The Expert Angle

The Expert Angle

At Center For Family Services, staff are recognized as the most valuable and greatest resource. The top workplace team at Center For Family Services consists of highly experienced experts in a variety of fields. Trusted staff are changemakers and thought leaders and are often the leading voice in how services are designed to best serve those in need. 

The Expert Angle offers an outlet for highly talented staff to share their knowledge with you. This forum is a place where content experts share information on topics that most closely resonate with the work they do. The Expert Angle 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. The blog is a platform to help communities, individuals, and other social service professionals to learn and grow. 

Handling Compassion Fatigue

Posted on: March 9, 2022 | By: Sile J. Keane, LCSW , Vice President of Behavioral Health Services
Ever feel like you have nothing left to give?  Do you come home from work and feel exhausted? Have you found that you might tend to “snap” at your co-workers or people in your personal life?  Do you find that you procrastinate on things when feeling overwhelmed or unmotivated?  These can be signs of compassion fatigue.  For those who have careers in the helping profession, this is a very common experience Compassion fatigue is the term used to describe the emotional effect of helping others and taking on the emotions of their experiences in life.  We feel their emotional pain which...

Dealing with the Winter Blues: Practical Solutions Part IIl

Posted on: February 22, 2022 | By: Richard Lange, Ph.D., LPC, LCSW
Be Still. Years ago, there was a food fad called a macrobiotic diet. It no longer exists as it is nutritionally unsound. However, one aspect of the diet remains: eating food from the season. If you followed this diet, you then would eat the food of the season:  spring, you would eat strawberries, lettuce, and berries and summer, what is available, moving through fall produce and finally in winter eating more root vegetables, and grains. While this diet is not recommended, there is some value in considering that seasons affect our emotional state.  We feel so blah in the winter because we are...

Dealing with the Winter Blues: Practical Solutions Part II

Posted on: February 15, 2022 | By: Richard Lange, Ph.D., LPC, LCSW
In my last blog post, I talked about some of the physical things you can do to overcome the "Winter Blues;" get more light, exercise, and hydrate.  This time we will look at some mindset tips that help people get out of their funk. Make plans. Now you are probably wondering what this has to do with the winter blahs, however, it actually makes a lot of sense. If you celebrate the holidays, you are constantly planning: what to make for Thanksgiving, where you will go, or who you will invite. Then, Christmas comes, and you plan what to buy the kids, and where you want to be. You might think...

Love and Loss

Posted on: February 9, 2022 | By: Amy Romaine, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, ACS, ATCS, BC-TMH , Clinical Supervisor, Grief and Traumatic Loss Services
Walking into stores during the month of February, we are bombarded with images of flowers, chocolate and hearts in celebration of Valentine’s Day. These images can often be grief triggers, symbolizing love that was lost, love that will never be felt again, relationships that have permanently been altered and can’t be experienced in person. It can stop us in our tracks. How do we move from being frozen and stuck? One way is to use that very same imagery to transform the experience. We can shift these images to take on additional or new meanings, helping us to integrate our grief experiences....

New Year, Now What? – Grief and the New Year

Posted on: January 27, 2022 | By: Amy Romaine, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, ACS, ATCS, BC-TMH , Clinical Supervisor, Grief and Traumatic Loss Services
It’s 2022 and for some, January 1st comes with the stark reminder that this year will begin without their loved one. Again. Or for the first time. While others are reveling in a “fresh start” or “resolutions for the new me”, those who are grieving may be wondering how they are going to make it through another year without those who died. Many find it hard to be optimistic this time of year. Others find great comfort in a concrete marker of passing time or making it through the first year without their loved one. How can we process our current state of grief with the start of the new year? We...

Dealing with the Winter Blues: Practical Solutions

Posted on: January 21, 2022 | By: Richard Lange, Ph.D., LPC, LCSW
Winter doldrums, winter blahs, winter blues. We all get them. The holidays are over; all the rushing about is over, families are gone, the weather is dark and dreary. So, it’s no wonder that people start feeling down around this time of year. And even worse for this year, we are in the middle of a big COVID-19 spike, and everyone’s concerned.  Feeling down is common for most people during this season, however, it can be more than just the blues for some. There is a disorder called Season Affective Disorder which affects about 14% of the population of the United States. I will discuss this...

A Community with Pride

Posted on: January 18, 2022 | By: Riley Keenan , Program Director, Coordinated Assessment Kaleidoscope Advocate
9% of LGBTQ youth have experienced homelessness, been kicked out, or run away. 1 in 3 LGBTQ youth reported that they had been physically threatened or harmed in their lifetime due to their LGBTQ identity. 10% of LGBTQ youth reported undergoing conversion therapy, with 78% reporting it occurred when they were under age 18.   Almost half of all LGBTQ+ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in 2020. At the same time, only half of the youth surveyed could access wanted mental health care. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) youth need support now in order to...

“Yes…And” – Celebrating Holidays While Grieving

Posted on: December 20, 2021 | By: Amy Romaine, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, ACS, ATCS, BC-TMH , Clinical Supervisor, Grief and Traumatic Loss Services
This time of year can hold many challenges: colder weather, shorter days, less sunlight, increased stress, more responsibilities (home, work, school, financial), planning for holidays, interacting with distant family members. Now add grieving to that list and see how it colors everything else. Grief is like a lens that colors how we see things, how we act, how we feel and how we interact with others. Survivor guilt can make us feel like we don’t deserve to be happy and celebrate. We can feel angry when we don’t feel others are grieving enough. Grieving during the holidays reminds us that,...

What is Adoption Options Counseling?

Posted on: December 9, 2021 | By: Desiree Huffnagle, MSW, LSW , Program Direction, Golden Cradle Adoption Program
Adoption has taken great strides over the last few decades. In the past, birth mothers did not have any say in where their child would be placed or what type of family would raise their baby. All too often, society and the media say “give a child up for adoption.” When we take a step back to truly look at what goes into making this choice, we realize that placing a child for adoption is the opposite of “giving up.” Choosing adoption, rather, means choosing to make a thoughtful and loving, long-term plan for a child. It means the expectant parents are putting the needs of their child before...

Workplace Wellness - Mindfulness Tips for the Holidays

Posted on: November 16, 2021
The holidays can be an overwhelming and emotional time of year no matter what you may celebrate. Staying mindful during the holiday season can alleviate stress. For some, the holiday season brings to the surface a variety of challenges. As we adapt back into the world of social gatherings be sure to begin this holiday season with a new sense of mindfulness. Emotions that were locked away may come to life once again, joy, excitement and happiness to name a few, but also anxiousness and stress may also make an appearance. These mindful holiday tips below are crafted to help you prioritize the...