Awareness 2 Action
S2 E3: Kate Gordon on Community Support, Paying it Forward, and the 2021 College Softball World Series

S2 E3: Kate Gordon on Community Support, Paying it Forward, and the 2021 College Softball World Series

October 12, 2021

On this week’s episode, we’re talking with Kate Gordon about receiving community support, paying it forward, and her experience in the 2021 College Softball World Series. 

You might recognize Kate Gordon’s name from hearing it this summer when the James Madison University Women’s Softball Team excelled in their first-ever World Series Trip. The team captured the nation’s attention with their heart and talent, and Kate played an integral role in that success. Kate is now back in Harrisonburg, Virginia where she serves her community in a multitude of ways and works as a realtor & property manager with Old Dominion Realty.

Keep in Touch with Kate: https://kategordon.olddominionrealty.com/?oid=&chome=1&odoor

Check out PACA: https://www.pagecoalition.org

The views and opinions expressed on Awareness 2 Action are those of the guests and host and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Prevention Department or Northwestern Community Services.

 

S2 E2: Rodney and Tina Stevens-Culbreath on Celebrating Differences, The Power of Representation, and Living Life Forward

S2 E2: Rodney and Tina Stevens-Culbreath on Celebrating Differences, The Power of Representation, and Living Life Forward

September 28, 2021

On this week’s episode, we’re talking with Rodney Culbreath and Tina Stevens-Culbreath about the impact of celebrating differences, why representation matters, and what it means to utilize life experiences to inform work and service.

Tina and Rodney are co-founders of the I’m Just Me Movement, nonprofit organization based out of Winchester, Virginia. Tina is a trained Trauma Informed-Practitioner, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, & Forensic Peer Recovery Specialist Supervisor and serves as a Councilwoman on the Stephens City Town Council. Rodney is an activist and a Forensic Peer Recovery Specialist & Supervisor.

Mentioned Resources:

I’m Just Me Movement: https://www.imjustmemovement.org

National Day Calendar I’m Just Me Because Month: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/im-me-just-because-month-october/

Hurt People Hurt People by Sandra D. Wilson: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10845841-hurt-people-hurt-people

I’m Just Me Movement Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JUSTMEMOVEMENT/

I’m Just Me Movement Twitter: https://twitter.com/JUSTMEMOVEMENT

 

The views and opinions expressed on Awareness 2 Action are those of the guests and host and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Prevention Department or Northwestern Community Services.

S2 E1: Susan Betcher on Giving Back, Engaging Young People, and Leaving the World a Better Place

S2 E1: Susan Betcher on Giving Back, Engaging Young People, and Leaving the World a Better Place

September 14, 2021

On this week’s episode, we’re talking with Susan Betcher about giving back, engaging young people in service, and leaving the world a better place.

At 61, Susan has spent half of her life in the field of education, with her last eight years spent working for Laurel Ridge Community College as a Career Coach. Susan is always on the move and always searching for ways to serve her community. She’s involved in organizations including the Page Alliance for Community Action, and is currently working on projects including work in a community garden, family movie nights, free swim lessons, fun runs, and healthy youth activities.

Mentioned Resources:

Virginia Wizard: https://www.vawizard.org/wizard/home

Page Alliance for Community Action: https://www.pagecoalition.org

 

The views and opinions expressed on Awareness 2 Action are those of the guests and host and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Prevention Department or Northwestern Community Services.

 

BONUS: Season 1 Highlights!

BONUS: Season 1 Highlights!

July 13, 2021

We’re hard at work preparing for season two of Awareness2Action but we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to look back on season one. We hosted 12 incredible guests this season, and asked them all the same question: What does the process of awareness to action mean to you? Here are their inspiring and encouraging answers, all in one place. We hope you’ll listen in for a dose of motivation, and maybe think about what this question means for you!

 

The views and opinions expressed on Awareness 2 Action are those of the guests and host and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Prevention Department or Northwestern Community Services.

 

Yvonne Frazier on Collaboration and Creatively Addressing Community Needs

Yvonne Frazier on Collaboration and Creatively Addressing Community Needs

May 25, 2021

On this week’s episode, we’re talking with Yvonne Frazier about community partnerships, creating a vision, networking, and building a better future.

