Wednesday, November 14, 2007

11/16 11:30AM Lunch and Learn: Disaster Preparedness Training



11:30 AM



EMAIL OR CALL 464-8138
(sorry about the late notice!)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

11/11 Interfaith Caregiving Service for National Family Caregivers Month

Dear Fellow Social Workers:

National Family Caregivers Month observed every -November-is a nationally recognized month that seeks to draw attention to the many challenges facing family caregivers, advocate for stronger public policy to address family caregiving issues, and raise awareness about community programs that support family caregivers.

National Family Caregivers Month is a time to thank, support, educate, and advocate for the more than 50 million family caregivers across the country.

Because the faith community has a special role to play in helping and supporting caregiving families, we invite you to celebrate National Family Caregivers Month with us at an Interfaith Service to honor caregivers in Middle Georgia.

What: Interfaith Caregiving Service
When: Sunday, November 11, 2007-5:00 p.m.
Where: The Power Center
at Tremont Temple Baptist Church
5263 Bloomfield Road
Macon, Georgia 31206

Please share with your clients, patients, caregiver families and colleagues.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Please call with questions.

Pamela Roshell, PhD., MSW
Family Care Solutions, Inc.
3638 Vineville Ave.,
Macon, GA 31204
(478) 757-9909 (office)
1-866-809-8274 (toll- free office)
(478) 757-0195 (fax)

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

FREE "123 Magic" Parenting Seminar, 12/1 and 12/8

Who's in charge at your house?

Free 2 Day Parenting Seminar

1-2-3 Magic
Effective Discipline for Children 2-12

A humorous look at parenting, a serious look at discipline. You will learn how to:

--Discipline without arguing, yelling or hitting
--Control obnoxious behavior
--Handle testing and manipulation
--Encourage good behavior
--Conquer bedtime, messy rooms, lying, chores, homework and more
--Strengthen your relationship with your child

2 Day Course

Saturday, Dec 1st and 8th 2007, 9:00 am-12 Noon

Warner Robins Recreation Department, McIntyre Room
800 Watson Avenue Warner Robins

Call one of these numbers to register

Childcare will NOT be provided
There is no charge for the course.

Learn more about 1-2-3 Magic at

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Event for Caregivers for Persons with Disabilities, 10/30/07 Warner Robins

Save The Date

Help for the Daily Challenges of Caring
for Persons with Disabilities

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

at the
Trinity United Methodist Church
Warner Robins, GA

Presented by
Middle Georgia RDC/Area Agency on Aging
The Middle Georgia CARE-NET

Thursday, August 23, 2007

CEUs on Friday 9/21, 9AM-1:30PM, lunch included

Join us for two presentations for
continuing education


Friday, September 21, 2007
From 9:00 until 1:30

River Edge Behavioral Health Center
175 Emery Highway
Macon (751-4519)

“Financial Planning for Retirement"
with Ann Maley, a local financial planner


"Palliative Care"
to include case presentations and ethical dilemnas in palliatiave care
Lunch provided by Coliseum Psychiatric Center
Drinks & Snacks provided by River Edge

Please RSVP no later than Monday, September 17, to

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

RSVP for NASW Lunch and Learn 8/17, 12noon


Please join us at Coliseum Psychiatric Center from 12-1pm on Friday, August 17 for lunch and a CE presentation by Sue Fort, the Executive Director of NASW's Georgia Chapter and Betty Ryan, the Member Services Coordinator. They will update us on Chapter initiatives, Legislative issues and National agendas.

To confirm attendance, please call Jan Yates at 478-994-0110 and leave a message or email by 12noon on the Thursday before the event.

Jan N. Yates LCSW
Education Coordinator

Gaye Ethridge LCSW
Central Unit Chair

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Caregiving Event, opportunity to have booths for your service, October 30

Houston Healthcare along with several other agencies is hosting a workshop to support and provide education for persons caring for others with disabilities. The workshop targets caregivers and is called The Amazing Pace.

The workshop will be on October 30 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Warner Robins.

