Join us for an evening of food, music and demos under the glow of our neon grow lights at Alaska Seeds of Change! Learn how we support transition age youth in Anchorage with vocational training, mental health supports, and the POWER youth drop-in center.  Tour the Hydro-lab, Sprout City, and the rest of our indoor

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Child & Family clinicians in our Anchorage and Fairbanks clinics recently completed three days of in-person training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Child & Family Director Joshua Arvidson says “TF-CBT is the most researched treatment for childhood trauma with over 20 randomized controlled trials proving its efficacy. The

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For two weeks, a guy we’ll call “D” hung out at our Folker Building lobby. He was trying to get home to Hawaii, but his wallet and ID had been stolen from the shelter where he was staying. Our lobby became his safe place. Reception staff helped him look up information, figure out how to get a new ID,  and let him use the phone. He used our

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Dianna Rehn, Doctor of Psychology, is a clinician with the Anchorage adult outpatient (Folker) team. She’s in her second stint at ACMHS – she worked here for 10 months about 4 years ago, and now has been here six months. In between, she worked at API doing forensic competency evaluations – which sometimes involved testifying in court. (She

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Joshua Arvidson, Director of Child and Family Programs at ACMHS and FCMHS, was honored with an Anchorage Daily News Achievement in Business Award on December 2. Joshua was one of 15 honorees working in health and wellness who were recognized during the final event of 2019.   Many of Josh's Child & Family team members joined for the award

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Many thanks to everyone who donated and cooked to support our staff and client Thanksgiving celebrations!  There was a lot of pre-feasting last Wednesday (11/27/19).  We'd also like to thank the many businesses who have supported our work over the last year, including: Microcom Anchorage Yoga and Cycle Pure Barre Anchorage Bear Tooth

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With easy access to hand-held electronics, it can be tough for caregivers to set and enforce limits with their tweens and teens. In this free introductory class, Parenting with Love & Limits Program Manager Meghan Magone will present some technological solutions, but mostly she'll spend time on the relationship aspects of limit-setting. There

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Four FCMHS staff members recently attended Challenge Day at Tanana Middle School. Challenge Day is a curriculum designed to reduce bullying by building compassion. In a series of activities, students learn  about they challenges students have faced and how much they have in common.  Staff who participated were moved and inspired by the stories

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April McElhenny, MSW has more than six years of experience with children and adults who have been impacted by childhood trauma. She's worked in different settings - child welfare, juvenile justice and substance abuse treatment. At ACMHS, she really enjoys working with families and their caregivers. She's seen that working with children is way more

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Our Fairbanks Child & Family Team is wrapping up their first week in their new building at 926 Aspen St. They did a great job making the space inviting and getting the word out - not one client went to the wrong building! FCMHS has been operating all services out of the Fahrenkamp Building on Peger Road. The need for mental health services

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