Stress Reduction Class

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Coming Soon – Stress Reduction Class

Lake Country Associates is proud to announce an upcoming Stress Reduction Class, taught by Diane Cerven, MA, LPCC.

Diane writes:  We all know that stress is becoming a chronic problem in most of our lives.  We have too much to do, too short of time to complete it in, and too many worries.  Our fast-paced and jam-packed lives are taking a toll on our mental and physical health.  Many of us are not prepared to deal with this stress, which can impact relationships with friends, significant others, and children.  Sometimes we just don’t have the ability or energy to appropriate deal with everything and everyone.

This is where the stress reduction class comes in.  During this 12 week class (1.5 hours per session), we explore the different causes of stress and we practice different coping skills to deal with and reduce stress.  Coping skills are ways that we can, either in our quiet times (yes those are important) or on the spot, address our stress, anger, and even sadness.

During the sessions you will learn about many different kinds of stress and the effects of that stress on your physical and mental health.  We’ll then rehearse skills to reduce that stress.  My goal for this group is that you will find several things that you like and can use in your day to day life to decrease your overall stress response.  Many stresses in life are a constant, like bills, taxes, and filling out paperwork, taking care of family and yourself, so with knowledge on how you can cope with these stresses you can come to a more peaceful place in your life.

How to Sign up for Stress Reduction Class

If you’re interested in participating in the stress reduction class, please call Lake Country Associates at 218-366-9229.  When we have enough interested parties, we will schedule a time that works for people and begin reducing the stress in our lives!

Stress Reduction Classes are facilitated by Diane Cerven, MA, LPCC.  Diane is a licensed professional clinical counselor with 11 years of experience providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults.

Child Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE)

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Want to learn effective ways to improve relationships with children in your life?

We are wired to learn within relationships! In this three-hour interactive session, participants who have contact with young children will explore CARE: Child Adult Relationship Enhancement. CARE uses the three P principles (Praise, Paraphrase, and Point-Out Behavior) to connect children with adults in their lives. CARE teaches effective positive commands and strategies to redirect problematic behaviors. CARE includes an evidenced-based education component to increase understanding of behaviors associated with trauma .

Please join us for this valuable training!

10/28/2016 9:00 a.m.-Noon, Northwest MN Foundation- Bemidji

Thrive Professional Education Series #1 – Child Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE)
Presenter: Jessica Croatt Niemi, MSW, LICSW IMH-E(IV)

Only $25, CEUs are being applied for.

Register on Eventbrite!

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LCA welcomes Ellie Anderson, MSW, LICSW

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Lake Country AssociatesEllie Anderson MSW LICSW welcomes Ellie Anderson, MSW, LISCW to it’s team of caring professionals. Ellie has been providing school-based, in-home and outpatient therapeutic services through Stellher Human Services for the past 14 years.  She looks forward to continuing her work with children, adolescents, adults and families.  Ellie’s specialties include working with trauma survivors, supporting parents, and providing therapy to people with anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, and adjustment issues.  Ellie starts with LCA on September 1st and is looking forward to continuing to serve the community out of our Park Rapids office.

 

Please join us in welcoming Ellie Anderson to the LCA team!

 

Read more about Ellie Anderson.

 

 

TXT4Life – Free, confidential crisis counseling.

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What is TXT4Life?

TXT4Life confidentially connects texters with counselors who are trained to respond to problems and crisis situations free of charge, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Counselors help texters get to an emotionally and physically safe place then direct them to community resources that can provide longer-term support.

text for life logoA person’s response to emotional and mental health difficulties is as unique as the person him or herself. When a person is moving toward, or has reached the point of crisis, it is time to reach out for help from crisis resource such as TXT4Life.

TXT4Life is a suicide prevention resource available in many counties in Minnesota. The TXT4Life program uses texting as a way for those in crisis or contemplating suicide to anonymously reach out and ask for free and confidential help.

How does it work?

When individuals text the word “LIFE” to 61222, they are connected with a trained counselor who can help them by listening, providing tools and resources, and helping them get to a safe place, both emotionally and physically.

For more information, visit www.TXT4Life.org.

