Position available: Community Worker: City of Austin

Please review and share the job posting below for the City of Austin position. 

For more information, please click on this link:  https://www.austincityjobs.org/postings/63512


Position Information

Posting Title
Community Worker

Job Requisition Number

Position Number

Job Type

Division Name
APH Quality of Life

Minimum Qualifications
Graduation from a high school or equivalent, plus one (1) year of experience in a field related to outreach work involving a variety of social service programs.

Licenses or Certifications:
Any required licenses or certifications.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! - Dr. Laurence Heller - February 16-17, 2018!

AINC Presents Dr. Laurence Heller, February 16-17, 2018!


Austin IN Connection is excited to announce two presentations by Dr. Laurence Heller in February, 2018 at the JJ Pickle Research Campus, 10100 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78758Early-bird pricing begins NOW!

Connection- Our Deepest Longing and Our Greatest Fear

Friday, February 16, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
This presentation will take place on Friday night, February 16th, 2018 and is open to the public. Who among us does not want to feel connected to others?  It is hardwired in us as humans to long for closeness.  Unfortunately, life experiences have made it hard to create and sustain connection to ourselves and to those we care about.  As a result, many of us feel isolated and alone.  Dr. Heller is a seasoned therapist and educator, and in this seminar he offers the keys to working through low self-esteem and relational trauma.  He unlocks the world of true aliveness in our beings and the world of fulfilling and satisfying relationships.


When Therapists Get Stuck: Using NARM to Understand Therapists' Own Emotional Themes that may Disrupt the Therapeutic Process

Saturday, February 17, 8:30am - 4:30pm
This event will take place on Saturday, February 17, 2018 and is open to psychotherapists and related helping professionals.  "As therapists, it is very important for us to understand our own motivation to be in this profession. Two of the main roadblocks to more effective and ethical therapy that I have seen in the many thousands of supervisions that I have given over the years are the need to compulsively caretake, and the tendency to take on too much responsibility for the therapeutic process. These countertransference dynamics are, at least in part, the result of our own unresolved issues". In this seminar, we will explore these and other dynamics that create unnecessary stress for ourselves and limit our effectiveness.


Dr. Laurence Heller is a seasoned therapist and educator.  Dr. Heller developed the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) and trains therapists across the U.S. and Europe.  His approach is resource-oriented; focuses on the here and now; and draws on psychodynamic and somatic principles.  NARM addresses the impacts of early developmental issues and shock traumas through bottom-up and top-down methods.


Not an Austin IN Connection Member? 
Join/ Renew NOW and get a discount on pricing!

6.0 CEUs will be given for the Saturday conference, including 3.0 Ethics CEUs. You must attend the entire workshop to receive CEUs; no partial CEUs will be given.


Friday, February 16, 2018: 
Connection- Our Deepest Longing and Our Greatest Fear

Saturday, February 17, 2018: 
When Therapists Get Stuck: Using NARM to Understand Therapists' Own Emotional Themes that may Disrupt the Therapeutic Process

Seeking internship and supervisor

Your name, email and phone:
Tunisia Smith, tunisia.smith@mavs.uta.edu, 512-779-8356

License type you are seeking (SW, LPC, LCDC, CPS, LMFT):

Supervisor’s required licensure:

Number of hours per week seeking:
20 hours per week during the spring semester, 22 hours per week during the summer semester

Location (Austin or surrounding area? North, South, East, West):
I am willing to work in any part of Austin, but I would prefer work in South, East, or Central Austin

Preferred population (adults, children, teens, veterans, etc.):
My focus is in children and families

Seeking paid or unpaid internship? (if applicable):

Start and end dates:
January 16th - May 4th and June 4th - August 9th

Any additional information you would like potential supervisor/internship site to know:
I would like to intern with someone who works with children and families on the micro and macro level. I am willing to work in any setting. 

Graduate student seeking Internship site and supervisor

Christalle Ratcliff is seeking an internship. Please review her information below and contact her directly. Please share as appropriate.


Your name, email and phone:  Christalle Ratcliff, crr14a@acu.edu, 936-525-9254              

License type you are seeking (SW, LPC, LCDC, CPS, LMFT):  LPC, LMFT Dual Licensure after graduation

Supervisor’s required licensure: LMFT-S

Number of hours per week seeking:   500 total hours, with 200 hours being strictly relational (working with couples and families)

Location (Austin or surrounding area?  North, South, East, West,) North Austin

Preferred population (adults, children, teens, veterans, etc.): Adults, children and teens.

