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New On-line Peer Support Group Forming The All Alaskan Peers Support Group is open to anyone who identifies as a mental health consumer. It's a safe place to engage with individuals in similar situations to process life struggles and build relationships in a recovery community. When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:00 pm starting April

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Our three early childhood clinicians in Anchorage recently completed a two year learning collaborative to increase their skills in Child Parent Psychotherapy. Congratulations to Geri Hernandez, Mara Hill and Patty Quinn! (pictured with Early Childhood Mental Health trainer and consultant Deb Harris on the left and AKBH manager Kristin Mortenson on

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Military families are used to adapting to new situations with strength and resilience. But military children may face mental health challenges due to the unique stressors of military life. AKBH clinician Sicely Kluge and former AKBH clinician April McElhenny are members of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Military and Veteran

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Some of our clinicians have noticed an increase in older clients reaching out for mental health services as they deal with anxiety and depression related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The pandemic has been tough on everyone. For seniors who are considered high-risk, it may mean they’ve been isolated from family, friends and normal social

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When parent- child relationships are strained by challenging behaviors such as defiance, aggression and tantrums, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy can help. PCIT is an evidence-based practice for treating anxiety and trauma in children ages 2 to 7.  For young children, anxiety often appears as defiance, aggression and other behaviors caregivers

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Principles for Reassuring Kids During Uncertain Times Free Zoom Webinar August 13 @ 5:00 pm Changing plans and uncertainty can be hard on children (and their parents!) But there are things caregivers can do to provide reassurance and help life move a little more smoothly - for the whole family. This free webinar will be presented by AKBH

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Using Zoom for Teletherapy
We are now able to offer many of our services remotely. A picture is worth a thousand words, so when possible, we use Zoom to connect with video. We use an encrypted version of Zoom that is compliant with healthcare privacy laws. Sessions are never recorded without a specific signed consent from the client and/or their caregivers, and any recorded

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The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has issued a fact sheet for parents/caregivers for helping families cope with the 2019 novel Coronavirus (COVID 19).  The fact sheet covers family preparation and risk reduction, and focuses on dealing with the stress of a potential outbreak, for both children and caregivers. NCTSN recommends

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The March calendar for peer support services in Anchorage is posted!  Peer support is an evidence-based practice that has been shown to increase engagement in services and quality of life.  March Peer Support

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Recent news headlines in Anchorage have many asking about how best to speak with children about sexual abuse.  The Alaska Child Trauma Center at ACMHS is a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, which provides thorough information and advice through their website. Here are some specific links: What Parents Need to Know About

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