January Update – Children’s Groups

Posted on: Sunday, December 22, 2013
Jen McCormick Clinical Supervisor

Jen McCormick
Clinical Supervisor

 

Dear Healing Center Families,

For those of you I have yet to meet, my name is Jen McCormick and I am The Healing Center’s Clinical Supervisor.  I hope this letter finds you well. I know that this season is a time of change and emotion, and I hope that each of you is able to find some joy and ways to support yourselves.

I wanted to share with you a few changes in the children’s programs taking place in January at The Healing Center. After researching similar grief support organizations, such as The Dougy Center, we have decided that our children’s groups will be more beneficial if we change them from two hours to one and a half hours, and increase the frequency of the groups per month.

Starting in January, all children’s groups will run from 4-5:30pm. After testing this timeframe, our hope is to double the frequency of groups in the spring, so that children will meet every other week as opposed to once a month.  We hope this model will make groups more robust, easier to attend, and that our children will form deeper connections with one another.

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Jeanne pictured with Littles Group & volunteers
holding “the” sign

In addition, we have shifted to allowing our master level interns, externs, and volunteers to take a more active role in facilitating groups, with the hopes of fostering a supportive relationship between the children and more trained grief supporters at The Healing Center.  Our clinical staff of therapists, counselors and social workers, will be supportive in supervisory roles. Jeanne Lowman has taken on this role in most of the children’s groups (Michelle Massey for the SOS Group), and I will also be available to supervise and advise our volunteers, interns, and families.

Our overall goal is to support you and your family in the most sound and effective way possible, while continuing to nurture the unique community that has always been the centerpiece here at The Healing Center. My hope is that these small changes will allow us to continue on this path of service to all who walk through our doors.Please contact me or Jeanne, if you have any questions or concerns.  I may be reached by email at jenm@healingcenterseattle.org and Jeanne may be reached by calling The Healing Center, (206) 523-1206 or jeannel@healingcenterseattle.org.  Thank you very much, and take care.

Sincerely,

Jen McCormick, LICSW

Clinical Supervisor

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