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Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. and Oneida County Professional Training Coalition Offer Training, “Trauma,” on Friday, May 16th, 2014

May 2014 – Oneida County Professional Training Coalition and Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. will present an educational workshop by Bill De Joy, LCSW-R, entitled “Trauma: From Theory To Treatment on Friday, May 16th, 2014 at Delta Lake Inn, Rome, New York (Sponsored by the Oneida County Department of Mental Health). This workshop will take place from 9:00A.M. – 4:00P.M. (Registration begins at 8:30A.M.). The cost is $35.00 per participant, and includes morning coffee, set-up, lunch & program materials. Please register prior to this event. To register, please visit CFLR, Inc.’s website at www.whenthereshelpthereshope.com or email srivera@cflrinc.org.

This workshop will enable participants to go through a variety of Trauma Theories that educate participants on how trauma is individually manifested. There will be discussion of the sources of trauma such as Childhood, Abuse, Disasters, Shootings, and Grief. There will be time to discuss the treatment techniques, so that all of the information above can be employed in a way that promotes safety and trust in order to better help the traumatized person function at the highest level possible.

Individuals encouraged to attend this workshop include: social workers, addiction treatment and/or prevention professionals, case managers, case workers, residential providers, parole and probation staff, marriage and family therapists, hospital staff and administrators, professionals who are confronted with situations involving sexual behaviors in young children and adults, and others serving individuals with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders.

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Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. To Hold an Open House in Celebration of National Prevention Week on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

May 2014 – National Prevention Week will be celebrated May 18 – 24th this year. National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues; it is an opportunity to join with other individuals, organizations, and coalitions in our community to promote prevention efforts, educate others about behavioral health issues, and create and strengthen community partnerships.

Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc., invites you to join them on Wednesday, May 21st at their Utica Office, 502 Court Street, Suite 401 from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM to find out how you can get involved in creating a healthier community that embraces wellness. Find out how to support a variety of prevention efforts, as well as how to get involved in Project Recover, a systematic community-wide support network for individuals in recovery, and their families. Perhaps you’re interested in getting involved in the Suicide Prevention Coalition? Maybe you’re interested in being a mentor for a youth, adult or veteran living with a mental illness or dual diagnosis?

Each day of National Prevention week will have a special theme. You are encouraged to visit CFLR, Inc’s FaceBook page throughout the week to learn more about each theme, including: Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use; Prevention of Underage Drinking; Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Marijuana Use; Prevention of Alcohol Abuse; Prevention of Suicide; and Promotion of Mental Health.

For more information on National Prevention Week, contact Judith H. Reilly, Community Programs Director for CFLR, Inc., at 315.768.2641 or jreilly@cflrinc.org.

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Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. Calls Upon the entire Community to Take Action in Celebrating National Mental Health Awareness Month (May)

May 2014 – Mental Health Awareness Month has been celebrated throughout the world for over 50 years.

• Did you know that 1 in 4 adults in the USA live with some form of mental illness, in any given year?
• 1 in 5 children living in the United States lives with an emotional or behavioral disorder.
• In Oneida County, compared to the national average, our youth are at a higher risk of depression and serious contemplation of suicide, than ever before.

As a community, our best chance of understanding and preventing mental health issues – like depression and substance abuse & breaking the stigma associated with them – is to openly discuss these issues and diminish the negative impact that they have on our children, families and the community.

CFLR, Inc. is offering several opportunities for community members to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month, and to get involved in advocacy and recovery efforts. They include:
• Attending the free screening of the film, Here one Day, about a woman living with mental illness, her relationships with her family, and the ripple effects of her suicide on those whom she loved. The viewing will take place on Wednesday, May 14th at 6:00P.M. at SUNYIT (Student Center). Not only will attendees have the opportunity to view the film, but they’ll also be able to speak with the producer, Kathy Leichter, who’ll be able to answer any questions they may have; talk about her loss and how she moved forward;
• Wear a green ribbon for Mental Health Awareness Month. Wear it all month long, and be ready with your ‘elevator speech’ as to why good mental health affects all of us;
• Make daily posts to your Facebook page, throughout the month, regarding mental health. Visit our page, www.facebook.com/WhenTheresHelpTheresHope, often & learn more about how to get involved in efforts that support recovery from mental health, substance use and behavioral issues;
• Attend CFLR, Inc.’s Open House on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 from 4:00P.M. – 5:30P.M. at CFLR, Inc.’s Utica Office, 502 Court Street, Suite 401 to learn more, and get more involved.

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Oneida County Suicide Prevention Coalition Host A Free Screening of the Film: Here One Day

May 2014 – The Oneida County Suicide Prevention Coalition, in partnership with Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc., will host a free screening of the remarkable film, Here One Day, on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at SUNYIT (Student Center) at 6:00P.M. Doors open at 5:30P.M. This film was shot by the winner of last year’s Excellence in Cinematography Award at The Sundance Film Festival; is an unsensationalized, beautiful film that paints a captivating, intimate portrait of those left behind after a family member completes suicide. Filmmaker, Kathy Leichter, will be at this event guiding attendees through the showing and speaking about her own personal story; the journey she has gone through to be where she is today.