LCA is looking for a Part-Time Mental Health Practitioner

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LCA’s Park Rapids office is seeking a qualified Mental Health Practitioner to provide services to adults with mental illness.  The Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) program serves adults in their home and community with the goal of helping them manage their mental illness, improve their lives, and avoid hospitalization.  Lake Country Associates is certified to provide ARMHS services in Hubbard, Becker, Cass and Wadena Counties.  The part-time Practitioner position is flexible and ideal for an experienced quasi-retired individual, as well as someone interested in working their way into a more full-time position helping others.peaceful stone

More Information

For more information about becoming a Mental Health Practitioner or about other jobs at LCA, click the following link:

https://lakecountryassociates.com/career-opportunities/

LCA Welcomes Jennifer Miller!

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You may encounter a new, yet familiar face the next time you visit LCA offices.  Jennifer Miller has joined the LCA Team!  Jennifer has been the primary support staff at Mental Health Services of Bemidji, Inc. for the past seven years, supporting Kristi Lind-Wheatley in providing medication management services to Park Rapids and the surrounding communities.  With Kristi taking a position at Essentia in Bagley and closing her office in Park Rapids, Jennifer is joining LCA and will be providing office support to the Park Rapids and Bemidji offices.  Prior to working at Mental Health Services, Jennifer worked at Upper Mississippi Mental Health Center in Park Rapids, where several LCA staff members had the opportunity to get to know Jennifer and appreciate her kindness and competence.

 

In addition to being a part of our support staff “Dream Team”, Jennifer will have the role of Care Coordinator and will be the primary contact for medical professionals from other agencies.  Our hope is that improving coordination with other professionals in the community will improve outcomes for the people we serve.

 

Please join us in offering a warm welcome to Jennifer Miller!

What is Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)?

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Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an innovative, evidence-based program provided out of our Bemidji office.  The program is designed to help families with children 2 to 7 years old who exhibit behavior problems that are beyond what is considered normal for their developmental age.  PCIT can help children with behavior problems, attention problems, and attachment problems.  These children are often described as defiant, un-controllable, overactive, attention-seeking, and/or extremely impulsive.  PCIT teaches parents how to improve discipline techniques and at the same time enhance the quality of the parent-child relationship.

Jessica Croatt Niemi, MSSW LICSW, IMH-E(IV) provides Parent Child Interaction Therapy out of our Bemidji office.  Families who want to enhance their relationship and learn how to set clear and consistent limits have found PCIT helpful.

More Information

To learn more about PCIT, watch this 90 second video.

Referrals for PCIT

To make a referral for PCIT, call our Bemidji office at 218-444-2233.

Also, see our Brochures and Referral Forms

LCA welcomes Katherine Meyers!

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LCA is proud to announce the addition of Katherine Meyers, MSSW, LGSW to our team of counseling professionals.  Katherine will be working out of the Bemidji office beginning on June 20th, coming to our Park Rapids office one day a week through this summer.  For the past year, Katherine has been providing mental health counseling to children Kindergarten and under in the Bemidji School District.  Prior to herKatM_small work in Bemidji, Katherine was in Wisconsin, working as a social worker and advocate for children, teens, women, and families.

In her position at Lake Country Associates, she will be providing the following services:

  • Developmental Diagnostic Assessments for children birth – 3 years
  • Diagnostic Assessments for children, teens and adults
  • Psychotherapy for children, teens, women and families with a range of needs including, but not limited to: school performance, social skills, anxiety (general and specific), depression, family conflict, and various traumas

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Katherine, call Lake Country Associates at 218-444-2233 (Bemidji) or 218-366-9229 (Park Rapids).

Know the Warning Signs of Mental Illness

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has identified warning signs for someone with a mental illness.

Here’s what NAMI had to say about it:

Trying to tell the difference between what expected behaviors are and what might be the signs of a mental illness isn’t always easy. There’s no easy test that can let someone know if there is mental illness or if actions and thoughts might be typical behaviors of a person or the result of a physical illness.

Warning Signs for Mental Illness in Adults

Each illness has its own symptoms, but common signs of mental illness in adults and adolescents can include the following:

  • Excessive worrying or fear
  • Feeling excessively sad or low
  • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
  • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
  • Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
  • Avoiding friends and social activities
  • Difficulties understanding or relating to other people
  • Changes in sleeping habits or feeling tired and low energy
  • Changes in eating habits such as increased hunger or lack of appetite
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Difficulty perceiving reality (delusions or hallucinations, in which a person experiences and senses things that don’t exist in objective reality)
  • Inability to perceive changes in one’s own feelings, behavior or personality (”lack of insight” or anosognosia)
  • Abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs
  • Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes (such as headaches, stomach aches, vague and ongoing “aches and pains”)
  • Thinking about suicide
  • Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress
  • An intense fear of weight gain or concern with appearance (mostly in adolescents)

