The Kim Foundation®,
in collaboration with individuals, organizations, and healthcare providers
throughout Nebraska, is pleased to bring you a monthly e-newsletter
addressing mental health care.
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Diana Waggoner | Executive Director
Not Alone Radio Program Expands to New Markets, Reaches More Listeners
Life holds untold happy surprises and exciting opportunities. The Kim Foundation has been
counting our blessings in recent weeks.
First of all, our heartfelt thank you to the Nebraska consumers and friends at the Division
of Behavioral Health Services for awarding us the Recovery is Real Media Award at the Success,
Hopes and Dreams Conference in Lincoln last month. We appreciate your thoughtfulness in
recognizing our Not Alone weekly radio broadcast, and for speaking to the impact these
broadcasts have had on the lives of consumers and families. We are grateful for your
recognition and your encouragement of our endeavors, and for your generous participation
as program guests! The Kim Foundation hopes that Not Alone is truly making a difference
in the world of mental health care.
Click here to read the full story.
Early Diagnosis Practices for Children
Julia Hebenstreit | Kim Foundation Administrative Director
Last week I attended a training in Lincoln for diagnosing infants and young children using
the DC: 0-3R. Approximately 60 people from various parts of Nebraska joined together
for this two-day training to further enhance their skill sets as mental health professionals.
Karen Frankel, Ph.D., who serves as the Associate Director of the Harris Program in Child
Development and Infant Mental Health, the Director of Kempe Therapeutic Preschool, and an
Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSM facilitated the training.
Click here to read the full article.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Contributed by Debra Anderson, Project Harmony
More than 25 percent of U.S. children will experience a traumatic event before the age of four years.
Unfortunately, children who are abused, those who witness the death of a parent, or experience other
forms of trauma often also suffer from post-traumatic stress symptoms including nightmares, irritability,
behavior problems, depression, and anxiety. The first five years of life are critical to every single
dimension of success in later life. Early development proceeds at such a rapid pace that when we can
intervene to help young children and families at this stage, we prevent the need for later and more
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an empirically-supported
therapeutic treatment for children two to seven years old who have
severe behavior problems. In 12 to 20 sessions, PCIT aims to change
dysfunctional patterns of interaction and improve the quality of the
parent-child relationship. This treatment model is delivered by a
licensed and trained mental health clinician with either a master’s
degree or PhD. A therapist observes and coaches the parent using an
earpiece to give the parent specific directions as they interact with
the child. Homework is integral to PCIT to reinforce skills learned
during each session.
“Empirically supported” means that PCIT has been scientifically
studied in accordance with high standards of social science research.
The differences in child behavior improvement between children who
receive PCIT and those who receive “treatment as usual” or no treatment,
has been found to be statistically significant. Practitioners of PCIT
receive very specific, competency based training and this is critical
to obtaining the positive results found in the research literature.
This is known as “fidelity”.
Click here to read the full article.
Vol 06| June |
Angel Guardians, Inc. Serving Smiles and Homemade Dishes
Angel Guardians, Inc., an organization dedicated to improving the lives of special needs
teens and adults, is opening a restaurant and recently invited The Kim Foundation as
luncheon guests to try them out.
We all agreed and it was a fantastic experience. The homemade food was awesome, but mostly it was the
beautiful, smiling face of Gillian, who greeted us at the door, and Tim, who took our order, and our
other friends there who brought our beverages and removed our dishes with such deference and kindness
that made our lunch such a delightful dining experience.
Call Angel Guardians at 402-334-5232 to make a reservation for lunch, and tell them Diana sent you! You will be so impressed!