Warner Robins:

Thursday & Friday: 8:30 to 5:00 PM


  1. Must hold a license in Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling or Clinical Social Work.
  2. Prior experience in a clinical work environment is preferred.
  3. Must pass a criminal record check.

Individuals interested in this position should send their resume’ to:

Frank Mack

Family Counseling Center

277 MLK Blvd. Suite 203

Macon, Ga. 31201

Resumes’ will be accepted until position is filled

Violence Prevention 9/25-9/26 Atlanta

Violence Prevention: Promoting Health Communities
September 25 and 26
Atlanta, Georgia

Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and the Hamilton Fish Institute are proud to announce that we will sponsor a conference entitled Violence Prevention: Promoting Health Communities. The Hamilton Fish Institute on School and Community Violence is a national resource for the research and development of school violence prevention strategies. We will address issues on Youth Violence, Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), and Sexual Violence. Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for healthcare professionals and is offering 16.25 CEU/CME to persons that attend the Conference.
The conference is scheduled for September 25- 26th, 2006, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia. It is our aim to provide training and increase awareness among practitioners and community stakeholders about violence prevention and the new strategies that are rapidly growing in programs across the United States. Local and national leaders will be present to talk about successful activities and programs in their communities to deter violence.

Dr. David Satcher will address the conference's theme in the morning by discussing the relationship between violence prevention and mental health issues. Dr. Satcher served as the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and as the 16th. US Surgeon General. He is the past President of Morehouse School of Medicine. There will be a plenary session followed by concurrent breakout sessions that will review and discuss violence and its relationship to mental health issues.
To find out more information about the Conference visit our webpage:

You can also contact Dr. Katherine Erwin for additional information at (404) 756-5278 or Dr. Kisha Braithwaite at (404) 756-8923, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00.