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Delaware Guidance Services Awarded Top Workplaces Honor

WILMINGTON, DE - Monday, August 18, 2014 - Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of The News Journal Top Workplaces in Delaware.

The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. Over the past year, more than 5,000 organizations and 1 in every 88 employees in the U.S. have turned to WorkplaceDynamics to better understand what's on the minds of their employees.

"The dedication and professionalism of our employees is what makes Delaware Guidance standout as an exceptional not-for-profit agency in Delaware." explains Executive Director, Bruce Kelsey. "They have a unique understanding of our mission and a commitment to serve our clients with integrity, compassion and excellence."

Delaware Guidance Services (DGS) has served Delaware's families for over 60 years, and is the largest provider of non-residential mental health services for children and youth in the state, serving 18,000 children and their families each year. Our mission is to provide quality mental health services to children, youth and their families. We believe that all children have a right to good mental health and should have access to quality therapeutic care, regardless of their ability to pay.

Comprised of child psychiatrists and psychologists, clinical social workers, master's level therapists and advanced nurse practitioners, our clinical staff and critical support staff maintains the highest standards of professional conduct and is well-known for keeping abreast of emerging new theories and practices.

As one of the first ten outpatient mental health agencies in the country to be accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) back in 1976, DGS has remained in full compliance ever since. DGS is a provider for Delaware's Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services and is a Partner Agency of the United Way of Delaware.

The News Journal published the complete list of Top Workplaces on August 17th. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, please visit www.topworkplaces.com and www.workplacedynamics.com. For more information about our programs and employment opportunities at Delaware Guidance services please visit www.delawareguidance.org.

DGS 2014 Annual Fund Drive

Please consider a contribution to the 2014 Annual Fund Drive which is now underway. Your support will help a struggling child.

DGS is dedicated to providing assistance to children at crucial moments in their lives and we’re committed to those with few financial resources.

Through our continuum of mental health programs and services we helped more than 18,000 children in 2013 which is a 20% increase over the previous year. It is also important to note that 85% of our clients are Medicaid dependent with annual household incomes under $30,000 per year.

Right now, there are approximately 25,000 children in Delaware in need of mental health services. That’s why we’re asking for your help.

Your gift will matter. Whether you give $5 or $500, 100% of your donation will go toward helping Delaware’s children.

Think about today’s children. They are tomorrow’s leaders, professionals, parents, workers, etc. If we want our children to meet their potential and become strong, positive, adaptable, and contributing members of our society, then we must accept the fact that investing in them is just as necessary as investing in our own savings plans.

Please help today’s children make their journey. We’ll all realize a brighter future. Thank you in advance for your support.

Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

Delaware Guidance Services is pleased to be a partner and beneficiary of the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community 5K, which will take place on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at Bellevue State Park in Wilmington. Mark your calendar!

It’s Time to Get Your Teams Registered!

Join the DGS Health Initiative and pull together your friends, families, and colleagues to walk on a Team benefitting DGS in the Highmark Walk.

100% of all donations or sponsorships will come directly to DGS to help support critical mental health services for children in Delaware.

Walk with Your Dog!

Dog WalkFor those who want to walk with their best Canine Friend, DGS is the team to support! All dogs accompanying a DGS walker will receive a doggie bandanna with this logo imprint. In addition, fresh water and gourmet doggie treats will be provided. (Please note that all dogs must be on a leash and don’t forget to bring baggies to clean up after Spot!)

There is no official registration fee, but anyone who gets a donation of at least $25 will receive an official Highmark Walk for a healthy Community T-Shirt.

In addition, all preregistered walkers who have registered by August 22 will receive an official DHS Team Bandanna.

Highmark Walk for a Healthy CommunityFor questions or problems registering, contact Christy Pennington at
(302) 652-3948, ext. 1130 or email: cpennington@delawareguidance.org.

Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community is presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, who underwrites the cost of the walk so that 100 percent of the money raised by walkers supports the participating organizations. DGS is one of 17 organizations participating in the Highmark Walk for a Health Community.

Dr. Saleem Khan Retires from DGS

Dr. Saleem Khan who, as Chief of Psychiatry, has been an integral part Delaware Guidance Services for the last thirty-two years will retire at the end of this month.

“Saleem will be hard to replace, considering his many talents,” said DGS Executive Director Bruce Kelsey. I know I speak on behalf of everyone at DGS when I express heartfelt gratitude to Saleem for his dedicated service on behalf of DGS and for always being available for our clients.”

During his tenure at DGS, Dr. Khan helped thousands of Delaware’s children and adolescents. His hard work, dedication, and commitment are worthy of admiration and he will be greatly missed.

