News from the Center of Excellence

Posted by: swright 1 year ago

Summer will be an exciting time for Southmountain’s Center of Excellence! Southmountain has been expanding the evidence-based treatment offered through our Centers of Excellence. Brenda Patton, Foster Community Director; Andrea Bradburn, Recreation Assistant; Sonya Farr and Stephanie Dvorak, Clinicians have been participating in SPARCS training and will graduate from the training in June. SPARCS stands for Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress. It is group therapy for teenagers to help them cope with ongoing stress that is a result of abuse or neglect.
In August, Rhonda Soirez, Mary McKinney and Jon Rhodes will graduate from Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) training. TF-CBT is an evidence-based therapy that we provide for children who suffer trauma symptoms as a result of abuse, neglect, or other loss. This comprehensive training takes 1 year to complete and all of our Clinicians are rostered in TF-CBT.

Summer 2016 will be filled with many fun activities at our Foster Community!

Posted by: swright 1 year ago

Summer activities will begin the week of June 13 and will include day-long outings every Wednesday that are planned by our Recreation Department and our office staff and social work staff help put.  Children also go on summer hikes, participate in art programs, a science enrichment program and individual tutoring.  We like to keep all of our kids busy with constructive activities during the summer months, and give our foster parents a well-deserved break!

Burke Women’s Fund Awards Grant

Posted by: swright 1 year ago

Southmountain Children and Family Services was recently awarded a grant for $1,200 from the Burke Women’s Fund to support educational summer activities for children at the Foster Community. During the summer months when children are out of school, every Wednesday. Southmountain staff give the parents “a break” by taking children on summer outings. The grant will be used to pay transportation costs so children can enjoy educational field trips.