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October 2012


2015 year in Review

Issues of Historical Trauma and Traumatic Loss among the African American Community

January 28, 2015

Candler Hospital Marsh Auditorium, 5353 Reynolds St, Savannah, GA 31405

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chanda M. Dunn, LMSW

 Chanda Dunn, Licensed Master of Social Work is an individual and family therapist who currently provides mental health services to children, adolescents, and families in the Savannah area. She has a wide range of personal and professional experience providing therapeutic services to children and adolescents who are are currently facing emotional, academic, environmental, and behavioral disruptions during vital stages of individual development and growth. Chanda’s interests and specializations center on trauma and attachment, understanding cultural and racial issues within social work among minority families, and child development and mental health. Chanda is a native of Leavenworth, Kansas by way of Washington, Georgia. Chanda earned her B.S. in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia's College of Family and Consumer Sciences in 2009 and her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Georgia's School of Social Work in 2012.  She also holds a Certificate of Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Georgia. 

 

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Phone: 706-318-4775

Agoraphobia 101

February 25, 2015

Candler Hospital Marsh Auditorium, 5353 Reynolds St, Savannah, GA 31405

William B. Dismer, L.C.S.W

Blaise Dismer, L.C.S.W. lives with his wife on Saint Simons Island, Ga. He has 2 grown children Meg and Zach. Blaise received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from North Georgia College and State University in 1974. His Masters degree in Social Work was earned at the University of Georgia in 1991. Blaise trained in his field at the Anxiety Disorders Institute of Atlanta following graduation under the supervision of Dr. Julio Molina and Dr. Asaf Aleem. He has been a member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America for over 20 years. Blaise has served on their Hospitality Committee and spoken at several national conventions. Blaise’s autobiographical memoir, “Homebound No More” won the “Editor’s Choice” award from iUniverse. His topic today is, “Agoraphobia 101”.

 

 

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work phone-912-5548491

cell is 843-384-5083

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Children

April 22, 2015

Candler Hospital Marsh Auditorium, 5353 Reynolds St, Savannah, GA 31405

Donna M. Hammontree, LCSW

Cognitive in nature, CBT, at first, seems impossible to use with children.  Donna will strive to get your creative juices flowing in your work with both youth and adults. 

Using a psychosocial approach, CBT can be used with the young person, his/her care giver, and natural supports in the community.  The presentation will focus on behavioral issues such as anxiety, tantrums, and depression/low self-esteem.  While play therapy is a part of the psychosocial approach, just as important is the work with care givers and other institutions, such as schools.

Donna Hammontree is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified Case Manager.  She has worked as a social worker in a variety of settings, including private practice since 2001.  She is also the author of Spry Sparrow:  From Drab to Fab, which is a story that attempts to help simplify CBT concepts for children and adults alike.

 

www.donnahammontree.com

Mental Health First Aid USA

May 16, 2016 – Capacity for 30 participants

Candler Hospital Marsh Auditorium, 5353 Reynolds St, Savannah, GA 31405

 

 

Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program, which introduces participants to the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Those who take the 8-hour course to certify as Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate peer, social, self-help and professional care. This program can reduce the damaging effects of mental and emotional disorders such as job loss, school dropouts, relationship issues, and drug and alcohol problems.

 

National program authorities train and certify instructors to teach
the program.

 

www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org

 

 

The Body Code

May 27, 2015

Candler Hospital Marsh Auditorium, 5353 Reynolds St, Savannah, GA 31405

 

Laurie Teixeira, LCSW

She specializes in treating PTSD, Anxiety, Phobias and Depressive Disorders. She also works on helping individuals resolve emotional blocks to maintaining their weight maintenance goals.

 

She utilizes specific techniques that will increase mind/body awareness, resiliency, cognitive shifts and more effective management of daily life stressors.

