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17
Dec

About Me

Welcome,

My name is Dr. Recco Richardson, Ph, D. and I am a clinical therapist who specializes in equipping children and teenagers with the tools they need to have more successful, balanced lives. With 25 years of experience, I love working with adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, poor decision making, bipolar and other symptoms.  As well, I utilize traditional counseling approaches/techniques and play therapy methods such as music, coloring books, stuffed animals, and shooting hoops in my office in order to create a safe environment in which children and adolescents are comfortable discussing their concerns and developing behavior modification strategies. As a veteran in the mental health field, I also have over 15 years of supervising experience over aspiring counselors who are seeking an additional degree or certification or over co-workers who report directly to me.

Between my three offices located in Flint, Flushing and Clarkston, Michigan, I see over 400 clients per month in individual, group, and/or family counseling and I take pride in their personal successes that we achieve together. ADHD, Anger, Bipolar, Oppositional Defiance, Anxiety, Autism, Depression and others are disorders that I am well-acclimated with, able to diagnosis and treat effectively. While these conditions are a part of the children’s lives that I see in counseling, they do not make up the totality of life. Together, my clients and I set measurable goals towards a desired outcome and make action steps accordingly to achieve them. This system of accountability is best seen with me, versus a parent or a sibling, because I serve as an unbiased party who simply listens to the grievances of the client while offering reasonable solutions. 

Whether it is online, over the phone or face to face, your family may be in need of counseling and together, we can improve the environment in your home and provide the social and emotional skills that your family needs. These skills include but are not limited to:

1. Venting properly
2. Accepting discipline
3. Letting things go
4. Getting along with others
5. Avoiding drama
6. Managing anger
7. Parenting defiant children

If you’re interested in discussing the next steps for yourself, your child, or your family, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at reccorichardsonphd@gmail.com.

Warmly,

Dr. Recco Richardson, Ph, D., LPC

12
Aug

Contact Us

Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc

Central Administration Office: 3456 Pierson Pl, Suite C, Flushing, MI 48433 Map

Office: (810) 394-7815

Fax: (810) 732-6657

Website: reccorichardson.com

Email: reccorichardsonphd@gmail.com



 

New Clients: Please complete the following required forms and bring them to your first counseling session. These apply to children, adolescents and adults unless otherwise specified.

COVID Waiver

Client Screening Information (adults only)

Teletherapy Consent

Authorization For Billing

HIPAA Notice

Consent for Treatment

12
Aug

Billing + Payment

Rates & Insurance

Rates are based on insurance coverage and the agreed upon private pay fee. Typically, the billed fee is $90 – $200 per session. Any co-pays are based on each client’s insurance.



Should I Use My Insurance Or Private Pay?

Health insurance or employee benefit plans may fully or partially cover services. Not all mental health services are reimbursable through insurance. It is your responsibility to verify the specifics of your coverage. We do not bill insurance companies for relationship-based counseling.

It’s also important to note utilization of your insurance is contingent upon “medical necessity,” often requiring a psychiatric diagnosis. (We believe mental health is a basic standard of living for everyone. Unfortunately, insurance companies disagree.) Once a psychiatric diagnosis is assigned through your insurance provider, we cannot control how your information is used once submitted. We do not want this reality to discourage you from seeking the help you need. If concerned, please call us for a free informational to talk through your billing options.                                      



Accepted  Insurance Plans

Beacon Health                              Blue Care Network                         Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Blue Cross Complete                   Health Alliance Plan                             Magellan

McLaren Health Advantage        McLaren Health HMO                  McLaren Medicaid

Meridian Health Plan                   Optum                                            United Health Care  (Commercial)

United Health Care (Medicaid)       Value Options



Vet your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:

Does my primary care doctor have to refer me?

Do I have mental health insurance benefits?

What is my deductible and has it been met?

How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?

What is the coverage amount per therapy session?



Payment: Our accepted forms of payment include insurance payments, cash and checks.



Cancellation Policy : If you do not show up for your scheduled session, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.



New Clients: Please complete the following required forms and bring them to your first counseling session. These apply to children, adolescents and adults unless otherwise specified.

COVID Waiver

Client Screening Information (adults only)

Teletherapy Consent

Authorization For Billing

HIPAA Notice

Consent for Treatment

12
Aug

Meet Our Flushing Office Team

Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC

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Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC is an in-demand mental health counselor with 25 years of experience in outpatient counseling. He services children, adolescents and adults who need assistance with Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, PTSD, Abuse/Neglect, Bipolar, Moodiness, ADHD, Loss/Grief, Acute Stress, among other illnesses.

Dr. Recco is naturally disarming with a unique and comforting approach that helps clients move socially and emotionally forward in life. He provides a safe and confidential environment that encourages personal growth, inner strength and hope. Throughout his career, he has self published a dozen books while developing programs and presenting at workshops on various topics.

He also provides couples counseling with his wife, Rene Richardson.



Rene M. Richardson, LLMSW, MBA

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Rene M. Richardson is a well-rounded mental health therapist who has helped hundreds of clients. She specializes in women and girls and her area of expertise includes assessing and addressing Depression, Worry, Fatigue, Irritability, Mood Swings, ADHD, Trauma, Bipolar, Anxiety, among other illnesses.

She has strong clinical counseling and treatment planning skills that identify and later resolve barriers.  With warmth and empathy, she empowers and rebuilds her serviced clients. Rene does exceptional work with teen girls, young adult women and working professional women. She also provides couples counseling with her husband, Recco Richardson. Before working as a trained mental health professional, Rene worked for a Fortune 500 company and in state government.

7
Jan

December 2017

LET & ABLE News

Licensure Education Training & Adolescents for Better Learning Endeavors Programs

A publication of Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc. • Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC

 

Issue 36 … December 2017

 

Dr. Recco’s Corner

The decision to pursue employment in education, social work, ministry, counseling and government is honorable. It can be viewed as a calling and personal mandate to help others move forward.

    At the core of the stated career paths is a   dedicated soul that longs to make a difference. From where I sit, it is wise to take time to appreciate and thank those who are standing in the gap and making a difference in the lives of others.

As such, I have few words for each called out and mandated service provider. To start with, please know that your decision to invest in clients is appreciated. Next, know that your dedication to your career path is commendable.

    Also know that your on-going sacrifice has not gone unnoticed. And know that your professionalism under pressure speaks volumes about your character.

    In addition, know that your ability to remain inspired is inspirational to others. And lastly, please know that because of you and your efforts, the world is a better place.

 

Recco

 

Children/Teens & Depression

By Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC

Introduction

    Depression that is found in children/teens is something that should be taken seriously and addressed. It can interfere with daily living, social functioning and well-being and if not treated, can lead to suicide. Children can experience depression at any age, even soon after birth. In infants and toddlers, depression can manifest in a number of ways including disrupted attachments to care providers, failure to thrive, developmental delays and separation anxiety.

    Depressed children/teenagers live in our neighborhoods, attend our churches, sit in our classrooms, date our children and are members of our immediate family. Depression is a mental health illness that can lie dormant for years. It is no respecter of persons in that it “can and will” show up in any race of people, gender, religion or social class (Patterson, 2011).

    Often childhood/teen years can feature a time of turmoil that is caused by the presence of mood swings and emotional chaos (Paterson, 2011). When attempting to figure out what is going on with their child/teen, the well-equipped and loving parent often wonders what happened to their once sweet child or what is going on with their child.

    When asked, children/teens who suffer from depression have a lot to say. They can be heard saying, “All I want to do is stay locked up in my room” or “No one ever understands me!” These are all statements either made by someone parenting a depressed child or by the actual depressed child themselves.

Defining Childhood/Teen Depression

    All children/teens have days when they feel happier or sadder. They may feel great when their team wins the championship game, when they get a good grade on a test, or when they are having fun at a party.

    They may feel really down when they have an argument with a friend, when their parents say no, or when they don’t get the role in the school play. Normal sadness passes in a reasonable amount of time.

    Depression lasts longer and feels deeper than normal sadness. It may cause children/teens to feel very bad about themselves and their future. It may affect their thoughts, behaviors, appetite, or ability to sleep. Depression may cause reality to be distorted, as if everything is negative and difficult, and problems may appear to be bigger.

How To Overcome Depression

    There are two good and quick ways   children/teens can address their depression.

Realistic Thinking:  To address depression and the associated thinking, it is good to replace the thinking with realistic thinking.

Realistic thinking helps to understand situations, see things clearly as they are, secure a sense of fairness and maintain a balanced way of looking at things.

Problem Solving: For many children/teens, the presence of depression is due to having to face several problems that seem overwhelming.

To address depression, problem solving needs to take place. After all, if you fail to  clearly identify a problem, it is hard to come up with a solution.

One way to identify problems is to pay attention to mood changes through the week. Notice what’s happening when there is a mood change: what were you thinking about, where were you, what happened just before your mood changed?