Part of the agenda will include a panel of professionals who will discuss their agency information and then answer questions.

The panel is going to include:
Julie Hall- Middle Georgia Regional Development Center
Area Agency on Aging-Georgia Cares Program- discuss this program and services
Tim Quigley- Social Security Administration- discuss social security for persons with disabilities
Joe Claxton- Mercer University School of Law- discuss laws relating to persons with disabilities
Houston County Sheriff's Department: Discuss ways parents can control a child with disabilities that has become stronger than they are, or keeping persons with disabilities from committing petty crimes, what the Sheriff's Department will do if a person with disabilities is arrested

We will also have a panel of parents as well as other speakers.
The workshop will also include booths with information to target caregivers of persons with any type of disability. The booths need to share local resources for persons with disabilities. If you would like to provide information on resources, please let me or Thaina Brown-Brake know as soon as possible.

If you know of some local resources for persons with any type disability please send me that contact information.


Beth Jones RNC
Director of Community Education and Services
Houston Healthcare
(478) 988-1891 (office)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

NAMI-Central Georgia needs garden tools

The greenhouse and landscaping program at NAMI-Central Georgia, a nonprofit agency for the mentally ill, located at 209 Elberta Road in Warner Robins, needs donations of garden tools, including power tools. Call 328-0503.

Job Notice

Job Notice

(20 Hours per week)

Receptionist/bookkeeper wanted for small, non-profit agency. Qualifications include at least two years of experience as a Receptionist/bookkeeper; competence in Quickbooks, payroll, billing, accounting, etc.; personable, articulate and well-organized. Salary range $10.00 to $12.00 per hours. Must pass a criminal back ground check. Send resume to: 277 MLK Jr. Blvd. W., #203, Macon, Georgia, 31201, or fax to (478) 745-0881.

Monday, June 11, 2007

June 15: Animal Assisted Therapy with Cheryl Brooks, RSVP for lunch!

"Animal Assisted Therapy"
Cheryl Brooks
founder of Therapups--Therapy Dog Volunteers

Please confirm by noon on the Wednesday prior to the day of presentations to reserve either a space or a space and lunch. Call 478-994-0110 to leave a message or email: .


JULY 20TH "Social Worker as Entrepreneur and "Care for the Caregivers",
Pamela Roshell PHO., MSW, President/CEO of Family Care Solutions.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

RSVP for lunch for meeting 5/18, 12noon


Since May is Mental Health Month, join us in a panel discussion of “Mental Health Issues in the New Millenium” featuring:

Dr. Cesar Figueroa, MD
Pearlie Tackett Central GA NAMI
Amanda Smith Utilization Management Coliseum Psychiatric
Roz Goudeau River Edge Counseling Center

Friday, May 18, 2007 Noon, Coliseum Psychiatric Conference Room

Please confirm attendance no later than Thursday May 17th to reserve a lunch by email ( ) or phone 800-548-4221 x 8138

Gaye Ethridge, LCSW

Saturday, April 28, 2007

NASW Lunch 'n' Learn 5/18/07


Please join us for the following presentation from 12-1 pm in Macon at the Coliseum Psychiatric Center with a free lunch and one hour CE credit:

MAY 18TH a panel will discuss "Mental Health Challenges in the New Millennium"

and upcoming presentations . . .

JUNE 15TH "Animal Assisted Therapy", Cheryl Brooks, founder of Therapups-Therapy Dog Volunteers will be our presenter.

JULY 20TH "Social Worker as Entrepreneur and "Care for the Caregivers", Pamela Roshell PHO., MSW, President/CEO of Family Care Solutions will be our presenter.

Please confirm by noon on the Thursday prior to the day of presentations to reserve either a space or a space and lunch.
Call 478-994-0110 to leave a message or email: .

After the April 20th presentation, there will be a brief meeting of a committee to discuss continuing monthly CE events vs. having quarterly 3-4 hour events. Your feedback will be greatly appreciated.