Seeking paid or unpaid internship? (if applicable): Either paid or unpaid

Start and end dates: January 2018-December 2018

Any additional information you would like potential supervisor/internship site to know: I am a pre-graduate student of Marriage and Family Therapy with a personal interest in therapy that is goal-directed and based on solutions. I have experience working with children and am looking forward to developing my skills working with individual adults, couples, and families. I am ready to learn and I am excited for the opportunity to grow as a therapist.

Story Circle Network- Call for proposals

The Story Circle Network is a non--profit organization that focuses on helping women tell their stories through memoir, poetry, fiction, or non-fiction, as well as raise general awareness of the importance of women's personal histories. 

The Network has a conference every year and are currently looking for presenters for July 2018. Here is the link to the proposal information: http://www.storycircle.org/Conference/proposal/.  

Please share this information with your networks and those individuals who might be interested in the upcoming event.

Job opening at AGE of Central Texas

AGE of Central Texas has an opening for a Caregiver Support Manager in our Caregiver Resource Center.  This position is primarily responsible for responding to I&R inquiries from seniors and family caregivers; planning, organizing, and executing educations events for family caregivers; and conducting psychosocial assessments for AGE’s Memory Connections program.  The complete job description is attached to this e-mail and is posted at:  http://www.ageofcentraltx.org/jobs.php

Meet-up for Austin Therapists of Color - November 2, 2017

Hello fellow Therapists of Color!

I hope this email finds you doing well! Our next meet-up is scheduled for Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 6:30pm - Genuine Joe Coffeehouse. 

If you plan to attend the next meet-up please RSVP here

Austin Therapists of Color is a meet-up for therapists who self-identify as a person of Color. The focus of this meet-up is to provide a supportive space for mental health professionals working in clinics, hospitals, non-profits, government, academia, private practice and other therapeutic settings. Students are welcome!

Group Resources:

1.       Here is the live link to the directory A.T.O.C Directory

2.       To be added to the directory, please complete and submit: Directory Form

3.       FB Group: search "Austin Therapists of Color" 


I hope to see you there!

- Jenn

AE University Customer Collaboration Series: Building Stronger Customer Relations


AE University presents

The Customer Collaboration Series: Building Stronger Customer Relations

Due to seating capacity must be registered to attend.
To register for any of the sessions below email: AE University


What keeps forward-thinking organizations up at night?   You got it--the customer. They are the heart of every successful organization—and every effective strategic plan.

With the advent of people-powered platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and technologies like smart-phones and tablets,  the equation between customers and organizations has changed forever. Customers are empowered to voice their opinions about  programs, products and  policies they love and those they don’t—in real time.  In rapidly growing and shifting climates such as Austin—knowing our customers, listening to our customers and making sense of the customer feedback requires a strategic approach that will allow us to plan effectively and build long-term collaborations.

The 5 sessions in the Customer Collaboration Series will cover everything from demographics and analyzing customer feedback to communications and compassionate service. They are designed to help you effectively communicate with those you serve, understand their collective voice and remember why you love public service! Sign up today!



AE University Forum
Your Austin 2017: A Demographer's Perspective
Guest Lecturer: Ryan Robinson, COA Demographer
721 Barton Springs, Rm 130, 78704
October 30, 1p

Ryan Robinson focuses on data mapping and interpretation, particularly demographic trends, population change and the rise of socio-economic inequality. Explore the implications for your industry in this environment of rapid regional growth and shifting demographics. Ryan currently serves as the City Demographer at the City of Austin and assists City executives with anticipating infrastructure and service needs as well as planning and zoning. Ryan is a native of Austin, Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.


AE University Forum
Humanity in Business - A Conscious Capitalism Perspective
Guest Lecturer:  Alexander McCobin, CEO
721 Barton Springs, Rm 130, 78704
October 31, 1p

Conscious Capitalism is a construct that recognizes the innate potential of business to make a positive impact on the world.

A decade ago, skepticism of an evolved approach to capitalism was high among business leaders. Things are different today. Business leaders are buying into the general idea of Conscious Capitalism. Conscious Capitalism is a way of thinking about capitalism and business that better reflects where we are in the human journey, the state of our world today, and the innate potential of business to make a positive impact on the world.

Platform leaders like John Mackey (Whole Foods Market), Kip Tindell (The Container Store), Denise Morrison (Campbell Soup Company), and Jack Bogle (Vanguard) are a few of the most prominent voices in the ideas of conscious leadership. Join the conversation!  


