The Art of Science and Love Couples' Workshop Discounts for Healthcare Professionals

Spend two days with your partner in the heart of Austin, Texas learning about how to build friendship, intimacy, and closeness; manage conflict, repair, and heal emotional injuries; and build a strong foundation of shared values, interests, and closeness. Based on Drs. John and Julie Gottman's 40+ years of research, this trademarked workshop offers you the best science based relationship health model. Workshop will be led by Senior Gottman Therapist and Master Trainer for the Gottman Institute, Dr. Vagdevi Meunier.

Time and Location:
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
April 29- 30, 2017
9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Cost: 
$650 before April 15, 2017 early registration
$750 standard registration
Email us for discounts for Students, Health Professionals, and Military Veterans

Register online or email lisa@thecenter4relationships.com for more questions

Clinical Assistant Faculty Position: UT School of Social Work

Job Description:

The School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin, is seeking applicants for a full-time, non-tenure track position (Clinical Assistant Professor). Responsibilities include: teaching undergraduate and master’s-level courses; placement, monitoring, and evaluation of students’ field practicum experiences; and service to the university through committee structures. Required qualifications are a master’s degree in social work and a minimum of two years of practice experience.  Preferred qualifications include: supervisory, field instruction, and teaching experience; professional licensure, and expertise in teaching and leading initiatives in cultural and ethnic diversity.

Please contact ssloan@austin.utexas.edu if interested.

Mental Health & Substance Use Recovery in the LGBTQ community

We are looking for people that are LGBTQIA, or their family, friends or allies, that can tell us about their experience accessing mental health or substance use recovery services. Participants should be between the ages of 3-85.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L66QCMP 

Please help SHARE this survey far and wide! I had some amazing support and assistance to develop this survey, from the amazing staff at the TA Network, Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) and so many other expert partners from across the nation and right here in Texas.

If you know families that have lost a child to suicide that may have identified as LGBTQ, please forward to them as well. We need to reach every corner of Texas with this survey by the end of April.

Candace Aylor, RN, CFP

Health Policy & Systems Consultant

Web: www.CandaceAylor.com

Twitter: @CandaceAylor

LinkedIn: @CandaceAylor

Facebook: @CandaceAylorConsulting

Cell: 512-999-4569 

Webinar on Improving Your Practice – A Primer on First Episode Psychosis 4/19/17

unnamed.png

A Primer on First Episode Psychosis: Where To Begin Improving Your Practice?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 1–2 p.m. Eastern Time

Many young people have their first experience with serious mental and/or substance use disorders during the ages of 16 to 25. While this period of development can be an effective launch into a solid adulthood, often transition-age youth (TAY) face increased challenges and risks, needing services and supports they may no longer be eligible to receive or know how to find.

This second webinar in the Recovery to Practice series on recovery-oriented clinical treatment and support for TAY will:

  • Describe first episode psychosis.
  • Present an overview of current research on treatment models, such as the National Institute of Mental Health's Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) project.
  • Examine the different aspects of coordinated specialty care treatments and supports for young people who are experiencing first episode psychosis.
  • Explore how practitioners can make concrete changes in services to better meet the needs of youth and their families today.

Featured Presenter:

Lisa Dixon, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and the director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research within the Department of Psychiatry. She also directs the Center for Practice Innovations at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Dixon oversees the implementation of evidenced-based practices for individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness activities for the New York State Office of Mental Health. She leads the innovative program, OnTrackNY, a New York State initiative designed to improve outcomes and reduce disability for young people who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Dr. Dixon's work has joined individuals engaged in self-help, outpatient psychiatric care, and clinicians and policymakers in collaborative research endeavors. Dr. Dixon also serves on the Steering Committee for SAMHSA's Recovery to Practice project.

Newsletter: Black Psychiatrists of America

Read the newsletter here

Newsletter courtesy of:
William B. Lawson MD, PhD, DLFAPA
Associate Dean for Health Disparities
Dell Medical School
George I. Sanchez Building
1912 Speedway
Mail Code D2000
Austin, Texas  78712

Director of Community Health Programs Sandra Joy Anderson Center
and Professor Huston-Tillotson University
 
Director of Health Disparities Policy and Research
Austin Travis County Integral Care
 
Emeritus Professor of  Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Howard University

Editor-in-Chief : Journal of the National Medical Association
o:512-495-5082

Ronnie Pait
Assistant to Dr. William Lawson
o: 512-495-4703  | Ronnie.pait@austin.utexas.edu

YWCA April Events

There's a lot going on at the YWCA!

