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.
“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.
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
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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)