Compassionate Customer Service: The Poverty Simulation
Presenters: Ronnie Mendoza and Sandra Castillo, Austin Energy
TCEA- 3100 Alvin DeVane Blvd, Blg B., 78741
October 31, 1:30p

The Native American aphorism, “Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes” is front and center in Austin Energy Customer Assistance Program’s “The Poverty Simulation.” For two hours, you will walk through the life as some of our most vulnerable customers, making decisions between eating or utilities-- a path where $15 makes the difference between sleeping on the streets or having shelter.  You will never view customer service quite the same

The two-hour workshop is a hands-on compassion activity that creates empathy and insights from the real-life perspectives of our customers. In addition to facilitating this impactful session, staff will provide information about the program, customer resources and related community services. 


The Customer Experience: Customer Satisfaction and Engagement
Presenter: Liz Jambor, Ed.D.
TCEA- 3100 Alvin DeVane Blvd, Blg B., 78741
October 31, 10a

This session will provide participants with insight into how customer satisfaction and engagement is gathered and analyzed and how it applies to the work they do. Additionally, employees will learn how they can develop simple customer experience modules within their work areas to put themselves in the customer’s shoes to design a better customer experience. Because we all know a happy customer is easier to deal with than one who is not.

Liz Jambor, Ed. D., manages the Data Analytics and Business Intelligence (DABI) group in the Customer Energy Solutions business unit at Austin Energy. DABI's work provides data and analysis for Austin Energy, the City Manager's Office, City of Austin departments and other stakeholders. The group conducts surveys, focus groups and other information-gathering to create an in-depth picture of customer needs, expectations and behaviors. If you have a need to better understand your customers, this session is for you!


Communications Planning: Working with Media
Presenter: Robert Cullick, Director AE Communications
811 Barton Springs, #402
November 2, 1p

So many advertisements, messages and screens compete for our attention today that communications have to be precisely placed to be noticed. Just putting information online or in a document where people might find it doesn’t work anymore. And repetition alone no longer solves problems; it just irritates people. Breaking through the clutter requires planning. Whether you’re talking to your spouse, a fellow employee or your customer, a message has to be carefully crafted with the audience in mind. Good communications planning is a five-step process that will be covered in this course.

This three-hour course is designed for Employees at all levels who are involved in change initiatives, employee engagement or strategic planning initiatives. Employees will get a better understanding of the planning process, how the news media works, the challenges of social media and the role of the communicator.


This session is part of 2017 AE Corporate Learning Week and highlights the connection between employee engagement, life-long learning and achieving organizational business excellence through sound leadership and excellent customer collaboration.  Questions?  Ae.University@austinenergy.com



There's less than 1 WEEK left before registration is closed for the webinar.

Are you on the fence? Here are 5 reasons to join your esteemed colleagues:

1--Get 2 CEUs and a free copy of my TeleMental Health Informed Consent Form
2--Get 30 minutes of Q&A--an opportunity to ask questions specific to you and your unique practice.
3--Get a beautiful worksheet that once completed will give you the building blocks of an ethically and clinically informed online practice
4--Get LOADS of links to resources and online tools that will aid you in being a successful online practitioner.
5--Get the replay to watch and rewatch the webinar at a time that's most convenient for you!

Find out more and register at: https://events.genndi.com/register/169105139238466626/3a979722c1


Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions! I'm happy to help in whatever way that I can.


Fall 2017 Free Parent Workshops


Fall 2017 Free Parent Workshops

Austin Child Guidance Center is offering 3 free parent workshops in November and December.

These workshops fill up fast, so email or call today!
Sara Walters at swalters@austinchildguidance.org or 512-451-2242


November 7th: Internet Safety for Kids and Teens

Parents will learn about general guidelines for online safety and recommendations for elementary-aged children and adolescents. Parents will also leave this presentation with more knowledge on cyber bullying. 

Tuesday, November 7th from 6-7:30PM


Downloadable Flyer
Please print this flyer and distribute! 


November 28th: Managing Meltdowns and Tantrums, How to Cool Off 2-12 year olds

When children have a hard time managing their emotions it can turn into meltdowns and tantrums. Meltdowns and tantrums can be effectively prevented, managed, and treated. In this workshop, parents will be able to tell the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum, will learn tools to respond to and prevent meltdowns and tantrums, and will be given resources for when to seek additional help

Tuesday, November 28th from 6-7:30PM


Downloadable Flyer
Please print this flyer and distribute! 


