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CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia ‘Tops Off’ New Psychiatric Facility

By Caroline Watkins for the Missourian A “topping out” party was thrown Thursday for CenterPointe Hospital, the 72-bed psychiatric hospital under construction in north Columbia. Topping out marks a milestone in the hospital’s construction process, when the last beam is placed on the building. The $21-million hospital is on track to open in October. Among the guests who attended the party were CenterPointe CEO Buddy Turner, Mayor Brian Treece and his wife, Mary Phillips. Some of those present signed their names on the last beam. Ground was broken for the 56,000-square-foot hospital in February 2017. It sits on 12 acres near the intersection of Range Line Street and International Drive. CenterPointe Hospital will offer an array of services for adults and adolescents with psychiatric disorders, including mental health and substance abuse needs. Turner said specialists will come from around the country because of a shortage of qualified people in Missouri. Fewer than 40 percent of Missouri counties have licensed psychiatrists,...Read More >

CenterPointe Hospital Spring 2018 Conference: Innovative Approaches to Treating Depression


CenterPointe Hospital Participates in Youth In Need Celebration of Youth

Represented by Leslie Lee, Lauren Cook and Melissa Mainini, (pictured left to right), CenterPointe Hospital participated in the Youth In Need Celebration of Youth on March 24th, 2018 at the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in St. Charles, MO, a fundraising event to celebrate the strength and potential of the thousands of children, teens and families Youth In Need serves. Youth In Need provides a number of programs for children, youth and family members including educational, development, counseling and residential treatment initiatives. Residential programs provide stable and safe environments for youth experiencing crisis in their lives. Group homes and transitional apartments provide runaway, homeless or abused youth an opportunity to learn independent living and life skills.   About CenterPointe Hospital: CenterPointe Hospital is a 150-bed private, psychiatric hospital serving the mental health and ad-diction needs of adolescents, adults and senior adults. The Changing Pointe at CenterPointe Hospital provides private addiction treatment for adults. Additional outpatient services are provided at five satellite...Read More >

CenterPointe Hospital Hosts Lecture on Legal & Medical Decision Making

Navigating the healthcare system can often be complicated and confusing to older adult, disa-bled and mental health populations. On Friday, March 23, 2018, Maria Miskovic, MSW, LCSW, C-ASWCM, gave a presentation on Legal and Medical Decision Making at CenterPointe Hospital to an audience of 180 social workers, nurses, therapists, case managers, administrators and other healthcare professionals that addressed many of the complexities of decision making in healthcare. Maria discussed the importance of safeguarding patients’ rights, using assessment tools to as-sist the healthcare professional in leading a person to help, and legal documents needed to pre-serve one’s preferences and engage the decision maker. Participants commented, “Maria’s ap-proach is truly client-centered and is always in the best interest of the client.” Maria Miskovic is the founder of Care Choice Care Management, LLC in St. Louis where she leads a team of master’s level care managers and gerontologists who advocate on behalf of their clients’ needs and provide strategies to make informed decision...Read More >

CenterPointe Hospital Behavioral Health Lecture: Legal & Medical Decision Making – Friday, March 23, 2018

You are cordially invited to attend a Behavioral Health Lecture DATE: Friday, March 23, 2018 TOPIC: Legal & Medical Decision Making PRESENTER: Maria Miskovic, MSW, LCSW, C-ASWCM Care Choice Management, LLC TIME: Registration /Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. Lecture: 8:30 a.m.—10:00 a.m. 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 presentation discusses primary questions about healthcare decision-making and the professional’s role in addressing decision-making concerns. Participants will learn to identify decision making flags in a healthcare setting, explore assessment tools to lead a person to help when there are decision-making concerns and examine the legal documents needed to preserve one’s preferences and to engage a chosen decision-maker. CEUs: 1.5 Ethics Hours will be awarded to Missouri Social Workers, Counselors & Addiction Counselors. All participants will receive a certificate of completion to submit to their respective licensing boards. ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Maria Miskovic, MSW, LCSW, C-ASWCM,...Read More >

From Addiction to Liberation: A Buddhist Approach to Recovery

The Buddhist Council of Greater St. Louis presents an afternoon of thought-provoking talks and panel discussions about the application of Buddhist teachings to social and economic issues we face every day. SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2018 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm at Fo Guang Shan St. Louis Buddhist Center 3109 Smiley Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044 Topic: From Addiction to Liberation A Buddhist Approach to Recovery Schedule: 1:30 – 1:35pm  Introduction: Leonora Kham 1:40 – 2:00pm  Guss Bloebaum, MA, LPC Overview of Addiction in St. Louis 2:00 – 2:20pm  Jim Joedicke & Rob Jacobson – Refuge Recovery Buddhism in Recovery 2:20 – 2:40pm  Steve Brunk, MA, LPC – CenterPointe Hospital Tibetan Singing Bowls as Mindfulness Practice 2:40 – 3:00pm  Chad Sabora – MO Network Current Trends in Opiate Recovery 3:00 – 3:20pm  Ven. Jue Huang, Director, Fo Guang Shan Second Noble Truth: There Is a Cause of Suffering 3:20 – 4:00pm  Panel Discussion, including Christian Hospital Q&A 4:00pm  Conclusion, Refreshments For more...Read More >

Behavioral Health Lecture on DBT in an Intensive Outpatient Program Setting – February 23, 2018

You are cordially invited to attend a Behavioral Health Lecture DATE: Friday, February 23, 2018  TOPIC: Dialectical Behavior Therapy in an Intensive Outpatient Program Setting 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 educational offering will discuss the origins of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), how it is different from other treatment approaches and the types of patients who can benefits from DBT. A continuum model of treatment which includes DBT in an intensive outpatient pro-gram setting, as well as DBT in individual treatment settings, will be presented. The program will include case studies of pa-tients who have received DBT. PANEL OF PRESENTERS: CenterPointe Hospital St. Peters Outpatient: Raafea Malik, MD Toni Zvorak, LCSW Tam Markowski, LPC Zhanna Keeton, LPC Lifework St Louis: Jeff Brenneman, MSW, LCSW St. Louis Center for Family Development: Brianne...Read More >

When Pain Medication Use Gets Out of Control…CenterPointe is Here to Help


Press Release: Understanding & Welcoming Transgender Clients

On Friday, January 26, 2018 Dan Stewart and Mandi Kowalski, both from PROMO, Missouri’s LGBT advocacy organization, presented on the topic, “Understanding and Welcoming Transgender Clients: An LGBT Cultural Sensitivity Training Going Beyond Best Practices” to an audience of over 200 attendees at CenterPointe Hospital’s Behavioral Health Lecture series. Dan and Mandi engaged the audience in a conversation about LGBT language, barriers to care in the transgender community and how to create welcoming spaces and develop best practices for clients and staff. They emphasized that as a practitioner and healthcare provider, it is essential to be comfortable communicating with and understanding of clients’ needs. This training provided participants a baseline of knowledge about the LGBT population in order to increase the practitioner level of comfort and decrease LGBT health disparities. Participants were provided resources to support to create an affirming and welcoming space for all LGBT clients.   About CenterPointe Hospital: CenterPointe Hospital is a 150-bed private, psychiatric hospital serving...Read More >

“Change” for the New Year at The Changing Pointe Addiction Treatment Center

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