We offer services that rely on collaborating with clients. We excel at strategic planning, performance management (to include measurement and budgeting), executive and team coaching, and research activities like surveys and focus groups. Caren does this work using the framework of Positive Psychology--an approach that stresses appreciation, strengths, and resilience.
Caren is partnering with Dr. George S. Everly, Jr. of Johns Hopkins University and other psychologists to train cohorts of peer volunteers in advanced Psychological First Aid and Applied Positive Psychology. This work is supported by The Mental Health Technology Transfer Network, sponsored by The Danya Institute, Silver Spring, MD. Caren volunteers as Chair of the Behavioral and Mental Health Team of ACT, Anne Arundel Connecting Together (a chapter of the Industrial Areas Foundation).
1. How hard is it to do strategic planning?
It's not as hard as it is time-consuming! Organizations are successful when they bring people together, discuss (or rediscover) their organization's values and practices, and take time to consider and plan their future.
2. What is our biggest challenge in mental health services today?
In our ACT Behavioral and Mental Health Team, we have consistently found that stigma impedes treatment and negatively influences attitudes towards those strugglng with behavioral disorders and mental illness.