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. 

A Community with Pride

Posted on: | 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 live…
Blog Tags: LGBTQ+ youth, South New Jersey LGBTQ+, Safe Environment, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Queer, Gay Community, Youth Group New Jersey, LGBTQ+ Community

“Yes…And” – Celebrating Holidays While Grieving

Posted on: | 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,…
Blog Tags: Holidays and Loss, Grieving and the Holidays, Traumatic Loss, Navigate Grief, Survivor Guilt

Workplace Wellness - Mindfulness Tips for the Holidays

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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…
Blog Tags: Holidays, Mindfulness, Reflection, Meditation

The Challenges, Fears, and Emotions of Addiction from Both Sides

Posted on: | By: Julia Jolles, Living Proof Recovery Center Staff
When a loved one starts their recovery journey it’s natural for friends and family to feel scared, nervous, and overwhelmed. Their lives can often feel like a rollercoaster of emotions. They’ve experienced so much heartache already they often become laser focused on expecting the next bad thing to happen or fear the past so much they struggle with how to reconnect with their loved one and how to welcome them back into their everyday lives.  Something as simple as having a “normal conversation” with their loved one becomes overwhelming.   But, underneath your loved one’s addiction is the…
Blog Tags: Recovery, Substance Use Disorder, Challenges, Emotions, Hope, Addiction, Family, Relationships

A Diamond in the Rough- The Living Proof Recovery Center and The Power of Support

Posted on: | By: Jeannine Dumont Living Proof Recovery Center Staff
Living Proof Recovery Centers has been a supportive place for many individuals since opening in 2002. It’s peer-led and volunteer driven environment can be found in Camden County, and most recently, on Rowan College of South Jersey’s campus in Gloucester County. Recovery support efforts here are ever expanding and the services offered are designed for those considering, entering or already in recovery. As a staff member for over eight years I have had the opportunity to see the impact of this program’s efforts. I love seeing people begin to open up, change and heal by sharing their stories…
Blog Tags: Recovery, Peer led, supportive relationships, substance use, substance addiction, community support

A Recovery Pathway That Worked for Me – Building a Better Foundation

Posted on: | By: Vanessa Puk Living Proof Recovery Center Staff
There are many pathways an individual can take to help them in their recovery process. These pathways are not only about getting free of the craving, but it is about healing your mind, body, and spirit. My pathway to recovery hasn’t always been traditional, but I found what works me. I realized I needed to find my personal pathway to recovery in May 2016. I was sick of feeling unfulfilled in my life and tired of making poor choices.  I had been arrested for a DUI and while sitting in the cold jail I had the chance to reflect on where my life was going and began to come to the realization that…
Blog Tags: Recovery, Pathway to Recovery, Certified Peer Specialist, Living Proof Recovery Center, Personalized Process, Addiction

Appreciation as Motivation

Posted on: | By: Richard Stagliano CEO
Passion, commitment, kindness, professionalism, quality, and respect are just a few of the many words that come to mind when I think of our team of now 1500+ staff. Every organization thinks that their employees are the greatest, but at Center For Family Services, we not only think of our staff as head and shoulders above the rest, but as a vital piece of our success. Ensuring that staff are treated as our most valuable resource is ingrained in our company culture and is even written within our goals and values as an agency. Without our team, our over 100 year history would not be possible.…
Blog Tags: topworkplace, employee, staff, success, professionalism, trainings

Parenting - Giving Children Choices. Part III

Posted on: | By: Richard Lange, Ph.D., LPC, LCSW
Giving Children Choices Part Three   When I was raising my two boys, I was learning about giving choices.  One winter's day, we took a walk in Washington Crossing State Park.  It was here I decided to practice my new skill.   "OK, guys, we can take this trail or that trail. What's your choice?" "Do you want to rest now, or shall we keep going?"  "I have a snack; do you want an orange or an apple?"     Sometimes they would ask me to do something.   "Can we go explore that area?"   "Can we sit on the stone wall?"   I would consciously try to frame it as a choice. "Yes, that is a good choice. I'…
Blog Tags: The Expert Angle, Parenting, New Jersey, South Jersey

Parenting - Giving Children Choices. Part II

Posted on: | By: Richard Lange, Ph.D., LPC, LCSW
In the last blog post, I talked about how giving children choices gives them some sense of power and control in their lives. Remember, children all day long are being told what to do. By providing children small choices in their lives, they feel that they have some say or some ability to make decisions independently.  In this part, we continue to discuss two different “choices” methods, the “forced choice” and the “alternative choice.” Some children will refuse to make a choice.  For example, you said to your child, “do you want to have milk or orange juice with your breakfast?”. Now, just to…
Blog Tags: The Expert Angle, Parenting, New Jersey, South Jersey, social services, center for family services

Parenting - Giving Children Choices. Part I

Posted on: | By: Richard Lange, Ph.D., LPC, LCSW
Image the daily life of a child.   "Elijah, you need to get up for school now.” “Elijah, you need to brush your teeth now!” “Elijah, stop yelling at your sister and get down here.” “Elijah, do you have your bookbag?  Where is your homework?” “Elijah, you need to hurry, or you will miss the bus."   When Elijah gets to school, it starts again.   "No running on the playground!”   “Put your pencils away now.” “No talking in the hallway."   From the time a child gets up to when they are ready for bed, children are being told what to do. So, it's no wonder some children will rebel against this. "…
Blog Tags: mental health, The Expert Angle, New Jersey, wellness, Parenting, Children, Families
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