December 12th: Effective Parent/ Child Communication

Parents will learn about the impact of modeling healthy communication skills with their children and skills to enhance communication with their children. Suitable for caregivers of children from elementary to high school.

Tuesday, December 12th from 6-7:30PM


Downloadable Flyer
Please print this flyer and distribute! 



Free childcare is available to children 2 years old and older.

Please let Sara Walters know how many children you plan to bring and their ages when you register.


Contact Sara Walters at swalters@austinchildguidance.org or 512-451-2242



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Invitation to support upcoming book release


My name is Patrice Hartsfield and I am contacting you on behalf Helen Wilkerson who is affiliated with L.A. Enterprises. I was tasked with the effort to identify an organization that specializes in serving the mental health needs of African Americans and other minority groups in Austin. 

Bishop L.A. Wilkerson has recently written his third book entitled Divine Thinking: Instruction in Godly Thinking and would like to donate a percentage of the proceeds from this book sales to your organization as well as partnering for possible future donations.

The launch for this book will be October 27th 2017 at 7pm. L.A Enterprises is requesting that a representative from your organization is present at the launch, provide a 5 to 10 minute presentation on the services you provide, how you're impacting the community, and some take home information for those in attendance. 

If this is an opportunity in which your organization is interest please respond to this email at your earliest convenience. Please feel free to inquire with any additional questions by contacting patricehartsfield@gmail.com


Warm Regards,

Patrice Hartsfield, MA,LPC-Intern
Supervised by Manuel Zamarripa, PhD, LPC-S

Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive- THIS Saturday, 10/7/17

Good evening friends,

I pray that all is well.  I am writing to ask for your participation in the Gamma Gamma Boule Hurricane Harvey relief drive.  Although some time has passed since the storm initially ravaged through Texas, I can attest first hand (through my travels to Rockport and Houston) to the devastation still being felt by many of the residents in Texas.  Gamma Gamma Boule is not soliciting monetary donations.  We are asking that you, along with family and friends contribute items that are listed below.  I have also included the date, time and location where we will be collecting these goods and products.  Gamma Gamma has partnered with the Salvation Army and the Homeless Period Project ATX, and they will make sure that products and good collected on behalf of this relief campaign will reach families in the Texas regions that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  I thank you for your friendship, and just as important, the contributions that you and others will make towards this relief drive. Please, extend this invitation to others so that they can participate in this drive.

Feminine Products

·         Pads

·         Tampons

·         Pantyliners

·         Individually wrapped feminine wipes

·         Quart size bags

  • New Towels
  • New Washcloths
  • Soap
  • Tissue
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant 
  • Shampoo
  • Comb
  • New Blanket
  • New Pillow
  • Wipes
  • Baby Bottles/Formula
  • Diapers
  • Baby Food
  • Kid's books
  • Kid's Toys

When:  Saturday, October 7, 2017
Where:  Austin Black Chamber---912 E 11th St Suite A, Austin, TX 78702
Time: 9am -2pm

"To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required!"


Social Action Chair, Gamma Gamma Boule
(512) 745-4891

Online Counseling Webinar

Hi All, 

For those of you who don't know me, I'm a psychologist based out of Austin, TX. My private practice is 100% virtual--meaning I work with clients through a video conferencing platform like Skype or FaceTime (but it's HiPAA secure). 

I'm hosting a webinar for clinicians titled How to Setup Online Counseling in 6 Easy Steps. 

This is for you if you're curious about online counseling but feeling overwhelmed by all the nuts and bolts. There's so much to think about: technology, ethics, laws, HIPAA, insurance, clinical considerations, risk, etc. In this 2 hour webinar, I'll give you the big picture information so that you can 1) decide whether to incorporate online services into your practice, and 2) have a concrete plan of steps to take if you decide to move forward. 

ALSO, you'll get 2 CEUs & a FREE copy of my Telehealth Informed Consent Form. 

But the biggest PERK is that the training is ONLINE--so you can participate from the comfort of your home or office. Can't make it? No worries! Once registered, a recording of the webinar will be emailed to you to view in your own time.

To Learn More Visit: https://events.genndi.com/register/169105139238466626/3a979722c1

Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions! 


Mona Ghosheh, Ph.D. (pronouns: she/her/hers)  
Licensed Psychologist | 512-586-7001 | www.drmonag.com