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Jul
24

Southwest Community Services Make Fundraising Fun

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Local Community Services Center Holds their First Eye 4 Style Fundraiser

Sandy Sorrentino-Bookhout, SCS Director of Development, and Anda Jines MS LCPC, at Eye 4 Style Fundraiser

Sandy Sorrentino-Bookhout, SCS Director of Development, and Anda Jines MS LCPC, at Eye 4 Style Fundraiser

I spent an enjoyable evening last night, with the folks from Southwest Community Services (SCS), of Tinley Park.  The fundraiser, called “Ladies Night Out,” was held at Eye 4 Style in Burr Ridge, which was packed with jewelry, handbags and accessories of various sorts.  It was fun, and it was great to know that all our purchases helped support the important services that SCS offers.  If you are a nonprofit looking for fundraising ideas, you might want to consider Eye 4 Style.

The Cause

Southwest Community Services offers vocational rehabilitation training for adults with developmental disabilities, psychological serices and employment skills training for adults, as well as individualized occupational, speech and physical therapy/rehabilitation services for children and adults.

As you can imagine, with so many programs and services, and with the recent cuts in funding, they could use volunteers to get involved and help out, even if it’s just for a couple of hours per week.  To volunteer, please call Marcia Kennedy at 708-429-1260.

Thank You

SCS accepts Medicaid, which I do not.  So I occasionally send referrals their way.  I’m thankful to have a great group of caring people nearby, who offer such a variety of services.

I want to say thank you to everyone involved at Southwest Community Services.  You are very important members of the Tinley Park Community.  And thank you to Sandy Sorrentino-Bookhout for inviting me to this event.

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Jun
18

Lack of Specialists in Geropsychology

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Workshop on Helping Older Adults

Anda Jines MS LCPC and Lynda Behrendt PsyD, IPA Director of Professional Affairs and coordinator of the recent series of workshops on geropsychology

Anda Jines MS LCPC and Lynda Behrendt PsyD, IPA Director of Professional Affairs and coordinator of the recent series of workshops on geropsychology

I once more had the pleasure of attending a workshop on geropsychology (psychology of aging) in downtown Chicago.  This was the last of six workshops aimed at training psychologists and counselors like me to effectively help older adults.

Mental Health Medications for Seniors

This time we focused on the very important issue of psychopharmacology with the older adult population.  In other words, we got information about the use of mental health medications for seniors.  As complicated as medication issues can be for the general population; drug interactions, changing metabolism, memory problems, sleep problems, pain, and age related illnesses can make it even more complicated for older adults.

We also discussed delirium, dementia, and psychological (rather than medication) approaches to helping individuals who face these issues;  We discussed Medicare rules, as well as stereotyping of older adults.

Lack of Specialists in Geropsychology

Through the course of these six workshops, one point was made over and over again.  There is a lack of specialists in geropsychology!  Most young psychologists and counselors entering the field are simply not interested in it.  Therefore there are few graduate programs which offer it as a specialty.  Those of us who are interested in helping older adults therefore need to seek out training opportunities like this series of workshops, or seek out the few post graduate training programs available.

This has become a great concern, especially because the baby boomers, who make up about a third of our population, are entering their senior years.  Not only that, but people are living longer than ever before.  For example, the average life expectancy in 1900 was 47 years.  Today it is approximately 77 years in the US.  Big difference! Additionally, today’s young seniors are much more familiar with and receptive to psychological services.

Currently there are various efforts in the psychological community, to prepare us for the increased demand for older adult services.  That is why this workshop series was organized.

The Basics of Geropsychology

Counselors can be effective with most older adults even without specialized training.  But to ensure quality care, it is important for therapists to be familiar with the following areas of information:

  • Adult Development and the Aging Process
  • Neuropsychological Considerations in Geriatric Mental Health
  • The Aging Body
  • Assessment of Older Adults
  • Promoting Self Care Behavior in Older Adults
  • Community Resources for Older Adults
  • Home, Residential and Office Based Practice Models for Working with Older Adults
  • Ethical and Legal Issues Related to Providing Services to Older Adults (e.g.:  health care agents, powers of attorney, guardianship, incapacity)
  • Dementia and Delirium
  • Substance Abuse and Dependence in Later Life
  • Mental Disorders in Later Life
  • Psychotherapy Issues and Interventions with Older Adults
  • Billing and Medicare
  • Loss and Grief
  • Caregiving
  • Psychopharmacology for Older Adults
  • Stereotyping and Cultural Issues

These are the areas that we covered in this six workshop series.  Clearly this is a lot of information, much of which overlaps with previous training that I have had.  Admittedly, there are some areas (of those listed above) that I do not consider myself an expert in.  However, I am now more aware of many factors related to counseling older adults.  And I know when to screen specific problems, and when to refer out for specific testing or treatment.