 

Closing Thoughts

    Though they may experience depression, children/teens can live fulfilled and happy lives. Depression can be dealt with, managed,  addressed and used as fuel to succeed.     The first step is to make a quality decision to no longer be depressed.

One Liner, Life Lines: Teens Helping Teens Make It Another Day (2016)

Book excerpts

    Written from the heart, below are typical American teens’ thoughts and ideas about life, education and their parents/guardians.

When teens speak out and share their feelings, it is not always to tear down others or gripe about what is wrong in their life.

    Sometimes, they just want others to know what they are thinking and what they have been through. They often desire a forum to help others via writing and expressing what they have learned over the years.

 

How We Feel About It

“Born to express, not to impress.” Michael Fischer

“Never say I can’t; always say I can.” Shawntera Fischer

“Life is short; don’t waste it.” Brandon Epps

“When life knocks you down, get up.” Shawntera Fischer

“You create your future.” Vivika Gonzalez

“Go where the wind takes you.” Hannah Pettit

“Quit complaining and do it.” Hannah Pettit

“You are what you make yourself.” Brandon Epps

“Success is for everyone.” Brandon Epps

“Relax and breathe.” Vivika Gonzalez

“A day for firm decisions.” Michael Fischer

“Each day is a chapter in your life story.” Hannah Pettit

“Focus on yourself, not others.” Vivika Gonzalez

“Train your mind to see the good.” Michael Fischer

“Appreciate the things you can’t see.” Michael Fischer

“Honesty is the key to freedom.” Brandon Epps

“Passion is the genesis of genius.” Michael Fischer

“Try your best.” Vivika Gonzalez

“Reading opens doors to new worlds.” Hannah Pettit

“Never give up and never give in.”  Zophieia Gonzalez

“The wise see their own flaws.” Michael Fischer

“Don’t let little things, ruin big things.” Zophieia Gonzalez

 

NCE “Confidence Builder” Workshops

     Our next eight-week National Counselor Exam “Confidence Builder” workshop session begins in January 2018 and ends in February 2018 (see below).

Flint, MI

Sessions begin Sunday January 7, 2018 and will meet eight consecutive Sundays 5 pm to 8 pm (3 hrs). The sessions will take place at Grace Cathedral Community Church, 1709 Nebraska Street, Flint, MI 48506.




100% of our participants passed the NCE on their first try!




    Our instructors are Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) who have taught master’s level counseling courses and/or are Limited Licensed Professional Counselors (LLPC) who have passed the NCE within the last 3 years.

    For more cost details and additional information you can call: (810) 394- 7815;

visit: https://lsu.clickfunnels.com/register or email: reccorichardsonphd@gmail.com.

 

ABLE Program

    The Adolescents for Better Learning Endeavors (ABLE) Program is designed to help school age youth move forward as a result of gaining new skills and competency.

The goal is for participants to be able to successfully participate within the school setting. The program helps participants improve their academics, social life, emotional maturity and decision-making skills.

 

ABLE Program Components

  • Individual Counseling  
  • Family Counseling            
  • Home Visits
  • Crisis Management
  • Parenting Workshops
  • Incentives & Awards
  • Support Groups
  • Exciting Fieldtrips

Licensure Education Training Program

    Offered by Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc., the Licensure Educational Training (LET) Program is an effective supervisory program that targets Limited Licensed Professional Counselors (LLPCs) who need supervision.

Coming LLPC Group Supervision

January 2018

Clarkston: Friday January 26, 2018 (6 pm – 10 pm)

Lansing: Saturday January 27, 2018 (4 pm – 8 pm)

February 2018

Clarkston: Friday February 16, 2018 (6 pm – 10 pm)

Lansing: Saturday February 17, 2018 (4 pm – 8 pm)

LET Services

Group Supervision: Monthly gatherings that review caseloads and discuss trends.

Individual Supervision: As requested, informal one-on-one sessions that provide personal attention and insightful strategies.

Communication: Unlimited monthly communication via phone, email and text.

Other: NCE workshops, counseling residencies, business services support, book

club and scholarly writing/research.

 

Services Offered By RSRC

 

Afterschool Programming 8 Staff Trainings/Development • Business/Entrepreneur Support • Individual/Family Counseling • Research Institute • Book Writing/Publishing       Treatment/Support Groups • Educational Services • Post-Adoption Services • School-Based Initiatives • LLPC Licensure Supervision • Compliance/Regulation • Grant/Proposal Writing • Cultural/Educational Fieldtrips • Youth Programming • Motivational Speaking  Program Development • Conferences/Retreats • NCE Test Workshops

Contact Us

 

Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc.      

Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC                                           

2500 S Linden Road

P.O Box 321252

Flint, MI 48532                                

(810) 394-7815 (Office)  

(810) 732-6657 (Fax)                                  

Website: richardsonsconsulting.com

Email:reccorichardsonphd@gmail.com

6
Jan

November 2017

LET & ABLE News

Licensure Education Training & Adolescents for Better Learning Endeavors Programs

A publication of Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc. • Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC

 

Issue 35 … November 2017

 

Dr. Recco’s Corner

    I have been closely watching the behaviors and attitudes of boys ages 6 to 11 for the last several years. I could watch other ages but this one caught my eye for whatever reason.

   I must say, with hopes of not becoming the bearer of bad news, that I’m concerned with this group of boys. Their overall lack of concern for others, inattention to details, privileged mentality, fixation on video games and intentional defiance will change by itself or improve naturally over a period of time. No, that is now how it works!

    At this point, for the majority of the boys, better parenting is not the calling card  solution. In my opinion, unless they take part in intensive treatment, extra-curricular activities, effective mentoring and develop a passion, they are headed for a rock bottom experience and soul wreatching experience that hopefully saves them from what might be a questionable future.

    Like other caring adults, my concern keeps me up late at night trying to figure out, understand and develop interventions that help to resolve the youngsters’ presenting problems. Problems that they and their parents may not be aware of.     

    I’m asking you to join me in reaching out more to this age group. When presented with an opportunity, please take the time to talk with the boys, encourage them to excel, explain life to them and help them however you can. I believe we can make a difference and arrest our concerns.

 

Recco

 

Ingredients Of A Good Proposal For Funding

By Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.,D., LPC

    Over the last 20 years, I have been fortunate to have nearly two dozen proposals accepted and fully financed by various public and private funders. Below are a few key ingredients of my proposals.

Fact Sheet: This sheet summarizes the entire proposal in two pages or less. As one funder told me 15 years ago, “You need to say what you are going to do, early, quickly and concisely because most of us don’t have time to read through a 40 page proposal.”

Sponsoring Agency: I have found that potential funders are interested in knowing more about your organization. A blurb about your history, the mission/vision statement, focus, credentials and number of clients served per year is good information to share.

Goals: Goals are critical to understanding the purpose of the proposed services. It is important for goals to address relevant and currents issues facing the target population.

Number Served: A solid estimation of the number of participants to be serviced is a must. It provides funders with an idea of how many people directly and indirectly will benefit from the proposed services.

Start/End Date: As surely as all good things start, they must also come to an end. So as to reach their own service delivery and financial budget, this information helps funders formulate their plans.

Research/Theoretical Framework: This area is perhaps the most over looked aspect of quality proposal writing. In truth, accurate and essential information is gathered from the research and theory portion of the proposal.  It is critical that the foundation, philosophy of programming and program components be governed by fresh data and current peer-reviewed literature that is less than five years old.   

Program Components: Documentation of which services will be provided should be reported on several times in the proposal. Most funders desire to see upwards of eight program components (services), of which the majority should be face-to-face client services.

Overview of Program Schedule: I have yet to encounter a funder who wasn’t interested in dates, times, locations and format. In other words, they want to see how “everything works together.”  

They want to see how things flow, what the service delivery will look like, scheduling options and where each program component falls within the scheme of things.

Program Budget Narrative: Though it is often over-looked and too skimpy, the budget narrative helps funders visualize things. Among other things, it explains the rationale behind budget items.

Program Budget: The budget may be the most discussed aspect of a submitted proposal. Thus, it needs to be accurate, reasonable and indicated in-kind contributions. Of utmost importance is documentation of services, units of service and cost per unit.

Participant’s Selection: Due to inadequate planning, participant selection is often an area requestors lose points on the proposal’s rubric. In addition to document how participants will be identified, it is necessary to report on systems that will be in place to retain clients, deadlines, client eligibility requirements and outreach efforts.

Program Staffing: With no doubt, there is not a shortage of clients in need of proposed services. As a result, it is wise to document staffing issues such as caseloads, job titles, staff support such as supervision and opportunities for staff development/training.

Objectives/Outcomes: A major mistake, this section of the proposal is often under-developed or breezed over by requestors.

It is a must that program objectives and program outcomes are tightly interwoven in the request for funding, research-based, achievable, measurable and reported on.

Evaluation:  In general, the purpose of the evaluation is to provide systematic and reliable information regarding the on-going operation of the program. Thus proposals for funding should document plans to evaluate the effectiveness and fidelity of services. It is best to for evaluations to be both qualitative and quantitative in nature. It is important to document how the evaluative data will be secured, scored, processed, monitored and reported on.

