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Wellspring Center for Prevention Is Hiring a Clinician I

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Wellspring Center for Prevention is seeking resumes for a Part time Clinician I. To apply, please send cover letter and resume via email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax to 732-254-4224. Deadline for submission is Thursday, November 15 at 5pm. Thank you! Position Title: Clinician I- Part time Schedule: 10 months, 20 hours per week Reports To : Program Director/Clinical Supervisor General Summary: The Clinician I delivers primary counseling services , facilitates psycho-educational group sessions; provides information and referral services, and carries out special projects as assigned. This clinician position will be primarily providing services to a middle school population; These services include individual mental health, healthy youth development and group counseling as well as providing supportive services and psychoeducational programming within the school setting. This person will be employed 10 months per year, September through June. Essential Job Functions: Delivers primary short term individual, group, and family counseling services Prepares and...
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AUG
09
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Pathways Freshman Transition Program Successfully Implemented

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By Jelysa Hernandez, Clinician I The first-ever Pathways Freshman Transition Program was definitely a hit! The program consisted of 32 incoming CHS freshman and 10 mentors. Our mentors were chosen based on their attitude, positive behavior, and willingness to help others. These mentors will assist the freshman as needed during the school year and create a sense of encouragement. All campers participated team building activities including human knot, Coke and Pepsi, and hit the deck. They also enjoyed playing sports together during the week. On Tuesday, all campers went to the NJ State Theatre to see the movie Wonder . Students were able to learn the effects of bullying and understand the importance of kind gestures towards others. Everyone participated in a communication workshop led by Jelysa Hernandez to highlight how unclear communication can lead to confusing interpretations, emphasize the need for clarity when communicating, and understand the various types...
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AUG
02
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Pathways Summer Camp Newsletter - Final Week Highlights

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By Jelysa Hernandez, Clinician I Time sure does fly! As camp comes to an end, all campers are reminded that these bonds created are meant to last for years to come. Everyone has learned to appreciate and value each other’s differences. This week, everyone participated in ‘Color Wars’, our version of field day. It was awesome to see how much fun each team had and the way each team worked together. ‘Team Rampage’ has won the most points through positive leadership and teamwork! Great job! On Tuesday, all campers went to Six Flags. This trip is always the highlight of camp! On our last day, all campers participated in commencement activities, including warm fuzzies and received ‘Paper Plate Awards’. These awards highlight positive qualities of our campers and are presented on a paper plate. To see pictures from our last day of camp, follow our Instagram page at @Pathwayssbys It...
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JUL
20
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Pathways Summer Camp Newsletter - Week 2 Highlights

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By Jelysa Hernandez, Clinician I As the second week of camp comes to an end, it is safe to say that bonds are being created on a daily basis. Here are some highlighted activities from our second week: Participants played a team building activity called human knot in which all individuals link up their arms and have to work to free themselves and create a circle. Gina and Jenna from Wellspring Center for Prevention presented a workshop with valuable information on nutrition and mood. Everyone was given a list of foods that positively contribute to mood as well as a food journal for accountability. Tuesday was movie day! Everyone had the choice of seeing either Skyscraper, The Incredibles 2, or Ant Man and the Wasp . Counselors were split accordingly. Hit the Deck was a huge hit! All participants are given directions and have to follow closely with a teammate......
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JUL
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Pathways Summer Camp Newsletter - Week 1 Highlights

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By Jelysa Hernandez, Clinician I Every summer, Pathways holds a summer camp for 47 current Carteret high schoolers as well as incoming 9th graders. Camp counselors and campers alike spend Monday-Thursday together from 9:30-2:30, and on Fridays students involved in the Central Jersey Arts Council (CJAC) Arts program volunteer at Carteret Park. Lunch is held daily from 12-1pm and is a bonding experience in itself! The goal of camp is to create bonds that will follow all students throughout their high school journey. In order to develop these bonds, students engage in various team building activities and learn how to embrace each other’s differences. Below are highlighted activities from our first week: All together is a team building game in which participants have to find a way to get up from the floor “all together” with locked arms. Kids ultimately had to work on coordinating how to effectively get up...
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JUN
05
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Feeding Students' Minds & Bodies