Jan N .Yates LCSW
Education Coordiriator

Gaye Ethridge LCSW
South Central Unit Coordinator

Speaker Available for May (Mental Health Month)

May is Mental Health Month. I would like to get the word out that I can do a presentation for any local group that needs a speaker. I can talk on "the Mental Health Crisis in Georgia" or if they want something lighter, "What Scientologists Believe About Mental Health and Why You Should Care."

If you are interested, please contact Mary Ann through NAMI at 328-0508.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Benefit for the Dripdrop Cafe, March 25, 4-7PM

I received this from a friend about a neat place run by a woman who was in the social work field. If you can support this event or this place of business, please do.




From: Ronnda Cadle
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2007 1:58 PM
Subject: PLEASE READ - Benefit for Dripdrop Cafe- Warner Robins

Hello Everyone,

This is a subject that is very dear to my heart so please read further...

For the past year I have been going every Friday to the Dripdrop Cafe in Warner Robins, one of the few venues that would let me even walk in the doors, as an instrumental guitarist and unknown act. This venue and the support of Cassandra Crosby(owner) has helped me gain experience and shape me into a performer.

Her shop not only offers live music but supports a bunch of things that drive a community. The Dripdrop provides a safe non-smoking environment for people of all ages, and is the only under age venue in the area.

It is a joy for me to go and perform at her space, gain experience and open minds to my style of music. And I really hate to see it go, so I am helping with the fight to keep it open, meaning we are putting on a benefit show for the Dripdrop to stay open.

Time is of the essence here and we just have determined our venue--- so I hope you will come out and support this cause and see and hear some great music from some well known folks as well as some kids that get to play the shop.

If you can't make it or may know someone in the area, please pass this email along. We have little time to promote and again, time is not on our side.

The Dripdrop Cafe has been experienceing difficulties due to the closing of a gate on the Air Force Base. This has nothing to do with bad business at all. The gate was closed for several months and three other businesses went under during that time that live on lunch crowds... The gate has reopened but we need that extra push... and without it, the doors WILL most likely close.

This is an urgent matter as to why we are moving in such short time...

Please help keep this space for MUSIC, CULTURE AND DIVERSITY open, this is an UNCONDITIONAL venue who opens it's arms to ALL people and GROUPS. A true meaning of what community is and should be. One of the points I wish to stress is the multigenerational audience, how often do you see teens hanging out with 40,50,60+ at a live music show and actually communicating with each other?

OK... the details.. and more TBA

Sunday March 25th
The Little Perry Theater
909 Main St.
Perry GA 31069
$10 cover

Artists to perform -
Josh Graff and Co, Ronnda Cadle and others TBA

more info on the dripdrop @ ---

Ronnda Cadle
Acoustic Instrumentalist
PO Box 185
Decatur, GA 30031

Friday, March 16, 2007

Mental Health Advocates meeting 3/21, 1-2PM (with call-in access)

From Tina @

See notice below about MH advocacy meeting.
Looks like one can participate by phone as well.
Pass it on!
Kristina Simms, mental health advocate
Perry GA

----- Original Message -----

The MH Advocates meeting has been re-scheduled for Wednesday, March
21st, 1:00-2:00, on the 23rd floor in Conference room 130.

The call-in number is: 866-244-8528

Passcode: 218749

For more information, please contact:

Myrtis Smith
Division of MHDDAD
Mental Health & Addictive Diseases
2 Peachtree Street, 23-415
Atlanta, GA 30303


The next DHR Board Meeting will be held on March 21.

The Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases
(MHDDAD) Committee of the Board of Human Resources will meet the on
March 21 from 10:00 a.m. to noon on the 22nd floor at 2 Peachtree
Street, room 270. The DHR MHDDAD Committee meetings are open to the

The monthly meetings of the DHR Board of Human Resources are open to
the public. Meetings begin at 1:00 p.m. and are normally held in room
250 on the 29th floor of the Georgia Department of Human Resources
central offices at 2 Peachtree Street, Atlanta.

If you would like to attend the DHR MHDDAD meeting prior to the MH
Advocates meeting, there is a nice cafeteria on the 2nd floor were you
can have lunch between meetings.