Workshops & Events
April 2017

Women of Color Leading Change: A Community Conversation

Thursday, April 27th

6:30 - 9:00 PM
Location TBA
FREE (Suggested $10 Donation)

SAVE THE DATE!
On the 110th Anniversary of the YWCA Greater Austin, our Stand Against Racism event honors the self-identified Women of Color and allies that have made history through courage, connection and change.
RSVP HERE!

YWCA Greater Austin
2015 S IH-35, Suite 110
Austin, TX 78741

YWCA Greater Austin is excited to continue their mission to eliminate racism and empower women by educating the community on gender and race-based issues. We hope you join us!

Prices vary by workshop. For discounted prices, sign up to be a YWCA Member, by individual or business!

Find Out More

EVENT: March 4, 2017-A Building Bridges Toolkit: Connecting and Reconnecting Ourselves-Before-During-After Conflicts- Disconnects-Disunity-Divides

Come to First Saturday Reconciliation in Peace at Mt. ZARC: If you know of and/or have resources, please bring them & share them.

Willingness To Repent and To Forgive Build Bridges of Faith and Peace;

Unwillingness to Repent and To Forgive Build Walls of Fear and Pain.

Dialogue A: All *People (We, You, Me, Us, Them, They & Those), Past and Present, Are Lovable, Forgivable and Reconcilable,

Right Now, When We Know: How, Why and What It Means and Doesn’t Mean To Love, Remember, Repent and To Forgive.

Dialogue B. When you have been wronged, others have been wronged; you have wronged someone and are enemies to ourselves, each other and one another;

How is it possible to Remember, Repent, Love, Forgive and Live in Peace; Harmony; Joy; Togetherness; Grace; Mercy and Reconcile?

Dialogue C. Connecting and Reconnecting Ourselves Before-During-After Conflicts-Disconnects-Disunity-Divides

1. How Do The United States of America, Texas and The Travis County/Austin Area:

a. Remember their Race Supremacy, Race Fear, Race Terrorism Addiction;

b. Resolve Their Denial, Reluctance and Unwillingness to Repent for Constructing Legalized Slavery and Terrorism Against Slaves Then and Racism Against Descendants of Slaves Today and Non-White Communities of Color; and

c. Reconcile the Past and Present Fear and Pain Victim Impacts upon both Non-White Communities and White Communities?

2. How Do Descendants of Slaves and Non-White Communities Today:

a. Remember and Forgive The United States of America, Texas and The Travis County/ Austin Area For their Race Supremacy, Race Fear, Race Terrorism Addiction;

b. Their Denial, Reluctance and Unwillingness to Repent for Constructing Legalized Slavery and Terrorism Against Slaves Then and Racism Against Descendants of Slaves Today and Non-White Communities of Color and

c. Reconcile the Past and Present Fear and Pain Victim Impacts upon both Non-White and White Communities?

Note: Outlining Reference for Ease of Reading and Retention May (or May Not) Be Of Value

· Reference: “Loving Your Enemies”-Martin Luther King, Jr; Nobel Peace Prize Winner- http://kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/documentsentry/doc_loving_your_enemies.1.html

When: March 4, 2017; 10a.m.-12noon; Casual Dress; Free-

Where: Mt. Zion Action and Resource Center; 2951 East 14th Street Austin, Texas 78702; 512/479-9890; All are welcome-All are respected.

For Counseling, call 211; for emergencies, call 911.

Note: Afterwards, We Are Invited To Attend and Participate in the 1:30p.m.-3p.m. Austin Independent School District Town Hall at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex; 1156 Hargrave; Austin, Texas 78702.

Supports: Travis County/Austin Area Community Advancement Network (CAN)

Supports: City of Austin African American Resource Advisory Commission

Contact: Mike Manor, LCSW, ACSW; 512/854-9172; mike.manor@traviscountytx.gov ; Chair, Building Bridges: Brick by Brick Quality Assurance Program Administrator, Travis County Health and Human Services

Call for MMHPI Summer Internship Applications

February 10, 2017

Dear MMHPI Valued Partner,

We would like to extend an opportunity to you – one of our valued stakeholders – to invite outstanding undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in mental health policy to apply for our 2017 Summer Internship Program.

The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) launched its inaugural Summer Internship Program in 2015. The broad objective of the program is to provide wide-ranging experience with mental health policy and related issues facing Texans. Opportunities include high-level participation in quality, nonpartisan and objective policy research and development to improve mental health services in Texas.

