Landfall Foundation Grant News
On October 2nd we received notice from the Landfall Foundation that we were the recipients of a very generous grant in the amount of $6,000. The fund will be used for our Returning Children Back to Childhood-Therapy Room Make-Over Project. A big THANK YOU to the Landfall Foundation!
Sunshine Lady Foundation
We have also received the $3,000 Learning by Giving grant from the Sunshine Lady Foundation. Only 35 out of 700 applicants were approved. The Carousel Center was one of 10 grants awarded to southern states and ONE OF ONLY TWO AWARDED in North Carolina. More information on how those funds will be allocated will be available soon.
This Weekend – The Lighthouse Beer and Wine Festival
Over 90 international breweries all in one place! There’s no better way to try all the best beers available. Admission includes a glass to sample as many different beer styles as you would like. No worries, free shuttle service will be available to the greater Wilmington area after the festival, so go ahead and enjoy yourself. Live music from an amazingly talented artist will make the experience even more amazing. Food vendors will be onsite as well. And as always, a portion of the festival proceeds will benefit The Carousel Center.
This year they have added a special Friday Night Tasting Event.
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The Carousel Center team recently attended the Children’s Advocacy Centers of NC Annual Symposium on Child Abuse and Neglect in Lake Junaluska, outside of Asheville, NC.
The team participated in workshops offered by leaders in the field of forensic interviewing, trauma therapy and family advocacy. Team members learned more about Sexual Exploitation of Children, advanced techniques in forensic interviewing, improving Multi-disciplinary Teams, and enhancing services for Non-Offending Caretakers. The staff enjoyed networking with local collaborating partners from our District Attorney’s office and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, in addition to other professionals from around the state.
The conference also offered the Carousel Center team a chance to recharge and re-energize, and to renew their commitment to ensuring children in our community have the best possible support and interventions for healing.
What is TF-CBT and Why Does it Matter?
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based, short-term therapy for children who have experienced trauma, particularly sexual abuse. It has been widely researched and many clinicians have received some form of training on the model. However, it is believed that in order to successfully implement this model in clinical practice, extensive training AND follow-up consultation is necessary.
The nation-wide TF-CBT Therapist Certification Program was created by the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents to respond to increasing demand for qualified clinicians and to create a training and knowledge standard. The Certification is an multi-step process and all components must be met in order to achieve the Certification, which include:
- Master’s degree or above in mental health discipline
- Professional licensure
- Completion of TF-CBT Web course (10 contact hours)
- Combination of in-person training and at least 9 follow-up Consultations with experts in the model (typically a learning Collaborative lasting 9-12 months)
- Completion of TF-CBT with fidelity with at least 3 children
- Passing the TF-CBT Knowledge-based exam
Did you know that Carousel’s own Julie Ozier, LCSW, VSP, and Lisa Brooks, LCSW, were two of the first to obtain the Certification locally? They also represent half of the nationally certified therapists in TF-CBT’s in all of North Carolina!
Welcome to the Team!
Mary Beth Kohler
Certifed Medical Examiner Provider
Mary Beth is finishing up her shadowing hours but soon will be ready to begin CME services here at the center.
Jordynn received her BSW from UNCW and is currently enrolled in their MSW program. She joins the Center’s Family Advocacy services, providing support, advocacy and accompaniment for children and their families from court system to therapeutic process and beyond.
Christie Lewis McIntyre
Christie studied studied Behavioral and Counseling Psychology at UNC-W and has volunteered with many worthy organizations in and around Wilmington. She works as a massage therapist and yoga instructor at The Wellness Group on Racine Drive. Christie is also the mother of a high school student.