Criteria for Effectiveness: A report on the criteria for effectiveness can help sway funders in the proposal selection process. This section is when the interventions are reported on along with specific program activities, the desired client attitudes and actions and which competencies/skills will be secured by staff and clients.

References: The finishing touch on an outstanding proposal for services lists out the citations and research used to under-pin the proposal. Each citation and noted theory found in the body of the proposal should be listed as well as other citations and sources used.

 

Business Entrepreneurship & Supervision Training Program (BEST)

    The Business Entrepreneurship & Staff Training (BEST) program is designed to meet the specific training needs of private agencies, out of home placement facilities, corporations, school districts, day care centers and business entrepreneurs.

    At the core of BEST are time tested theories of counseling, traditional human development concepts, research-based frameworks, hands-on activities, practical interventions, self-empowerment and optimum personal performance.

The benefits of BEST are include helping agencies/organizations remain in compliance with yearly training, requirements, workshops/trainings  are cost efficient, on-site sessions,  improved employee morale and effectiveness and much more.

 

BEST’s Program Most Request Topics

 

-Servicing Traumatized Clients   

-Them, They & Us Team Building  

-A Closer Look At Mental Health Disorders

-Maximizing Organizational Behavior

-Child Management Techniques

-Verbal & Non-Verbal De-Escalation

-Millennial Parenting Skills

-Today’s Professional Ethics

-Mentoring & Leadership

-Working With At-Risk Populations

-Effective Behavioral Systems

  Books Written By Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC

“Listen To Me: A Journey Into The Expressions of Our Youth.” Recco Santee Richardson, Santee Publication, Flint, MI (2009).

“Parents Helping Children Learn: Your Child Can Earn A’s.” Recco Santee Richardson, Santee Publication, Flint, MI (2010).

“Restorative Recovery Reference Guide: Treatment Strategies For Helping Survivors of Childhood and Adult Sexual Abuse Heal.” Recco Santee Richardson, Santee Publication, Flint, MI (2010).

“Secrets to Great Outcomes For Children From Single-Parent Homes.” Recco Santee Richardson, Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc., Flint, MI (2017).

 

Other Books Published By Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc.

“AAH!! Moments: Three Teens Thinking Out Loud.” King, Danielle, Cranfill, Jessenia and Greenlee, Najee. Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc., Flint, MI (2017).

“ENABLE Us. Urban Students Reflect On Education.” Collins, Nandi, Dubay, Joshua and Spencer, Donnell, Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc., Flint, MI (2015).

“One Liner Life Lines: Teens Helping Teens Make It Another Day.” Craft, Amanda, Epps, Brandon, Epps, Bryce, Fischer, Michael, Fischer, Shawntera, Fischer, Undrea, Gonzalez, Ricky, Martin, Candice, Pettit, Hannah, Reed, Yelena, Reed-Gonzalez, Vivika, Reed-Gonzalez, Zopheiea. Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc., Flint, MI (2016).




“The growing number of authors is good for our communities”




Scheduled “Confidence Builder” NCE Workshops

     Our next eight-week National Counselor Exam “Confidence Builder” workshop sessions have been scheduled for January 2018 through February 2018. There is limited seating. Registration ends January 1, 2018.

Lansing, MI

Sessions begin Saturday January 6, 2018 and will meet eight consecutive Saturdays         9 am to 12 pm (3 hours). The location is RIY, 913 W. Holmes Road, Lansing, MI 48910

Flint, MI

Sessions begin Sunday January 7, 2018 and will meet eight consecutive Sundays 5 pm to 8 pm (3 hrs). The sessions will take place at   Grace Cathedral Community Church, 1709 Nebraska Street, Flint, MI 48506.





100% of our participants passed the NCE on their first try!




    Our instructors are Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) who have taught master’s level counseling courses and/or are Limited                   Limited Licensed Professional Counselors (LLPC) who have passed the NCE within the last 3 years.

 

    

    For more cost details and additional information you can call: (810) 394- 7815;

visit: https://lsu.clickfunnels.com/register or email: reccorichardsonphd@gmail.com.

Licensure Education Training Program

Offered by Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc., the Licensure Educational Training (LET) Program is an effective supervisory program that targets Limited Licensed Professional Counselors (LLPCs) who need supervision.

 

Coming LLPC Group Supervision

December 2017

Clarkston: Friday December 15, 2017 (6 pm – 10 pm)

Lansing: Saturday December 16, 2017 (4 pm – 8 pm)

 

January 2018

Clarkston: Friday January 26, 2018 (6 pm – 10 pm)

Lansing: Saturday January 27, 2018 (4 pm – 8 pm)

 

LET Services

Group Supervision: Monthly gatherings that review caseloads and discuss trends.

Individual Supervision: As requested, informal one-on-one sessions that provide personal attention and insightful strategies.

Communication: Unlimited monthly communication via phone, email and text.

Other: NCE workshops, counseling residencies, business services support, book

club and scholarly writing/research.

ABLE Program

 

    The Adolescents for Better Learning Endeavors (ABLE) Program is designed to help school age youth move forward as a result of gaining new skills and competency.

The goal is for participants to be able to successfully participate within the school setting. The program helps participants improve their academics, social life, emotional maturity and decision-making skills.

ABLE Program Components

  • Individual Counseling  
  • Family Counseling            
  • Home Visits  
  • Crisis Management
  • Parenting Workshops
  • Incentives & Awards
  • Support Groups
  • Exciting Fieldtrips

 

Services Offered By RSRC

Afterschool Programming • Staff Trainings/Development • Business/Entrepreneur Support • Individual/Family Counseling • Research Institute • Book Writing/Publishing       Treatment/Support Groups • Educational Services • Post-Adoption Services • School-Based Initiatives • LLPC Licensure Supervision • Compliance/Regulation • Grant/Proposal Writing • Cultural/Educational Fieldtrips • Youth Programming • Motivational Speaking Program Development • Conferences/Retreats • NCE Test Workshops

 

Contact Us

 

Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc.      

Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC                                           

2500 S Linden Road

P.O Box 321252

Flint, MI 48532                                

(810) 394-7815 (Office)  

(810) 732-6657 (Fax)                                  

Website: richardsonsconsulting.com

Email: reccorichardsonphd@gmail.com

6
Jan

October 2017

LET & ABLE News

Licensure Education Training & Adolescents for Better Learning Endeavors Programs

A publication of Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc. • Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC

 

Issue 34 … October 2017

 

Dr. Recco’s Corner

    On a daily basis, I and many of my fellow mental health counselors, follow political, race and sports current world issues and trends. We do the such so as to be better prepared to respond to a client’s question or past traumatic experience.

    Likewise, I have several colleagues who refuse to follow current world issues. They feel that it is out of the scope of their mental health practice to address a client’s question about such developing trends.

    Most mental health counselors do not spend the day dreaming about becoming the voice of reason for politics and the moral compass. What I hope we do spend time doing is preparing to provide clients with accurate information, frameworks for understanding and effective treatment interventions for when current world issues  knocks at their door.

It is my hope, that when clients entrust us to guide them through current world issues, we will have an adequate understanding of the issues at hand and make a quality decision to help them. Are you ready to answer their questions?

 

Recco

 

Scheduled “Confidence Builder” NCE Workshops

     Our next eight-week National Counselor Exam “Confidence Builder” workshop sessions have been scheduled for January 2018 through February 2018. There is limited seating. Registration ends January 1, 2018.

Lansing, MI

Sessions begin Saturday January 6, 2018 and will meet eight consecutive Saturdays        9 am to 12 pm (3 hours). The location is RIY, 913 W. Holmes Road, Lansing, MI 48910

 

Flint, MI

Sessions begin Sunday January 7, 2018 and will meet eight consecutive Sundays 5 pm to 8 pm (3 hrs). The sessions will take place at   Grace Cathedral Community Church, 1709 Nebraska Street, Flint, MI 48506.




100% of our participants passed the NCE on their first try!




    Our instructors are Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) who have taught master’s level counseling courses and/or are Limited                   Limited Licensed Professional Counselors (LLPC) who have passed the NCE within the last 3 years.

    For more cost details and additional information you can call: (810) 394- 7815;

visit: https://lsu.clickfunnels.com/register or email: reccorichardsonphd@gmail.com.

 

35 Ways To Immediately Improve Your Life

By Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC

 

Take more responsibility

Prepare for disappointments

Select better friends

Surround yourself with inspiration

Choose quality of quantity

 

Be willing to ask for help

Regularly put forth effort

Slow down when necessary

See things for what they are

In all things, be grateful

 

Be a blessing to the elderly

Always believe that you can

Avoid anger at all cost

Be comfortable confronting others

Decide to no longer be a victim

 

Properly process situations

Enjoy the small things in life

Count up the cost daily

Lead by example and deed

Make it a habit to meditate

 

View mistakes as part of life

Seek to understand things

Be yourself no matter what

Embrace what you have

Regularly acknowledge others  

 

Find ways to be helpful

Be considerate and honest

Strive to be a better person

Recognize your season of life

Don’t be afraid of change

 

Try to avoid complaining

Develop your gifts

Place high value on your life

Take care of yourself

Be willing to soar

“Achieving Without Cheating”

By Danielle King, High School Senior Excerpts Part II

 

    If I am being honest, most of the information I obtain during class goes down the drain by the end of summer vacation. So, is there really a difference between a cheater and me? In most cases, teachers cannot tell the difference, especially if a high caliber student is being dishonest.

