Monthly Archives: November 2012

Rosecrance veterans exhibit work in Crystal Lake art show

Veterans in the Rosecrance substance abuse program were among the artists whose work was exhibited in the Community Partners-Mental Health Awareness for All Annual Art Exhibit at the Lakeside Legacy Foundation’s Sage Gallery Arts Park in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Here’s the Rosecrance Artists’ Statement: “Rosecrance provides help, hope and recovery to children, youth, adults and families.  Making art while in treatment allows clients to utilize art as a coping skill to decrease stress, promote relaxation, and release their emotions in a safe and therapeutic environment.  It often times challenges their preconceived thoughts that they were “bad at art” and allows them to experience a sense of accomplishment and that it can feel good to make art.”

And here are some comments from the artists:

“Making art is my brain and my emotions talking.  It’s all of me getting poured out onto a project, if feels really good…And I feel like I’m good at something.”

“Art helped me a lot and helps me focus; while I’m painting I don’t even think about doing drugs.”

“It’s awesome and therapeutic; I’m able to be more relaxed and can concentrate on finishing a task.”

“I have been able to give my kids artwork that I made, it makes me feel good.  They ask me to make them more things.”

A story in the Nov. 2 edition of the Northwest Herald described the show:

“Works range from group projects submitted by veterans in the Rosecrance substance abuse program to persons receiving services through Turning Point and Family Alliance, individual work by persons connected with McHenry County’s National Alliance for Mental Health, the Social Connections Group, Centegra Health System, Thresholds, NISRA, Options and Advocacy, Jail Brakers and Garden Quarter.”

Michael Oldenburg, a unit technician at Rosecrance’s Harrison Campus, stands by artwork he created that is part of the Community Partners-Mental Health Awareness for All Annual Art Exhibit in Crystal Lake.

The Community Partners-Mental Health Awareness for All Annual Art Exhibit is at. the Lakeside Legacy Foundation’s Sage Gallery Arts Park, at Historic Dole Mansion, 401 County Club Road, Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Register Star reports on 'busy' Rosecrance Triage Center

Rockford Register Star reporter Melissa Westphal writes about the Rosecrance Triage Center, which is located in downtown Rockford’s Ware Center and opened Oct. 29.

Rosecrance staff did 49 patient assessments either at local hospital emergency rooms or at the triage center in October once Singer stopped taking new admissions on Oct. 1. Staff members respond to hospitals within an hour of being called for patient evaluations and also have responded directly to clients at the request of police officers and caseworkers.

The story also says the topic of the Triage Center “occupied most of the discussion at this month’s Winnebago County Mental Health Advisory Committee meeting on Wednesday.”

Read the whole story here.

Rosecrance Harrison Campus hosts Veterans Day Ceremony

Members of Veterans of Foreign War Post #9759 of Loves Park salute the flag during the Veterans Day ceremony held Nov. 12, 2012, at the Rosecrance Harrison Campus.

Rosecrance Harrison Campus held its second annual Veterans Day Service on Monday, Nov. 12, honoring veterans among the staff, clients and in the families of Rosecrance. The program included a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, a singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” prayers, poems, a moment of silence, folding of the flag (with explanation of what the 13 folds mean), a slide show and more. The Rosecrance Harrison Campus has an inpatient unit that specializes in the treatment of veterans with substance abuse problems and mental health issues.

Adam Abdul, commander of the VFW Post #9759 in Loves Park, folds the U.S. flag with two other members of the post at the Veterans Day Ceremony held at the Rosecrance Harrison Campus.

 

 

Rosecrance expands outreach to churches with Rev. Swarthout

ROCKFORD – The Rev. James E. Swarthout has joined the Rosecrance marketing team to do outreach work with area clergy and their congregations.

The Rev. James E. Swarthout

In addition to his longtime experience as an Episcopal priest for the Diocese of Chicago, Swarthout has professional credentials in social work and addictions counseling. His service as a priest for more than 27 years includes ministry to parishes in Rockford, Crystal Lake, Algonquin, West Dundee and McHenry. “We are pleased to have Father Jim join our team,” said Rosecrance President/CEO Philip Eaton.  “As a clergyman, he has the compassion and understanding of human nature that are so important in our work. In addition, he has the professional skills to help guide individuals toward appropriate services for substance abuse and mental health disorders.”

