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Newtown CSW Touts Updated Directory, Bipolar Support Group
Published: August 28, 2017
Newtown’s Center for Support and Wellness (CSW) may seem like an oasis of calm at the main entrance of Fairfield Hills as crews complete streetscape improvements just outside the center’s weathered brick walls. But the agency’s staff and Director Jennifer Crane MS, MFT, have been working industriously on several projects along with continuing their work assisting both immediate survivors and community members post 12/14.
Having just completed an update of its Newtown Resource Guide, CSW staff and partners are also recruiting individuals to help launch a peer-to-peer bipolar and depression support system.
Ben’s Lighthouse Summer Outreach: Young Adults Help With Healing, Rebuilding During Service Trip
Published: August 16, 2017, Grant Larson
On July 28, a crew of 15 volunteers from local nonprofit Ben’s Lighthouse returned from a weeklong service trip to the area of Baton Rouge, La.
The volunteers had partnered with disaster recovery organization St Bernard Project (SBP) to provide flood relief one year after heavy rains dumped approximately seven trillion gallons of water on southern Louisiana. Centered in Livingston Parish, the 12 youth volunteers and three chaperones worked on rebuilding three sites throughout the week, moving homeowners closer to returning to their homes at last.
Founded in the name of Ben Wheeler, a victim of 12/14, Ben’s Lighthouse has been providing service opportunities and programming for the Newtown community since 2013. Driven by the idea that “Helping is Healing,” Ben’s Lighthouse Outreach Trips enable high school volunteers to experience the impacts of service and the value of empathy. The Baton Rouge effort marked the fifth annual Outreach Trip; past trips have traveled to Oklahoma (2013), Colorado (2014 and 2015), and Montana (2016).
Newtown Bee, 8/16/2017
To provide a more relaxed setting for the public to interact with local police officers, Newtown Police Department is planning an informal event at which members of the public can meet and talk to police officers, known as “Coffee With A Cop.”
The event is scheduled for 8 to 11 am on Saturday, September 9, at Newtown Deli and Catering, 79 South Main Street (State Route 25). It will be the first such event held by town police.
The casual event will allow people to ask questions, voice their concerns, and enjoy good conversation over coffee with town police, said Officer Stephanie Thibodeau.
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NEWTOWN, Conn. (May 9, 2017) — The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, Inc. (Foundation), in partnership with Walnut Hill Community Church and Regional Hospice and Palliative Care, recently sponsored a training by Columbia University in the Complicated Grief Treatment Model. Twenty area clinicians were trained over two days in the model which is a time-limited, targeted psychotherapy that has been tested and proven efficacious in three National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded randomized controlled trials. In November the Foundation sponsored a one-day workshop for over 50 local clinicians, clergy, and others working with grieving individuals. That workshop provided a conceptual framework for understanding grief and adaptation to loss generally and in relation to complicated grief. If focused on strategies and procedures for screening, diagnosis and assessment of individuals with complicated grief and discuss how to differentiate this condition from major depression and post-traumatic stress. The follow up two-day workshop, held April 27 & 28, was for clinicians interested in more advanced training in the treatment model. The Foundation decided to sponsor the training after learning that there were no clinicians in Connecticut who were trained in the CGT model. “Individuals suffering with complicated grief should have access to treatment locally that has been proven to reduce distress in a large percentage of those who complete the 16 week protocol. We are excited to have been able to provide this training and build the treatment capacity in our community,” said Jennifer Barahona, Executive Director of the Foundation.