    In my experience, some of the people I have classes with have gotten amazing SAT scores, without cheating, but have not done 6 percent of the assignments for certain classes the whole year without some form of an answer key. Meanwhile, I do all of the assignments given to me and achieve the same score. There is an obvious disconnect.

    How is it possible that cheating and achieving can be almost synonymous with each other? I know that everyone has a different aptitude, but it shouldn’t be so easy for students to skim by and get the same scores as students who actually put in the work to earn the same grade.

    The primary reason that cheating is so easy is because there is a lack of originality. Teachers have the tendency to not refresh their materials so if a student chooses to keep any materials from courses there is a high chance that material can be subject to transfer from person to person.

    Also, if a teacher chooses to use documents from the Internet, the student can find the answers. I know that creating new assignments every year for students is a lot to ask of a teacher, but there are methods that can be done to help ensure that cheating is at a minimum.

    One way teachers can prevent cheating is to encourage a healthy learning environment. Typically, students believe that cheating is wrong, but they also, in some ways, feel that their only way out is by doing so. Some students feel as if their teachers, or professors, are cheating them by not putting their all into making sure the students are comprehending the material, so in return, the students cheat to receive a grade that they otherwise would not have received.

    In a learning environment, there is a teacher – student agreement. Both parties have to uphold their end of the bargain or the learning of the students and the effectiveness of the teacher will be compromised.

    Instead of cheating, students should voice their concerns with their superior in order to get the learning environment that is necessary for them to thrive. The most obvious of suggestions is to study even if the subject at hand is not the most exciting or is challenging.

    Students should always remember that there is always something to be gained from each class they take. No, I am not saying that every class’s subject will be of use in a literal way, but each experience or situation that a person is put in should result in some sort of change.

    Also, pupils should remember that with every time they cheat, they are cheating themselves out of something that they did not already know.

    Most of the behavioral issues that any student is having can be addressed at home. Parents should talk to their kids about why cheating is wrong and what they could do to help the student reach their potential without copying information wrongfully off the Internet.

     Parents also should set an example for their children by not cheating. For instance, if a parent cheats on their taxes and the child knows, how can the parent really be surprised when they find out that their child is doing the same thing, but just in a different situation?

    Influence is a huge factor in the actions of people, including students. Stopping the cheating epidemic starts at home and is the only way that a student can learn what it means to have integrity, even amongst people who do not.

    Cheating in education is a result of many pieces of a puzzle woven together. There is not just one single factor that impacts the rate of cheating. The main goal when moving a student through life is to cultivate them mentally, as well as build their character: one cannot work without the other.

    I strongly encourage providing the adequate environment where students can flourish so they can be able to impact the global community in a great way.

 

Ivy League Colleges Tour

    From November 10, 2017 to November 13, 2017, the Ivy League Pipeline Program (Pipeline) participants will be visiting Yale, Brown, Columbia and University of Pennsylvania.

    The Ivy Pipeline Program started in 2016, and currently has three former participants enrolled at an Ivy League college. The program is a community-based intensive standardized testing and college acceptance program that targets exceptional learners grades 6th through 11th.

    The program is designed to help students gain admission to Ivy League colleges.      Program activities intend to help students gain additional confidence, take part in practice opportunities, improve standardized scores, write exceptional entrance essays, secure scholarships/financial aid and gain acceptance into an Ivy League college.

    Featuring a charged environment, the program encourages students to excel and soar as a result of intense preparation, additional maturity and high-level dedication to their college plans.

ABLE Program

    The Adolescents for Better Learning Endeavors (ABLE) Program is designed to help school age youth move forward as a result of gaining new skills and competency.

The goal is for participants to be able to successfully participate within the school setting.

    The program helps participants improve their academics, social life, emotional maturity and decision-making skills.

 

ABLE Program Components

 

  • Individual Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Home Visits
  • Crisis Management
  • Parenting Workshops
  • Incentives & Awards
  • Support Groups
  • Exciting Fieldtrips

 

Licensure Education Training Program

    Offered by Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc., the Licensure Educational Training (LET) Program is an effective supervisory program that targets Limited Licensed Professional Counselors (LLPCs) who need supervision.

 

Coming LLPC Group Supervision

 

November 2017

 

Clarkston: Friday November 17, 2017 (6 pm – 10 pm)

Lansing: Saturday November 18, 2017 (4 pm – 8 pm)

 

December 2017

 

Clarkston: Friday December 15, 2017 (6 pm – 10 pm)

Lansing: Saturday December 16, 2017 (4 pm – 8 pm)

LET Services

 

Group Supervision: Monthly gatherings that review caseloads and discuss trends.

Individual Supervision: As requested, informal one-on-one sessions that provide personal attention and insightful strategies.

Communication: Unlimited monthly communication via phone, email and text.

Other: NCE workshops, counseling residencies, business services support, book

club and scholarly writing/research.

 

Services Offered By RSRC

 

After school Programming • Staff Trainings/Development • Business/Entrepreneur Support • Individual/Family Counseling • Research Institute • Book Writing/Publishing   Treatment/Support Groups • Educational Services • Post-Adoption Services • School-Based Initiatives • LLPC Licensure Supervision • Compliance/Regulation • Grant/Proposal Writing • Cultural/Educational Fieldtrips • Youth Programming • Motivational Speaking Program Development • Conferences/Retreats • NCE Test Workshops

 

Contact Us

 

Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc.      

Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC                                           

2500 S Linden Road

P.O Box 321252

Flint, MI 48532                                

(810) 394-7815 (Office)  

(810) 732-6657 (Fax)                                  

Website: richardsonsconsulting.com

Email:reccorichardsonphd@gmail.com

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September 2017

LET & ABLE News

Licensure Education Training & Adolescentsfor Better Learning Endeavors Programs

A publication of Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc. • Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC

 

Issue 33 …September 2017

 

Dr. Recco’s Corner

    I have learned several valuable lessons over the years. Some of the lessons were painful, while others were more easily entreated. One of the biggest lessons I have learned is to be competent. In other words, I need to, “Know the facts, know what I’m doing and know what I’m talking about.”  

    To know something is more than being aware or prepared. For me, it means to be aware, well versed, confident and able to articulate critical information at strategic times.

    Because of their lack of knowing, unfortunately, most people that share their opinions are not the best spokesperson on a given topic. They really do not know what they are talking about, and have not performed due diligence to become enlightened.

    As caring adults, working professionals, leaders and defenders of truth and honor, it is our responsibility to speak up and blow the trumpet regarding various topics.

    This same burden, and responsibility, requires us to also, “Know,” on all levels.  Can I, and the rest of the world, depend on you to, “Know?”

 

Recco

 

Lansing Area “Confidence Builder” NCE Workshops

     We are in the process of planning our Lansing area National Counselor Exam “Confidence Builder” workshop sessions.

    You should know that a total of 100% of our participants passed the NCE on their first try. As well, you should know that we would pay the re-test fee for anyone who participates in our workshops that do not pass the exam.

A total of 100% of our participants have passed the NCE on their first try.

    Over an eight-week period, on a weekly basis, participants receive three hours of instruction regarding each content area found on the exam. Please email, or call us for more information.

 

10-Year LLPC Status Limitation

    The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs currently is reminding Limited Licensed Professional Counselors (Prof. Counselor – Educ. LTD) that there is a limitation on the number of years their limited license may be renewed.

    Administrative Rule 338.1754(5), which took effect on January 1, 2012, provides that a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor  license may be renewed annually, but for no more than 10 years. This limitation affects all individuals that currently hold, or will be issued in the future, a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (Prof. Counselor – Educ. LTD) license.

“Achieving Without Cheating” By Danielle King, High School Senior -Excerpts-

    In America, we wonder why we are behind other countries in education, and think that it has to do with method, and to some degree that is true, but ideology is what is driving us downward. Simply put, the students here are given so many free passes that it is hindering them from being able to perform at their best. If we want to combat this, we need to figure out ways to combat cheating of all forms in the United States.

    If students are brought up in a society in which cheating, or lying, like in this situation is going to get them ahead, we as a community will continue in a vicious cycle, and before we know it, situations like this one will happen all of the time. Integrity is what our nation is lacking: not brains.

    A lot of the time our students are fully capable of completing tasks, but knowing that they do not have to is what is pulling us down. I know that it is wishful thinking that all of this is going to become perfect, but we should still strive to be better every day by implementing positive behaviors.