Warning Signs for Mental Illness in Children

Mental health conditions can also begin to develop in young children. Because they’re still learning how to identify and talk about thoughts and emotions, their most obvious symptoms are behavioral. Symptoms in children may include the following:

  • Changes in school performance
  • Excessive worry or anxiety, for instance fighting to avoid bed or school
  • Hyperactive behavior
  • Frequent nightmares
  • Frequent disobedience or aggression
  • Frequent temper tantrums

Where to Get Help

Don’t be afraid to reach out if you or someone you know needs help. Learning all you can about mental health is an important first step.

See more information on mental illness at: https://www.nami.org or call Lake Country Associates.  To make a referral for services, please call us at 218-366-9229 or complete a referral form.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

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Data from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill about the prevalence and impact of Mental illness suggests it’s more common than people think.  May is mental health awareness month (for more information, see their website at NAMI.org):

Prevalence of Mental Illness

  • Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.
  • Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—10 million, or 4.2%—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
  • Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%.
  • 1.1% of adults in the U.S. live with schizophrenia.
  • 2.6% of adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder.
  • 6.9% of adults in the U.S.—16 million—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
  • 18.1% of adults in the U.S. experienced an anxiety disorder such as posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias.
  • Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, 50.5%—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness.

Social Stats

  • An estimated 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness and an estimated 46% live with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
  • Approximately 20% of state prisoners and 21% of local jail prisoners have “a recent history” of a mental health condition.
  • 70% of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition and at least 20% live with a serious mental illness.
  • Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year. Among adults with a serious mental illness, 62.9% received mental health services in the past year.
  • Just over half (50.6%) of children aged 8-15 received mental health services in the previous year.
  • African Americans and Hispanic Americans used mental health services at about one-half the rate of Caucasian Americans in the past year and Asian Americans at about one-third the rate.
  • Half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14; three-quarters by age 24. Despite effective treatment, there are long delays—sometimes decades—between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help.

Consequences of Lack of Treatment

  • Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.
  • Mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults aged 18–44.
  • Individuals living with serious mental illness face an increased risk of having chronic medical conditions. Adults in the U.S. living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than others, largely due to treatable medical conditions.
  • Over one-third (37%) of students with a mental health condition age 14­–21 and older who are served by special education drop out—the highest dropout rate of any disability group.
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., the 3rd leading cause of death for people aged 10–24 and the 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 15–24.
  • More than 90% of children who die by suicide have a mental health condition.
  • Each day an estimated 18-22 veterans die by suicide.

 

See citations and more information at: https://www.nami.org

 

Reducing Stigma

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NAMI suggests three easy steps to reducing stigma and becoming “Stigma Free”.

Step 1

Educate Yourself and Others

Everyone knows a little about mental health issues but knowing the facts about mental illness can help you educate others and reject stigmatizing stereotypes. They are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Understanding mental health isn’t only about being able to identify symptoms and having a name for these conditions but dispelling many false ideas about mental health conditions as well.

Step 2

See the Person and Not the Illness

1 in 5 Americans live with a mental health condition and each of them has their own story, path and journey that says more about them than their diagnosis. Whether you live with mental illness or are a friend, family member, caregiver or medical professional getting to know a person and treating them with kindness and empathy means far more than just knowing what they are going through.

Step 3

Take Action on Mental Health Issues

Our mental health care systems have been in crisis for far too long and often keep treatment and recovery out of the hands of many who need it. We can take action now as we push for better legislation and policies to improve lives for everyone. By lending your support you can show that this cause important to you and desperately needed for millions of Americans.

See more at: https://www.nami.org

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Park Rapids Office

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
    8:00 to 5:00
  • Wednesday
    8:00 to 7:00
  • Friday
    8:00 to 1:00

Bemidji Office

  • Monday – Friday
    8:00 to 5:00

Menahga Office

  • Open by appointment

LCA offices may be closed over the noon hour. 

Important Numbers

Park Rapids Office Phone:
218-366-9229

Bemidji Office Phone:
218-444-2233

Menahga Office Phone:
218-564-9229

LCA Fax Number (both offices):

218-237-2520

24-Hour Crisis Line:
800-422-0045

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