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

 

1814 Clairmont Rd    Decatur GA  30033  404.636.1457   www.cccgeorgia.org

 

 

FINDING BALANCE THIS  HOLIDAY SEASON

  

For most of us, the holidays are experienced as a complex mashup of emotions.   Who among us has not encountered dashed expectations, loneliness and strained relationships amidst the joy of holiday festivities?   


Author Mike Robbins o
ffers sage advice on how to avoid the over-spending, over-consumption and emotional hangovers that often accompany holiday cheer.

 

Rewire Me presents simple practices for finding balance this holiday season; highlights include performing a walking meditation, taking a mindful shower, and brewing a cup of tea.  

    

If you tend toward depression, the latest research suggests that exercise may improve your holiday mood.  

  

 

For those in recovery from addiction, the holidays can be a particularly trying time of temptation; consistent schedules and recovery practices can give way to bad memories, toxic group dynamics, and old patterns. The following tips for successfully navigating holiday recovery come from  The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation 
  • Host a holiday gathering for recovering friends and/or attend celebrations of your Twelve Step group.  
  • Don't expose yourself to unnecessary triggers, such as gatherings where alcohol is the center of entertainment.
  • Focus on your recovery program.

If you or someone you love is worried about the holidays or finding it difficult to remain grounded, our counselors are here to help.  

 

 

 

HOLIDAY CAREGIVING

 

 

Caregiving can be a 24/7 job, and compassion fatigue is a constant threat. Whether caring for a parent, sibling, child, partner, or friend, managing through the holidays involves a careful balance between adjusting expectations and asking for help.

 

According to the Caregiver's Bill of Rights, you have a right to express your emotions, the right to receive consideration, and the right to maintain your individual identity.  Click here for the full list of your rights as a caregiver. 

  
The Alzheimer's foundation offers wonderfully practical guidance about familiarizing extended family and friends with the care situation, simplifying holiday traditions, adapting gift-giving rituals, and making time for self-care. 

 

Iowa State University offers this wisdom gleaned from experienced caregivers:

  • Invite guests to the home of the care receiver so that he or she will be comfortable and not have to be taken out.
  • Suggest a potluck meal or ask guests to take responsibility for preparing a meal. Make clean-up easy by using festive paper plates and cups.
  • Keep the number of guests manageable. Noise and hectic activity can be difficult for a person who is frail or confused.  

Eldercare Link suggests creating a more pleasant environment for all involved by playing soothing music and adjusting lights to a comfortable level.

 

Remember, you are not alone.  If you are concerned about caregiver burnout, our counselors at CCCG can help.   We offering individual and family counseling, as well as a group especially tailored to caregivers.  


HOPETOBER REPORT 
 

Speaking of gratitude, THANK YOU to each and every individual, family, and business partner who supported CCCG during Hopetober.   Together we reached our goal of $5,000 to support mental health services in our community.  You can still help us by donating here.  Enjoy some photos of some of our #Hopetober moments!

    

 

 

POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY:  GRATITUDE AND THANKS

 

    

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received.

Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling.

Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. 

-- Henry Van Dyke

 

Since ancient times, thought leaders have extolled the power of gratitude.  Cicero, for example, considered gratitude to be the greatest virtue and the parent of all other virtues.
 

Now positive psychologists are investigating why and how cultivating gratitude can increase happiness and decrease unhappiness.  

  

Research reveals that people who are grateful have 10% fewer stress related illnesses, enjoy better relationships, and are more well-liked than those who are not grateful.   As you prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, here are four empirically proven ways to express gratitude and thanks:

  

Gratitude visit -  Write and then deliver a letter of gratitude in person to someone who has been especially kind to you but whom you never properly thanked. 

 

Three good things in life -  Write down three things that went well that day every night for one week.  Write an explanation about the cause of each good thing.

 

Gratitude journal -  Robert Emmons recommends focusing on depth over breadth; elaborate about a particular thing for which you're grateful.

 

Prayers of Gratitude --  Emmons notes that in many spiritual traditions, prayers of gratitude are considered among the most powerful because they recognize the ultimate source of all that we are.

 

Read more here.

 
'Tis the Season of Cooking and Shopping

Here are 2 easy ways to
get and give!


GROCERY GOODNESS 

 

 

 

What if each time you bought groceries, a percentage of your purchase was automatically donated to CCCG?  

 

Join Kroger's Community Rewards program today -- you'll be funding counseling services for those who need it most and can afford it least. Your weekly grocery runs will effortlessly support mental health services in your community.  Thank you!  

 
Amazon Smiles makes us smile, too.
 

Here's something to smile about:  Your routine shopping dollars can stretch even further.   When you shop on Amazon Smiles, you get the same great Amazon deals, plus CCCG receives a donation to support critical mental health services.  Just click below and save this as a bookmark.

 

 

In This Issue
Holiday Caregiving
Positive Psychology: Gratitude and Thanks
Grocery Goodness
Contact us today
Workshops at CCCG

 

 


CCCG offers continuing education workshops for professionals.  On December 12th, Dr. Tiffany McNary will  review child developmental milestones as they relate to the activity of play; teach participants theories of attachment and how play therapy is a vital tool in working with children with attachment disorders; and learn how to watch for themes and patterns in children's play and how these themes can be helpful in educating parents about the emotional and developmental needs of their children.

Register here.  Space is limited.

 

 
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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 are dealing with issues that might benefit from speaking with a counselor, please contact us to schedule an appointment. 

 

  

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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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Healing, Hope, and Education

 

 

 

Thank you for your generous support! 

 

  

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

The Mindful Way for Women: Learning Life Strategies in Managing Stress, Anxiety, and Everyday Living - This course is designed to provide you with skills and understanding to empower you to manage life.  This 8-week course meets Saturdays from January 10 - March 14, 2015.  Group meets 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. $45 (some insurance accepted.) Required workbook $20.  Space is limited.  To register, contact Karon Ferguson at 404-636-1457 ext. 407 or via e-mail at kferguson@cccgeorgia.org.

 

Girl Time, Gurl Talk - A group for teen girls providing support and education. Learn how to handle stress, managing feelings and changing moods, and teen self-care practices and routines. With Angela Mendez, LPC, Saturdays from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., $20 per group.  Contact Angela at 404-636-1457 x 438, amendez@cccgeorgia.org

 

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.  For additional information on other yoga offerings, click here.

Steps of Faith Therapy & Recovery Group
- in Decatur with Edith Anenih. This is an open therapy group comprised of using a biblically based 12-Step Model. This group invites and welcomes persons of different walks who desire to work through the stages of recovery.  Ongoing: Wednesdays 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. $30 per group session. Contact eanenih@cccgeorgia.org or 404.636-1457 ext. 442 for more information. 

Suicide Prevention Support Group
- with Edith Anenih in Decatur.  A support group for people who have attempted suicide or think about committing suicide for different reasons.This is an open process group that requires an 8 week commitment. Tuesdays from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. $40 per group session. Contact eanenih@cccgeorgia.org or 404.636-1457 ext. 442 for more infomation.

New series of DBT Mindfulness Groups - with Becky Anne, starting in January 2015.  Contact ranne@cccgeorgia.org or 404.636.1457 x 420 for more information.

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.

  

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.
  
Premarital Workshop - At The Cathedral of St. Philip (Atlanta) with Doyle Hamilton - upcoming dates include December 6, 2014 and January 31st, 2015 - $150 per couple.

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

 

Care and Counseling Center  

of Georgia  

 

 

 

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.

 

For more Information go to www.cccgeorgia.org