Thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, Georgia’s metro-Atlanta area organizations and leaders have come together as the Coalition for the Georgia Child Victims of the Opioid Epidemic. Through this public/private partnership of 20 organizations and individuals, the coalition works to establish a community-driven, comprehensive and multidisciplinary response to children and youth who are crime victims as a result of the opioid crisis. [caption id="attachment_22708" align="alignnone" width="791"] Coalition for the Georgia Child Victims of the Opioid Epidemic[/caption] The opioid epidemic has taken a devastating toll...

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic there has been an increase in mental health issues like anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder found in women. According to a study at the University of Chicago Medicine, “29% of women reported symptoms of depression and anxiety — nearly twice the estimated pre-pandemic rates. One in six women screened positive for symptoms of post-traumatic stress.” A panel of CHRIS 180 mental health experts including Markie Nickens, LMSW, Shanessa Crook, M.S., CMHC, Cindy Song, LMSW and Chief People Officer Queie Barnett, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, discussed...

CHRIS 180 celebrates women’s role in creating brighter futures for every child, adult, family and community we serve and is proud to have an Executive Leadership Team that is 76% women. In honor of Women’s History Month, three of our leaders shared their reflections on working for and with women­­­­­—and how being women impacts their work. Chantel Kufeji, LMSW, is the Program Director for CHRIS 180’s Migrant Wellness program, which works to reunite unaccompanied minors with their families. Sharing about the strengths of the women and girls she works with, she...

Therapists, don’t forget that relicensure is just around the corner in September 2022! According to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office rules of Continuing Education Chapter 135-9, social workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists will need to acquire 35 total hours through continuing education before Friday, September 30, 2022. Five hours will need to be considered ethics hours and 30 hours will need to be core hours. Helpful Tips and Tricks: When looking for a training, workshop, or seminar make sure that the training has ‘Core’ or ‘Ethics’ hours attached...

At just 12-years-old, Jocelyn had her first encounter with CHRIS 180. Her grandmother was looking for help after taking in Jocelyn and her brother, in the wake of their mother’s issues with substance use.  Knowing that both children had experienced significant trauma, the family turned to our Keeping Families Together program. Jocelyn’s involvement with CHRIS 180’s wraparound services changed the direction of her life. It even led her to evolve from being a client to working as a behavioral health provider. Jocelyn found herself at CHRIS 180 once more when...

Without the support of her parents, CHRIS 180 client Sabrina was facing homelessness at age 18. She was connected to  CHRIS 180 where she found the stability, acceptance, and resources that could help her make 180-degree change in her life. Sabrina originally shared the story below at The 2021 CHRIStal Ball.   “My story starts in Savannah, Georgia, where I grew up. My parents were invested in being a family that conformed to Savannah’s norms. The southern equivalent of the American Dream of a white picket fence – whatever that may be....

Grief is often pushed aside quickly in American culture.  You lose a loved one, you have a funeral or memorial service within a week and people go back to their regular schedules. I’m sure most people reading this have lost one or many loved ones in their lifetime. Do you remember the “fog” you were in? Do you remember the disbelief you felt that the person died? Some people go into shock which is a way for the body to protect itself. These experiences are normal when a death occurs. Then comes...

Dearest Women & Men Who Served in Afghanistan, My heart bends, twists, and breaks for you. It bends for those who left marriages and relationships in the pastel poppy fields of Helmand. It twists for those who made personal puddles in mud in Korengal. And breaks for those who knew in their core that their sacrifices in Afghanistan would be worthy. We joined the military during a war for many different reasons. Not all those reasons make sense to us now. But, what we all found for a short time, was what everyone seeks –...

There are infinite ways to practice mindfulness. Well-known mindfulness practices include breathing exercises, sensory activities, meditation and mindful movement like yoga. But any activity can be made mindful by “paying attention, on purpose” to it and maintaining non-judgmental thoughts about the activity. My strong interest and belief in the power of mindfulness for families stem from my role as a child therapist with CHRIS 180’s School-Based Mental Health Department and as a parent myself. I know the value of doing mindful practices together to model the behavior we want to see...

Home for neighborhood matriarch will provide stability for young mothers CHRIS 180, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing trauma-informed holistic health services to children, youth and families, held a groundbreaking ceremony to announce the launch of a project to stabilize families on Atlanta’s Westside. CHRIS 180 partnered with the MicroLife Institute to construct a single-family home in the Washington Park neighborhood for Deborah Glover, a 71-year-old woman who has lived in the area for decades, in a shed without water or electricity. Glover connected with CHRIS 180 through its Community Health...