   As a result of my previous experiences and other insights, I decided to discuss cheating in the academic and athletic world in regards to students and our society as a whole.

    To understand how huge the issue of cheating is in the United States, we must take a look at how many students are cheating and which of those students are breaking academic integrity.

    According to Best College Reviews (2012), of the 23,000 students who were surveyed in 2012, 51 percent of them admitted to cheating on one or more exams in an academic school year.

    That means, that in a classroom of thirty, about 15 of those students broke academic integrity. These numbers show that the epidemic is far-reaching, and common.

    Cheating used to be simply passing notes or asking the person in front of you for the answer to a specific question. In many cases, a person using these methods gets caught, but technology has made it easier for students to get the answers they need with very little risk of detection.

    In my experience, many of my peers have opted to use group chats to get away with cheating. Obviously, I am not saying that every student that is a part of a group chat is cheating, but cheating is a lot easier in that setting than in the classroom where a teacher is around to monitor the student’s activities.  

 

To Be Continued In Next Month’s Newsletter

Ivy League Colleges Tour

    From November 10, 2017 to November 13, 2017, the Ivy League Pipeline Program (Pipeline) participants will be visiting Yale, Brown, Columbia and University of Pennsylvania.

    The Ivy Pipeline Program started in 2016, and currently has three former participants enrolled at an Ivy League college. The program is a community-based intensive standardized testing and college acceptance program that targets exceptional learners grades 6th through 11th.

    The program is designed to help students gain admission to Ivy League colleges.     Program activities intend to help students gain additional confidence, take part in practice opportunities, improve standardized scores, write exceptional entrance essays, secure scholarships/financial aid and gain acceptance into an Ivy League college.

    Featuring a charged environment, the program encourages students to excel and soar as a result of intense preparation, additional maturity and high-level dedication to their college plans.

ABLE Program

    The Adolescents for Better Learning Endeavors (ABLE) Program is designed to help school age youth move forward as a result of gaining new skills and competency.

The goal is for participants to be able to successfully participate within the school setting.

ABLE Program Components:

  1. Individual Counseling
  2. Family Counseling
  3. Home Visits
  4. Crisis Management
  5. Parenting Workshops
  6. Incentives & Awards
  7. Support Groups
  8. Exciting Fieldtrips

    The program helps participants improve their academics, social life, emotional maturity and decision-making skills.

ABLE Program “Grades Up” Incentive:

   College’s reward students with cash for their excellent grades and so does the ABLE Program. Participants earn $10 for every full grade improved and $50 for earning a 3.00 GPA or higher.

    Since 2014, several dozen students have improved their grades. Participants earn $10 for every full grade improved and $50 for earning a 3.00 GPA or higher.

Licensure Education Training Program

    Offered by Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc., the Licensure Educational Training (LET) Program is an effective supervisory program that targets Limited Licensed Professional Counselors (LLPCs) who need supervision.

 

 

LET Services:

Group Supervision: Monthly gatherings that review caseloads, offer Q/A sessions, discuss trends in the field, secure guest speakers, and much more.

Individual Supervision: As requested, informal one-on-one sessions that provide personal attention, intentional brainstorming and insightful strategies.

Communication: Unlimited monthly communication via phone, email and text.

Other: NCE workshops, counseling residencies, business services support, book club and scholarly writing/research.

Coming LLPC Group Supervision:

 

October 2017

Clarkston: Friday October 20, 2017 (6 pm – 10 pm)

Lansing: Saturday October 21, 2017 (4 pm – 8 pm)

 

November 2017

Clarkston: Friday November 17, 2017 (6 pm – 10 pm)

Lansing: Saturday November 18, 2017 (4 pm – 8 pm)

 

Services Offered By RSRC

 

Afterschool Programming • Staff Trainings/Development • Business/Entrepreneur Support • Individual/Family Counseling • Research Institute • Book Writing/Publishing       Treatment/Support Groups • Educational Services • Post-Adoption Services • School-Based Initiatives • LLPC Licensure Supervision • Compliance/Regulation • Grant/Proposal Writing • Cultural/Educational • Fieldtrips • Youth Programming • Motivational Speaking Program Development • Conferences/Retreats • NCE Test Workshops

 

Contact Us

Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc.      

Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC                                           

2500 S Linden Road

P.O Box 321252

Flint, MI 48532                                

(810) 394-7815 (Office)  

(810) 732-6657 (Fax)                                  

Website: richardsonsconsulting.com

Email:reccorichardsonphd@gmail.com

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August 2017

LET & ABLE News

Licensure Education Training & Adolescents for Better Learning Endeavors Programs

A publication of Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc. • Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC

 

Issue 32 … August 2017

 

Dr. Recco’s Corner

 

    At the top of my lungs, I feel like screaming, “Just focus on helping someone.” So many people today are looking for answers, help, and support. They are reaching out, crying out, seeking high and low, and looking for a way out. However, while all of this is going on with them, qualified and capable help seems to be busy discussing things that really don’t matter.

     I mean, does it really matter to those that are hurting if you utilize psychotherapy in counseling sessions instead of trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy? Do clients really care if we are Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Muslim or Buddhist? When in a bind, do clients wonder or care if we have a Masters in Counseling, a Master’s in Psychology or a Master’s in Social Work?

     The answer to all of the above stated questions is, “No.” What clients do care about is simple. They care about if we truly care about them. They care about if we treat them with respect and dignity during their time of need.

     As service providers, let’s focus on doing a better job of helping our clients. Focus later on all of the other stuff that serves as a distraction.

 

Recco

 

 

“A Closer Look” Mental Health & Service Provider’s Conference

 

   The 3rd Annual, “A Closer Look,” Mental Health & Service Provider’s Conference will be held Friday September 22, 2017 at the Conference Center, Ramada Hotel          (Lansing, MI).

   The theme is Traumatized Clients: Clinical Treatment Interventions That Strengthens Emotional Intelligence & Builds Resilience.Presenters will share information, interventions and practical insight regarding trauma, grief/loss, suicide prevention, treatment planning and emerging trends and other relevant topics.     

 

Education Training Hours

Social Work: A total of four (4) social work education hours has been approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative.

Counseling: The Traumatized Clients: Clinical Treatment Interventions That Strengthens Emotional Intelligence & Builds Resilience workshop session has been approved by National Board of Certified Counselors for four (4) NBCC credits. Sessions approved for NBCC are clearly identified.Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc.  is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC approval number SP: 2911

 

New Book Published!

This month, Recco Richardson Consulting, Inc. will release a new book that is titled  AAH!!Moments, 3 Teens Thinking Out Loud. The writings are a collection of three books combined into one publication.

The individual books are: Achieving Without Cheating, by Danielle King, Get Smart, by Jessenia Cranfill and A Literature Review of The History of Music in America, by Najee Greenlee.

 

Achieving Without Cheating By Danielle King

    Danielle, Jessenia and Najee are straight A high school students, and are intelligent. What seems to be their academic foundation is their quest to be the best at whatever they do. They have gained the ability to appreciate the small things in life, and to take on challenges. This brings out the best in them, and continues to set them apart.

     It is held that all children can learn, some children learn differently, and some children use various skills when challenged to comprehend. However, not all children excel academically. Surely, not all of them score in the 90th percentile on standardized tests. The authors’ writings give us a peek into how they approach life, their mindset regarding problems, how they interact with family members, and what helps them manage stress.

 

Get Smart: A “How To” On Keeping Your Grades Up By Jessenia Cranfill

      We could learn a lot from the authors and other teens that score in the top percentile. Learning from the authors is the purpose and focus of this book. Another purpose of the book is fundraising. The authors keep 100 percent of the proceeds from book sales for their college visits and associated fees.

 

A Literature Review of The History of Music in America By Najee Greenlee

Parents, educators and other students need to know and be sure about the learning process. The teen writers of this book, walk us through their lives, thoughts and perceptions regarding education, parenting and history. Their perceptions and beliefs lead them to explore their world, understand themselves and prepare for their future.

 

Youth & Young Adult Suicide Prevention/Intervention

Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC

 

Definition & Statistics

   Traumatized clients can be tempted to contemplate suicide. Suicide is the intentional taking of one’s own life. For youth ages 10-24, suicide is one of the leading causes of death. In 2014, The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reported that 157,000 youth and young adults received medical care from self inflicted suicide attempt injuries.

    In a 2014 nation-wide study of 14-24 year-olds, 16 percent stated they seriously considered suicide, 13 percent reported creating a plan and 8 percent of students reported having attempted suicide before. The most common method of youth suicide is firearms (45 percent), suffocation (40 percent) and poisoning (8 percent). For youth/young adults, more females attempt suicide and upwards of 84 percent of suicides are committed by males.

Factors

   According to WebMD (2014) there are several factors that contribute to suicide attempts and prevention efforts. The risk factors for attempts are below.

