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


1814 Clairmont Rd    Decatur GA  30033  404.636.1457




August represents a transition from the lazy days of summer to the rigor of the academic and work year.  As we mentally prepare ourselves and our families for this shift, it's a great time to consider essentials such as motivation, cooperation, and leveraging our strengths.  Enjoy this edition of the newsletter, and be sure to relish the last weeks of summer!






What truly motivates humans toward peak performance at work, at school, and at home? According to Daniel Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, there are three key components: 
1) Autonomy, or the need to direct our own lives.  This is apparent even in small children, who protest when someone else tries to be the "boss of them".   
2) Mastery, or the urge to learn, create and improve upon our skills.  This is what might drive a mature adult to pursue a new hobby such as playing a musical instrument.  With children, mastery might take the form of accomplishing something for the first time "All by myself".   
3) Purpose, or the desire to make a contribution to the world.  Purpose explains why we care more about things when we can see the big picture and understand the value of our role.

View this video to learn more, and click here to see how these principals apply to students.  Pink says that when motivating people to perform basic manual tasks, rewards-based performance such as awarding gold stars, money, or privileges is effective.  However, once tasks become evenly slightly more complex, providing rewards actually diminishes performance.   In fact, what actually motivates people to perform complex tasks is the opportunity to achieve autonomy, mastery and purpose.  


Difficult to believe?   This theory has been validated in numerous experiments conducted by psychologists, sociologists, and economists.   A recent story in the New York Times echoes these findings; the researchers distinguish between intrinsic motivation (I want to learn math to achieve a sense of autonomy and mastery!) and extrinsic motivation (I want to learn math to be rewarded with an A on my exam!).    Intrinsic motivation proves to be a far more effective driver of performance than extrinsic motivation. 



Want to help your friends and family improve their performance?   Assist them in identifying intrinsic motivation for their current projects.  What about a child who has no interest in the school curriculum and can't identify intrinsic reasons for learning? Click here for more ways to motivate children.






Speaking of character strengths, one of the strengths that we cultivate among staff at the Care and Counseling Center is teamwork, or collaborative integration.  Our therapists, coaches, psychologists, psychiatrists and chaplains work together - often on behalf of the same client - to provide the best care possible in a convenient, one-stop setting.  This service integration sets CCCG apart from other counseling centers.  With each professional providing an important piece of the puzzle, clients receive the total care they deserve.  Here are a few examples of our integrated services at work:  


Many of our clients work with separate therapists at CCCG for group work, couples work and family work.   Our therapists communicate with one another seamlessly to optimize client care.   This is particularly true for our ASAM Level I Addiction and Recovery Servcies program, which meets client needs by leveraging the expertise of multiple staff clinicians.  


Staff psychiatrist, Dr. Lauren Butterfield adds yet another layer of support to our mental health services.  Dr. Butterfield offers medication management for our clients, regularly consulting with staff clinicians to discuss concerning changes in client symptoms and circumstances.  


Director of Counselor Training Lewis Bozard represents the ultimate in integration -- he wears two hats at once when working with clients.   As a counselor, Lewis is skilled in fostering client reflection and personal growth; as someone who has done in-hospital chaplaincy work, Lewis can support clients with immediacy in the actual moments of their life changes (illness, death, birth, and recovery).   


Congregations, Corporations, Not-for-Profits: ..Recently, a CCCG chaplain paired up with a CCCG counselor to support a local church that was experiencing a significant, unexpected loss.   This team of professionals combined the best in mental health care and spiritual care to support church members through a painful and difficult time.  We also conducted a debriefing experience for church leadership.  Learn more about our Congregational Crisis Response here.  CCCG offer crisis response services to corporations and not-for-profit institutions as well.





No two days are the same for the busy CCCG chaplains.  More than 70 chaplains provide 67,000 hours of care annually at six hospitals and nursing facilities.  Core services include care visits, delivery of cheer cards, family support, spiritual support, and palliative care consultations. Did we mention tea service?



The CCCG chaplains at Gwinnett Medical offer an innovative Tea for the Soul Program to support care-givers including nurses and medical staff.   Upon request by a unit manager, our chaplains arrive with an elegant cart featuring tea, delicate cookies, and relaxing music.  Herbal tea is brewed fresh on the spot to release a pleasing aroma.   Hospital staff stop by as they are able for a moment of relaxation.  There is no agenda other than to relax and drink tea.   As chaplains personally attend to the pouring of the hot tea, they also serve up comfort, care, and a moment of peace.   In addition, the program provides an opportunity to identify staff concerns and distress. 





