- Make sure that you get your point across, or
- Hold back, waiting for a better time to deal with it, or
- Make sure the other one gets what they want, or
- Agree to give a little if they do too, or
- Figure out a way to make it work for everybody?
There’s always more than one way to deal with conflict. In this workshop, we learn how to listen up and speak out so that the things that really matter to us can get addressed. Conflict can be a chance for positive change. These are skills that can be used at work or with our family and friends.
A special opportunity is open for people who receive services at Northern Lakes CMH and their family members. Creative Conflict Resolution, a three-hour workshop, will be offered four times in the next month – one time in each of our four office locations:
- Friday, August 30 – 9 AM to Noon – Traverse City Office, 105 Hall Street
- Monday, Sept. 9 • 9 AM to Noon – Grayling Office, 204 Meadows Dr.
- Monday, Sept. 9 • 1-4:00 PM – Cadillac Office, 527 Cobbs St.
- Tuesday, Sept. 10 • 1-4:00 PM – Houghton Lake Office, 2715 S. Townline Rd.
To sign up, contact:
- Traverse City – Cindy Petersen at 231-935-3099 or Leslie Sladek at 231-933-4907.
- Grayling, Cadillac, Houghton Lake – Rosemary Rokita at 800-337-8598.
Northern Lakes CMH offers deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims, and the entire community of Newtown, Connecticut. Such unthinkable tragedies — especially those involving our children —take an immeasurable emotional toll. Our thoughts and prayers are with the parents and citizens of Newtown as they cope and respond.
Tragic events like these have a reverberating effect on citizens far and wide. In addition to help which may be available at Northern Lakes CMH, there is a national Disaster Distress Helpline you can call at 800.985.5990, or text ‘talkwithus’ (English) or ‘hablanos’ (Spanish) to 66746 at any time.
The Children’s Mental Health Network has assembled some good information for talking with children about the shooting that took place in Connecticut on Friday:
What parents should talk about with children…
- Recognize the sudden, unexpected, tragic event. Be clear that children and teachers were hurt, don’t be vague. If the child asks if anyone died, tell the truth as they will certainly hear it via media.
- Confirm that a lot of people are scared and sad. Confirm that some people will be worried for a while
- Let the children know the schools, law enforcement, and government workers have been making safety plans for all of the schools in our area and that their safety and security is the most important thing in their mind.
- Provide emotional support- it may take a few minutes or hours (even days) for the emotional impact to reach the children. When it does, provide nurturance (hugs, empathy, kindness, calm support) and ask about their thoughts and feelings. Be prepared for children to need this several times.
- Do not have the TV news about the event on for an extended period of time – the news stations wish to inform people about progress of the investigation and other aspects of the case – this is not helpful for children as multiple exposures to this information can exaggerate the event in their minds.
- Make sure to spend family time together doing “normalizing” activities – regular meal times, bedtimes, play times. For some children there may be mild disruptions in sleep, appetite, and social interest. If these problems go on for more than a few days, contact your family doctor, Northern Lakes CMH, or your local Access and Crisis Line.
The Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAOM) is coming to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City on October 15, 2012 to help explain the upcoming changes to the Michigan insurance code to cover autism. The workshop will be held two times – at 12:30 p.m. and at 6:00 p.m. – and will last about 90 minutes.
Parents and caregivers of children with autism are invited, along with advocacy agencies, public agencies, employers, and others who support parents and caregivers of children with autism.
- Autism legislation bills and what they mean
- Treatments covered by the legislation
- Evidence-based practice treatments and what that means
- Overview of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
- Explanation of state-regulated and self-funded insurance coverage
- Medicaid coverage for treatments
- How to find a qualified provider
- Resources for help in this process.
- Colleen Allen, Ph.D., President and CEO, AAOM; Chair, Michigan Autism Council
- Stacie Rulison, MS. M.Ed., BCBA-Candidate, AAOM; Michigan Autism Council
- Mary Sharp, MD, Development Officer, AAOM; Mid-Michigan Autism Board of Directors
The workshops are free. Contact Marlowe Franklin at (231) 631-3747 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Northern Lakes Community Mental Health is accepting applications for individuals who would like to become a member on the Recipient Rights Advisory and Appeals Committee. The applicant must have received or is receiving services from a community mental health services program or services from the private sector equivalent to those offered by the public mental health system. Members are expected to attend monthly meetings and serve up to a (3) three-year term. Candidates need to be able to fairly represent consumers and NLCMH, have a good ability to communicate, and work cooperatively with other members.
Applications can be received by contacting the Executive Office at Northern Lakes Community Mental Health 231-935-3677.
Pictured (L-R) before the movie are Elizabeth Black, Project Coordinator, PAYS – Partnership Against Youth Suicide; Michael Estes, Mayor of Traverse City; Cynthia Petersen, Community/Provider Relations at NLCMH; and Bradley Will, Emergency Services/Clinical Supervisor, at NLCMH.
Michael Estes, Traverse City Mayor, formally proclaimed the week of September 9-15, 2012 as National Suicide Prevention Week in Traverse City. Cynthia Petersen and Bradley Will assisted Mr. Estes in reading the proclamation before the start of the film.
After the movie, attendees were treated to a pizza party, recreating a scene from the movie, and had opportunity to do some drawing – which is a great stress reduction tool also featured in the movie – courtesy of Kidz Art of Traverse City.
The event was sponsored by PAYS, Partnership Against Youth Suicide, the Grand Traverse Leelanau Suicide Prevention Coalition, and Northern Lakes CMH.