 

Suicide Risk Factors

  • Previous Attempt Abuse/Neglect
  • Depression Substance Abuse
  • Stressful Life Easy Access
  • Incarceration Confusion
  • Family Problems Hopeless Feelings
  • Financial Strain Relationship Loss
  • Low Support System Physical Illness

 

Protective Factors

  • Treatment Restricted Access
  • Family Support Community Support
  • Problem Solving Coping Skills
  • Religious Beliefs Cultural Values

 

Suicide Signs & Warnings

To help youth/young adults avoid suicidal ideations, it is important that we all are aware of the signs and warnings.

Below are a few signs and warnings:

Depression/Sadness: Nearly 75 percent of teens who commit suicide previously reported feeling depressed.

Talks About Death: Jokes, casual remarks, references and review of recent deaths.

Has A Real Plan: Where they would do it, how they would do it and why they would do it.

Expresses No One Cares: Nobody likes me, I don’t trust anyone and I don’t fit in.

Behaviors Change: Out of character, clothing and music changes, personal image, and social concerns.

Low Interest & Isolation: Nothing excites, no fun, boredom and it doesn’t matter.

Sleep Pattern Changes: Too much/too little sleep, can’t sleep and trouble staying asleep.

Poor Concentration/Focus: Trouble remembering things and stop reading.

Declining Grades: Tardiness, low interest, poor test scores and easily distracted.

Level  Of Complaining Increases: Conflict with friends, school problems and adult problems.

Eating Habits Change: Stop eating meat, eat mostly sweets and become calorie & fat content focused.

Reckless Behaviors: Drug usage, double dare, sexualized, stealing and running away.

Gives Away Valuables: Collectables, jewelry, video games, hats and clothes.

On-line Glamorization: Normalize pains, wrong philosophies and false reports.

 

LET Program

    Offered by Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc., the Licensure Educational Training (LET) Program is an effective supervisory program that targets Limited Licensed Professional Counselors (LLPCs) who need supervision.

 

LET Services:

Group Supervision: Monthly gatherings that review caseloads, offer Q/A sessions, discusses trends in the field, secures guest speakers and much more.

Individual Supervision: As requested, informal one-on-one sessions that provide personal attention, intentional brainstorming and insightful strategies.

Communication: Unlimited monthly communication via phone, email and text.

Other: NCE workshops, counseling residencies, business services support, book club and scholarly writing/research.

Please contact our office if you are in need of LLPC supervision.

 

 

Coming LLPC Group Supervision

September 2017

All cohort supervision sessions will take place Friday September 22, 2017 during the, “A Closer Look” Mental Health & Service Providers’ Conference. Additional make-up supervision hours will be available during the entire weekend.

 

Contact Us

 

Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc.      

Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC

2500 S Linden Road, P.O Box 321252 .. Flint, MI 48532

(810) 394-7815 (Office)  (810) 732-6657 (Fax)                                  

website: richardsonsconsulting.com

email:reccorichardsonphd@gmail.com

 

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July 2017

LET & ABLE News

Licensure Education Training & Adolescents for Better Learning Endeavors Programs

A publication of Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc. • Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC

 

Issue 31 …July 2017

 

Dr. Recco’s Corner

    I want to remind everyone that it is okay to encourage others. For some reason, the majority of us find it hard to let others know how well they are doing and how close they are to reaching their goals. I guess human nature prevails and convinces us to not let others know that they can make it another day and that things will get better. Yes, they will get better!

   While there is something fundamentally wrong with, “Brown noising and sucking-up,” to a person, there is nothing wrong with rendering inspired encouragement when it is warranted and the right the to do. We should not have to ponder or pray about doing the right thing. Right is right.

    Not only have we become comfortable with not encouraging others, we have also convinced ourselves that we do not need encouragement from others.  This is not good. Everyone needs to be encouraged by others.

    Today, I’m personally challenging you to put forth an effort to encourage at least one person each day. It will cost you nothing and it will eventually benefit you. Try it!

 

Recco

 

Helping Male Teens Avoid Crime (Pt III)

By Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC & Jeanette Owens, MA, LLPC 

• Continued from last month’s newsletter •

     With no doubt, effective parenting helps minors avoid participation in criminal activity. It is held that children need parenting efforts that are consistent and attempt to maintain control. Children also need close supervision, rewards, consequences, and parent disapproval of antisocial behavior.

     Reed & Reed (1997) reported that children of incarcerated parents are adversely affected in that the family system is harmed. The temporary and long-term loss of a parent due to incarceration can sting a child/adolescent in a deep emotional way. The sting has the ability to penetrate and distract the fundamental belief system, values that are held near and dear to the heart and chemical balance.  

    To help children/adolescents deal with the incarceration of a parent and avoid future involvement in criminal activity, affective and physiological and attention and behavioral dysregulation needs to take place.

     Below is a list of problems that the children/adolescents experience and specific interventions that can be used by adults and minors to address the problems (Kolk et al. 2009).  

  1. Modulate, Tolerate and Recover: Children of incarcerated/previously incarcerated parents often display the inability to modulate. For some reason,           they can’t calm down, have regular negative moods, present themselves asbeing hyper, fail to self-soothe at critical times and are given to anger.  

     

      To address the stated, it is imperative that there is minimum exposure to interpersonal violence and consistent parenting that protects. As well, it is helpful to ensure that the child/adolescent avoids emotional abuse, is confronted when he/she has a tantrum and learns to tolerate differences.

     In addition, the child/adolescent need to be instructed as to how to mobilize and organize things and maintain a routine sleep pattern. Likewise, he/she is in need of consistent healthy meals, proper personal hygiene/elimination and exposure to positive concepts.

     Lastly, it is beneficial if the child/adolescent experiences soothing and stimulating sounds and develops the ability to create systems and process during routine interactions.

  1. Disturbances in Regulation of Body Functions: It can be expected that at some point the children/adolescents of an incarcerated parent will experience disrupted sleep, have eating problems, report digestive struggles, have an overall poor response, be given to being stressed and be very sensitive.   

 

       To address the above mentioned, it is important that the child/adolescent have consistent healthy meals and proper personal hygiene/elimination. In addition, he/she should learn how to respond to positive touch and feel.  

  1. Awareness of Emotions and Body States: The children/adolescents often depersonalize and are not aware of their external world. Their move toward affective numbing, dissociation, inability to describe their emotions, fears, inadequate communication of their desires is not healthy.  

 

       There are several practical things that can help children/adolescents experience success in their emotions and body states. They should learn to emote, label feelings and identify their emotional triggers. In addition, efforts should be made to be more aware of their surroundings and to experience incidental learning.

       They should also be encouraged to be observant and to develop good listening skills. Lastly, they should be instructed as to how to perceive, problem solve and resolve conflicts.

  1. Threats, Misread Danger and Relational Dysregulation: For the most part, all children/adolescents have a need to feel safe. It is held that in many cases, children/adolescents of incarcerated and/or previously incarcerated parents have a tainted perception of safety. They can become pre-occupied with the detection of  a threat and experience persistent social fears.

     On a regular basis, they may misread social context, display narrow focus and have inadequate shifts of awareness of surroundings. In addition, they can become pre-occupied with their caregiver and have attachment problems.    

     There are several remedies for the above mentioned. The removal of threats and intimidators should take place. There should also be efforts to ensure their safety and ongoing instruction on how to identify dangers and the associated cues. It is also helpful to teach the child/adolescent how to protect his/her emotions and experience regular stimulation.

     He/she should be introduced to positive rhythms and beats and taught the benefits of intentional movement. The child/adolescent should also receive instruction as to how to properly release emotions, manage stress and gain victory over sexual desires.

  1. Impaired Self-Protection and Thrill Seeking: The incarceration of a parent can have a lasting and very deep impact on a child’s/adolescent’s sense of self and thrill seeking. They have a propensity to be subject to risk-taking behaviors, fire starting and misplaced sexuality.

       They also tend to pursue activities that are not age appropriate, are impulsive and display poor judgment. Lastly, they tend to not follow rules, have poor planning and fail to anticipate consequences.

      To address the problem areas, the child/adolescent must experience goal attainment and have meaningful achievement. He/she also needs self-fulfillment, confidence, selfmastery and an array of self-soothing activities such as rocking, singing and writing.

    The child/adolescent should also learn to set goals, regularly explore his/her personage and be exposed to various cultures.

  1. Maladaptive Attempts at Self-Soothing/Reactive Self-Harm: Due to their level of emotional pain, abandonment and embarrassment, children/adolescents of convicts and felons can be given to masturbating, rocking, self-harm and substance abuse.

 

      They are also at risk of suicide attempts, cutting or hitting themselves, picking their skin, burning themselves, self-mutilation, plucking their eyelashes, and other self-injurious behaviors (Richardson & Owens 2011).

      To help children/adolescents who struggle in this area, efforts should be made for them to understand their stressors, experience self-love and recognize the dangers of drugs. They should make efforts to experience natural highs and positive thoughts.

  1. Sense of Self, Self-Loathing and Trust Issues: The incarceration of a parent can affect a child’s/adolescent’s self-worth and personal confidence. It can also cause guilt, worry, damaged feelings and an overall distrust of others.