If you are an older adult, are concerned about an older adult, or if you are a caregiver; and you are in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, feel free to give me a call to set up an appointment or ask about services.  If I cannot help you personnaly, I will help you find someone who can.

Anda Jines MS LCPC offers mental health counseling services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, in Tinley Park (60477); near Oak Forest, Orland Park, Mokena, and Frankfort.

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Jun
11

Mental Health Statistics

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If you are struggling with mental health symptoms, you are not alone.  People used to feel that mental health issues were something to be kept a secret, often preventing them from seeking help.  But today mental health issues are seen more and more as part of one’s overall health and wellbeing.

As acknowledging mental health issues becomes less taboo, more people can feel free to get helpful, and sometimes life-changing treatment.  You don’t have to deal with things on your own.  Help is available.

Here is a short video with a few mental health statistics.

Anda Jines MS LCPC offers mental health counseling services in the southwest Chicago suburbs, in Tinley Park (60477); near Oak Forest, Orland Park, Mokena, and Frankfort.

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May
10

Problem Solving Therapy

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Once again I got hop on the train to downtown Chicago, for a workshop on psychotherapy with older adults.  This was the fifth in a series of six workshops I am attending on geropsychology.  This time, we discussed research findings about various approaches to psychotherapy, and how effective they are with seniors.  I would like to take a moment to tell you about just one of these approaches, called problem solving therapy.

Problem Solving Therapy

Erin Emery PhD, presenting at IPA Geropsychology Workshop on 5/8/09

Erin Emery PhD, Director of Geriatric & Rehabilitation Psychology at Rush University Medical Center, presenting at IPA Geropsychology Workshop on 5/8/09

We all make an effort to solve the problems we encounter in our lives.  But some people are more successful than others.  Psychologists studying problem solving have found that there are two factors affecting how likely you are to be a successful problem solver.

The first factor that determines success is your “problem orientation.”  In other words: whether or not you believe that you can succeed, what attitude you have, and how you feel about problem solving. Having a positive attitude about problem solving helps you to be an effective problem solver.  However, if you have struggled with problem solving in the past, you might feel pretty pessimistic about your abilities.  If this is the case, then problem solving with the help of a Chicago therapist can help you become more confident.

The second factor that determines success is your problem solving style.  There are three general styles:

  • Rational Problem Solving Style:  thought out, systematic, planful, and constructive (recommended)
  • Impulsive/Careless Style:  impulsive, hurried, and careless attempts at problem resolution (not recommended)
  • Avoidant Style:  procrastination, passivity, and over-dependence on others to solve your problems (not recommended)

Problem Solving Steps

In therapy, I would start by exploring your problem orientation (how you feel about problem solving), and discussing how you got to feel that way, and how that may be affecting you now. We may also discuss how to change your feelings.

Then we would start identifying a variety of problems that may need your attention, and specifically define one that you want to focus on first.

Next, we would brainstorm solutions to this problem, and weigh their pros and cons to help you decide which solution might work best for you.  We would plan how to implement this solution by creating a SMART action plan.  SMART stands for:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Timebound

Once you had implemented this plan, we would review how well it worked, and make adjustments as necessary.  Usually you would need to implement an action plan several times, and probably making adjustments each time, until you feel you have solved the problem.

Problem solving therapy typically lasts 8 to 16 sessions, unless of course you decide to address more than one significant problem.  This therapy has been shown to be effective with the general population as well as with older adults.

If you are interested in problem solving therapy in the Tinley Park area, or if you are concerned about the emotional health of a senior, please feel free to call me at 708-429-6999.

Anda Jines offers mental health counseling services in south Chicago, including Tinley Park (60477), Oak Forest, Orland Park, Mokena, and the surrounding area.

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