We consider Interns valuable contributors to our work, and the program seeks to provide broad exposure to every aspect of our mission and vision. We also attempt to personalize the internship experience. This means encouraging each person to choose an area of interest as a focal point of their internship experience. In the past, interns have focused in areas such as smart justice, evaluation, children’s mental health, and communications.

Please consider forwarding this letter to students you recommend for this experience.

The summer internship opportunity, which runs June 5 through August 11, 2017, may be based in Dallas or Austin. Interns receive a stipend for their participation. If students would like to integrate the internship with a practicum or other credit-bearing experience, we will work with them to meet those requirements. We offer a 10-week (40 hours per week) internship period to maximize exposure and professional development. There is some flexibility in scheduling to meet the needs and goals of students.

Students interested in applying should send a signed cover letter, resume, and one-page writing sample (personalizing their interest in mental health policy) to the following email address: internship@texasstateofmind.org. Students should include in their cover letter any time period during the internship program which they would need to be away on vacation or other personal business.

We plan to begin making offers for the internship positions in early March 2017. Students should submit their application materials by Friday, March 17th, but as early as possible for optimal consideration. Offers will be made on a rolling basis and, depending on the strength of the applicant pool, our plan is to offer up to four positions.

We are very excited to once again be able to offer this program, and look forward to an enriching summer experience with successful candidates.

Thank you,

Andy Keller

President & CEO

Hogg Foundation Job Vacancy

The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Executive Assistant

 

Hiring department Hogg Foundation

Monthly salary $4,333+ depending on qualifications

Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM

Posting number 17-02-08-01-9010

Job Status Open

FLSA status Exempt

Earliest Start Date Immediately

Position Duration Funding expected to continue

Position open to all applicants

Location Lake Austin Centre (Lake Austin Blvd.)

Number of vacancies 1

General Notes

This position is located off campus at UT's Lake Austin Centre on Lake Austin Blvd.

Please click here for more information:

https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/170208019010

Job opportunities- Austin Public Health

Austin Public Health, Health and Human Services has new employment opportunities within HHSD:

Grants Coordinator (HIV Services/HECE)

  • Supervisor: Greg Bolds
  • Fulltime
  • Regular
  • Posting dates: 02/02/2017-02/23/2017

Public Health Prog. Spec. III (Refugee Clinic/DPHP)

  • Supervisor: Akeshia Johnson Smothers
  • Fulltime
  • Regular
  • Posting dates: 02/01/2017-02/24/2017

HHS Prog. Supervisor (CD Outreach/DPHP)

  • Supervisor: Akeshia Johnson Smothers
  • Fulltime
  • Regular
  • Posting dates: 01/31/2017-02/24/2017

https://www.austincityjobs.org/

Job opening: Expect Respect Counselor

Expect Respect is looking for a Counselor. This FULL TIME, EXEMPT position will:

  • Provide school-based counseling and support groups for boys who have been involved in or exposed to any form of violence or abuse.
  • Conduct individual intake, clinical/risk assessment and counseling sessions
  • Facilitate weekly curriculum-based group sessions for boys in middle and high schools
  • Work as part of a team to conduct professional training and prevention activities for youth and adults throughout the school year.

For more information and to apply online visit:

http://jobs.safeaustin.org/apply/z3SPSG/Expect-Respect-Counselor

Continuing Education for LPC, LCDC, LMFT and LCSW - FREE!

Free CEU at the University of Texas at Austin 

Recovery & Resilience: The Science Behind the Solutions
Date: Thursday, November 17th, 2016, 6pm - 8pm
Speaker: Kitty Harris, Ph.D., LCDC, LMFT
Location: 1925 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78712. UT School of Social Work, Utopia Theater
Recommended parking: Trinity Garage (1815 Trinity Street) or street parking on San Jacinto Blvd. south of MLK.
RSVP to ggarcia@ranchatdovetree.com
For more information on The Ranch at Dove Tree, please visit:
http://ranchatdovetree.com/ 

 

AustinROSC (Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care) November Meeting

AustinROSC November 11th Meeting
 
Date: Friday, November 11, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Speaker: Rocia Avila, LMSW
Director of Outpatient Services at Austin Lakes Hospital
Lunch Sponsor: James M. Doherty, PhD
Clinical Educator - Medical Affairs with Braeburn Pharmaceuticals
Location: We are in an alternate building this month
Austin State Hospital
Canteen Conference Room, Bldg. 626
4110 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78751

General Monthly Meeting- second Friday of every month!
 