 

    In some situations and way too often, it can lead to noncompliance, aggressiveness, shame and poor boundaries.

    There are several concepts that can help children/adolescents avoid self-loathing and limited trust. They can be introduced to projects, join a club, organize activities or become task-oriented.

     They can also decide to become more responsible, seek to avoid disappointment, remain optimistic and secure healthy relationships. Efforts should also be made to manage their negative emotions and respect boundaries.

    What needs to take place at this time is a concerted effort by law officials, educators, parents and youth to embrace positive living outcomes, structured and defined outcomes, holistic approaches to problem solving, sensitivity to the unique needs of today’s families and community-based support.

 

“A Closer Look” Mental Health & Service Provider’s Conference

    The 3rd Annual, “A Closer Look,” Mental Health & Service Provider’s Conference will be held Friday September 22, 2017 at the Conference Center, Ramada Hotel (Lansing, MI).

    The theme is Traumatized Clients: Clinical Treatment Interventions That Strengthens Emotional Intelligence & Builds Resilience.Presenters will share information, interventions and practical insight regarding trauma, grief/loss, suicide prevention, treatment planning and emerging trends and other relevant topics.     

    A total of four (4) continuing education hours has been approved  by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative. Pending “A Closer Look” Conference CE Credits. We await and anticipate approval from additional state and national counseling initiatives/organizations that offer continuing education

 

25 Truths About Purpose, Driven & Successful People

By Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC

     Some 25 years, thousands and thousands of clients and 15 published books later, I have come to realize something about people who are walking in their purpose and who have achieved a measure of success in several areas of their lives.

     For the most part, these individuals are ordinary people from ordinary backgrounds. I figure now is a good time to share with the world the 25 truths I have learned and now understand about the stated individuals.

  1. When life deals them a bad hand, they  make something out.
  2. Regardless of the task, their goal is to do their best.
  3. They see the glass as half full, not half empty.
  4. They avoid waiting for things and people.
  5. They tend to be doing something at all times.
  6. They finish things.
  7. They quit, “Quitting,” a long time ago.
  8. By habit, they bounce back from mistakes quickly.
  9. They rarely (if ever) blame others.
  10. They tend to have a plan and a back-up plan to the back-up plan.
  11. They have a small circle of friends.
  12. They have a large network of like-minded peers.
  13. Their skills, trade or job satisfies them emotionally, socially, spiritually and financially.
  14. They regularly teach others what they know.
  15. They like challenges.
  16. They regularly take calculated risks.
  17. They read, meditate and listen much more than they talk, eat and sleep.
  18. They view failure as part of the learning process.
  19. They turn road blocks into stepping stones towards success.
  20. At critical times, they tend to keep their emotions in check.
  21. They are problem solvers, not problem makers.
  22. They have figured out how to get along with difficult people.
  23. They accept that everyone will not like them.
  24. They can be very demanding on themselves.
  25. They don’t expect others to understand them.

 

 

Dr. Recco’s Thoughts To Live By

 

Personal action leads to satisfaction.

Stop waiting and do something now.

Happy people make tough decisions.

Leadership means to lead,

Be sure to find the hope in situations.

Any day above the ground is a good day.

Daily preparation is critical to success.

Accept patience for what it is.

Mentoring is necessary and works.

Think long and hard as often as needed.

Maximize your time and season of life.

 

ABLE Program

    The Adolescents for Better Learning Endeavors (ABLE) Program is designed to help at-risk school age youth move forward as a result of gaining new skills and competency.

     The goal is for participants to be able to successfully participate within the school setting. The program helps participants improve their academics, social life, emotional maturity and decision-making skills.To secure ABLE programming simply contact our office.

 

3rd Annual  Youth “Improve Your Academic Life” Conference

     Our 3rd annual, “Improve Your Academic Life,” Conference will be held Friday September 1, 2017 and Saturday September 2, 2017 at Covenant Hills Resort & Camp (Otisville, MI)

     The event targets students ages 12 to 17 and will feature workshops on study skills, test taking, staying organized, avoiding distractions and peer interaction.

      Participants will be housed over-night at the facility and will also take part in several  social/recreational activities, meals and panel discussions with current college students and various working professionals.

Services/Program Offered By RSRC

 

Agency Clinical Directorship (new) • Afterschool Programming • Staff Trainings/Development • Business/Entrepreneur Support • Individual/Family Counseling  Research Institute • Book Writing/Publishing • Treatment/Support Groups • Educational Services • Post-Adoption Services • School-Based Initiatives • LLPC Licensure Supervision Compliance/Regulation • Grant/Proposal Writing • Cultural/Educational Fieldtrips • Youth Programming • Motivational Speaking • Program Development • Conferences/Retreats NCE Test Workshops

 

LET Program

      Offered by Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc., the Licensure Educational Training (LET) Program is an effective supervisory program that targets Limited Licensed Professional Counselors (LLPCs) who need supervision.

 

LET Services:

 

Group Supervision: Monthly gatherings that review caseloads, offer Q/A sessions, discusses trends in the field, secures guest speakers and much more.

Individual Supervision: As requested, informal one-on-one sessions that provide personal attention, intentional brainstorming and insightful strategies.

Communication: Unlimited monthly communication via phone, email and text.

Other: NCE workshops, counseling residencies, business services support, book club and scholarly writing/research.

Please contact our office if you are in need of LLPC supervision.  Currently, LET programming is offered in Bay City, Flint, and Lansing.

 

 

Coming LLPC Group Supervision

 

August 2017

Bay City: Saturday, August 15, 2017 (9 am – 1 pm)

Lansing: Saturday, August 15, 2017 (4 pm – 8 pm)

Flint: Sunday, August 16, 2017 (1 pm – 5 pm).

 

September 2017

All cohort supervision sessions will take place Friday September 22, 2017 during the “A Closer Look” Mental Health & Service Providers’ Conference. Additional make-up supervision hours will be available during the entire weekend.

 

 

Contact Us

 

Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc.      

Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC

2500 S Linden Road, P.O Box 321252 .. Flint, MI 48532

(810) 394-7815 (Office)  (810) 732-6657 (Fax)                                  

website: richardsonsconsulting.com

email:reccorichardsonphd@gmail.com

 

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June 2017

LET & ABLE News

Licensure Education Training & Adolescents for Better Learning Endeavors Programs

A publication of Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc. • Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC

 

Issue 30 … June  2017

 

Dr. Recco’s Corner

    Sometimes gentle, yet intentional reminders are needed. They help us stay on task, protect what we value and put us in life for favor. I humbly submit a few reminders that are worth mentioning.  

    Firstly, we must keep the spirit of volunteerism alive in our homes and communities. Volunteerism is foundational to American history and to the future of our collective strength. Everyone should embrace volunteerism, for it promotes service to others and selflessness.

    Secondly, we must find our purpose. Abuse happens when the purpose of a thing/object is not understood. Purpose has the ability to fulfill our soul and create opportunities for us and others.

    Thirdly, we must avoid making excuses. For some reason we become fixed on what happened, why we can’t and who did what.      Regardless of the situation at hand, we should remember that where there is a will, there is a way. Indeed, nothing is impossible to him that believes.

    In closing, gentle reminders often come at the right time.

 

Recco

 

 

Helping Male Teens Avoid Crime (Pt II)

By Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC & Jeanette Owens, MA, LLPC

•Continued from last month’s newsletter•

    Criminal behavior (also referred to as antisocial behavior) is defined as an overall lack of adherence to the social morals and standards that allow members of a society to coexist peaceably. For children/adolescents the behaviors equate to delinquency that can trigger adulthood arrest, conviction or incarceration.

    Their poor mental health status, subsequent behaviors, propensity for violence and involvement in criminal activities can be traced back to environment, inconsistent parenting, lack of natural consequences, academic underachievement and genetics.  As a result, at an increasing rate children/adolescents are following in the footsteps of their birth parent, including becoming involved in criminal activities.

    For some families, there appears to be a cycle of incarceration and a life of crime. In order to break the cycle of incarceration, specific interventions that help keep the children/adolescents from becoming offending adults must take place.

     In most communities and instances when a parent is arrested and eventually incarcerated, there is little to no mental health intervention offered to their children that addresses the experienced loss, fear, trauma and abandonment.

 

“To avoid criminal activities, our young males need early interventions.”

-Dr. Recco

    Simmons (2000) reported that children of arrested and incarcerated parents face unique difficulties. Because not much is known in the research about children of incarcerated parents, they seem to be falling through the cracks. The responses to their parent’s incarceration can move them towards anxiety, fear, anger, sadness, depression, guilt, school failure, trauma, low esteem, truancy and/or use of alcohol/drugs.

    Kolk et al. (2009) researched the experiences of children who have incarcerated/previously incarcerated parents. They coined the children’s experiences as Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD). DTD captures the reality of clinical presentations of children/adolescents who have been exposed to dysfunctional family living, chronic interpersonal trauma, interpersonal violence, unsafe environments, maltreatment and inadequate care giving systems.

