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April 2014 Newsletter

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. More details on local events to help raise awareness of this critical issue can be found by clicking here.

 TCC News      

 Canines for the Caregivers Launched

The Carousel Center team is piloting a new program, Canines for Caregivers!  In partnership with Canines for Service, TCC staff and community partners from DSS and Law Enforcement have been benefiting from the calming and relaxing benefits of weekly therapy dog visits.

Additionally, some of our children and their caregivers have enjoyed these positive interactions as well.

Through a collaborative grant application submitted with Canines for Service, TCC hopes to incorporate AnimalAssisted Therapy into child trauma therapy services.

Rudy, recenty rescued by one of our child therapists, has begun the training necessary to qualify for the Canines for Service Therapy Dogs program. The goal is for Rudy to become a part of our child therapy services as another therapeutic tool for engaging children in successful trauma healing.  More on this innovative program in the upcoming months!

TCC”S Lori Thompson Receives Dual Certification

Congratulations to TCC’s Lori Thompson, who recently became a dual certified nurse practitioner.  She has been certified in Pediatrics since 2005 and earlier this month became board certified in Forensics-Child Abuse.  Having the dual board certifications will augment her recognition as an expert when testifying in court.

Forensic certification is a newer certification offered by The International Association of Forensic Nurses and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Lori holds a Master’s degree in Nursing, has logged over 2,000 practice hours in child abuse, and has been involved in over 1,500 cases.  In addition, Lori has given numerous lectures with regards to abusive injury presentations to nursing students, medical students, school administration and personnel, child protection and law enforcement investigators, as well as physicians, nurses and states’ attorneys who prosecute these cases.

Lori joined the Carousel Center Team in January of this year. Congratulations, Lori!

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Earlier this month, Team Carousel Center participated in the 6th annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes® Fundraiser for Rape Prevention Efforts in the Cape Fear Community.

This year’s theme was, “The power is yours to end sexual violence.” Participants came dressed as their favorite superheros! All proceeds benefited the Rape Crisis Center of Coastal Horizons Center Inc.’s Rape Prevention Education Program, a collaborative partnership with The Carousel Center for child sexual abuse prevention education initiatives.

 TCC Hosts Quarterly Peer Review for Forensic Interviewers

The Carousel Center hosted the quarterly Peer Review for Forensic Interviewers on March 14, 2014. In attendance were child forensic interviewers from Onslow County’s Child Advocacy Center in Jacksonville, NC, the Tedi Bear Child Advocacy Center in Greenville, NC and SAFEChild in Raleigh, NC.

Forensic Interviewer Peer Reviews are a required portion of the National Children’s Alliance (NCA) Child Advocacy Center (CAC) Accreditation process for quality enhancement.

The Carousel Center would like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to the Olive Garden in Wilmington for donating lunch for this event.

Volunteer Spotlight

This month we would like to highlight Ayesha Qahash, TCC’s newest Volunteer Greeter.  Ayesha recevied her Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminology with a minor in Psychology from UNC-W. She has also earned a certificate in Victim Advocacy.  Ayesha hopes to gain experience working in an advocacy center prior to beginning her career in therapy or advocacy. She volunteers with us every Tuesday, is currently assisting with GALA 2014 and is helping to plan of the Carousel’s Open House coming up in June 2014.  Please stop in to say “hello.”

 

 

 

April 1, 2014

We All Can Play a Part in Making Meaningful Connections 

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, The Carousel Center, Inc. encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making southeastern North Carolia a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.

Research shows that when parents possess six protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted. The six protective factors are:

• Nurturing and attachment

• Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development

• Parental resilience

• Social connections

• Concrete supports for parents

• Social and emotional developmental well-being

“April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children,” said Amy Feath, Executive Director of the Carousel Center.  “Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to build and promote the protective factors, in every interaction with children and families, is the best thing our community can do to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development.”

In support of these efforts, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, its Child Welfare Information Gateway, the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy – Strengthening Families have created Making Meaningful Connections 2014 Resource Guide. The guide, designed for service providers who work throughout the community to strengthen families, is available on Information Gateway’s website: https://childwelfare.gov/preventing/preventionmonth/resource-guide/

For more information about child abuse prevention programs and activities during the month of April, and throughout the year, contact the Carousel Center at 910-254-9898 or visit us online at carouselcenter.org.

Lauricella and Howell Bring Sight and Sound Direction to Carousel Gala

March 24, 2014

The Carousel Center, Inc. (www.carouselcenter.org)  is pleased to announce Michael Lauricella as Music Director and Lance Howell as Stage Manager for its 11th Annual “Making Legends Local” gala show.  The event will take place Saturday, April 26th at Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina.

Michael Lauricella has been acting, singing and dancing on stage for many years. He has also served as a musical director for productions in New York, San Francisco and Wilmington. He most recently provided musical direction and served as Conductor for Thalian Association’s Big River.  On stage he played the role of LM in Pump Boys and Dinettes and was recently nominated for a Wilmington Theatre Award for his performance as Twimble in How to Succeed in Business.