When filmmaker Kathy Leichter moved back into the apartment she grew up in after her mother completed suicide, she discovered a hidden box of audiotapes. Sixteen years passed before she had the courage to delve into this trove, unearthing details that her mother had recorded about every aspect of her life from the challenges of her marriage to a State Senator, to her son’s estrangement, to her struggles with bi-polar disorder. Playing like a Greek tragedy, Here One Day is a bracing, visually arresting, emotionally candid film about a woman coping with mental illness, her relationships with her family and the ripple effects of her suicide on those she loved.

Told from the point of view of Nina’s daughter, Director Kathy Leichter, and featuring Nina’s husband, son, sister, and grandchildren, Here One Day follows this family from 2004 to 2008 as they attempt to make sense of what happened and go on with their lives.

You will see the universal emotions of guilt, blame, rage, despair, humor and affection that the family experiences. Some family members think they have moved on but haven’t. Some want to move on but can’t. Some, like Nina’s grandchildren, don’t even know the full story. To tell them or not becomes a storyline, as does the role of family secrets, and how people live with loss in very different ways.

As the family reflects back on Nina’s life, this charismatic, mercurial woman comes alive. Her experience of the illness and its effect on others is also vividly portrayed. By film’s end, the family, who goes through struggles, conflicts and resolutions on-screen, is less broken, less traumatized, but still scarred and forever changed.

This event is made possible by the Oneida County Department of Mental Health, and is a collaborative effort with CFLR, Inc. and the Oneida County Suicide Prevention Coalition.

For more information or to register for viewing, contact Samantha Madderom, Prevention, Advocacy and Training Specialist for CFLR, Inc., at (315) 768 – 2677 or smadderom@cflrinc.org

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Oneida County Professional Training Coalition Offers, “Responding to the Challenges of Sexual Offenders in our Communities: A Recovery-Based Approach,” Training on Friday, March 21st, 2014

March 2014 – The Oneida County Professional Training Coalition, in partnership with Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc., will host a training, entitled “Responding to the Challenges of Sexual Offenders in our Communities: A Recovery-Based Approach,” with presenter Stuart Joseph, LCSW-R, and Bonnie Zweifel, LMSW, on Friday, March 21, 2014 from 9:00A.M. – 4:00P.M. at the Radisson Hotel, 200 Genesee Street, Utica, New York 13501. Cost is $30.00 per person, includes morning coffee, set-up, lunch and program materials. Registration begins at 8:30A.M. This workshop will increase sensitivity to the factors that can promote or hinder recovery of sexual offenders & increase sensitivity to the factors that can increase or decrease community safety. (*) O.A.S.A.S. credit hours are pending (i.e., 5 hours, renewal only).

Stuart Joseph, LCSW-R, Clinical Services Director at Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. has provided assessment and treatment (i.e., individual, family and group) to individuals who have committed sexual abuse since 1985. He was a NYS Office of Mental Health SIST (Strict and Intensive Supervision and Treatment) Provider for Oneida and Herkimer County. He has been a Clinical Member of National ATSA since 1994; member of the NYS Alliance of Sex Offender Service providers since 1991; received the Outstanding Contribution for the Field of Probation and Alternatives to Incarceration Award from the New York State Division of Probation and Correctional Alternative in 1986 for developing a program for probationers who committed sexual offenses. Joseph also was a probation officer in Madison County for 9 years, with a specialized caseload of sexual offenders. Bonnie Zweifel, LMSW, Counselor at Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. has focused her career on dealing with issues of sexual abuse. She has served in various roles at the YWCA Rape Crisis Services from 1977–1989. Since 1989, she has provided assessment and treatment (i.e., individual, family and group) to individuals who have committed sexual abuse. She has provided counseling since 2011 at the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center for minor victims of sexual abuse. She was the keynote speaker at the NYS Coalition Against Sexual Abuse in 1989 & is a member of NYS Alliance of Sex Offender Service Providers. She received the Marilyn Etcheverry Award of Excellence in 2004; this award is given annually to an individual or program that has been identified as having done exemplary work in the field of evaluation and treatment of sex offenders.

Individuals encouraged to attend this workshop include: social workers, addiction treatment and/or prevention professionals, case managers, case workers, residential providers, parole and probation staff, marriage and family therapists, hospital staff and administrators, professionals who are confronted with situations involving sexual behaviors in young children and adults & others serving individuals with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders.

For more information or to register for this workshop, contact Samantha Madderom, Prevention Specialist for CFLR, Inc., at (315) 768 – 2677 or smadderom@cflrinc.org. Pre-registration is required.

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Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. Hosts Lunch and Learn: “Healthy Nutrition For Professionals On The Go” on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 12:00P.M.

February 2014 – Please join Center for Family Life and Recovery Inc. (CFLR, Inc.) for a free Lunch & Learn, “Healthy Nutrition for Professionals on the Go”, on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 12:00p.m. – 1:00P.M. at the CFLR, Inc.’s Main Office’s Training Room (502 Court Street, Suite 401, Utica, New York 13502). Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about better nutritional choices that they can make, resources to take home, tips for easy meals and grocery budgeting ideas.

