CenterPointe Hospital is pleased to announce Amie L., Payroll Accounting Specialist, as the winner of the May 2018 On-Pointe Employee of the Month Award. Amie was nominated by her peers who made some of the following comments about Amie: “What sets Amie apart from so many others is her positive attitude and willingness to go above and beyond to help others, even when she is clearly very busy herself.” “Even when Amie is trying to meet a deadline, she always takes the time to stop and resolve others’ problems, and always does so with a pleasant and professional smile.” “She never fails to take time out to patiently answer questions; she makes everyone feel their needs are important.” “Amie provides professional support I simply could not do without.” “Amie definitely epitomizes the On-Pointe spirit!” Congratulations, Amie, from the staff and administration of CenterPointe Hospital!
You are cordially invited to attend a Behavioral Health Lecture DATE: Friday, July 27, 2018 TOPIC: Collaborative Care and Innovative Approaches to Treating Eating Disorders PRESENTERS: Rebecca Baker, LPC, SEP, Director of Clinical Services Castlewood Treatment Center and Alex Solaro, LPC, Therapist Castlewood Treatment Center TIME: 8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:30 a.m.—10:00 a.m. Lecture LOCATION: CenterPointe Hospital Gym (tallest bldg. toward back/right side of campus) 4801 Weldon Spring Parkway St. Charles (Weldon Spring), MO 63304 PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Treating patients and clients suffering with an eating disorder is a multi-faceted and complex, but highly rewarding experience. These complex diseases require active participation from all members of the treatment team, and oftentimes various treatment modalities to support clients in their recovery. We will share with you when the time is right for clients to seek long-term treatment for their eating disorders, as well as insight into why a multidisciplinary treatment team and multi-modality approach is best. CEUs: 1.5 contact hours will be...Read More >
On Friday, June 22nd, Dr. Laura Chackes presented a lecture on the topic Mindfulness Based CBT at CenterPointe Hospital. Dr. Chackes presented an 8-week program that incorporates concepts of both mindfulness and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), including: a meditation practice, informal mindfulness exercises, didactic instruction and daily home practice CBT principals such as recognizing distorted thoughts, identifying healthy behaviors and creating an action plan Dr. Chackes has adapted Mindfulness Based CBT to address issues related to stress, anxiety, anger and any unwanted mood states. While mindfulness and CBT are fundamentally different, when combined they compliment each other in the following ways: Mindfulness works through acceptance, while CBT works through change. Mindfulness is a way of being, while CBT is more technique focused. Mindfulness is always in the present, while CBT can work on past and future thoughts, behaviors, and events. For more information about The Center for Mindfulness and CBT go to: www.mindfulstl.com.
With the Cardinals Baseball Team as the theme, Chris Lhotak, Director Risk Management & Performance Improvement at CenterPointe Hospital, was honored on June 14, 2018 for 15 years of dedicated service to CenterPointe and his retirement. In a career that spans over 40 years, Chris began his career in the 70’s working with community agencies providing a wide range of services to individuals and families. Chris has made many contributions to the behavioral health field over the years, having worked with several prominent hospitals and agencies advocating for patients and ensuring the highest quality of patient services. Happy Retirement, Chris! You will be missed! Administration and Staff of CenterPointe Hospital
CenterPointe Hospital is pleased to announce Courtney Tallyn, RN as the winner of the April 2018 On-Pointe Employee of the Month Award. Courtney was nominated by her peers who made some of the following comments about Courtney: “Courtney is hard-working…a great team member…she goes above and beyond each and every time she works.” “When Courtney speaks with her patients she really listens and the patients respect her and seek her out. She only works three days a week, but the patients search for her throughout the week. That’s the impact she makes in those three days.” “A patient’s family member stated, ‘Courtney was a very caring, competent and com-passionate nurse who took exceptional care of my (family member) while a patient at CenterPointe Hospital.” “Not only does Courtney possess excellent nursing skills, she is filled with compassion and a drive to make a difference. Even as a co-worker, I feel that positivity. It doesn’t matter how busy she is, she...Read More >
By Heather Murphy (Read the original article for The New York Times here) There are no easy answers for helping someone struggling with depression, especially if you’ve already tried and tried. Here are some tips from experts. Reports of Kate Spade’s suicide and struggle with depression instantly transformed her from symbol of polished prep to a blunt reminder that suffering affects all types. Three days later we woke to the news that another beloved figure, Anthony Bourdain, had taken his life. These two tragedies have inspired hundreds to tweet some version of the same message: Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. But deep in the comment threads, some have also been debating a more uncomfortable question: What do you do when a friend is depressed for such a long time that you’ve started to feel that that nothing you can do will make a difference, and your empathy reserves are tapped out? There are no easy answers....Read More >
FRESH Renewal Hosts Picnic With a Purpose Featuring a Lecture, “A Life of Magic Without a Trick” by Speaker, Fred Holmquist – 40 years with Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Fred Holmquist, Speaking on “A Life of Magic Without a Trick” sponsored by FRESH Renewal in Augusta, MO. June 9, 2018 FRESH Renewal provides a sacred space which invites the story to be told…our personal stories, which are also the universal Story. What FRESH Renewal Center does supremely well is provide the environment where the Story is told. For more information: email@example.com.
Suicide Prevention and Intervention The tragic suicide of Kate Spade is a wake-up call to everyone to learn the warning signs of suicidal thinking. Know the Warning Signs Be able to identify warning signs in an individual who may be hurting. Look for some of these warning signs: Verbal Signs Direct statements such as, “I want to die,” or “I don’t want to live anymore.” Indirect statements such as, “I want to go to sleep and never wake up,” or “They’ll be sorry when I’m gone,” or “Soon this pain will be over.” Behavioral Signs Giving away prized possessions Composing a suicide note Loss of interest in activities that previously brought pleasure, e.g., hobbies Expression of hopelessness, helplessness and anger at self and the world Statement that family and friends would not miss them Sudden positive behavior change following a period of depression Previous suicide attempts or gestures Seeking a gun, pills or other methods to harm self Making funeral...Read More >
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You are cordially invited to attend a Behavioral Health Lecture DATE: Friday, June 22, 2018 TOPIC: Mindfulness Based CBT (MBCBT) PRESENTER: Laura Chackes, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist and Owner of The Center for Mindfulness and CBT TIME: 8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:30 a.m.—10:00 a.m. Lecture LOCATION: CenterPointe Hospital Gym (tallest bldg. toward back/right side of campus) 4801 Weldon Spring Parkway St. Charles (Weldon Spring), MO 63304 PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: This seminar will be an informative and experiential training on an evidence-based approach for treating depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. Participants will learn what MBCBT is and how it is used in treatment, experience meditations and activities that you can use yourself to manage stress as well as teach others, and understand how MBCBT is not a relaxation strategy, but rather a way to respond to thoughts and emotions in healthier ways. CEUs: 1.5 contact hours will be awarded to Missouri Social Workers, Counselors & Addiction Counselors. All participants will...Read More >