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7th Annual MS School For Addiction Professionals April 1-4
In an effort to help educate Mississippi’s Addiction, Treatment, and Prevention Professionals, about alcohol and drug abuse and prevention the 7th Annual Mississippi School for Addiction Professionals, hosted by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health’s (DMH) Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services, will be held April 1-4 at the Hattiesburg Convention Center.
“We provide a learning experience where professionals or nonprofessionals can come together to learn from innovative individuals who are leaders in the field of substance abuse treatment and prevention,” said Dr. Jerri Avery, DMH Director of the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services. “The MS School is an excellent way to educate people on the best practices available to produce the best outcomes for those we serve.”
The MS School for Addiction Professionals will offer exciting plenary sessions, special events and a variety of courses in prevention, intervention and treatment, all of which are designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of each participant. The MS School offers many courses that address contemporary topics to help professionals remain abreast as to the latest trends in their areas. The MS School is open to treatment professionals, service providers, educators, parents, nurses, social workers, school counselors, law enforcement, faith based organizations, concerned citizens and others.
Keynote presenters include: Dr. Chip Dodd, When Does Therapy Become Therapeutic?; Dr. David Mee-Lee, Understanding DSM-5; David Mineta, Deputy Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy; Dr. Earl Suttle, Enjoying Excellence – Becoming the Best You Can Be; Jamie Huysman, Run Towards the Roar; and Kelly Wilson, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT).
Substance abuse disorders don’t just affect the individual, but their family, friends and the community. Thousands of Mississippians are in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse. They are neighbors, friends and family members leading healthy and productive lives in our communities.
More than 23 million people, aged 12 or older, needed treatment for a substance use disorder in the United States in 2007, and in Mississippi alone, 183,000 people and their families are affected by this disease. Each year, the alcohol and drug residential treatment centers in Mississippi certified by DMH’s Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services, provide residential treatment to more than 6,000 Mississippians suffering from substance abuse and dependence problems.
For more information about The Mississippi School for Addiction Professionals, contact 601-359-1288 or visit www.themsschool.ms.gov. If you or someone you know is in need of treatment, call the DMH’s Helpline at 1-877-210-8513.
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The MH/IDD Joint Conference is set for October 29, 2013 to October 31, 2013 at the IP Casino in Biloxi.
Mark Your Calendars: The MH/IDD Joint Conference is set for October 29 – 31 at the IP Casino in Biloxi. The theme is Community: The Pathway to Belonging. Please click the following link below to register:
- Planning forms have been submitted for the following disciplines:
- Recreation Therapist (ATRA)
- 10.5 Hours of Continuing Education Credit has been awarded for the following disciplines:
- Continuing Medical Education
- (DMH) Mental Health Therapist
- (DMH) Addictions Therapist
- (DMH) Community Support Specialist
- (DMH) Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Therapist
- Licensed DMH Administrator
- (DMH) Peer Support Specialist
- Psychologist (APA)
- Also accredited for 1.5 hours of APA Ethics/Legal hours
- Social Worker (MBOE)
- Also accredited for 6.5 hours of SW Cultural Diversity
- Also accredited for 1.5 hours of SW Ethics
- Counselor/ LPC (NBCC)
- Also accredited for 1.5 hours of LPC Ethics
- CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist)
- Alcohol and Drug Counselor (NAADAC)
- 10.0 Hours of Continuing Education Credit has been awarded for the following disciplines:
- Nursing Home Administrator
- 1.05 CEU’s have been awarded for the following disciplines:
- University CEUs/Teacher
- Click the link below to download the conference agenda.
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24th Annual Serendipity Is Thursday, September 5th
WHITFIELD— September is approaching fast, and art admirers across the state know what that means – Mississippi State Hospital’s annual Serendipity art show and silent auction is almost here.
Always held the first Thursday of September, this year’s Serendipity is set for Thursday, September 5, from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. on the MSH campus. The art show and silent auction plays host to artwork created solely by patients and residents of the hospital’s Art Services program and has through the decades become a draw for people from all over the state who know they’ll find pieces there they won’t be able to get anywhere else.
“Serendipity has been described as one of Mississippi’s best kept secrets, and I think that’s definitely true,” Art Services Director Evelyn Bates said. “The state has a rich tradition in music, literature, and art, and the work on display in Serendipity continues that tradition.”
The art and ceramic work on display in the show is all created by individuals served through the MSH Art Services Department. They are patients from across the hospital’s services, including adults and children served at the hospital and residents of Jaquith Nursing Home, located on the MSH campus.
The art program gives them a chance to express themselves through their work, whether they have any formal training in the arts or not. For many, it is an important part of the therapeutic process.
“The act of creating the work has a real therapeutic value for many of our artists, and then seeing it on display during Serendipity gives the artists a real feeling of success and a boost to their self-esteem, knowing that other people place such a high value on it,” Bates said.
And people do place value on the work – all of the pieces on display are also available to own via silent auction. Interested visitors just need to write a bid down on the available forms, and if they have the highest offer when bidding closes at 6 p.m. they’ll get to take it home with them.
Everyone is welcome to attend the show, but visitors don’t need to be present to win – all they have to do is have the highest bid that was placed. Anyone really setting their sights on a specific piece will probably want to be there when bidding ends though, since the closing minutes have been known to see some people scrambling around trying to leave their competitors with no time to spare for a higher bid of their own.
Last year was a record for Serendipity, with every single piece that was available ending up with a bid on it. As in years past, this year’s selection will include including paintings, drawings, collages and ceramics.
“No two years are alike, and no two pieces are the same,” Bates said. “We’re looking forward to showcasing our artists’ skill and will be happy for everyone to come see the work they have created.”
MSH, a program of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, was founded in 1855 and facilitates improvement in the quality of life for Mississippians who are in need of mental health, chemical dependency or nursing home services by rehabilitating to the least restrictive environment and utilizing a range of psychiatric and medical services that reflect the accepted standard of care and are in compliance with statutory and regulatory guidelines. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission.
MSH Art Instructor Ron Lindsey looks over some of the pieces in last year’s show before the bidding began. 2012 was a record year for Serendipity, with every piece on display bid on and purchased by visitors.
Pictured below is one of the pieces that will be on display in this year’s Serendipity art show and silent auction at Mississippi State Hospital on Thursday, September 5. Artwork will include paintings in a variety of media as well as ceramics. Bidding will be open from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., and the show is open to the public.
Pictured below is an Serendipity 2013 Invite Card
14th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Psychiatric Disorders in the Elderly
August 14 – August 16, 2013
14th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Psychiatric Disorders in the Elderly
“Shaping the Future”
Host/Vendor check-in Tuesday, August 13, 2013
MSU Riley Center Meridian, MS
Register online at http://www.regonline.com/msalzconference2013