“For the last thirty-two years Delaware Guidance has been a very important part of my life,” said Dr. Khan. “I came to Delaware Guidance every day with desire to help others and left with a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment. I am so pleased that every day at Delaware Guidance, I was able to make a positive difference in the lives of Delawareans who needed help,” he concluded.

Here are some photos from his recent retirement party.

Painting from Friends School
Dr. Saleem Khan
Kent for Kids
DGS Executive Director Bruce Kelsey and Dr. Kahn

Painting from Friends School
DGS Psychiatrist Dr. Anita Amurao and Dr. Khan
Kent for Kids
DGS Psychiatrist Dr. Tasneem Ali, Dr. Khan & his wife Sabira Khan


Arsht-Cannon Fund Supports Bilingual Therapy

Thanks to generous grants from the Arsht-Cannon Fund, the DGS PCIT team in Sussex County is engaging some of the areaís underserved Hispanic families in a special kind of therapy.

The therapy is PCITóan empirically-supported treatment developed by Dr. Sheila Eyberg for conduct-disordered young children that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns.

One mother served by the program said that when she finally found DGS she felt like she could breathe and was being helped for the first time. Previously distressed by her sonís behavior, she faced not only language barriers, but transportation barriers and waiting lists as well, before she found help at DGS. As a client at DGS she was relieved to find immediate and consistent help from a therapist who spoke her language. In addition, she was amazed at the results when using PCIT techniques with her son.

It was a 2012 Arsht-Cannon Fund grant that allowed DGS to hire Ariadna Aguero as a bilingual behavioral specialist to work in the PCIT program in Seaford. Cori Meek, LPCMH, clinical coordinator; Cristina Machin, LPCMH, bilingual therapist and outpatient therapist; Steve Kastner, LPCMH, therapist; and Lindsay Fitzgerald, BA, behavior specialist are also key members of the DGS PCIT team in Seaford.

Dr. Christine Cannonís enduring commitment to the Hispanic population in Delaware brought a second year of funding to support the PCIT program in 2013.

DGS is grateful for the partnership and generosity of Dr. Christine Cannon and the Arsht-Cannon Fund.
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From Left to Right

Cristina Machin
Ariadna Aquero
Cori Meek
Dr. Christine Cannon

Thank You Dogfish Head!

DGS is grateful to Dogfish Brewery in Milton, DE. We are thankful for all that was done to make our Craft Brew Fest fundraiser on Friday, May 2, a great success!
Brewery TourBrewery tour
Campbell Family Campbell Family
GS Board, staff, and senior leadership
GS Board, staff, and
senior leadership

Kent for Kids
Karen Allen Campbell, winner of the wheel barrow of beer, and Garth Allen Campbell

Kent for Kids
DGS staff members Kym Alvarado and Elizabeth Myers
Byron  Deese, winner of the Photo Opp with  DogFish Head Founder
Byron Deese, winner of the Photo Opp with DogFish Head Founder (left); Rick Hauge, DGS CFO; and Lyndon Yearick


GoodShop and GoodSearch – Two Easy Ways
to Support DGS Online!

If you're shopping online, please start at GoodShop. You'll find more than 2,500 stores and more than 100,000 coupons. By designating DGS, this shopping portal will donate a percentage of almost every purchase to the organization! GoodSearch works in much the same way. This Yahoo!-powered search engine donates about a penny per search to your cause. You use it exactly as you would any other search engine, but with each search, a donation is made! Don't forget to designate DGS!
Privacy Policy

Delaware Guidance Services for Children & Youth, Inc. (DGS) is committed to protecting the privacy of its on-line guests. The DGS website was developed to provide information regarding our programs and services as well as our fundraising activities and employment opportunities. Personal information collected will be used only by DGS for the purposes outlined and will not be shared with outside organizations. DGS is not responsible for personal information collected from organizations with links to our site. It is the responsibility of the user to review the privacy policies of such organizations.

Credit card donations made on-line to DGS are tax deductible and therefore not refundable.
Privacy Policy

Delaware Guidance Services for Children & Youth, Inc. (DGS) is committed to protecting the privacy of its on-line guests. The DGS website was developed to provide information regarding our programs and services as well as our fundraising activities and employment opportunities. Personal information collected will be used only by DGS for the purposes outlined and will not be shared with outside organizations. DGS is not responsible for personal information collected from organizations with links to our site. It is the responsibility of the user to review the privacy policies of such organizations.

Credit card donations made on-line to DGS are tax deductible and therefore not refundable.
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