Lance L. Howell is a Wilmington native, contributing over 30 years to theater and film, in Wilmington and Southeastern North Carolina. Mr. Howell is a theatrical designer specializing in makeup, hair, set, costume, and show and pageant lighting. Additionally, Lance has kept very busy as a stage manager, calling four out of five shows for the Thalian Association 2013-2014 season. This year, Lance was a Wilmington Theater Award nominee for Best Costumer for his design of the Thalian Associations production of Xanadu.

“Music and stage management are of paramount importance to any live theater production,“ says Justin Sorrells, co-producer for this year’s event. “We are very fortunate to have two veterans providing us the direction we need. Their job has an extra layer of difficulty considering many of our acts include stage “novices”. The gala committee cannot wait to see how they pull the show together.”

The “Making Legends Local” gala is the Carousel’s Center’s largest fund raising event of the year. Last year’s event was sold out and raised over $100,000 that went directly to operations and service expansion efforts.

The Carousel Center Gala’s two ticket options include a reception and show ticket offering of $85.00 and a show only ticket for only $35 and can be purchased by calling the Thalian Box Office at 910-632-2285. The ticket price does not include applicable taxes and fees.

 The Carousel Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a child friendly environment for abused and neglected children and to support child abuse prevention efforts in Southeastern North Carolina.  Care services include medical examinations, forensic interviews, child therapy services, and family mental health and social services.

For more information please contact the Carousel Center at 910-254-9898 or visit us online at carouselcenter.org

Local Theater Stars to Emcee Broadway Gala

March 10, 2014

The Carousel Center, Inc. (www.carouselcenter.org) 2014 Gala Committee is honored to introduce Kendra Goehring-Garrett and Jeff Phillips as the emcees of its 11th Annual “Making Legends Local” taking place Saturday, April 26th at Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington.

Kendra Goehring-Garrett has performed all across the country. Recent local directing credits for Kendra include Rent and Wild Party. She received choreography accolades for the The Music Man, The Producers and Willy Wonka. Her acting performance in Oklahoma won her the “Best Actress in a Musical” honor at the 2014 Star News Media Wilmington Theater Awards and she recently wrapped up a run as Eva Perone in the Opera House Theater Company’s Evita.

Jeff Phillips is a 25-year veteran of the Wilmington theater community.  Jeff recently was seen on stage as Juan Peron in Evita. Other recent theater work includes Hairspray (Edna Turnblad; Best Actor winner, Wilmington Theater Awards) and The Drowsy Chaperone (Man in Chair; Best Actor winner, Thalian Awards; Best Actor nominee, Wilmington Theater Awards). Mr. Phillips also recently hosted and directed the third annual Star News Media Wilmington Theater Awards.

“The Port City is so blessed to have such a talented and active theater community,“ says Anna Murphy, co-producer for this year’s event. “We are lucky that Kendra and Jeff have openings in their busy performance schedules to help us out.  We are confident that the pair will light up the stage and create a fun atmosphere that will certainly compliment our fabulous acts.”

The “Making Legends Local” gala is the Carousel’s Center’s largest fund raising event of the year. Last year’s event was sold out and raised over $100,000 that went directly to operations and service expansion efforts, including hiring a full-time Child Therapist/Forensic Interviewer and a full-time Child Medical Exam Provider to meet the community’s need for services.

The Carousel Center Gala’s two ticket options include a reception and show ticket offering of $85.00 and a show only ticket for only $35.  These can be purchased by calling the Thalian Box Office at 910-632-2285.

The Carousel Center’s interviewing team partners with law enforcement, the District Attorney’s office and the Department of Social Services to hold the child abuse perpetrators accountable.  In the last five years, The Carousel Center has seen more than 1000 abused children and provided more than 2000 therapy sessions, with many children demonstrating over a 50% reduction in their trauma symptoms.

For more information please contact the Carousel Center at 910-256-9898 or visit us online at carouselcenter.org.

 

Thompson to Direct Carousel Center’s Annual Gala

February 24, 2014

The Carousel Center, Inc. is pleased to announce Mike Thompson as the director of its 11th Annual “Making Legends Local” Gala. Thompson is a veteran theater director whose recent productions include 9-to-5 (Thalian Association) and Cinderella (Thalian Association Children’s Theater).

“This year we will be including both live and lip syncing performances that will span the Broadway spectrum,” says Thompson.  “I am excited to provide production direction to an event rich in tradition that also helps area children heal.”

The gala takes place on Saturday, April 26 at Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington. The two ticket options include a reception and show ticket offering of $85.00 and a show only ticket for only $35 and can be purchased by calling the Thalian Box Office at 910-632-2285.

“When we decided to choose Broadway as our theme we knew that we needed to collaborate with a director who could bring creativity and energy to the stage. “ says Justin Sorrells, co-producer for this year’ event. “Mike is helping us to take our gala show to a whole new level of entertainment for our valued guests.”

The “Making Legends Local” gala is the Carousel’s Center’s largest fund raising event of the year. Last year’s event was sold out and raised over $100,000 that went directly to operations and service expansion efforts.