Houston County YMCA Renovation Celebration

Houston County YMCA Renovation Celebration!
No joiner's fee. No contract.
Corporate rates are available.
Get the family fit!

Mission Statement: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Donations needed for NAMI Yard Sale on 4/7

Great Big Ole Yard Sale, Saturday, April 7 !! Donations needed now! 328-0508

NAMI-Central Georgia, Inc. will have a big ole yard sale on Saturday, April 7, from 8:00am until 12:00 noon (or whenever).

All proceeds benefit the clients !

NAMI-Central Georgia, Inc. is located at 209 Elberta Road in Warner Robins. It is a United Way agency serving the mentally ill with employment, and residential care, as well as field trips and recreational outings To make this yard sale a success NAMI needs DONATIONS of household goods, knick-knacks, appliances, furniture, electronics, toys, tools, and whatever else is gathering dust at your place. WE CAN PICK UP DONATIONS WITHIN REASONABLE DISTANCE. Call 328-0508 and leave a message for Kelvin.


Please forward this message to your friends, members of your clubs and churches, and so on. Help us spread the word for a good cause, and clean out your garage and attic too !!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Call for presenters for 6/11-6/13 (honorarium and travel)

Call for presenters!

Contact Pat ( for more info on an honorarium and travel expenses.

From Pat Wolf:

Hi Jason! I am planning our annual Psychoeducational Conference at Epworthon St. Simon's Island June 11-13, 2007 and I wanted to know if I can sendinformation out about the conference through the blog. Also, I am lookingfor a few more presenters - interested in topics like sexual abuse or sexualoffenders, classroom management, care for the caregiver etc. Do you haveany names of individuals who can present?The conference information is on our website at if youwant to look at it. We were approved for 10 CEUs.

THANKS for the help!

Patricia J. Wolf
Oconee Psychoeducational Program
P.O. Box 1830
Milledgeville, GA 31059

Summer CEUs 6/11-6/13 @ St. Simon's Island

GPN Summer Institute
Coloring Outside the Lines
Whatever it Takes,
Child by Child

June 11-13, 2007

Epworth by the Sea
St. Simon's Island, GA

View the Agenda and Registration Packet

Methamphetamine Presentation 3/20, Phoenix Center, Warner Robins







Family Education Program

When: Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Where: Phoenix Center BHS

Staff Lounge

940-B Hwy 96, Warner Robins

Refreshments, Guest Speakers, Education, Trends and much more!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Caregiver Support Event 4/24


Help for the Daily Challenges of Caring
For Persons with Disabilities
Tuesday, APRIL 24, 2007
9:00 AM TO 2:15 PM


For Professional and Family Caregivers
For more information or to request a registration
form, call Natalie Brown, 478-751-6509.

The Middle Georgia Area Agency on Aging
The Middle Georgia CARE-NET
The Middle Georgia Area Agency on Aging
A Division of the Middle Georgia Regional Development Center
175-C Emery highway
Macon, GA 31217

NAMI Yard Sale needs donations for 4/7

Great Big Ole Yard Sale, Saturday, April 7 !!

Donations needed now! 328-0508

NAMI-Central Georgia, Inc. will have a big ole yard sale on Saturday, April 7, from 8:00am until 12:00 noon (or whenever).

All proceeds benefit the clients !

NAMI-Central Georgia, Inc. is located at 209 Elberta Road in Warner Robins. It is a United Way agency serving the mentally ill with employment, and residential care, as well as field trips and recreational outings To make this yard sale a success NAMI needs DONATIONS of household goods, knick-knacks, appliances, furniture, electronics, toys, tools, and whatever else is gathering dust at your place. WE CAN PICK UP DONATIONS WITHIN REASONABLE DISTANCE. Call 328-0508 and leave a message for Kelvin.


Please forward this message to your friends, members of your clubs and churches, and so on. Help us spread the word for a good cause, and clean out your garage and attic too !!