The success of Tea for the Soul has inspired similar programs at Wellstar Cobb Hospital, Children's Healthcare Atlanta, a VA facility in FL, NE Georgia Medical Center and now Duke Medical Center.  Thank you to the CCCG chaplains, who pour their heart and soul into all they do.




Welcome to our new column on positive psychology --  the study of strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive.  Positive psychology proponents believe that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.  Many therapists integrate positive psychology into client sessions by balancing the focus between a client's positive functioning (strengths) and negative functioning (weaknesses). 



The VIA Institute on Character has identified key human strengths and virtues that can be tapped into to increase positive emotion.   They are wisdom/knowledge, courage, humanity, justice, temperance and transcendence. Take this online assessment to identify your signature strengths. 


Researcher Sonia Lyubomirsky identified three factors that influence our happiness -genetic predisposition, circumstances, and intentional activities.  




While the first two factors are not within our control, the third factor - which we can impact through our choices - represents a whopping 40% of our happiness potential.  Wow!  We'll be honing in on a different positive psychology concept each month and exploring activities that help optimize this 40%. 


Be aware that positive psychology should not be confused with forced or coerced positivity.  It's important that we allow ourselves to experience the full range of human emotion; positive psychology simply helps us make a little more room for the uplifting emotions amidst the ebb and flow of the human experience.   


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When faced with daily life challenges, it can be hard to distinguish a real problem from a normal struggle everyone faces at some point. In either case, working with a professional counselor can be a positive, healthful experience.


If you or a loved one is dealing with issues that might benefit from speaking with a counselor, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

In This Issue
What Drives Us?
Integrated Care
What it means to serve - literally
Positive Psychology
Contact us today
Intentional Shopping
Yoga at CCCG
Workshops at CCCG




With the recent death of Robin Williams, the world has lost a unique and cherished talent.  Many of us are mourning this tragedy and recalling the memorable roles that Williams brought to life, including a warm and insightful therapist (Good Will Hunting).  Tied up in this shocking loss is a complex web of issues including suicidality, mood disorders, and substance dependency.


If this event has stirred suicidal ideation within you or someone you know, or triggered feelings of grief and loss, now is the time to reach out for support.  The counselors at CCCG can help.   


Are you concerned that you or a loved one drinks too much, or that drug use is a problem?  CCCG has a full outpatient substance abuse treatment program that clients can complete while continuing to work and live at home.  Call us at 404-636-1457 ext. 406


Williams' death is a reminder that even those who are happy on the outside may be suffering on the inside.  If you or someone you care about suffers from depression or a mood disorder, you don't have to face these challenges alone. 
Symptoms of depression include feelings of sadness and emptiness, loss of interest/pleasure in activities, significant changes in weight, problems with sleep, fatigue, guilt feelings, feelings of worthlessness, and recurrent thoughts of death.   
We offer healing and hope to those who are experiencing such difficulties. Please know you are never alone. 

We remember Robin Williams for all that he gave to the world - the love, the laughter and the tears.  Our hearts are with his family, friends and millions of fans.  


 CCCG cannot do this work without YOUR support.   


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.




Give the Gift of  

Healing, Hope, and Education




Thank you for your generous support! 
















We are excited to announce our new yoga program, which is all about integration of mind, body and spirit for holistic health.  CCCG Therapist and Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor Stephanie Foxman will be offering classes to the general public, plus yoga therapy groups including Yoga for Addiction Recovery and Yoga for Mental Health.   The therapy groups are unique in that they combine yoga postures and breathwork with experiential processing.


Click here to learn more 
about participation in the yoga program for yourself and for your clients.  Participants need not be fit or flexible to safely participate in these classes.


This is the ideal opportunity for newcomers to experience yoga in a safe and encouraging setting.  Yoga at CCCG begins August 18.

Taking care of yourself is critical for a healthy life
 and family. 
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: 

Understanding More About Substance Abuse, Addiction, and Relapse Prevention Psychoeducational Group  -
In Decatur, Tuesdays 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm - $45 per group session.


FREE Happy Hour Yoga Class - In Decatur with Stephanie Foxman.  This is a traditional yoga class including yoga postures and breathwork.  Drop-ins are welcome.  First Thursday monthly, 5:00-5:45 pm.  FREE. 


Adult Survivors of Child Abuse Support Group - At Oak Grove United Methodist Church with Robin Kirkpatrick, Thursdays 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm - $Free.
-In Decatur with Karon Ferguson, Fridays 8:30 am to 9:30 am - $30 per group session.
Premarital Workshop - At The Cathedral of St. Philip (Atlanta) with Doyle Hamilton - upcoming dates include September 6, October 18, November 15, and December 6, 2014 - $150 per couple.

Click here for a complete listing of all CCCG groups and workshops.





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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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