Mental Health Educational Programs
As consultants, we respond to needs of businesses, churches and community agencies by presenting workshops and consultation designed to heal, inform and empower. Consultations may be brief or long-term and may involve crisis intervention and trauma debriefing, conflict resolution, training, and other organizational needs.
Consultation services are available to:
- Colleges and universities
- Clergy staff
- Congregations and spiritual communities
- Governmental agencies
- Professional organizations and associations
Beginning in 2017, the Samaritan Counseling Center staff facilitated the Brighter Futures MGM Planning Task Force. Additionally, there was representation from other non-profit organizations, churches, Montgomery Public Schools, the City of Montgomery, the Montgomery County Commission, and the Alabama Department of Mental Health. The focus of the Task Force was to provide parents with information and methods to address the challenges of raising children in today’s environment.
Several events were conducted by the Brighter Futures MGM Task Force:
- Parenting Expo, Saturday, April 21, 2018, Montgomery Metroplex—the expo had a featured speaker on Adverse Childhood Experiences, and breakout sessions on suicide awareness, bullying, domestic violence, social media, and the difficult child. There were several exhibits from non-profit social service agencies which work with parents.
- Highland Gardens Parents’ Night Out, Monday, October 15, 2018—An evening program which included breakout sessions for parents while children were entertained.
- Carver High School Westside Family Fun Day—A Party with a Purpose, March 9, 2019—general sessions speakers were Mayor Todd Strange, County Commission President Elton Dean, Chamber of Commerce President Willie Durham, District Court judge Monet Gaines, and Circuit Court judge J. R. Gaines. Breakout sessions addressed bullying, suicide awareness, “grand” parenting, domestic violence, the strong-willed child, and GEAR Up Alabama.
Videos—in an effort to reach broader audiences, the Task Force then turned to producing videos which were circulated to the community through Task Force members’ websites, social media and constituent e-newsletters. The topics included Bullying, Suicide Awareness, Raising Children in the Age of Social Media, and Minority Mental Illness. Please see links below to view the videos:
Minority Mental Health Awareness
Children in the Age of Social Media
Memory Care in Alabama
Memory care facilities provide those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia with care that is tailored to their unique needs. Memory care can take place in its own facility or as part of a designated wing of another residential care community. Staff members of memory care units or facilities undergo specialized training in caring for those with memory impairment, and the facilities often coordinate social activities and schedules specifically for the needs of those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
For more information on Memory Care facilities in Alabama, click here.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)—www.NAMIAlabama.org—334-396-4797
Mental Health America—Montgomery—www.mha-montgomery.org
Alabama Department of Mental Health—https://mh.alabama.gov