Crossroads for Women e-Newsletter

October 2008

Fall always seems to bring new beginnings. As the leaves change colors and summer vacations are left behind us, we gear up for new work and school schedules, the holidays and other fresh initiatives. Crossroads for Women is looking forward to a fabulous fundraiser at Head Games salon in November. What better way to take some time for yourself before the rush of the holiday season - and for a good cause! I hope to see you there!
Pamper Yourself for a Good Cause!
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Crossroads for Women will host a fabulous fundraiser at the Head Games salon in Portland on Saturday, November 1st. From 3:00pm - 8:00pm friends, colleagues, clients, board, staff and other supporters are invited to the salon for a stylish hair and spa party. To show your support, all you need to do is make an appointment for any service during our time slot from 3:00pm - 8:00pm. There will be free refreshments and snacks. And all the proceeds from the event will go to the agency!

Crossroads for Women is where you would send your mother, sister or daughter for outpatient or residential treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues in a comfortable, safe environment so she can remember who she wanted to be. To accomplish our mission of addressing these issues so that women and their families can lead healthy and independent lives, we need the continued support of the community around us.

Make it a girls night out and bring your friends or family with you. Head Games offers lots of great services, including hair, nails, skin, makeup, waxing and massage at all price levels. Take a look at a full list of services from Head Games and make your appointment today! Call Head Games directly at 207.773.8393 to make an appointment. A $25 deposit is required to hold your slot. FMI, email Jen.

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Crossroads for Women Staff & Board Announcements
Anasazi Sofware logo Promotion
Polly Haight Frawley, of North Yarmouth, has been promoted to the newly created position of chief of operations (COO) at Crossroads for Women. In her new capacity, Frawley will provide the leadership and coordination of day-to-day operations and will be responsible for the oversight, design and quality of service provision systems and functions. Frawley was previously assistant executive director.

As executive director, Barbara Dacri's focus will predominantly shift to planning and development, revenue enhancement and agency expansion activities. This new executive management structure will create significant opportunities for the continued growth of the Crossroads for Women organization.

New Hires
Jennifer Levesque, LADC, LMSW joined Crossroads for Women as a full-time counselor / case manager at the agency's halfway house program. Levesque, of Portland, previously worked as a research assistant at the University of Southern Maine. Kristin LaPorte joined the agency as a part-time administrative assistant in the outpatient program / clients services office in Portland. LaPorte, of Gorham, previously worked at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.

New Board President
Lisa Gray, of Portland, was recently nominated as the new board president for 2008 - 2009. Gray works as vice president of sales at Verge Solutions. Gray takes over for Donna Chamoff, who will remain on the board as a member. Ann Thaxter will continue to be vice president, Hanna Pickering will remain as treasurer and Elizabeth Sellers will stay on as secretary.

Valliere Featured Speaker at Mapping the Addiction Maze Event in NH
Teresa ValliereTeresa Valliere, LCSW, LADC, CCS, director of inpatient services at Crossroads for Women, was a featured speaker at the recent Mapping the Addiction Maze event put on by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Office of Community Health Improvement and Benefits in Lebanon, New Hampshire. The event was held on Friday, September 19th at the Fireside Inn.

Trauma and addiction often go hand in hand for both men and women. Childhood trauma can impact an adult for years, causing serious substance abuse and mental health issues. For women with histories of mental, physical and sexual abuse, attempts at recovery from an addiction to drugs or alcohol can often lead to worsening symptoms, relapse and more trauma and abuse if the co-occurring mental health issues are not addressed.

The title of this year's meeting was "Trauma and Addiction - An Update on Best Practice" and explored "the multi-faceted nature of these co-occurring disorders" and discussed current best practice for assessment and treatment. Valliere's presentation focused on women, trauma and addiction using a relational gender-responsive approach. Matthew Friedman, MD, PhD, executive director of the US Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and professor of Pychiatry and of Pharmacology and Toxiology at Dartmouth Medical School, also presented on the National Center for PTSD's perspective of the relationship between addiction and trauma.

The event was a success, and Teresa's presentation was very well-received by the audience. Crossroads for Women has proven expertise in treating women for substance abuse and mental health issues with a relational focus. If you are interested in having Teresa or another highly qualified clinician from Crossroads for Women come speak to your organization or at an event, please contact Jen Barbour at 207.773.9931, ext 128 or via email.

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Crossroads for WomenCrossroads for Women addresses substance abuse and other behavioral health issues so that women and their families can live healthy and independent lives. FMI, call 207.773.9931 or visit

Jennifer Barbour
Jennifer Barbour, communications specialist
Crossroads for Women
In This Issue

Pamper Yourself for a Good Cause!

CFW Staff & Board Announcements

Valliere Featured Speaker at NH Event

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