Friday, March 02, 2007

Easter in the Park Announcement

Hello Everyone!!

Please forward this email to anyone that might be interested in having a Service Provider booth at our Easter in the Park Event this year.

The event is planned for Saturday, March 31st. This is the week before Easter so we hope that will make it easier for your group to participate this year. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Please note we are requesting each table have a game or activity for the children to play or do with a prize or gift from your organization. This does two things, it gets the parents to your table and it allows some more fun for the children. Please call me if you would like to do a different activity. Last year we estimated we had over 1400 people at Easter in the Park.

Tian Foss
Prevention Programs Director
Rainbow House CRC
You can't change what you don't know: Education the key to prevention.
CASA of Houston County
(Court Appointed Special Advocates for children)


An Evening of Jazz
FVSU Jazz Ensemble

Friday, March 30, 2007
Wellston Center

Donation: $20.00/person
Table Sponsor: $140.00/8 people
(Dinner Included)

For more info, please call 478.542.2141 ext. 336

Monday, February 26, 2007

2/26 NAMI meeting with speaker on depression

Today , February 26, Liz Bell-Willis will adress the monthly meeting of NAMI-Central Ga. on "Depression." In any given year 13 to 14 million Americans suffer from clinical depression. It is the leading cause of disability among women. Ms. Bell-Willis is a registered nurse with 21 years of experience in psychiatric nursing. The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. at the New Hope Center at 100 Story Road, Warner Robins The public is invited to come and ask questions. For more information or directions call 328-0508.

4/19-4/20 Conference on Summer Learning

GAIC and the Center for Summer Learning are pleased to announce that Atlanta will host the Center for Summer Learning's National Conference, Celebrate Summer as a Season for Learning, April 19-20, 2007. Bringing together school administrators, program providers, policy makers and researchers, this is the only national conference that brings the issue of summer learning to the forefront. We encourage you and your colleagues to attend this year!

The Only National Conference Focused on Summer Learning

Celebrate Summer as a Season for Learning is a two-day conference that will challenge you to plan, support and advocate for high-quality summer programming in your community and nationwide. In Georgia, most young people have 9-10 weeks of "idle time" on their hands with little supervision and lack high-quality, engaging opportunities that help them to stay on track and succeed making this conference helpful to local efforts.

Focus on Summer Learning from Georgia's Experts

The following engaging sessions will be led by Georgia experts from the education and youth development fields.

Integrating Parent Involvement into Summer Learning for Successful Child and Youth Development
Dr. Lisa Malice and Donna Kosicki, Georgia PTA

Public/Private Summer Learning Partnerships: Lessons Learned from a Pilot Program
Fred and Martha Downer Assaf, Pace Academy, Atlanta, Georgia; Carl Ackerman, Punahou School, Honolulu, HI; Beth Casey, Middle Grades Partnership, Baltimore, MD

Summer Extravaganza Teaching and Learning Camp (TLC): Summer Learning in Hotlanta
Dr. Mindy DiSalvo and Donna Whiting, DeKalb County School System

Summer Learning and Workforce Development: Effectively Reaching our Older Youth
Parky Rogers and Dr. Barbara Hill, Junior Achievement of Georgia

Time and Learning Opportunities in the 21st Century
Jill Riemer, Pat Willis, and Laura Dobbs, Georgia Afterschool Investment Council

Register Now!

Register now at Conference registration is $325/person through March 1. After that, registration is $350/person. Groups of four or more receive a 10% registration discount. For more information about the Center and the conference, visit or call Jennifer Brady, the Center's director of training and management assistance, at 410-516-6230.

Rachel E. Wellborn, MSW
Communications and Project Manager
Georgia Afterschool Investment Council
formerly the Georgia Partnership for Youth Investment
100 Edgewood Avenue, NE - 3rd Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
404-527-8831 (office)
404-527-7353 (fax)

Georgia Crisis & Access Line

In July 2006, the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) introduced the
Georgia Crisis & Access Line, a new statewide hotline designed to streamline
24/7 access to mental health, developmental disabilities, substance abuse
and behavioral healthcare crisis services. Georgia DHR awarded the service
to Atlanta-based Behavioral Health Link (BHL), a division of Integrated
Health Resources, LLC.