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By Jeanne Neuwirth, LCSW, Clinician and Club Advisor Pathways’ Breakfast Club celebrated a great year with a fruit smoothie party this past week! This group of students meets once per week before school to have breakfast and share dynamic discussions on relationships, body image, stress, coping skills, nutrition, and more. This year, the group consisted of about 12-15 girls who engaged in therapeutic activities to accompany each topic, and they really got into these creative projects: Gratitude journals: the girls elaborately decorated plain journals to take home and write things for which they are grateful each day, and the power of an attitude of gratitude was discussed. Glitter relaxation jars: made as a relaxation tool, to accompany a lesson about coping with anxiety. Kindness/peace rocks: we painted rocks and wrote kind messages on them, to keep or give to others, and girls reflected on the power of kind words. Vision...
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MAY
22
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Breaking the Silence

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By Anna Pepe, Clinical Supervisor - Pathways On April 27th, Pathways Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) at Carteret High School participated in GLSEN’s Day of Silence. Over eighty students participated by taking a vow of silence to show their support for the LGBTQ community and to raise awareness of the silencing effects of harassment and bullying of LGBTQ youth. The goal of this event is to bring attention to those that have been forced into silence due to bullying and harassment. Students shared that this event led to visibility of the issue in their classes throughout the day. All participants wore a yellow badge for the day on which they noted their reason for participation. Here are some examples of what students indicated as reasons for their participation in the Day of Silence: “As a part of the LGBT+ community, I feel that bringing awareness to the harassment faced by...
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APR
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Pathways is Recipient of 2018 Ambassador Award

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On Thursday, April 19, 2018, the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health Stigma presented 10 Ambassador Awards to “School Based Professionals” whose work best exemplifies how they encourage understanding and acceptance of adults and children whose lives are affected by mental illness. Pathways, Wellspring Prevention’s Carteret School-Based Youth Services program was one of the awardees. Lauren Balkan, Program Director, accepted the award on behalf of Pathways. Carteret High School principal David Salvatore who nominated the Pathways program and Ezra Helfand, Wellspring’s Executive Director and CEO, joined Ms. Balkan at the festivities. Sylvia Axelrod, MA, Stigma Council Chair noted, “Congratulations to the school based professionals and programs that are being recognized this year by the Governor's Council on Mental Health Stigma. Each one of our Ambassador Award honorees has demonstrated outstanding contributions to providing education about mental health that reduces stigma and misunderstanding about mental illness. The Importance of their work...
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MAR
08
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Pathways Youth Take a Trip to Count Basie Theatre

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By Lisa Lussier, Clinician I -Pathways Through a grant from the State of New Jersey Juvenile Justice System, staff at the Pathways School Based Youth Services Program, took twenty middle school students to the Count Basie Theatre, in Red Bank New Jersey. Staff and students had the pleasure of watching a performance of the Mayhem Poets. This diverse three-man show combines elements of hip hop, theatre, improv and stand up comedy, to deliver powerful and positive messages. For some of our students, this was their first theatre experience and they shared how enjoyable it was to see a live performance. A few of the students shared that they now see poetry in a whole new light, as a great way to express their feelings. One student said that he now thinks of poetry as “cool and not just a boring subject he is forced to learn about in school.” The...
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FEB
12
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Pathways' PALS Students Volunteer at NJ Ozanum Family Shelter

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by Jelysa Hernandez, MSW Clinician and PALS Advisor On Wednesday, January 25th, 16 CHS Pathways’ PALS community service group students took a trip to volunteer at the NJ Ozanum Family Shelter. Although the students find personal fulfillment through each volunteer event, this process was unique. PALS students prepped months beforehand to raise money for the family shelter through a bake sale, in which all goods were contributed solely by the students. Students then used the money raised to buy enough sandwich materials to make 100 sandwich bags, each included a sandwich, drink, snack, and condiments. Students participated in “Sandwich Night” after school on January 24th, a day prior to the trip to make the sandwiches and organize the bags. Once students arrived to the family shelter on the following day, they engaged with both children and adults alike in a compassionate way. Everyone extended their gratitude to the students and...
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