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


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Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, fear, nor hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.  
-- Author Unknown

For many people, the holiday season is anything but peaceful.   Yet there are ways that we can find peace - inside of ourselves as well as in connection with others - amid the hubbub.   

Do you think that peace is passive?   That peace is the absence of difficulty?  That peace is for those who "have it all together?"   The experts at PsychCentral challenge us to rethink these and other myths about inner tranquility.

What can we do when another person - a stressed out supervisor, a hostile neighbor, or even a family member - threatens our feelings of inner peace and security?    The holidays are a great time to leverage the power of Unconditional Positive Regard (UPR), a concept first developed by psychologist Carl Rogers.   Here are some key points about UPR and the underlying theory of person-centered counseling, courtesy of Psychology Today.

  • UPR means respecting each person as a human being with agency to choose how to respond to their situation.
  • UPR means that no matter how dangerous or dysfunctional a person seems, they are doing the best they can.
  • UPR does NOT mean that we must like a person or approve of their behavior; it means we respect their choices and in turn, we have agency to select our own responses.  
  • UPR assumes that human beings have an innate urge towards socially constructive behavior, and that as a person's need for self-determination is respected, their innate urge to be socially constructive will take hold.

Click here for more on UPR.  UPR might mean respecting your sister's choice to drink too much alcohol on Christmas, and deciding to spend only an hour in her company.   It might mean honoring your supervisor's right to choose workaholism over celebration, while setting your own work boundaries.   We hope these tips help you cultivate intra- and inter-personal peace this holiday season.    




Giving gifts to children presents both an opportunity and a responsibility.  Gifts send messages about adult expectations underlying gender, race and culture.  Some gifts have the power to affirm identity and broaden possibilities, whereas others reinforce stereotypical or harmful roles and norms.   


According to Judith Blakemore, professor of psychology at Purdue University,"If you want to develop children's physical, cognitive, academic, musical, and artistic skills, toys that are not strongly gender-typed are more likely to do this."  Click here for a list of gender neutral toys.
Doc McStuffins (an African American female doctor) and Dora (the Latina explorer)  exemplify positive, culturally diverse characters that empower kids to expand their possibilities.   According to Margaret Beale Spencer, professor of comparative human development at the University of Chicago, "Children's play is serious business.  They are getting ideas about who they are. "   This holiday season, consider giving the children in your life toys featuring positive, culturally diverse characters.   Read more here .
Not all children identify with the gender they are born into.  "Children become aware of their gender at a young age, particularly between the age of two and four," says Vanessa Jensen, a pediatric psychologist at Cleveland Clinic.  According to an article in, "Children who aren't allowed to express their true gender identity may have issues in school or discipline problems, may turn to drugs, and some will even choose death over living a gender outside of their true self."    I Am Jazz - a recently published book for kids -- is a wonderful resource for learning about differences and makes a great holiday gift. Read more here.
Best of luck with your last minute gift purchases.  And if you know of a child who is struggling with low self-esteem or identity issues, the counselors at CCCG can help.




Holidays can be a particularly difficult time for those grieving the death of a loved one.  If you are grieving a loss, The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization recommends the following:

  • Recognize that the holidays may not be the same; expect to feel some pain.
  • Try not to isolate yourself. Talk with family members and friends about your feelings and share stories about your loved one.
  • Give yourself permission to do what feels comfortable.
  • Let others help you; try not to take on additional stress.
  • Include others who are grieving in your holiday plans.

The folks at WebMd propose finding "bits of holiday joy amid the grief."  Learn more here.  Parents grieving the loss of a child may appreciate these helpful tips from   Finally, do you know someone who is in mourning this holiday season?   According to J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, "One of the best ways to help . . .  is to let them know you care and that their loved one is not forgotten."  Find more tips on supporting a grieving friend or relative here. 

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One of our strengths at CCCG is the ability to provide community-based services throughout North Georgia.   In addition to our main Clairmont location, we currently staff 24 satellite locations, including our office in Winder, Georgia.  Read more here about this satellite.

Thanks to recent grants, we are connecting with schools, churches, and other institutions in the Winder area to provide therapeutic services for adolescent and adult clients. 

If you know of somebody residing in
 Barrow, Clarke, Oconee or surrounding counties who can benefit from therapeutic services, we hope you'll consider referring them to us. 




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


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,


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.

New series of DBT Mindfulness Groups - with Becky Anne, starting in January 2015.  Contact 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  January 31st, February 21st, March 21st, and April 18th, 2015 - $150 per couple.

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


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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.


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