The goal of the Georgia Crisis & Access Line is to promote friendly and easy
access to services throughout the state's 159 counties. 1-800-715-GCAL is
available day or night in time of crisis and to assist with routine access
to services.

1-800-715-GCAL (4225) is staffed by trained and caring professionals who are
available around the clock. The confidential service is free to the public.
There is also a provider and resource database online at to help
with information about service options.

Georgia Crisis & Access Line

A crisis has no schedule. Help is available 24/7 for problems with mental
health, drugs, or alcohol.

Call 1-800-715-4225
or visit us online at

Houston Co Community Outreach Service Center Women and Children's Homeless Shelter

Good News! The official opening date for the Community Outreach Service Center Women and Children's Shelter has now been set. We will begin admitting clients on Thursday, February 22, 2007. All women admitted into the shelter must have been Houston County residents at the time they became homeless, they must have 2 forms of identification (one of which must be a picture I.D.) and they must meet the HUD definition of homeless (i.e. sleeping in place(s) not meant for human habitation, currently living in a shelter or transitional housing, within one week of eviction, leaving a short-stay facility such as detox center, crisis center, jail, etc. or is being discharged from such a facility and has been a resident there for more than 30 consecutive days and no subsequent residences have been identified.)

As an emergency facility, clients must understand that housing is generally limited to a period of thirty (30) days and during such time all clients must seek employment unless there is a physician's statement indicating an inability to do so. Clients will be assessed a nominal fee for their stay.

Please share this information with as many agencies and service providers in the Houston County area as possible. Also, we are in dire need of female resident assistants for nights and weekends. If anyone knows of any responsible, trustworthy candidates who might be interested in this position please ask them to contact us during the hours of 10am - 2pm at (478) 922-3195 or leave a message on our voicemail.

Thank you.

Tachunta A. Thomas

Interim Director

Community Outreach Service Center, Inc.

"A Haven for the Homeless"

(478) 922-3195

Friday, February 02, 2007

2/27 Crib Matching Program

Programs/Agencies that work with families of infants are
invited to participate in the Georgia Department of
Human Resources, Division of Public Health’s…


The Division of Public Health will match 3 cribs for every 5 purchased.
Come and learn more about:

    · Participation in the Crib Matching Program
    · SIDS/infant sleep safety (e.g. bed sharing)
    · The latest recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics on SIDS and Infant sleep safety

Training is a requirement for participation in this initiative. This session is one way to fulfill that requirement

We look forward to seeing you on:

February 27, 2007
9:00 a.m.- 12:00 pm
Location: DHR Middle Georgia Training Center
4885 Riverside Drive, Suite 300 (3rd floor of the Riverside Corporate Center)
Macon, GA 31210

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Monica McGoldrick in Sav'h 3/8 and 3/9 (CEUs)

Clinical Social Work Association of Savannah
21 Annual Professional Conference
March 8 & 9, 2007

Monica McGoldrick, LCSW, PhD (h.c.) will be the featured speaker at the 21st Annual Professional Conference of the Clinical Social Work Association of Savannah. Plan to join us and hear this nationally known teacher, author and family therapist.

On first day of the Conference, she will address the topic, Ethical treatment of Multicultural Families (6 core ethic credit hours). Friday morning will be spent examining the topic of the Critical Applications of Family Therapy, in terms of Basic Dynamics as well as the treatment of Blended Families. The afternoon will be used to take a closer look at clinical options for working with Military Families and exploring therapeutic techniques to better address Family Violence.
Mark your calendars now for Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9, 2007 and plan to join us in historic Savannah at the Coastal Georgia Center.

Please check the CSWA-S website,, to keep updated on current details.

View the Conference Brochure

Where to stay while your in Savannah?

