Marblehead Counseling Center presents . . .
Perspectives on Life -- A Monthly Educational Series
The Counseling Center is offering a monthly series of educational programs to benefit Marblehead, Swampscott and surrounding communities. See Press Release for more information. Each topic will be introduced in a short MHTV program, followed by a workshop. All workshops are provided free of charge. The topics have been selected to address the most common problems that people bring to us. To submit a question or idea, Contact Us. Details are below.
Perspectives on Life Series Schedule
Effective Couple's Counseling
|Elder Health and Care Giving
|Helping Elders Remain Independent
MHTV on-air schedule: Monday 9:00am, Wednesdays 7pm & Fridays 6pm
The Perspectives on Life program features Paul Crosby, LICSW, Bob Purdy, LMHC and a variety of experts in their field. The 30-minute programs air on on MHTV on Channel 10 on Comcast and Channel 28 on Verizon. Topics change monthly.
May -- Helping Elders Remain Independent
The Marblehead Counseling Center’s “Perspectives on Life” series presents “Helping Elders Remain Independent.” Join Bob Purdy, LMHC, a counseling center therapist and Linda Werbner, LICSW, a social worker for the Elder Service Plan of the North Shore’s PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly). Together, along with Billy Kerton, a PACE active member, discuss how to maximize the health and functioning levels of program enrollees to enable them to continue living in the community. Kerton shares his unique story of recovery and maintaining his independence and functioning within the community.
Werbner explains that the PACE program “provides a comprehensive range of preventive, primary, acute and long-term care services, while developing appropriate community-based alternatives to providing care in institutional settings, whenever possible.”
April -- Elder Health and Care Giving
The Marblehead Counseling Center’s “Perspectives on Life” series on MHTV presents “Elder Health and Care-Giving. Bob Purdy, LMHC hosts along with guest, Jaye Dallaire, RN., Community Liaison nurse for the VNA Care Network & Hospice. Purdy reports that elder care and family care givers face many challenges to ensure quality-of-life enhancements which include the emotional, physical and spiritual well being of patients and their families. Dallaire reports that the VNA Care Network & Hospice staff will work collaboratively with the patient’s primary care physician to assess and provide the best practices to ensure overall improvement and sustainability within the patient’s home.
Jaye Dallaire from the Visiting Nurses' Association, a non-profit organization, spoke on the efforts that organization is making to improve the health of our neighbors who may not have adequate health insurance. VNA Care Network, Inc. offers home health care, hospice and wellness services. Their closest office is in Danvers. For more information, contact them at 800-728-1862.
March -- Effective Couple's Communication
As a therapist I have been confronted with examples of how some people may believe that they marry for the wrong reasons, that sometimes there has been “too much water over the dam” – that is, their problems have persisted and become so complex that they can’t be resolved. Clearly there are a myriad of challenges to developing and maintaining a healthy and balanced relationship. After years of treating a wide variety of couples, I would agree that persistence and good communication are integral components of the coping strategies that couples require as they face challenges in their lives.
The Marblehead Counseling Center has planned a new episode of its’ MHTV “Perspectives on Life” series in March to examine “rules of engagement” for couples to help them develop effective couples communication. Paul Crosby, LICSW, executive director and Bob Purdy, LMHC will share and discuss their own unique experiences within couples counseling.
Perspectives on Life--Past Workshops
October--When alcohol becomes a problem
Roxcy Platte, LICSW interviews Paul Crosby, LICSW on the ways in which alcohol impacts the body, mind, and families.
September--Helping children cope with divorce & separation
Marie Ouellette, LICSW discusses the effects of divorce and separation on children, what stages their behavior may go through and ways to help them cope.
July/August Series--Understanding the brains and development of kids and teens
Vicki Staveacre interviews Paul Crosby on the development of the brain in children and the impact of alcohol and other drugs.
June Series--Maternal Burnout
Our author discussed the symptoms of burnout that so many mothers and parents go through.
April/May Series--The Challenges of Single Parenting & How to Cope
Being a single parent is a difficult job. Much of the time it means caring for children, making difficult decisions and running a household all by oneself." Knowing that you're not alone on this journey is vitally important. We all need people who will cheer us on and steer us in the right direction w hen we feel overwhelmed and alone," said Paul Crosby, Executive Director of the Counseling Center. “Raising children as a single parent is challenging, but it can be very rewarding as well.”
The Single Parenting seminar is one part of the Counseling Center's new educational program which every month spotlights one of the many challenges that people encounter during life. The program begins with an interview and discussion shown on MHTV featuring one or more experts on the topic presented. The show will repeat on MHTV throughout the month, followed by a public seminar at the Counseling Center at the end of each month.
March Series--Understanding & Resolving Depression
Are you beginning to wonder if it will ever stop snowing? Are you feeling down or depressed because winter seems to be going on so long? While everyone occasionally feels blue or sad, these feelings are usually fleeting and pass within a couple of days. However, when someone has a longer-term depression, it interferes with daily life, normal functioning, and causes pain for both the person and those who care about him or her.
The second program in the Marblehead Counseling Center’s series on MHTV, which premiered on March 8, focused on depression and how to deal with it. “Every year, over 10% of the American population suffers from depression and women are twice as likely to fall victim to depression as their male counterparts”, said Paul Crosby, Executive Director of the Counseling Center. “In this program, MCC counselor Heather Fine and I discuss what causes depression, when you should seek treatment and what resources are available.”
MCC therapists discussed the types of events that trigger depression and ways of successfully coping.
Questions about depression or ideas for future topics are very welcome. To submit a question or idea, Contact Us for email, address and phone number.
February Series--Veterans and Families Issues Workshop
Veterans and family members are affected by the common stress reactions that occur after a service member spends time in a war zone. Know what types of reactions to expect. These symptoms often have more to do with deployment to war than with the family. It takes time to readjust.
This workshop on February 28th included a discussion and sharing of the unique challenges which veterans and their families face. Goals for the workshop included beginning to discover the resources and tools necessary for healthy readjustment and reclamation.
For more information regarding counseling for veterans and their families, Contact Us.