AustinNET November Meeting & Luncheon

AustinNET’s November 9th networking meeting & luncheon for Austin area addiction recovery professionals, students & allies will be held at La Hacienda, in Austin.  

Date: November 9, 2016 from 12:00-1:30pm
Host: La Hacienda Solutions, Jeremy Sosa
Location: 2100 Kramer Ln, Suite 300, 78758
Contact info: jsosa@lahacienda.com, 512.983.1466
Co-Host: Serenity House
Please R.S.V.P to Karin Swenson at karins@serenitytexax.com or 210.508.6003

 

Leadership Training Opportunities

Two Training Opportunities

(See below for training descriptions)

1. Coaching Skills for Supervisors/Leaders

Tuesday, December 13, 10am to 4:15pmat Crowne Plaza Hotel Austin, Texas

2. Honorable and Critical Thinking Leadership in Challenging Times

Wednesday, December 14, 10am to 4:15pmat Crowne Plaza Hotel Austin, Texas

Cost is $85 per person for each training.

Please e-mail to Fdelano24@aol.com to register or with questions, you also can call 914-673-7802 with questions


Training Session Descriptions

Coaching Skills for Supervisors/Leaders

Tuesday December 13, 10am to 4:15pm

Training will be at Crowne Plaza Austin, 6121 North Interstate Highway 35,

Austin, Texas78752
(512) 323-5466  

Presenters: Frank Delano, LMSW and Jill Shah, LPC

There are many different styles of supervision or leadership. A style of “managing” will generally provide structure for a worker, and control for the supervisor, but usually not allow for much growth or creativity. Most quality workers resent being “managed” or micro-managed. The supervisory/leadership style that is most conducive for staff development, retention of your higher quality workers, and fostering critical thinking/creativity is a coaching style. This highly interactive will introduce key concepts of coaching and present of skills for the participant to practice to enhance their quality of supervision and for leaders to better develop “more leaders” instead of merely followers. Topics covered include:

**Learning and discussing a number of definitions of coaching

**Learning from style of great coaches out there

 **Using Motivational Interviewing techniques to enhance “buy-in” fromyour workers 

**Benefits of coaching vs. managing

 **Learning coaching questions that are most conducive to growth

**Five minute coaching for when you are interrupted with a mini-crisis

 **Becoming a better leader, not merely a manager

 

About the presenters:

Frank Delano, LMSW is the owner of Professional Package Consulting, Inc. and most recently was the Director of the JBFCS Markus Training Institute. He also has been Director of the Herschel Alt Day Treatment Center and the Associate Director at Hawthorne Cedar Knolls. Frank is an adjunct faculty member at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and is a regular contract trainer with the University of Oklahoma. He has served on a National Task Force that revised the Child Welfare League of America Standards of Excellence for children in residential group care in America, and the CWLA National Residential Advisory Board. He is currently a member of the Board of the Association of Child and Youth Care Practice and also served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Examiners of Clinical Social Work. He, along with Jill Shah, is the co-creator of the "professional package" concept. Frank has published numerous journal articles and presented extensively nationally and internationally including in India, the Czech Republic, Austria, Ireland, Israel, Scotland, Canada, and France

 Jill C. Shah, LPC, is a Senior Business Process Consultant with the City of Austin.  She is a business process and quality improvement leader in the government and non-profit sector. Jill worked with homeless adults and survivors of domestic violence in New York City.  She co-created the concept of "Building a Professional Package" and authored articles on constructive confrontation, confronting in a culturally sensitive manner, defining supervision, and power in the supervisory relationship. Jill is a nationally known speaker and facilitates training and keynotes.  She facilitates training for the Supervisor Academy at the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Public Management and has facilitated numerous supervision and leadership training nationally and internationally 

There is a $85 fee for this course. Please e-mail back to fdelano24@aol.com  to register or call  914-673-7802  for questions

 **If you would like to be removed from this e-mail list please e-mail back with the word "remove' in the subject line

 

Honorable and Critical Thinking Leadership in Challenging Times

Wednesday December 14, 10am to 4:15pm

Training will be at Crowne Plaza Austin, 6121 North Interstate Highway 35,

Austin, Texas78752      (512) 323-5466  

Presenters: Frank Delano, LMSW and Jill Shah, LPC

Most would agree that continuous career long learning, being exposed to new ideas/insights and consistently finding ways to keep rejuvenating ourselves to re-focus on the high standards/idealism that brought us to this field are the keys to a successful and rewarding career. Yet, continuously increasing time pressures, societal changes that increase the life challenges faced by those we provide service, and shrinking resources make it more and more difficult to feel we are reaching that true standard of excellence that we desire in our work. Using articles on defining supervision and a leadership decision making model published by the presenters as a backdrop, this highly interactive workshop will examine ways for current leaders and supervisors with strong leadership skills/potential at all levels of career to better strive to reach that standard of excellence they desire and those we serve deserve.