NAMI Central GA Meeting 1/29 @ 7PM



This promises to be a very exciting meeting
Refreshments Served afterwards

When: January 29, 2007
7:00 PM
Where: New Hope Center
100 Story Road
Warner Robins, GA 31093
For more information, call 328-0508

Mental Health Benefit Program for Hurricane Evacuees

Subject: Mental Health Benefit Program for Hurricane Evacuees
Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2007 11:01:20 -0500

As part of our goal to continue assisting our 2005 Hurricane season clients we are pleased to announce a new initiative. The American Red Cross Hurricane Recovery Program has introduced Access to Care, a benefit program that removes financial barriers to mental health and substance abuse treatment for people affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.
Access to Care provides assistance with counseling, medication or substance abuse treatment, and can cover treatment received anywhere in the country, when received by a licensed provider of your choice. Services are covered from August 30, 2005 until April 30, 2008.
Access to Care is a part of the Hurricane Recovery Program, an initiative of the National Headquarters of the American Red Cross.

As the Access to Care representative for the state of Georgia, I would love to have the opportunity to meet with you and the county collaboratives in your respective regions to provide you with more information about the program. If you are interested, or are aware of other community agencies, providers, faith-based organizations, or state offices that may benefit from gaining more knowledge about the program in order to continue to serve individuals affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, please feel free to contact me at the phone number listed below or through email.

Thank you.
Lynell A. Howard, M.A., LPC
Senior Associate, Mental Health
Hurricane Recovery Program
American Red Cross
3485 N. Desert Dr
Building 2, Suite 103
East Point, GA 30344
404-496-5751 (office)
404-767-7354 (fax)

Autism Spectrum CEUs in Atlanta 2/13-2/14

"Critical Issues for Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum"

Atlanta, GA ~ February 13-14, 2007
Location:Holiday Inn Airport North1380 Virginia AveAtlanta, GA(404) 762-8411

A block of rooms has been reserved for $82 plus tax per night. Please call the hotel and make reservations soon. Rooms are limited.

Special Parent Price!2 Days: $1601 Day: $95

Feb. 13 - Transitioning to AdulthoodWith Peter Gerhardt: Increasing attention is being paid to needs of learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as they enter adolescence and grow into adulthood. Where job placement was once considered desirable, now the goal is career development. Instead of residential placement, now there is talk of residential choices in support of quality of life. This workshop will provide an overview of this movement toward transition planning for competent adulthood. Social skills and appropriate sexual behavior will also be addressed in young adults with ASD. Peter Gerhardt is the President of the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) and the Founding Chair of OAR's Scientific Council.

Feb. 14 - Behavior Solutions for Severe ASDWith Maria Wheeler: A dolescence combined with severely limiting autism presents a unique challenge for the effected individual, families, educators and therapists. In this session, we will explore age appropriate interventions for addressing behavioral concerns. These topics that directly relate to behavior will also be covered: daily schedule planning for the adolescent with autism, communication and visual supports, sensory issues and influences, aggression, tantrums, non-compliance, sexuality, and the adolescent need for independence. Maria Wheeler is the co-author of "A Treasure Chest of Behavioral Strategies for Individuals with Autism," and the author of "Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism and Related Disorders."
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Rates:Professionals- $140 for one day, $205 for two days Par ents- $95 for one day, $160 for two days

Groups of 4 or more receive 10% off!
Continuing Education: 1 PLU is available from the Georgia Department of Education for the entire conference. There will be a total of 12 contact hours.

Graduate Credit: Up to 2 credits are available. Please visit our Atlanta page for more details.

Purchase orders, Visa/Mastercard and personal checks are accepted. Purchase orders or payments MUST be received by February 12, 2007. Please fax purchase orders.
Spectrum Training Systems, Inc. 2024 Jonathon Drive Appleton, WI 54914 Phone: (920) 749-0332 Fax: (920) 882-0736 Email: Website: www.spectrum

Music therapists?

Anyone know of any music therapists in the area?

Please email me at jasonhobbslcsw @



Connected to Public Policy: General Assembly info

NAMI calls for federal investigation of GA,45983.shtml