Recent news headlines in Anchorage have many asking about how best to speak with children about sexual abuse.  The Alaska Child Trauma Center at ACMHS is a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, which provides thorough information and advice through their website. Here are some specific links: What Parents Need to Know About

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ACMHS is seeking volunteers to provide Kid’s Club activities for children ages 3 to 10 while their parents are attending classes or support groups on-site in our Anchorage Child & Family clinic. Our client families are working hard to become better attuned to their children's emotional needs, understand the effects of trauma on children,

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Join us on January 30 and February 13, 3-6 pm, for a pop-up farm stand! We'll have fresh herbs, jalapenos (we call them hydropenos), and lettuce and other greens. Arctic Harvest Deliveries will have beets, potatoes and carrots, and local meat.  Hope to see you

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Certified yoga instructor Crystal Leturno will be teaching two more yoga classes at Alaska Seeds of Change, on February 12 and 26th!  Class will meet from 6 to 7 pm. Come on around to the side door near our cargo/garage door for class.  Alaska Seeds of Change is located at 704 W. 26th Avenue, off of Arctic Boulevard, between Fireweed and

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Ramping Up Peer Support Services at ACMHS ACMHS started offering regular peer support groups for adult clients at our Ingra location at the beginning of the year. Now peer support groups are also being offered at the Folker building. Evidence-based support Peer support is an evidence-based practice that has been shown to increase

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Jim Briskey is retiring at the end of this month, after 23 years working for ACMHS! Many different roles at ACMHS  Jim has worked on many different teams at ACMHS, including driving a van to bring people to groups, working at a 24-7 crisis respite center that used to be located next to the old Alaska Psychiatric Institute, and working with the

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April Valentine is the new lead clinical associate for wrap-around services in our Anchorage Child & Family Outpatient clinic.  That means she’ll be planning and over-seeing the skill development groups offered by the team and coordinating attendance with caregivers and clinicians. So far, she jokes, it seems to mean “a lot of

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  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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