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Category: Mental & Behavioral Health

Music Therapy Helps Youth Better Understand Themselves

Music Therapy Helps Youth Better Understand Themselves

Music therapy is part of an expressive therapy program at our Ozanam and Gillis campuses, which also includes movement therapy and art therapy. The three facets of the program give the clients, a term the therapists use for the youth they serve, a choice in following their artistic interests. It also provides therapists insight into the youth they serve through their creativity and offers them an outlet for their emotions.

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4 Trauma-Informed Principles in Action

4 Trauma-Informed Principles in Action

At Cornerstones of Care, we are all about trauma-informed care. Top to bottom, our organization uses trauma-informed principles in the way we care for those we serve and the way we interact with each other. But how do these concepts translate outside of work? We asked our training team members to share some of the ways the trauma-informed concepts they teach every day have worked their way into their personal relationships and home lives.

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Plants Can Teach Us A Lot

Plants Can Teach Us A Lot

We are in full swing for our upcoming ‘Thyme for Kids’ plant sale, a fundraiser for our horticultural therapy and Build Trybe program. The students enrolled in my class help manage a commercial greenhouse, learn to nurture living things, contribute to a team project, and gain a basic understanding of plant science. We have been growing annuals, perennials, herbs, houseplants, and vegetable transplants to sell to the community. "What makes horticulture therapeutic?” I am asked this question often. I believe it varies from individual to individual.

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Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect through Intensive In-Home Services

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect through Intensive In-Home Services

Every day, an average of 19 youth are removed from their homes in Missouri. The events that lead to a child entering foster care are traumatic enough, but the physical removal from their family compounds that trauma for everyone involved. What if families could get help before things escalated to the point their children need to be removed? Intensive In-Home Services (IIS) are specifically designed to serve families who are experiencing a crisis.

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Social Workers Answer: Why is Social Work Essential?

Social Workers Answer: Why is Social Work Essential?

March is National Social Work Month, a time to shine a light on social workers and the incredible work that they do. From foster care case managers to intensive in-home specialists to licensing workers, they are the true unsung heroes of our organization. Rather than try and explain why social work is so important, we decided to have some of our team members explain why social workers are essential, and why they decided to take up the mantle of social work.

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