News - January 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The NHS Giving Tree Project

NHS staff is always thinking of ideas to support our consumers while bringing smiles upon their faces and joy into their hearts. The NHS Montgomery County Youth Advisory Board (MCYAB) which is comprised of staff, clients and their families collected a variety of items (pencils, crayons, play doh, colored pencils, journals, coloring books, stickers, decks of cards, activity books and used cereal boxes) to make “Peace and Smile Boxes” to distribute throughout programs of NHS. If you have ever read Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree, you will understand the premise of this activity. It is designed to teach children about charity and giving. On December 30, 2015, the board met at the NHS office in Colmar, PA to fill, wrap and decorate the boxes that were adorned in white paper and each had its own happy thought and/or inspirational message. The advisory board collected enough items to prepare 89 boxes. Afterwards, the group celebrated its accomplishments with a pizza party.

The NHS Foundation was responsible for distributing the boxes to various NHS programs. On Wednesday, January 6, 2016, the students at the NHS School-Reading were surprised by a special visit from the foundation and all 50 students were elated to receive a “Peace and Smile Box”. Dorian Smith, Director of Development, NHS Foundation, said, “it was an overwhelming experience to see the ear-to-ear smiles on the faces of the students when opening their gifts and discovering what was inside of the recycled cereal boxes”. Many thanks to the NHS Montgomery County Youth Advisory Board for completing this worthwhile project while learning about charity and giving.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

NHS Advances Clinical Research: Clinician Feedback Effective in the Treatment of Depression at NHS Philadelphia

The research article entitled The Effectiveness of Clinician Feedback in the Treatment of Depression in the Community Mental Health System was recently published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. The study was co-authored by Donald Thompson, PhD and was conducted at the NHS outpatient clinic at 27 E. Mt. Airy in Philadelphia. The study focused on the development and evaluation of providing weekly feedback to clinicians on the progress of individuals in treatment. Such a system of clinical feedback had never been tested in a community mental health setting. Results of the study demonstrated that individuals working with clinicians who received weekly feedback had a significantly higher rate of improvement than those individuals working with clinicians who did not receive feedback on the progress of their clients’ treatment. Click here to read the full research article.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Pocono Mt. Center TFC/FCP Holiday Party

Children from the TFC/FCP program at NHS Pocono Mountain Center enjoyed their holiday party held in December. A special guest appearance from Frozen’s Olaf posed for pictures with children and handed out gifts.