 

Swarthout recently was appointed to the Governor’s Mental Health Services Strategic Planning Task Force. He will co-chair the task force’s Children and Adolescent Committee, which is being asked to develop a five-year plan to improve access to and quality of mental health care for Illinois’ younger population.

Swarthout’s résumé of community service is lengthy. Among many other things, he is the founder of the St. Paul Diaper Bank Partnership and a founding member of the board of directors of the National Diaper Bank Network. He is a former member of the Youth Service Bureau Board of Directors before YSB’s merger with Pioneer Center for Human Services, and a former member of the McHenry County Mental Health Board.

In addition, he has served as an adjunct faculty member with Columbia and Webster universities, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in counseling and leadership.

Rosecrance CEO Eaton named 'Behavioral Healthcare Champion'

Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton (right) accepts his award from Dennis Grantham, editor-in-chief of Behavioral Healthcare Magazine.

Behavioral Healthcare magazine named Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton and four other top treatment center executives as “2012 Champions” for their commitment to serving individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders.The 2012 winners were honored at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD), which was held in Orlando, FL, in September. Eaton joined Rosecrance in 1971 and has led the organization since 1982. Others who were honored run treatment centers in Florida (two winners), Michigan and California.

Eaton is a past chairman and board member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) and the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependency Association (IADDA). Through the years he has received numerous awards and honors, including being named Alumnus of the Year by Trinity College in 2011. Recently, Phil was named one of the “20 People You Should Know” by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.

Counselors join Rosecrance team

Rosecrance has added two counselors to its team:

Lindsey Thayer Vass, Outreach Counselor, MSW, CADC. Lindsey is a graduate of the MSW and CADC Programs of Chicago’s Loyola University and an LSW Candidate. She has worked with the Federal Public Defender Law Offices, Catholic Charities’ Addiction Counseling Educational Services and Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, all of Chicago. You can contact Lindsey at 815.985.5617 or livass@rosecrance.org.

 

 

Sara Watts, Outreach Counselor, MA, LPC. Sara has worked as a Clinical Therapist Intern at Resurrection Hospital, St. Elizabeth’s Behavioral Outpatient Unit and as a Counseling Therapy Intern at Live at Peace Reconciliation Services. She has a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois. You can contact Sara at 815.391.3189 or swatts@rosecrance.org.

Marketing team expands

Two new members have joined the marketing team of Rosecrance:

Carla M. Chludzinski, Community Relations Coordinator, MSW, LCSW. Carla has worked as a Clinical Outreach Coordinator with Sierra Tucson, a Clinical Outreach Representative with Hazelden Chicago and a Continuum Services Manager with Hazelden Chicago. She has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Illinois and a B.A. in Multidisciplinary Social Science from Michigan State. You can contact Carla at 773.962.1151 or cchludzinski@rosecrance.org.

 

 

Rev. James E. Swarthout, Clergy Community Relations. Rev. James has worked as Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling Center of the Northwest Suburbs in Barrington, as a priest at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in McHenry and St. James Episcopal Church in Dundee, as a pastor at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Rockford and as an associate pastor at St. Thomas Roman Catholic Church in Crystal Lake. You can contact Rev. James at 815.708.1235 or jswarthout@rosecrance.org.

 

Crystal Lake art show features work by Rosecrance veterans

If you’re in Crystal Lake this evening, be sure to visit the Community Partners-Mental Health Awareness for All Annual Art Exhibit, which opens from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lakeside Legacy Foundation’s Sage Gallery Arts Park, at Historic Dole Mansion, 401 County Club Road, Crystal Lake, Illinois.

A story in the Northwest Herald describes the show:

“Works range from group projects submitted by veterans in the Rosecrance substance abuse program to persons receiving services through Turning Point and Family Alliance, individual work by persons connected with McHenry County’s National Alliance for Mental Health, the Social Connections Group, Centegra Health System, Thresholds, NISRA, Options and Advocacy, Jail Brakers and Garden Quarter.”

Read the whole story here.