We have made it easier for mental health professionals to refer clients to our psychiatric rehabilitation programs. The form is now much shorter and does not request a psychiatrist’s signature.
Please click here to download the new shorter referral packet.
If you happen to be a family member, friend, or a potential client — please take this form to a treating mental health professional. We are however very happy to directly answer your questions about our PRPs and the mental health system in general. Let us know how we can help.
We are trying several innovations for our new weekly schedule which starts Monday. You can find it here.
Goal Time: We are adding several offerings to our short informal 20-30 minute Goal Time period. Goal Time is when clients can work on individual rehabilitation goals or meet one-on-one with their rehabilitation counselors. Increasingly, its also becoming a short period for client-run clubs and very small special interest classes that staff are especially enthusiastic about but which would not generate enough client participation for our formal class schedule:
- Goal Time — Connections: Liz Tutino is running a new program twice per week with our young adults. It is geared towards youth issues and interests (most members are early middle age) and emphasizes social skills and even occasional dating concerns.
- Goal Time — 50 and Over: Wanda Moore is getting together with our seniors (roughly age 50 or so) who enjoy a slower pace, classic movies and music, puzzles, and mature company.
- Goal Time — Spanish Club: Our new summer intern (with staff oversight and a strong assist from Ann) is taking over Spanish Club from departing intern Angelica and promises to carry on the language acquisition gains of this past spring as well as provide a bit of Hispanic culture for our clients.
- Goal Time — Sign Language: Intern Courtnee Wright (with staff oversight) is testing out interest in a Sign Language Club this month and hopes to add more culture and learning to our environment.
Classes: Our biggest change is the test implementation of a quarterly registration system. Clients have been asked to register for one class for each day they attend and committ to it through the end of August. This has the advantage of allowing teachers to try and go into more depth in given subjects since the same people will be in the room weekly. It also helps with class size balancing. We will evaluate how well this works going forwards. Counselors in conjunction with clients can waive requirements on an as-needed basis (like letting a client switch classes).
Our other big change is the addition of team meetings. Each counselor has one class period per week in which they meet with their own case load. This is an opportunity for the counselor to efficiently address the same issue occuring across several clients all at once. Teams may evolve into a friendly competition, a team-building experience, a smaller homebase group of peers for newer clients to relate to, etc. We’ll also monitor how this initiative fares.
Other smaller class schedule changes include the conclusion of Michael’s long-running Emotional Management/Anger Control Training class, the addition of a Wellness Self Mangement class run by Liz, and a Leisure skills class run by Jeff. Michael will be taking over Psychology 101 and moving it to Fridays.
We want to say THANK YOU to our most recent interns Angelica and Elysia who spent their last day with us today. Both have
just graduated from the University of Baltimore and were here in order to complete their capstone senior projects in psychology. Angelica is off to accumulate more medical internship hours towards an eventual career as a physican’s assistant. Elysia is taking a short break to travel and then will likely be moving on to graduate school for clinical health psychology.
Both women spent more time with our PRP than their school internships required and both were highly valuable. They helped out on trips, assisted with class-time activities, provided extra eyes and ears on our recent Aquarium trip, and jointly ran a Friday morning Spanish club that several clients
found interesting. Spanish language resources are surprisingly difficult to come by in Harford County and they were especially useful with our few Hispanic clients. Elysia and Angelica were required by their school to write research papers with literature reviews as part of their internship, and so deeply integrated both academic and hands-on knowledge.
Both have been highly active in, and officers of, their school’s chapter of Psi Chi — The International Honor Society in Psychology.
We wish them much luck and success in their future endeavors!
Our clients and staff completed a very nice art decoration project for the PRP community room today. Everything is brighter and more festive!
In honor of the Summer Olympics our theme for 2012 is “Going for the Goal.” Every time an individual completes a rehabilitation goal they are awarded a paper “Gold Medal”. These medals will hang on the wall in the community room for the entire year. Special privileges, such as being first for lunch and trips, are part of the recognition of their hard work. Currently we have several goals completed for 2012 and we anticipate many more in the months to come.
The idea of providing public recognition and privledges for goal completion has worked well in the past. We are hoping to tie into the excitement of the Summer Olympics and also use this as a tool to increase client awareness of new events and help them stay excited about going-on in the world around them.
Key Point PRP had several celebrations in December. The holidays were kicked off with a gift exchange sponsored by Mountain Christian Church. Each client selected a random gift and had the opportunity to “steal” a gift from another client. It was an exciting morning with presents being passed around and around. Some of the presents clients left with were sweatshirts, gift cards, Raven’s merchandise, perfume, and many other special gifts.
At the end of December clients were recognized for the completion of rehabilitation goals during the past year. Each month the individual who completed a goal was awarded a paper brick with their name on it. This symbolized their “Recovery at Work” – the theme for 2011. As a group 117 goals were completed. Several clients completed 4 goals each! These achievements were celebrated with noisemakers and sparkling grape juice. One of the clients said a toast for the group.
On Wednesday’s in November you could find Aberdeen clients going on a road trip to the Key Image Salon located in the Key Point PRP in Dundalk. Many clients have taken this opportunity to receive hair services for little or no cost. Clients have had their hair dyed and styled and men have had their hair cut and beards trimmed. Everyone comes back feeling great with their new look and they have all received positive feedback form the other clients. Thank you to our Dundalk Key Point office for providing this valuable service to our clients!
In early November Brenda Merrill and Liz Tutino attended a lecture on Art and Addiction at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. The lecture was presented by Dr. Jack Henningfield, PhD, a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Patricia B. Santora, PhD a Senior Public Health Advisor at the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The presenters described their Innovators Program which was developed to educate, prevent, and control substance abuse through art. Many moving pieces of art were displayed and it was clear that using art in substance abuse education captures the intense emotions of those who have family members with substance abuse issues or are substance abusers. Key Point has purchased a copy of their book Art &Addiction for use in MISA classes.
Key Point had a community Thanksgiving on November 23rd. Mountain Christian Church very generously donated funds so that a traditional Thanksgiving meal could be catered by Bob Evans. All the clients had their fill of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. To contribute to this holiday meal clients went shopping on Tuesday and purchased cranberry sauce, apple cider, pies, and whipped topping. During the month of November clients were daily encouraged to write down one thing they were thankful for. The items were written on a piece of paper and a “Gratitude Chain” was hung for all to see. Each day the chain grew a little longer and during the Thanksgiving celebration all the clients read one of the strips of paper. Many clients then stood and expressed what they were thankful for.