 

 

10646 Ford Ave Richmond Hill, GA 31324

(912) 459-4121

 

JUNE 23rd 2015-ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

Please plan to attend this special day each year when we get together to honor volunteers and members of our community who have earned special recognition (Mary Jane Stinson Scholarship, and Social Worker of the Year).   We will be reviewing the state of the organization and discussing goals for the next year.  Please plan to attend and share your ideas with us!  

 

JULY 14th 2015- Saint Leo University

This is aSaint Leo University sponsored event.  Saint Leo will provide a free lunch to the first 50 registrants.  The CEU offered will be regarding three new agencies in Savannah, the services they provide, the methods they use, and the population they serve.  Networking at 11:30-12:00 and the CEU will be presented from 12-1:00 pm. The agencies will include: Fresh Fire Health Program Center, EPACT (Empowering Parents & Children Today, and HELP (Hope for Everyone Looking for Provisions).

 

Palliate Care and the Role of the Social Worker

 

August 26, 2015

Candler Hospital Marsh Auditorium, 5353 Reynolds St, Savannah, GA 31405

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly Erola, MD, FAAHPM, FAAFP

Married to Rick Rebellato and they have two children. Dr. Erola and her family moved from Northern, Ontario, Canada in 1995 to escape the harsh winters and are now United States citizens.  

Chief Medical Officer, Hospice Savannah, Inc. Palliative Medicine Physician, The Steward Center for Palliative Care, Inc.

Hospice Savannah Chief Medical Officer

Palliative Medicine Steward Center for Palliative Care

912-355-2289 (W)

912-355-2376 (F)

 

Annual Legislative Luncheon 2015

September 22, 2015

Savannah State Ballroom A, Savannah, GA 31404

 

 

Our 2015 Legislative Luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, September 22th, 2015.  Several of our legislators will be invited to attend.

 

 

College Counselor Event

 

October 28, 2015

Candler Hospital Marsh Auditorium, 5353 Reynolds St, Savannah, GA 31405

Joint meeting focused on what colleges needed from community clinicians and facilities in terms of promoting continuity of care.  This year’s focus will be on what community providers need from colleges to achieve the same goal.  Please come prepared to contribute to the discussion with information about your practice, agency, or facility and with ideas about how area colleges can help community providers provide better care to college students in our region.

The formal presentation, prior to the discussion italy-med.com, will highlight some of the creative approaches that college counseling centers use to destigmatize utilization of mental health and disability services.

If you work with college students, or family members, in the Savannah/Statesboro region you will benefit from this opportunity to find out about creative approaches to destigmatize utilization of mental health services and find out about treatment options available at colleges and in the community.  This is also a prime opportunity to network with others who serve this population. 

 

Pat Mooney LCSW
Counselor
Counseling and Student Support Services
Savannah College of Art and Design
Bradley Hall, 115 E. York St., Savannah, GA 31401
Mail to: P.O. Box 3146, Savannah, GA 31402-3146

 

Family Hunger Presentation Proposal

 

November 18, 2015

Candler Hospital Marsh Auditorium, 5353 Reynolds St, Savannah, GA 31405

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Kowalski, LMFT

Family members of those with eating disorders also hunger for healing. Often it is family members who are the first to see the problem, the first to try to help or seek help, and often, especially in the past, they were the ones to drop the

client off at your office or treatment center to "be fixed". Too many times at this point the family's involvement stopped. In recent years it has come to light that family based therapy is a successful intervention for treating eating disorders, especially in younger clients, but it is actually important for clients at any age.  Recovered clients report that positive family relationships were one of the important ingredients for their success. In this workshop Anna Kowalski, Family Therapist at Monte Nido & Affiliates will give specific examples of strategies she uses in individual family sessions as well as with multi-family groups. Participants will be able to take back specific interventions and assignments for use in their sessions or with their families.

Family Program Therapist & Associate Clinical Director, Monte

Nido & Affiliates

27162 Sea Vista Dr

Malibu, CA 90265

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DECEMBER CSWA-S Holiday Party

This event is a free networking event for memebers. This is a way for CSWA members to wind-down after a long year of hard work. Hope to see you all there!