Yvonne Frazier is the Program Manager for Healthy Families of Shenandoah and Page Counties and founder of Community Care and Learning Center in New Market VA, Shenandoah County’s first non-profit childcare center. She has worked with family and children for more than 30 years, collaborating with other agencies and groups to creatively address community needs. Yvonne is a graduate of JMU’s Social Work program and a field supervisor for JMU students from several disciplines. In 2019, Yvonne received the Virginia Governor’s Award for Enhancing the Prosperity and Quality of Life in Rural Virginia. She and her husband have four adult children and the added joy of three grandchildren.  

Community Care & Learning Center: https://www.communitycarelearningcenter.com

The views and opinions expressed on Awareness 2 Action are those of the guests and host and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Prevention Department or Northwestern Community Services.

Dr. Somer George on Strengthening Relationships, Savoring Joy & Delight, and Engaging in Lifelong Learning

Dr. Somer George on Strengthening Relationships, Savoring Joy & Delight, and Engaging in Lifelong Learning

May 11, 2021

On this week’s episode, we’re talking with Dr. Somer George about strengthening and repairing relationships, savoring moments of joy and delight, and curiously engaging in lifelong learning.

Dr. Somer George is a licensed counselor who loves helping families become happier, healthier, and more connected with each other. She does this through providing assessment, training, and supervision at the Virginia Child and Family Attachment Center (VCFAC) and Secure Child Program in Charlottesville, VA. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling and Supervision at James Madison University and teaches part time in the Masters in Counseling Program at Eastern Mennonite University. She lives with her husband and two children on a hill overlooking the Shenandoah Valley, where she likes to take walks and read books on a wide-range of topics from child development to memoirs.

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Dr. Somer George can be contacted at somer@george.net

The Virginia Child and Family Attachment Center (VCFAC): https://attachmentclinic.org

Mentioned Resources:

The Power of Discord: https://www.claudiamgoldmd.com/the-power-of-discord/

Becoming Attached: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/547830.Becoming_Attached

Parenting from the Inside Out: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/288692/parenting-from-the-inside-out-by-daniel-j-siegel-md-and-mary-hartzell-med/

The Six Needs of Every Child: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48855880-the-6-needs-of-every-child

Attachment Theory in Action: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/attachment-theory-in-action-with-karen-doyle-buckwalter/id1305291387

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The views and opinions expressed on Awareness 2 Action are those of the guests and host and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Prevention Department or Northwestern Community Services.

 

Dr. Matt Pandel on Community Engagement, Finding your Passion, and Trauma Awareness

Dr. Matt Pandel on Community Engagement, Finding your Passion, and Trauma Awareness

April 27, 2021

On this week’s episode, we’re talking with Dr. Matt Pandel about the winding paths we take to reach work we love, community engagement, finding our interests, and becoming aware of trauma.

Dr. Matt Pandel began working with the Northwestern Community Services Board in December 2009 as a child/adolescent therapist.  Since that time he has created a much sought-after diagnostic and assessment monitoring program that provides regional youth-serving agencies with advanced clinical oversight of children with significant behavioral and psychological challenges.  Originally a teacher and minister, Dr. Pandel continued his education, earning a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling Psychology.  In addition to his work with the CSB, he operates a consulting practice and has served as a clinical professor of psychology at several institutions. 

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Upcoming Virtual ACES Trainings:

April 28, 2021: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpcOuppzgsE9Op4w-bY6vyLmu0URFaOur-

May 5, 2021: https://hopestarter-racsb.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtdOqrrjwpE9KaaUXZH5ykMR8SY1N8S8ao

May 26, 2021: https://hopestarter-racsb.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlc-GoqDsvEtRGQkGwg5ki6V5Gb8kj1zlo

 

A Career Interest Inventory: https://careerwise.minnstate.edu/careers/clusterSurvey

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The views and opinions expressed on Awareness 2 Action are those of the guests and host and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Prevention Department or Northwestern Community Services.

 

Angie Burleson on Sharing our Stories, Overcoming Shame, and Creating Change at Every Level

Angie Burleson on Sharing our Stories, Overcoming Shame, and Creating Change at Every Level

April 13, 2021

On this week’s episode, we’re sitting down with Angie Burleson to discuss the importance of sharing our stories, the power of overcoming shame, and our ability to create change at every level.

Angie Burleson, APP, CHt, is a Community Development Specialist and Polarity Therapist committed to changing the conversation surrounding substance use and mental health by empowering individuals and connecting communities to become recovery ready through a trauma informed lens. Angie’s own struggle with addiction, family experiences, and education gives her a multi-faceted and unique perspective which has inspired her to lobby for public health focused addiction policy, expand peer support, advocate for parents, those in active addiction and recovery alike, and organize educational events.