    To help children/adolescents address their DTD (and thus avoid crime), the emphasis cannot just be on their behaviors. Rather, sufficient focus must be placed on recognizing the presence of interpersonal trauma, lack of safety and developmental disruptions.

    From a mental health perspective, DTD can look like and plays out as trauma, anxiety, worry, phobic fears, defiance, anger, aggression, suicide attempts, mood swings, depression and panic.  

     As well, from an educational perspective, DTD can look like and play out as poor school attendance, low performance on standardized tests, regular behavior referrals, learning disabilities, suspensions, poor peer interactions, isolation, poor judgment and lack of effort.

 

Solutions & Interventions That Address Criminality

 

     Sexton (2010) reported that the family unit and Functional Family Therapy (FFT) have the ability to help families and at-risk adolescents who are involved in the court system. Functional Family Therapy is an outcome-driven prevention/intervention program for youth who have demonstrated a range of maladaptive, acting out behaviors, poor attitudes, inadequate social skills, underdeveloped conflict resolution skills and related issues.

    As a solution and intervention, parents and children/adolescents can modify and incorporate concepts of FFT into their daily living. The modifying of the concepts is the responsibility of the parent and the minor, with each taking an active and personal role in implementing the information. Daily living FFT concepts are:

Stop Family Cycle of Crime: At some point, the cycle of crime must be broken. For this to take place, the parent/legal guardian (and minor) should avoid interaction and contact with individuals who participate in illegal activities. The avoidance can protect from unplanned pregnancies, unnecessary peer pressure, crisis/trauma, dependence, poor role modeling and low motivation.

Promote School Attendance/Participation: To ensure learning and development, children must attend school consistently. The recent years have witnessed children/adolescents in some communities having 10 to 30 unexcused school absences each academic year. Parents and legal guardians must be home and active in preparing their child physically (e.g., proper sleep, breakfast), emotionally (e.g., calm, content, confident), and socially (e.g., accepting of others, agreeable, compliant) for the school day.

Make Good Use of Free Time: Idle time continues to be the playground of counterproductive behaviors. The engagement in sports, clubs, hobbies and special interest groups is critical to families and minors avoiding criminal activities. Child/adolescents need to be active and must make good use of their time.

Secure Gainful Employment: The lack of adequate household income and/or poor financial management can encourage children/adolescents (and adults) to participate in anti-social behaviors that lead to illegal activities. To have success in this area, adults and children need to improve their financial skills, prepare themselves to gain additional employment skills, take advantage of community-based employment resources and network effectively.

Develop Healthy Relationships: Interaction and commonality with the wrong crowd can quickly steer adults and children in the wrong direction. To offset this youth should develop healthy relationships. Healthy relationships feature positive support, ongoing inspiration, opportunities to grow as a person, personal identity and exposure to the larger society. Unhealthy relationships feature hitting, regular put downs, intimidation, fear, promote isolation and cause discomfort. These types of relationships should be ended immediately.

Safe and Adequate Housing: It is understood that the current recession and economic state of America can cause individuals to live in unsafe and inadequate housing. However, it remains the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian (and minors) to make every effort to promote quality living conditions, regardless of where they live.

 

“The actual neighborhood or housing is not the problem.”

-Dr. Recco

    The actual neighborhood or housing is not the problem. Rather, the problems that lead to youth criminal activities are rooted in the philosophies and unmet needs of adults and children/adolescents who live in the community.

Substance Abuse Avoidance/Education: The presence of criminal activity by adults and minors usually involves substance abuse (e.g., marijuana, alcoholic beverages, narcotics). This increases the likelihood of anti-social behaviors and problems. For these and other reasons, everyone in the home should make a commitment to avoid illegal substance usage. By means of substance abuse education, better decisions can be made and avoidance of criminal activities can take place.

Address Mental Health Issues: Adults and children/adolescents can experience abuse/neglect that has a negative effect on their emotions and behaviors (Richardson & McGowan, 2010). One way to address this is to participate in counseling. Counseling can help individuals experience emotional healthiness and promote behavioral changes.

Effective Parenting: With no doubt, effective parenting helps minors avoid participation in criminal activity. It is held that children need parenting efforts that are consistent and attempt to maintain control. Children also need close supervision, rewards, consequences, and parent disapproval of antisocial behavior.

 

• Article to be continued next month•

 

 

“A Closer Look” Mental Health & Service Provider’s Conference

    The 3rd Annual “A Closer Look” Mental Health & Service Provider’s Conference will be held Friday September 22, 2017 in Lansing, MI.

   The theme is Traumatized Clients: Clinical Treatment Interventions That Strengthens Emotional Intelligence & Builds Resilience. Presenters will share information, interventions and practical insight regarding trauma, grief/loss, suicide prevention, treatment planning and emerging trends and other relevant topics.

    It is anticipated that four to seven (4-7) continuing education hours will be approved  by several professional certification boards. More conference details will be provided soon. For this state-wide conference, a call for presenter’s communication will be sent out soon.

 

NEW!! Clinical Director Services Now Offered

 

RSRC now offers Clinical Director services to small counseling clinics. The focus of services is:

  1. Attracting new clients
  2. Development of policies and procedures
  3. Marketing and advertising efforts
  4. Staff development/training
  5. Clinical meetings and supervision
  6. Effective case, chart and file reviews/audits

 




Let our 25 years of clinical experience help you!




ABLE Program

    The Adolescents for Better Learning Endeavors (ABLE) Program is designed to help at-risk school age youth move forward as a result of gaining new skills and competency.

    The goal is for participants to be able to successfully participate within the school setting. The program helps participants improve their academics, social life, emotional maturity and decision-making skills.

    For the second year in a row, our data reports that 72 percent of ABLE Program participants increase their grade point average, decrease their number of behavioral referrals and attend school more regularly.

    To secure ABLE programming simply contact an administrator in your school district.

25 Business “Truths” To Live By

By Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC

 

Be 10 times better than the competition.

Loyalty is an idea, not a law.

Pay your staff well and consistently.

Your funding sources have a short life span.

Have faith and be willing to jump.

 

Regularly invest in your business.

Don’t expect others to understand or care.

Familiar problems stem from weak systems.

The answer usually is right before your eyes.

Learn to be productive when others are not.

 

Address things that waste your time.

Take care of yourself today and tomorrow.

Expand your vision, not theirs.

Everything is connected to everything.

Outsource when you don’t have the skill set.

 

View criticism as a growth opportunity.

The customer is still always right.

Let your imagination create your future.

Be willing to share and give to others.

Always have a plan B, C, D and E.

 

Set the tone early and often.

Listen more than you talk.

Promote accountability and structure.

Be available to your staff and clients.

Enforce deadlines, rules and procedures.

 

“In business, who you know, what you know and how you do it matters”

-Dr. Recco

 

Services/Program Offered By RSRC

Agency Clinical Directorship (new) • Afterschool Programming • Staff Trainings/Development • Business/Entrepreneur Support • Individual/Family Counseling  Research Institute • Book Writing/Publishing• Treatment/Support Groups • Educational Services • Post-Adoption Services • School-Based Initiatives • LLPC Licensure Supervision Compliance/Regulation • Grant/Proposal Writing • Cultural/Educational Fieldtrips • Youth Programming • Motivational Speaking • Program Development • Conferences/Retreats • NCE Test Workshops

 

LET Program

     Offered by Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc., the Licensure Educational Training (LET) Program is an effective supervisory program that targets Limited Licensed Professional Counselors (LLPCs) who need supervision.

 

LET Services:

 

Group Supervision: Monthly gatherings that review caseloads, offer Q/A sessions, discusses trends in the field, secures guest speakers and much more.

Individual Supervision: As requested, informal one-on-one sessions that provide personal attention, intentional brainstorming and insightful strategies.

Communication: Unlimited monthly communication via phone, email and text.

Other: NCE workshops, counseling residencies, business services support, book club and scholarly writing/research.

    Please contact our office if you are in need of LLPC supervision.  Currently, LET programming is offered in Bay City, Flint, and Lansing.

                              

Coming LLPC Group Supervision

 

July 2017

Bay City: Saturday, July 15, 2017 (9 am – 1 pm)

Lansing: Saturday, July 15, 2017 (4 pm – 8 pm)

Flint: Sunday, July 16, 2017 (1 pm – 5 pm).

 

August 2017

Bay City: Saturday, August 15, 2017 (9 am – 1 pm)

Lansing: Saturday, August 15, 2017 (4 pm – 8 pm)

Flint: Sunday, August 16, 2017 (1 pm – 5 pm).

 

 

Contact Us

 

Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc.      

Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC                                           

2500 S Linden Road, P.O Box 321252 .. Flint, MI 48532                                

(810) 394-7815 (Office)  (810) 732-6657 (Fax)                                  

website: richardsonsconsulting.com                                 

email:reccorichardsonphd@gmail.com