Mission Moments at the 27th Annual Conference of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Children's Mental Health, executive director, family support, federation conference, GPS for Youth and Families, national federation, sustainable family support organization | Comments Off on Mission Moments at the 27th Annual Conference of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

Here at Guided Pathways –Support for Youth and Families (GPS) we share what we call mission moments at our monthly staff meeting. A mission moment is any experience that reminds us of the importance of youth and family support and the need for helping families with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges achieve wellness and resiliency.   During the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (NFFCMH), November 10th – 13th, in Phoenix, AZ, we experienced many mission moments. The sunshine of the Sonoran desert and warm welcome of NFFCHM Executive Director...

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Trauma Healing and The Brain, – Discussing the Effect of Trauma and The Link to Drug Addiction

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Children's Mental Health, family support, Mental Illness, Recovery, self care, Substance Abuse, sustainable family support organization | Comments Off on Trauma Healing and The Brain, – Discussing the Effect of Trauma and The Link to Drug Addiction

We hear a lot about the effects of trauma and the importance of trauma-informed care these days and for good reason. For those of you who may have missed our blog in the last two weeks, Gabor Maté is a medical doctor recently retired from active practice. He was a family physician for two decades and for seven years he served as Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital in British Columbia. For twelve years he worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard core addiction, mental illness, HIV and related conditions. For two years he was...

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Caring for Ourselves When We’re Caring for Others

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Children's Mental Health, family support, family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, Mental Illness, Recovery, self care, sustainable family support organization | Comments Off on Caring for Ourselves When We’re Caring for Others

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month! Each week we’re focusing on a different aspect of mental wellness. This week’s focus is self-care. As parents and caregivers, we all face stress – stress in the workplace, in the home, and virtually everywhere that people interact. Caring for a child or youth with complex emotional and behavioral needs brings added tensions to our lives. In order to combat the damages stress can bring about we need to recognize and manage it effectively and insightfully. When left unchecked, accumulated stress goes on to undermine us, disrupt our body’s...

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MUSINGS from Susan’s Desk

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in executive director, Family Fun, family support, GPS for Youth and Families, Musings from Susan's Desk, Parent Class, sustainable family support organization, Uncategorized, young adults | Comments Off on MUSINGS from Susan’s Desk

HEART-FELT GRATITUDE AND HIGH HOPES FOR A BRIGHT NEW YEAR.   As we prepare to bid adieu to 2013, I am filled with gratitude for the wonderful welcome and community involvement GPS received throughout our first year of operation as a new family support organization!  From our official launch in April to December’s wonderfully fun-filled, pre-holiday, family movie night, 2013 delivered on all of its many opportunities to engage King County parents, children and youth. Looking back over 2013 and highlights such as the parenting classes held in August, September and October,  April’s...

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Free Parent & Caregiver Class – September 10, 2013

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in family support, family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, King County, King County FSO, Parent Class, sustainable family support organization | Comments Off on Free Parent & Caregiver Class – September 10, 2013

  Parenting a Child with Difficult Behaviors   September 10th 6:15pm-8:30pm New Castle Library, Meeting Room 12901 Newcastle Way, Newcastle, WA 98056   REGISTER HERERegistration required Parents and Caregivers what do you do when your child or teen is exhibiting aggression, self-harm or other difficult behavior? This training will give parents insights, information and skills to intervene in a healthy manner without inadvertently reinforcing the negative behavior. Parents and caregivers will learn how to grow internal values in a child who does not share our adult values. Parenting a...

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GPS is Growing

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in family support, family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, King County, King County FSO, nonprofit administration, sustainable family support organization | Comments Off on GPS is Growing

Lead Parent Partner Janice Schutz  For more than a decade Janice has been advocating for a daughter who has struggled with mental, emotional and behavioral challenges. “Through problem-solving, with the help of family and friends, and guidance from caring professionals, we have met these challenges and successfully overcome numerous obstacles,” she says. “Throughout this time, I have worked steadfastly to educate myself and build a network of contacts in order to help other families like ours.”Janice brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her position at GPS. She began...

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