In the past five years, the Carousel Center has seen more than 1,100 children between the ages of birth and 18 years old from the three counties we serve (New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender) who presented with either sexual and/or physical abuse.

For more information please contact the Carousel Center at 910-256-9898 or visit us online at carouselcenter.org

February  Newsletter

Center News      

A Special Makeover

The Carousel Center is collaborating with DREAMS of Wilmington and Kids Making It, with generous support from the Landfall Foundation and the Sunshine Lady Foundation, to makeover our therapy rooms and offices.  The clinical staff has been dreaming of upgrading our space to create an inviting and child-friendly space, with all the tools of children’s work — toys!  We are excited to have the kids and staff from DREAMS of Wilmington create wall murals for each of our three therapy rooms.  Additionally, we are in the beginning stages of collaborating with Kids Making It to design and build customized shelving and organizers. 

Five staff and volunteer therapists use these therapy rooms to provide evidence based trauma treatment, often incorporating art and play techniques, to 25-30 children between the ages of 3 and 17 each week.  The staff and children are excited to have some fresh paint, new furniture, improved lighting, beautiful artwork, and improved organization for the tools and supplies.  We have already installed a new play kitchen and doll house (Thanks to our handy therapist, Lisa, who spent ten hours putting them together!) and have a new rug for our play therapy room.  The Carousel Center team is so grateful for this funding to make much needed upgrades to our physical space to serve children.  Stay tuned to our Facebook page for photos of our progress!

Enjoy a Great Show + Support the Carousel Center

Working Together to Make A Difference

On December 11th of last year Carousel Center staff and Board Members attended a community conversation aimed at ending child sexual abuse and caring for children. The event was sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse NC and the New Hanover County Child Protection Team. With funding from the Ms. Foundation for Women, Prevent Child Abuse NC is working with community partners across the state to develop and implement a realistic, sustainable and evidence-based plan to prevent child sexual abuse in North Carolina.

Participants included representatives from CoastalCare, Rape Crisis Center, the DA’s Office, Wilmington Police Department, Guardian ad Litem, private mental health providers, and New Hanover County citizens to discuss existing and needed community efforts to end Child Sexual Abuse in the Cape Fear community.

After the forum participants outlined existing child sexual abuse prevention and intervention resources existing in the community.  Participants prioritized an “Action Plan” to enhance Cape Fear efforts to address the needs of both child sexual abuse survivors and their parents/caregivers, as well as to engage the community to enhance primary child sexual abuse prevention efforts in the Wilmington community.

The Carousel Center, Inc. agreed to take the coordination role for on-going community conversations. We will keep you informed on our progress!

 Welcome to the Team! 

Lori Thompson

Certified Medical Examiner Provider

Lori is our first full-time CME Provider in the history of the Carousel Center.

She is licensed in both North Carolina and Illinois as an advance practice nurse-nurse practitioner.  She holds controlled substance licenses in both states as well.  Ms. Thompson is board certified in Pediatrics by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, and is board eligible in Forensics (Child Abuse) by the American Nurse Credentialing Center and the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

Welcome, Lori!

 

TCC Volunteer Training

 

On January 6, 2014 we began implementing our first volunteer development program.  The training will take approximately 30 hours to complete with the goal of preparing our Greeter and Family Companion volunteers for their important work at the Carousel Center.  We are anticipating our first three volunteers (Michael Snyder, Christy Lewis, and Liza Torres) to complete the training by the end of March and are excited about adding these three great individuals to the Carousel Center family.

We will hold our next training class starting in May of 2014.

If interested in volunteering please contact Fatima Mann at vista@carouselcenter.org.

Diane Guida:  A True Champion of Children

In 2006, while in her “first retirement,” Diane Guida, MSN, FNP-BC (bottom right in photo) began providing Child Medical Exams (CMEs) at The Carousel Center.  Over her years of committed service to child abuse survivors and their families, she facilitated CMEs for over 700 children suspected to have experienced child sexual/physical abuse and/or neglect. In her seven-year tenure with TCC, she testified as an expert witness seven times resulting in five convictions. There were many pleas and convictions that never went to trial; a combination of perpetrator confessions and savvy interrogation techniques.

Diane has been a steady hand and a reliable cornerstone as TCC weathered the changes over these many years.  In addition to her commitment to TCC, she’s assisted her husband, Kevin, in his campaign for Wilmington City Council, thoroughly enjoyed her grandchildren at every opportunity, and found “extra time” to volunteer at the Wilmington Children’s Museum and at the Betty Cameron Women and Children’s Hospital.

It is with gratitude that we send Diane into a well-deserved, “TRUE RETIREMENT,” and the next big adventure in her life!

With warm regards, Carousel’s Board and Team says, THANK YOU DIANE!  We will miss you and wish you a Happy Retirement!

 

October Newsletter

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.

Upcoming Events

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.

For complete event details, please click here.

Want to help out?

Email us at vista@carouselcenter.org

 

Staff Development

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 Knott

Family Advocate

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

Carousel Greeter

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.