**Ways to develop more enhanced Critical Thinking skills

**Differences between a “manager” and a “leader”

**Learning a model of constructive confrontation that creates collaboration and growth, not tension and ill feelings.

**Making those tough decisions and remaining honorable while doing so

 **Defining “excellence” in your work…strategies to set high standards and develop supports to help others reach them

 **”Great leaders/supervisors don’t create followers they create more leaders: The importance of staff development and delegation 

**Learning a 28 step leadership decision making model

**Self evaluating your current leadership strengths and areas you wish to grow in, and making a plan to do so

 

About the presenters:

Frank Delano, LMSW is the owner of Professional Package Consulting, Inc. and most recently was the Director of the JBFCS Markus Training Institute. He also has been Director of the Herschel Alt Day Treatment Center and the Associate Director at Hawthorne Cedar Knolls. Frank is an adjunct faculty member at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and is a regular contract trainer with the University of Oklahoma. He has served on a National Task Force that revised the Child Welfare League of America Standards of Excellence for children in residential group care in America, and the CWLA National Residential Advisory Board. He is currently a member of the Board of the Association of Child and Youth Care Practice and also served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Examiners of Clinical Social Work. He, along with Jill Shah, is the co-creator of the "professional package" concept. Frank has published numerous journal articles and presented extensively nationally and internationally including in India, the Czech Republic, Austria, Ireland, Israel, Scotland, Canada, and France

Jill C. Shah, LPC, is a Senior Business Process Consultant with the City of Austin.  She is a business process and quality improvement leader in the government and non-profit sector. Jill worked with homeless adults and survivors of domestic violence in New York City.  She co-created the concept of "Building a Professional Package" and authored articles on constructive confrontation, confronting in a culturally sensitive manner, defining supervision, and power in the supervisory relationship. Jill is a nationally known speaker and facilitates training and keynotes.  She facilitates training for the Supervisor Academy at the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Public Management and has facilitated numerous supervision and leadership training nationally and internationally 

.  

 There is a $85 fee for this course. Please e-mail back to fdelano24@aol.com   to register or call  914-673-7802  for questions

JOB OPPORTUNITY: CASA of Travis County

CASA of Travis County has a full-time Team Leader position available. The Team Leader provides motivation, empowerment, guidance and supervision to their team of Child Advocacy Specialists on cases while ensuring accountability for meeting CASA of Travis County’s values, policies and standards for volunteer and case management. Opportunity to work with diverse populations. Flexible work environment.

Bachelor's degree and CASA experience required. English/Spanish fluency preferred. EOE.

Please send cover letter, resume and application to apply@casatravis.org or fax to 512.459.4550. No phone calls please.

EVENT: Diabetes Education Community Dialogue

The Health Disparities Initiative Team
in Collaboration with
Huston-Tillotson University
&
Community Coalition for Health
Invite you to: 

 

      Save The Date       Saturday, December 3rd        10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

      Save The Date

      Saturday, December 3rd

       10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Diabetes Education Community Dialogue:

Awareness, Self-Advocacy & Empowerment

at
Huston-Tillotson University
900 Chicon St, Austin TX

Agenda and presenters to be announced!

Community, faculty, staff, and health care professionals
are encouraged to attend.

Open and free to the public.

Limited Seating
Please register here:

https://diabetescommunitydialogue.eventbrite.com

OPPORTUNITY: Counselor Needed

Please email Vicki Coffee-Fletcher (vicky.coffee-fletcher@austin.utexas.edu) if you are a therapist or can recommend a clinician who has experience working with individuals who live with PTSD. This particular individual (adult) is seeking someone who offers a sliding scale or low cost fee to provide counseling and support in learning tools to address the trauma they have experienced in a number of areas. Preferably looking for therapist located in Central Austin, but individual has transportation and can travel to other areas of Austin.

Thanks in advance!