Offering Healing, Wholeness and Hope to Those in Need and Educating Others for This Servic
e    July 2015


1814 Clairmont Rd  ·  Decatur GA  · 30033  · 404.636.1457 ·


Mental illness does not discriminate. One in four adults and one in ten children will experience a mental health condition, yet mental health services are not uniformly available, adequate or inviting to all segments of the population.

Barriers faced by minority populations who could benefit from mental health services include cost, quality, and cultural relevance of services. Stigma is another significant factor; minority communities have historically been stigmatized by the mental health community, receiving inaccurate diagnoses and poor treatment. Some minority communities thus discourage members from seeking outside support for mental health. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) indicates additional reasons why people of color are deterred from seeking treatment, including fear of disclosure, rejection of friends, and clinician stereotyping.

What's more, according to a report from the U.S. Surgeon General, "minority groups face a social and economic environment of inequality that includes greater exposure to racism, discrimination, violence, and poverty, all of which take a toll on mental health."

In light of this disturbing situation, CCCG is pleased to support Minority Mental Health Month. The goal of this observance, as outlined by NAMI, is to "enhance public awareness of mental illness and mental illness among minorities." Click here to learn the facts, lend your voice, and make a difference. And consider making a donation to CCCG; your support will help us deliver critical services to those who need it most.






CCCG is working diligently to increase accessibility and appropriateness of mental health services for minority populations in Georgia.  Here are a few ways that we are moving the needle:


  • CCCG obtains grants and individual donations to underwrite the cost of therapy services for a variety of underserved populations including persons of low income, those diagnosed with HIV, LGBTQ community members, and military/veteran families.
  • Our refugee and immigrant mental health program delivers counseling services to those who are newer to the country after escaping war in their homeland.
  • We bring therapy services directly into under-served communities by staffing 15 satellite locations throughout Atlanta and North Georgia.
  • In our main office (Decatur), we work hard to create an environment that is welcoming to those of all races, ethnicities, religious/spiritual backgrounds, genders and sexual identities.  For example, our new gender neutral bathroom is an important addition to the male and female facilities.
  • We hire culturally diverse therapists and provide continuous professional training so that our therapists can better meet the needs of underserved populations; recent trainings focused upon working with LGBTQ clients, and working with clients in poverty.






According to an article published by the American Psychological Association in 2014,"More than 50 percent of patients currently being treated receive some form of mental health services treatment from a primary care provider, and primary care is now the sole form of health care used by over 30 percent of patients with a mental disorder accessing the health care system."    Clearly, primary care is becoming a trusted and accessible avenue for receiving mental health services; that's why many primary care facilities are now integrating mental health practitioners into the mix.  


How does it work?   First a primary care office retains select mental health practitioners to work on-site.   As a physician meets with patients, he or she can then refer patients to the in-house therapists as appropriate.   


The benefits are numerous.   Clients enjoy one-stop access to primary care and mental health care, meeting more of their needs with less commute time.  Clinicians increase their ability to communicate fluidly between providers.   Some practices feature brief, solution-focused counseling sessions as spontaneous follow-ups to medical visits; others practices schedule full therapy sessions for patients who would benefit from this service.  


In keeping with this trend, CCCG therapists are successfully embedded into a number of metro area primary care practices and health clinics including Grady HIV/AIDS clinic, the Lindbergh Women and Children's Center, HEAL community health center, and
Grady's North Dekalb Health Center. 



  A Day of Giving
It seems ironic to call this a day of giving back from a group of people who give back as a vocation - Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) residents, interns and Chaplains spent a day at the Food Bank of Greater Atlanta volunteering for the community.  CCCG and St. Luke's CPE training programs participated in creating a stronger community and working in the food pantry, school supply area and the community garden.  We call this nourishment for the soul.


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In order to deliver culturally competent mental health care, we must take into account both culture and language. Interpreters play a key role in delivering culturally competent services, yet most interpreters are classically trained to facilitate medical care delivery, which is very

different than facilitating mental health care delivery. Recognizing the need for specialized training for interpreting in a mental health care setting, CCCG and Culture Connect have partnered to develop such a program. The trainings empower interpreters to extend their skills into the area of mental health interpreting.


Angela Mendez, a bilingual CCCG therapist and licensed professional counselor, worked closely with Culture Connect on this project and looks forward to expanding services provided by CCCG to the immigrant and refugee community. To learn more about the project or about the services provided to the immigrant and refugee community, please contact Angela Mendez at 404-636-1457 ext 438

or If you would like more about Culture Connect, you may reach them at404-292-8457 x102 or




We had a fabulous team of runners who ignored the rain and ran the race! And with their hard work we raised 98% towards our goal of $2,000.  You can still help us get past that final hurdle by donating here


Thank you to Team CCCG Runs The Peachtree 2015!  Thank you for giving your all and helping to create a healthier community by raising critical funds for CCCG!




 CCCG cannot do this work without YOUR support.   


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Question: Can you change a life for the better? 


Answer: Absolutely!  For as little as $10 a month, you can make a difference.  Donate now to provide counseling for children, teens, and adults.  Your help provides support for families and individuals in times of need regardless of ability to pay.

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 Make a donation in honor of a friend or family member and we'll send them a card acknowledging your thoughtfulness.  


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:

Free Weekly Grief Support Group
at Oak Grove UMC - 
 A group for individuals who have experienced loss and are looking for a community of support. Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Contact Stephanie Foxman at or 404.636.1457 x 421.

Free Monthly Grief Support Group - This group meets the first Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the CCCG offices on Clairmont Road in Decatur.  The group is free due to the generosity of A.S. Turner and Sons Funeral Home in Decatur.  Please contact Lanta Cooper Carroll at or 404.636.1457 x 580. 

Clases para el manejo de ira en ESPAÑOL  el segundo sábado de cada mes de 9:00 AM a 5:30 PM. Estas clases cumplen con los requisitos establecidos por la corte para aquellos que así lo necesiten. $250 (incluye la evaluación personalizada, 8 horas contacto de clases, carta de participación y certificado.) Para más información se puede comunicar con Luis R. Alvarez, Terapeuta Asociado, al (404)636-1457, ext. 429 o al correo electrónico .

New series of DBT Mindfulness Groups - Starting in August with Becky Anne. 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.


Premarital Workshop - At The Cathedral of St. Philip (Atlanta) with Doyle Hamilton - upcoming dates include August 8th, September 12th,  and at Second Ponce Baptist on October 17th, November 21st & December 5th, 2015. $150 per couple. 
For more information contact Doyle at
Click here for a complete listing of all CCCG groups and workshops.









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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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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, gender identity and ethnic background.  CCCG works with the community to raise funds which allow us to make 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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