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Fall 2014 Newsletter
Mark your calendars for Friday, March 6, 2015, for the annual DGS Champagne Gala. The evening's delicious New Orleans inspired cuisine will be paired with featured champagne cocktails. The event will be held 6:30 to 10:30 at Harry's Savoy Grill. More details and ticket information will be available after the first of the year.
The Share the Holiday Spirit 5K Run/Walk took place on Saturday, December 13, at Silver Lake Park in Dover, Delaware. It was a festive and fun morning for everyone and we are grateful for all the support we received.
Thank you to our sponsors for making this event a success! They are as follows:
George & Lynch
Downstate Delaware Striders and Riders
Dover Pulmonary, P.A.
Harry A. Lehman, III, M.D., P.A.
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
Delaware Eye Care Center, P.A.
Quinn Pediatric Dentistry, P.A.
Family Dental Associates
Orthodontics on Silver Lake, P.A.
Islamic Society of Delaware
Tarbiyah Islamic School of Delaware
Delaware Guidance Services is pleased to once again be a partner and beneficiary of the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community 5K, which will take place on Saturday, June 6, at Bellevue State Park. This year's walk will benefit 21 health and human service organizations.
Although the walk website for registrations won't be live until February 2, start pulling together your friends, families, and colleagues to walk on a team benefitting DGS. Just like last year, 100% of all donations or sponsorships will come directly to DGS to help support critical mental health services for children in Delaware. Also, once again, for those who want to walk with their best canine friend, DGS will be the team to support! More details on that are still to come.
Delaware Guidance Services has received a generous grant for a unique new program that holds great promise to tackle one Delaware's most urgent needs.
The significant need for mental health services and qualified mental health professionals in Delaware is well known. As a response to this, DGS developed the idea for an Advanced Clinical Training Program for mental health professionals. This program was recently launched thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Highmark Delaware Blueprints Program.
The DGS Advanced Clinical Training Program is a workforce development effort designed to train recent graduates of a master's level behavioral health program to become competent clinicians and obtain licensure.
"This is the only program of its kind in Delaware," noted Bruce Kelsey, DGS Executive Director. "It provides a unique opportunity for advanced training for mental health care professionals in our state while addressing the shortage of services by adding highly trained clinicians to the state's workforce," he continued.
The program provides salaried positions that are designed to assist clinicians in gaining practical experience while receiving both high quality clinical supervision and training. The program also provides the supervised hours necessary for the clinician to obtain licensure.
he effort got underway early this spring as DGS reached out to relevant graduate schools in the region to promote the new program and begin to recruit potential trainees. The response was excellent with more than 50 applicants for the six trainee positions available in the program's initial year.
Trainees in the program will carry a caseload of DGS clients that is approximately ¾ the size of a full-time clinician. Thus, a major part of the work done in the program will be providing clinical services to children, youth, and families in Delaware. The two-year program also includes a combination of individual supervision, group clinical supervision, and weekly training sessions for the trainees. The training sessions will cover and extend beyond the range of issues research has shown where new clinicians need further training. Examples include: suicide assessment and treatment, ethical considerations, family therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, therapeutic alliance, evidence-based therapies, etc.
The Advanced Clinical Training Program will undoubtedly be a milestone in the history of DGS, which spans more than 60 years, and an important step forward for Delaware's children and families.
Thanks to a recent $30,000 grant from the Potter Charity Trust Fund at the CenDel Foundation DGS clients in Kent County will be able to receive additional outpatient counseling services.
"We are grateful for the incredibly generous support of the Potter Charity Trust," said DGS Executive Director Bruce Kelsey. "Our missions dovetail nicely. DGS is one of the only organizations in the state safeguarding the mental health of children in the lower income demographic and the Potter Charity Trust was created to provide assistance to the poor in Kent County."
DGS was fortunate to be one of the nonprofit organizations in Kent County chosen to receive a grant from the Potter Trust. The funding will provide at least 1,110 therapy sessions and serve as many as 69 at-risk children and adolescents utilizing services in Kent County.
The CenDel Foundation, which is a fund of the Delaware Community Foundation, provides a lasting source of charitable funding to benefit Central Delaware. The foundation was established to provide a vehicle for charitable giving to the community and to work for the betterment of Central Delaware and its residents. The Potter Trust at CenDel was created in 1843 to carry out the wishes of Mr. Benjamin Potter to support the poor in Kent County as directed in his will.
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.
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Thanks to a $300 grant from The Mid-Del Charitable Foundation, Inc. clients of Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth, Inc. will be able to receive relief from some of the difficulties of their life circumstances.
The Mid-Del grant will help fund the Children's Emergency Needs Fund at DGS, which provides support to DGS clients who are in immediate need of necessities such as clothing, hygiene items, school supplies, gas cards, etc.
Emotional and mental health problems strike without regard for economic class, however the strain is acute for those with low incomes. DGS strives to provide quality mental health services for every child in Delaware, regardless of ability to pay.
"The purpose of the Children's Emergency Needs Fund is to be able to truly make a direct impact on the children and families in our care by helping to alleviate some of the difficulties of their life circumstances, which are often related to financial strain, and complicate their treatment," said Bruce Kelsey, DGS Executive Director.
"We are grateful for the support of the Mid-Del Charitable Foundation. They believe in our mission and their support will help remove barriers to treatment for our clients," Mr. Kelsey continued. "The need is great and the support of partners like Mid-Del is critical to our continued success in serving our community's needs."
DGS was one of more than 30 organizations to receive support from Mid-Del. The Foundation, developed to consolidate the charitable undertakings of The Delaware State Fair, Inc. and Harrington Raceway Inc., supports Delaware-based organizations and charitable, educational, and scientific endeavors which address the wide range of issues including: health and human services, the arts, agriculture, education, and the environment.
The staff at DGS recently gathered to celebrate the upcoming retirement of Howard Sims, FACHE. Currently Director of Compliance for DGS and a treasured colleague, Howard has served the organization for more than 25 years. We all wish Howard well as he retires at the end of this year.
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.