The Expert Angle

The Expert Angle

At Center For Family Services our staff are our greatest resource. They are not only highly experienced experts in a variety of fields but they’re often the leading voice in how we implement our services in the communities we serve. They are changemakers and thought leaders who continue to learn more and do more in service to individuals, families, and children.

The Expert Angle offers an outlet for our staff to share their knowledge with you. This forum is a place where our very own experts can share information on topics that most closely resonate with the work that they do. It is a collection of blog entries where our staff can explore the various entities of Center For Family Services’ mission and programs from the point of view of an expert in that role. It’s a platform to help communities, individuals, and other social service professionals to learn and grow. 

Mental Health Wellness - Tips & Activities to Stay Grounded. Part IV

Posted on: June 21, 2021 | By: Richard Lange, Ph.D., LPC, LCSW
"You are what you eat." You might have heard this phrase at some time in your life.   It comes from a French phrase from 1826, "Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es." [Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are].  Slightly different, but you get the point. "You are what you eat" originated with an idea in Europe in 1800 that "the food one eats a bearing on one's state of mind and health." Well, people in 1800 were correct.  There is more and more evidence that food can have an impact on your mental health. According to Dr. Jacka, the Director of the Food and Mood...

Mental Health Wellness; Getting outside

Posted on: June 3, 2021 | By: Richard Lange, Ph.D., LPC, LCSW
If you are looking for a quick mental health boost, researchers recommend getting outside.   They have shown that just being outside can help people feel more mentally healthy. It feels that science has caught up with what people already know: how many times have you, when you felt upset, just wanted to “get some fresh air.” Well, it turns out that it works. Researchers have shown that being outside can reduce muscle tension and blood pressure, boosts endorphin levels and dopamine production, and makes us more creative.  Plus, it does not take much time for this to happen. While ideally one...

Volunteer Service: A Pathway to Your Purpose

Posted on: May 27, 2021 | By: Marissa Cantu , Director of Community Relations Development & Public Relations
There’s an intrinsic desire in all of us to be part of something bigger than ourselves. One of the best ways to do that is to be a volunteer. Growing up, service was seamlessly integrated into my life by my parents. Being of service to others and involved in my community, are core values that I’m lucky were passed down on both sides of my family. We all have a civic responsibility to take care of the world around us. Because of the systems in place, and the unequal distribution of and access to resources, not everyone has the available time, financial ability, or energy to volunteer in a...

Mental Health Wellness - Tips & Activities to Stay Grounded. Part III

Posted on: May 17, 2021 | By: Richard Lange, Ph.D., LPC, LCSW
There once was a psychiatrist in New York who worked with patients who were depressed.  While he provided the usual treatment, he would add something out of the ordinary. He would ask all his patients to do a mitzvah.   A mitzvah is a good deed, but not just any good deed. A mitzvah is a good deed where you are not expected to get anything back. You don’t expect an acknowledgment: it doesn’t give you points; you don’t get a reward; and you might not even get a thank you. You just do it because it’s the right thing to do.   After assigning a mitzvah, the psychiatrist noticed that his patients...

Mental Health Wellness - Tips & Activities to Stay Grounded. Being Social, Part II

Posted on: May 14, 2021 | By: Richard Lange, Ph.D., LPC, LCSW
In the previous post on mental health wellness, we talked about the need to meet with a friend face-to-face, either just talking or eating together. However, some people have only a few or no friends.  In this post and the next, we share recommendations on how to be social even if you don’t have many friends. One way to start to be social is simply to be around people.  Go to a park and sit where people are milling around or walking.  Walk-in a shopping center and enjoy just being there.  If you happen to live close to or near one of the shore towns, take a walk on the boardwalk.  I knew a...

Mental Health Wellness - Tips & Activities to Stay Grounded. Part I

Posted on: May 6, 2021 | By: Richard Lange, Ph.D., LPC, LCSW
May is Mental Health Awareness month.  This month, organizations and agencies publish articles on how to identify mental health issues and best treatment practices.  This year we’d would like to take a slightly different approach and focus on mental health wellness.  In the next few weeks, we will present activities that have been shown to improve mental health. These activities work for people who are currently in treatment, have been in therapy, and want to stay well, and those who have never been in treatment but want to simply improve their mental health. What does mental wellness mean?...

Words have power. The importance of positive adoption language.

Posted on: April 28, 2021 | By: Desiree Huffnagle , Program Director - Golden Cradle Adoption Program
Words have power to convey messages and evoke feelings.  Language is the vehicle we use daily to communicate our ideas and notions about the world we live in.  Words have a way of shaping our beliefs and thought processes.   Adoption can be an emotion-driven topic, sometimes we fail to realize that word choice in certain contexts may convey unintended negative messages.  For example, it is typical to hear the phrase “giving up for adoption” or to ask about a child’s “real” parents.  Terms like these among others, can have a damaging effect on how others perceive adoption as well as on how...

Navigating the Healthcare Marketplace in 2021

Posted on: April 22, 2021 | By: Lynn Perlmutter
Have you heard the news? Healthcare is more affordable than before! Center For Family Services’ Navigators are here to help. You might have heard in the news that 'healthcare insurance is more affordable than before! But what's that mean for you? Perhaps you’ve been getting job-based insurance for years, until COVID blew away the job – and the insurance. Perhaps you ran your own business until COVID came – and customers left. Perhaps insurance was too expensive, and you and your family went without. Since 2013, Center For Family Services has been at the forefront of getting New Jersey...

You are believed: The path toward healing for a survivor.

Posted on: April 20, 2021
The statistics are staggering. Nearly 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men in the U.S. have experienced sexual assault or attempted sexual assault some time in their lives. While the effects of sexual violence are far reaching, many times taking hold of entire communities, it is the survivor who carries the trauma of their experience. Fortunately, they have options and services available to lead them on a path toward healing.    Center For Family Services’ Services Empowering Rights of Victims (SERV) program is dedicated to helping victims become survivors. By providing competent, respectful, and...

The Expert Angle Blog - Coming Soon!

Posted on: December 31, 2020
Stay tuned for blog posts featuring Center For Family Services' staff experts. Coming Spring 2021!