Angie is Founder of Arizona Recovers, a recovery community organization, which provides harm reduction based peer support, community, and prevention and also Project Director of AZ Adverse Childhood Experiences Consortium. 

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Arizona Recovers: https://arizonarecovers.org

Sesame Street in Communities: https://sesamestreetincommunities.org

Big Bird’s Comfy Cozy Nest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciGL9fCa8uk

Center on Addiction/Partnership to End Addiction: https://drugfree.org

Center for Motivation & Change: https://motivationandchange.com/online-and-in-print-resources/

SAMHSA: https://www.samhsa.gov

PAL Support Groups: https://palgroup.org

Faces and Voices of Recovery Map: https://facesandvoicesofrecovery.org

Recovery Advocacy Project: https://www.recoveryvoices.com

 

Unbroken Brain by Maia Szalavitz

Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari

I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am Enough" by Brene Brown

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The views and opinions expressed on Awareness 2 Action are those of the guests and host and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Prevention Department or Northwestern Community Services.

 

 

Kym Laube on Resilience, Community Parenting, and Using the Tools We Have to Create Change

Kym Laube on Resilience, Community Parenting, and Using the Tools We Have to Create Change

March 23, 2021

On this week’s episode, we’re sitting down with Kym Laube to discuss resilience, listening to your inner voice, community parenting, and starting small to create big change.

Kym Laube is the Executive Director of Human Understanding Growth Services, Inc., HUGS, Inc., located in Westhampton Beach, NY. In this position she brings over 30 years of substance use prevention knowledge and expertise, leading the organization to provide a full array of multidimensional prevention services. Kym is a national trainer and speaker, working with notable leaders in prevention including CADCA.

Having participated in the HUGS, Inc. Teen Institute program in 1986 as a high school student, Kym understands firsthand, the profound impact, lifelong influence and leadership skills the Teen Institute program provides to young people. From student leader to Executive Director in 2002, Kym’s mission has been to empower others to seek their full potential and become agents of change in the world. Kym offers dynamic, passionate and interactive keynotes, trainings and workshops for large and small groups with an uncanny ability to talk with and not at people.  In 2019, Kym presented to over 25,000 individuals, young and old across our great country.

HUGS Inc.: http://hugsinc.org  &

 https://www.facebook.com/hugsinc.whb/posts/hugs-incs-executive-director-kym-laube-was-given-the-opportunity-to-speak-during/10156662755989394/

Long Island Addiction Resource Center: http://longislandaddictionresourcecenter.org/about-us/

NY Times Marathon Piece: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/07/opinion/pandemic-wall-fitness-running.html

Wash the dishes not because it is dirty nor because you are told to wash it, but because you love the person who will use it next.   – Mother Teresa

 

The views and opinions expressed on Awareness 2 Action are those of the guests and host and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Prevention Department or Northwestern Community Services.

 

Jimeca Iyomere on Recovery, Embracing Support, and the Role of Hope in Healing

Jimeca Iyomere on Recovery, Embracing Support, and the Role of Hope in Healing

March 9, 2021

In this episode, Jimeca Iyomere shares her story of recovery, and reflects on the concept of finding purpose in pain. We talk about accepting support and resources, the role of hope in recovery, and what community members can do to support individuals living with mental illness and substance use disorders.

Jimeca is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and Forensic Peer Support Specialist with Northwestern’s Substance Use Disorder Peer Program. Jimeca has lived experience with recovering from what she describes as debilitating mental illness and drug and alcohol addiction. Jimeca’s roles include work with individual community members and the intensive outpatient therapy groups of Northwestern’s drug court program. Jimeca also offers the peer perspective portion of Northwestern’s Crisis Intervention Training, sharing her story of recovery with the local law enforcement and clinicians who participate. Jimeca’s training and certifications include Peer Recovery Specialist training and state certification, Forensic Peer Support Specialist training, Forensic Peer Support Specialist Supervisor certification, Digital Peer Support training, Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid training, Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor training, and Virginia Family Network’s Advanced Parent Leadership training. Jimeca is also a Certified NAMI Connections Support Group facilitator.

**Episode Correction: It is the National Council for Behavioral Health that oversees the implementation of Mental Health First Aid nationally, not Mental Health America. 

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Northwestern Community Services: http://www.nwcsb.com

NWCSB Peer Recovery Specialists: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COeIOKHIZvw&feature=youtu.be

Mental Health First Aid: https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org

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The views and opinions expressed on Awareness 2 Action are those of the guests and host and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Prevention Department or Northwestern Community Services.

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