Goodbye 2022 - Hello 2023 By Luna Medina-Wolf, LMHC, EMDR Certified Therapist The holidays are behind us and we’re beginning a new year, 2023 is here! It’s time to shake off the holiday stress or cheer and set the tone for the new year. For many people the holidays can be very stressful or/and sad. It can be very challenging to go through the holiday because they remind us of those who are not there with us. Others come from toxic families and the holidays become a stressful time to be around those people who trigger them. For others, the holidays may be very exciting and uplifting being surrounded with those they love, seeing people they haven’t seen for a really long time. The beginning of the year, for many, is a time to set new intentions. As we reflect on the past year, we are able to recognize many changes that happen. One major thing that happened is the end of the trial. Despite the fact that it didn’t end the way many people may have hoped for, it offers the opportunity to start a phase of life post the trail. We want to share with you few tips on how to have better chances of meeting your new year goals/intentions. When we said new intentions for the year, some thing that is really important is that we create small goals. They can build on one another and will not feel so overwhelming. You can even break the goals into weekly assignments. Start right away with a small goal versus setting up a big goal that will feel too difficult to achieve. Identifying the reasoning behind the goal could also be helpful in the process of achieving it. When we set up a goal with a why, then your brain becomes more inclined to follow the meaning. For example “I want to go to therapy so I can get tools on how to reduce my stress levels.” Or “I want to make more money so I can get a bigger place to live.” One last thing is to make sure to celebrate your interval wins toward the big goals. Every step of the way should be celebrated and recognized along the way. As we approach the five year commemoration, we were hoping to create events to would support the community in the best way possible. When a school shooting occurs, the entire community and beyond are impacted, for many years to come. Professionals United for Parkland, in collaboration with Eagles' Haven hosting two events on February 4th, 2023. The morning event is geared specifically toward staff impacted by the shooting. All school staff who would like to attend is invited. We are bringing in Deb Del Vecchio-Scully, clinical recovery leader and Trauma Specialist of the Newtown Recovery and Resiliency Team from Sandy Hook Elementary School. The afternoon event is open for the whole community. Click here for more information Professionals United for Parkland is also collaborating with the Broward Mental Health Counselor Association to bring a training to the therapists in our community on February 3rd, 2023. Communal Trauma places a complex, demanding burden on therapists which requires specialized education, consultation and support. This workshop will focus on the specific nuances of Communal Trauma and sequelae of anniversary reactions, traumatic grief and loss. The $25 registration fee includes lunch and 3 CEU's. All clinicians, counselors, psychologists & therapists are welcome. Click here to register. As a community we are here to support one another and we hope to see you there.
Thank You! Professionals United for Parkland was honored provide the Nurture the Nurturers Event along with Silver Sponsors Futures Recovery Healthcare, Coral Shores Behavioral Health, Aware Recovery Center and Bronze Sponsor Next Level Recovery. The day of wellness focused on burnout remediation through interactive presentations including discussion, movement and stress reduction activities. Now, more than ever, our community will need us to help support them through difficult times. We are grateful for the day of self-care and return to the community ready to help.
February 3rd Event
Professionals United for Parkland & Broward Mental Health Counselors Association are proud to bring Deb Del Vecchio-Scully, nationally recognized expert in the treatment of trauma. She was the Clinical Recovery Leader and Trauma Specialist of the Newtown Recovery and Resiliency Team Created in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy. We are grateful to bring her back to Parkland for a time of learning & healing. All clinicians, counselors, psychologists & therapists are welcome.
Communal Trauma: A Journey of Hope and Healing: Anniversary Reactions & Traumatic Grief, February 3rd, 1-4pm, $25 registration fee includes lunch and CEU's. When a school shooting occurs, the entire community and beyond are impacted. Communal Trauma places a complex, demanding burden on community therapists requiring specialized education, consultation and support. This workshop will focus on the specific nuances of Communal Trauma and sequelae of anniversary reactions, traumatic grief and loss. Register at: pu4p.org/events
February 4th Events
Professionals United for Parkland and Eagles' Haven are grateful to bring Deb Del Vecchio-Scully, nationally recognized expert in the treatment of trauma back to help support the community. All staff are welcome to attend the morning session from 8:15am-12:00pm at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. The event includes Free Breakfast & Mingle, time with Deb Del Vecchio-Scully Clinical Recovery Leader and Trauma Specialist of the Newtown Recovery and Resiliency Team at Sandy Hook, and Personalized Coffee Creations from Cool Beans Espresso! Sign up on the Eagles' Haven App or pu4p.org/events.
Professionals United for Parkland and Eagles' Haven are grateful to bring Deb Del Vecchio-Scully, nationally recognized expert in the treatment of trauma back to help support the community. All community members are welcome to the afternoon session from 1:00-4:00pm at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. The eventfeatures a Free Lunch & Mingle, time with Deb Del Vecchio-Scully, Clinical Recovery Leader and Trauma Specialist of the Newtown Recovery and Resiliency Team at Sandy Hook, and a Create Your Own Healing Heart activity. Participants can register on the Eagles' Haven App or at pu4p.org/events.
The Mental Health Counselor's Association is a nonprofit organization in Palm Beach that prides itself in providing mental health professionals with opportunities to continue their education and stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the field. Through a variety of events, the association hosts speakers who are experts in their respective areas of mental health, allowing clinicians to earn CEU's (Continuing Education Units) to maintain their professional licenses. The association is committed to improving the mental health care community and ensuring clinicians have the knowledge and skills they need to provide the best possible care to their clients. We hope to see you at one of our events soon!
If you should find yourself or someone you know in immediate crisis or need for help, dial 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. Some other resources for immediate crisis support include:
211 – In Florida, and many areas, most counties will have a dedicated 211 resource hotline. Dial 211 from your phone to be connected to your local 211 branch. This may depend on where you’re calling from if it’s from your Cell Phone.
Crisis Text Line – Text any word (Help, Talk, etc.) to 741741 to be connected via text to a trained crisis counselor.
Paational Suicide Prevention Hotline – Until the 3-digit hotline number is active later in 2022, the original number will still be the one to use – 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).P al. al. al a Our Mission “Professionals United for Parkland was created to identify and meet the short and long-term needs related to mental health/well-being of the South Florida community in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy through evidence-based services including education for the general community and professionals, clinical training, clinical services, support for clinicians, and more. We work alongside other local organizations and groups to ensure that we identify gaps in current services and that the needs of our community are being adequately addressed. We are entirely non-political.
Professionals United For Parkland Honors the 17
Professionals United for Parkland remembers Alaina Petty. The WalkUp Foundation’s mission "is to improve the safety and security of our nation’s schools. Educational seminars and workshops will be designed to address three goals: (1) advocating for safer schools; (2) supporting the development of and encouraging the creation of school based programs which enhance school safety; and (3) educating individuals, organizations and lawmakers about the tools available to make schools safer and strengthen the laws to ensure that school district comply with safe school practices."
To learn more: https://walkupfoundation.org/
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