Submitted by Nancy Bailey, Ph.D.
Clinical Director, The Meadows
It has been just about a year since The Meadows officially opened its treatment program specifically for young adults. We continue to enhance our services and build upon the work we do with young adults. There are many exciting things happening at Dawn at The Meadows I want to share, including:
Leanne Lemire has been promoted to Program Director and has jumped right in and embraced her new role. Leanne and I are working closely together along with the Dawn program staff to prepare for the Fall/Winter schedule. Leanne is also busy training new staff. As an original team member of Dawn, Leanne has an understanding of the foundational theories surrounding the Dawn program development.
Sherry Gilman, former Primary Counselor for The Meadows, has joined the Dawn team as a Primary Counselor. Sherry brings her experience in eating disorders, DBT, psychodrama, and experiential therapies to the team. Sherry is a great addition to the Dawn family!
We welcome Ria Gardner as the new Evening/Weekend Primary Counselor at Dawn. Ria brings experience working with young adults in a community-based mental health environment and brings an abundance of enthusiastic energy to the team.
Our Primary Counselors contribute to the Dawn program in so many ways. Mary Basile has begun a specialized study program in MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) in Scottsdale. She will integrate these skills into Dawn’s already self-regulation based program design in addition to assessing how to integrate Reiki into the program. Mary is an original Dawn clinical team member and has been a significant grounding resource for the program shifts. Dawn Bellingham continues to integrate her passion for The Meadows Model as she educates and works with her patients and families.
Dr. James Cahill continues to provide excellent, specialized psychiatric care to the Dawn patients. Dr. Cahill states, "Over the last year and looking forward, I have been struck by my recognition of just how fortunate I am to have the privilege to be of help to this inspired team seeking to deliver the very best of care to these young adults and their families. Dawn’s team-based approach to treatment offers a truly unique treatment setting for our patients. I appreciate the opportunity that I have had in being a witness to transformative change as they regain a sense of balance and purpose in their lives."
As we continue to assess and monitor the program successes of Dawn, we can’t forget the multi-faceted talents of the Case Manager, Scott Williams. Scott has been highly successful in helping the Dawn patients recognize the importance of continuing their recovery journey. Scott utilizes his relational skills and recovery knowledge with patients, families, and referents. He helps keep the team on track and is very essential in organizing the therapeutic activities, service work, family meetings, and campus tours.
We will be increasing our neurofeedback (NFB) services to Dawn at The Meadows patients, with the help of Deirdre Stewart, Director, Trauma Resolution Department. Deirdre is teaming with Leanne Lemire to enhance the Dawn schedule and train some key Dawn Behavioral Health Technicians. These specially trained technicians will assist in the technical application of the NFB training services. Increased services are expected to get into full swing by October 1, 2014.
The Dawn Family Program continues to be ground breaking and exceptional! Our newest Family Counselor, Trish Plum, is joining Ashley Chesky to provide enhanced “family class” services to our Dawn families. With the addition of Trish to the team, we will be able to provide four weekly webinar classes to the participating families on a consistent basis. A special “thank you” goes out to Rochel Murnighan for her ongoing support and assistance throughout the growth and development of Dawn’s Family Program. Rochel has been a wealth of experience and an integral part of the family program success.
It takes a team. Even though, the above-mentioned individuals are currently in the spotlight, we cannot discount the contributions of the extended team as a whole! The psychologist, doctors, nurses, techs, trauma therapists, workshop facilitators, housekeeping, maintenance, grounds, transportation, dietary, recreation, specialty services (Tai Chi, Yoga, Acupuncture, Equine, Ropes) are ALL part of this specialized team treating our young adult patients. I want to thank the whole Dawn team for their incredibly hard work!
Keep your eyes open to more exciting Dawn happenings! -Dr. Bailey
To learn more about Dawn at The Meadows, our exclusive program for Young Adults, please click here.