This Lunch & Learn is the next in a series of wellness and self-care focused presentations funded through Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Community Health Grant and through the partnership of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Eat Smart New York Program.

This event is free and a light lunch will be provided. Seating is limited, registration in advance is required. Register by calling, Sara Haag, CFLR, Inc.’s Employee Assistance Program Coordinator, at (315) 733 – 1726. Or, online to reserve your spot at www.tinyurl.com/CFLRLNL. Deadline to register for this event is Friday, February 28, 2014.

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Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. Celebrates National Mentoring Month in January

December 30, 2013 – January is National Mentoring Month, and to celebrate the benefits of mentoring relationships, Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. will be holding a Mentoring Open House on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 from 12:30P.M. – 1:30P.M. at CFLR, Inc.’s Utica Office, 502 Court Street, Suite 401, Utica, New York 13502.
Adult mentors are needed for several programs, including CFLR, Inc.’s Compeer Program and Second Chance Program.

• CFLR, Inc.’s Compeer Program matches trained volunteers in one-to-one supportive friendships and mentoring relationships.
• CFLR, Inc.’s Second Chance Program assists women, who have recently been released from prison to gain employment, and is a federally funded grant program conducted in partnership with The Workforce Investment Board.
To be a mentor, you don’t need special skills, just an ability to listen and to offer friendship, guidance and encouragement to a young person or adult; and you’ll be amazed by how much you’ll get out of the experience.
Mentoring happens in a number of settings, including in our local schools, in person at a time that is convenient to both you and the mentee, as well as via phone, internet and by mail. Surely one of these methods must be right for you!

To R.S.V.P. for CFLR, Inc.’s Mentoring Open House on Wednesday, January 22 from 12:30P.M. – 1:30P.M. contact Sarah Rivera, Program Assistant for CFLR, Inc., at (315) 733 – 1709 or srivera@cflrinc.org.

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Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. Supports National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days in Oneida County, New York on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 from 10:00A.M.-2:00P.M.

April 2014 – National Pill Take Back Initiatives are offered twice a year by local law enforcement agencies in partnership with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency, in order to make prescription drugs less accessible to youth and others who may misuse them. These events provide community members with a safe place to drop off their unused, unwanted and/or expired prescription medications.

• 4.5 million American kids have reported that they’ve abused prescription drugs;
• Every day, 2,500 kids, aged 12 to 17, abuse a pain reliever for the first time;
• Prescription Drugs are the second most-abused category of drugs after marijuana;
• 70% of people abusing prescription pain relievers get them from friends or relatives.

So far, seven law enforcement agencies are signed up for April’s event in Oneida County, New York, including: Oneida County Sheriff’s Department, Utica Police Department, Rome Police Department, New Hartford Police Department, Whitestown Police Department, Kirkland Police Department and the Oneida Indian Nation.

For an up-to-date list of drop off sites, please visit: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takback/index/html.

In 2012, and again in 2013, Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. received funds from the United Way of Rome and Western Oneida County, Inc. to support the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days in Oneida County, New York. Last year, in September alone, Oneida County, New York collected 550.8 pounds of unused, unwanted and/or expired prescription drugs.

For more information on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days, contact Samantha Madderom, Prevention, Advocacy and Training Specialist for CFLR, Inc., at 315-768-2677 or smadderom@cflrinc.org.

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Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. Congratulates 2014 Amethyst Award Recipient: Cheryl L. Spina, CASAC, Intensive Day Treatment Director, at Insight House

April 2014 – Every year, one or more members of the Community are recognized for having made significant contributions in the fields of mental health and chemical dependency, as well as their treatment and prevention – through the message of hope and recovery – with the receipt of the Amethyst Award; given by Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. (CFLR, Inc.) at their annual April Awareness Breakfast.

CFLR, Inc. would like to congratulate Cheryl L. Spina, CASAC, on being this year’s recipient of the 2014 Amethyst Award presented on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 at the 16th annual April Awareness Breakfast. Spina, Intensive Day Treatment Director at Insight House, received this award for “improving the delivery of services to people with substance use disorders;” outstanding advocacy.

When asked what drives her passion for helping those who are dealing with a chemical dependency and/or substance use disorder, Spina responds, “it’s seeing someone, who is suffering [and/or has suffered], get over that bump in the road and [get to a] safe place.” As she points out, it’s not always a direct route, and there are many bumps and derailments along the way. “[When an individual comes back for treatment], it can sometimes be seen as a negative [quality]. However, when they do come back, I see this as a good thing. It means that they’re resilient, and that they want to better their lives [and maintain their recovery].”

Upon graduating from SUNYIT with a bachelorette degree in Sociology, Cheryl took a position at Insight House, as an Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services Residential Facilitator in 1994. From then until now, Spina has held various positions at Insight House, where she has counseled individuals suffering from various addictions, and assisted them in obtaining the necessary skills that they needed to regain control of their lives.

The best piece of advice that I can give to someone in the field is that “[as a clinician], you don’t always have to have all of the answers…being present, patient and [developing good] listening skills [are what is needed],” said Spina.

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