Offering Healing, Wholeness and Hope to Those in Need and Educating Others for This Servic
e    May 2014


1814 Clairmont Rd    Decatur GA  30033  404.636.1457

Congratulations CCCG's CEO! 
On May 15th, CCCG CEO, Sandra Mullins won the 2014 Health Care Heroes award given annually by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. She was the only nominee from the mental health community among the health care finalists. To win this award is an honor for her and the entire organization. Read more about her her work creating a holistic vision for mental health services for Care and Counseling Center of Georgia the May 16th issue of the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Please join us in a hearty congratulations for her well-deserved recognition. We couldn't be more thrilled! 


Get Ready for Summer 
In May, our thoughts turn to the end of the school year, and the "unofficial" start of Summer over Memorial Day weekend. Summer is often a time when families travel both to explore and see new sights, but also to come together for reunions and other commemorative celebrations.  CCCG staff have offices throughout Atlanta in a range of satellite locations, as well as our main office in Decatur, but did you know, a CCCG Clinical Pastoral Education Alum is a chaplain at the busiest airport in the world, Atlanta's own Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport?  See the article below to learn more. It will soom be time to move back into our main campus at 1814 Clairmont Road.  Do you have an eye for design?  If so, we're looking for you.  Read about CCCG's Design Therapy opportunity below.  Another summer tradition, The Peachtree Road Race is coming up and CCCG would love your support, read more about how you can help. Whether your summer plans include travel by air, land or water, be sure that CCCG will be ready and waiting to serve when you return. 




Angels at the Airport 

Many denominations require that their clergy participate in a CPE program before beginning their ministry. CCCG trains chaplains through their CPE program to serve in a variety of settings; hospitals, hospices, and senior living centers. Barbara Pendergrast, M.Div., BCC has found a unique setting in which she is able to use the invaluable training she received from CCCG in her CPE residency at Northside Hospital. She serves as a chaplain at Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport. With 220,000 passengers a day transitioning from one place to another, as well as airport and airline personnel, the opportunities are varied, unpredictable and hold the invitation to "meet the strangers in our midsts".  


Sometimes it is assisting a grieving passenger to a gate, talking with a domestic violence victim in the APD precinct, housed at the airport, escorting military remains or helping an elderly gentleman find a wheelchair.  In each situation Barbara experiences her vocation to be a mutually fulfilling one, dependent on these encounters with "the stranger." As you or others make travel plans, remember that the Atlanta Airport offers Interfaith Chaplaincy Services that include prayer spaces and services for all faiths in any of the three chapels located in the Atrium (second floor), Concourse E and F.   CNN recently profiled Atlanta's Airport Chaplaincy Program, click here to watch the video. 

Running for a Reason this July 4th

CCCG is putting together a team to run the Peachtree Road Race this July 4th and we want you to sponsor our runners or join our team!   Our own CFO, William Renshaw, is running for Team CCCG with several community members who will work toward raising funds for critical services by getting friend to sponsor them for participating in the race. Click here to support their run for a great cause!


Last year,CCCG alum and Board Member, Barbara Pendergrast (highlighted above) ran for Team CCCG and shared these reflections.  " Your contributions will make a difference in the lives of others through this organization that provides counseling, chaplaincy training and practical theological education. The opportunity for healing, wholeness, a sense of care and connectedness for one person, contributes to the life and goodness of all of us. During the run, I was aware of being part of a larger whole in more ways than the obvious running in the midst of 56,000 people. Many reflections below bubbled up with joy and affirmation that we are all of the same human family, all called to live our unique lives, all blessed and all invited to live fully in God's love and into the freedom of who we were created to be.  Read Barabra's Reflections from The Road for more inspiration.
If you want to join our team, or donate to our Peachtree Road Race Campaign, go to our Crowdrise page or contact, Leanne Rubenstein at

Watch out for more to come from Team CCCG!

Renewal of the Mind, Body and Spirit 

CCCG started May off right, with our second Clergy Brunch. The theme of  " Pastoral Resilience: Body, Mind and Spirit" was echoed throughout the presentations which shared practical lessons on both holding it together and letting things go in the effort to support individual and group resilience.  


pictured L to R:  Presenters Chuck Christie, Amani Legagneur, Robin Kirkpatrick,  and facilitator,Tom Van Lanigham
Participants got to join in hands-on experiences, learn about ways to change thinking for the better, and connect lessons from myth to present day needs. The response was overwhelmingly positive for all involved. Contact Tom Van Lanigham, Faith and Community Outreach Coordinator, to get on the list for the next one. 
In This Issue
Get ready for summer!
Angels at the Airport
Run for a Reason
Renewal of the Biody Mind and Spirit
Multi-lingual Mental Health
Contact us today
Workshops at CCCG
Join us on Facebook





CCCG cannot do this work without YOUR support.  


In the past two years, CCCG's 34 professional counselors, 16 resident counselors and 79 CPE residents and interns provided over one million dollars worth of free or reduced cost counseling and chaplaincy services.  This is only possible because of YOU. 


There are so many reasons to give - the child who needs extra support, the father who gives with all his heart and soul and keeps fighting the Cancer,  for the military wife who can't sleep at night worrying about her spouse or the hospital chaplain that holds your hand and sings quietly.  These are the reasons to give.


Your gift does make a difference! 


For Example: 


- A gift of $25 helps provide art supplies for working with children.


- A gift of $65 sponsors a counseling session for a family in crisis.


- A gift of $100 supports a grief group to help those who have lost a loved one.


- A Gift of $250 provides psychological testing for things like ADHD, depression and  other mental health challenges.


- A gift of $500 helps provide chaplaincy care at Grady Hospital  




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Mental Health in Every Language 


CCCG along with a wide range of other health care providers participated in a health fair sponsored by Refugee Family Services. Staff Therapist, Chantel Cohen, represented CCCG. Interpreter services were available for visitors and participants included providers of low-cost dental, vision, and hearing services in addition to many others.  Chantel had the opportunity to speak with families from Sudan, Liberia, Ethiopia and Burma. CCCG welcomes these opportunities to connect and spread the word about the benefits of mental health care to all who might not otherwise have access to counseling services. 


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Taking care of yourself is critical for a healthy life
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CCCG offers ongoing workshops that can help with self-growth and self-care.  You don't have to do it alone.  Here are some of our upcoming workshops: Workshops listed as in Decatur are being held at our temporary offices at Scott Baptist Church. 
Understanding More About Substance Abuse, Addiction, and Relapse Prevention Psychoeducational Group - In Decatur with Monica Dutke.  Ongoing: Tuesdays 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Buckhead group meets Thursdays 9:00 am to 10:00 am. $45 per group session.


Adult Survivors of Child Abuse Support Group - with Robin Kirkpatrick at Oak Grove United Methodist Church Thursday nights 7-8:30- $Free


Anger Management Group -In Decatur with Karon Ferguson -  This group is held Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm. $35 per group session.
Premarital Workshop at The Cathedral of St. Philip (Atlanta) with Doyle Hamilton - $150 per couple, upcoming dates include June 14, July 12,  and August 9, 2014. 
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HEALING- CCCG Chaplains meet the needs of people who experience crisis, loss or pain in several of the metro Atlanta hospitals, hospices, and prisons.


HOPE - CCCG Counselors and residents with an integration of sound clinical practice and deep understanding and respect for the sacred self are trained and serve those of every age,  gender, race, creed, sexual orientation, and ethnic background, and makes our services affordable to all.   


EDUCATION - CCCG educates resident counselors and chaplains to serve in places where lives are falling between the cracks and trains them to help bring healing and hope in to those in need.


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