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Op-Ed: It’s time to further invest in our state and our future; young Alaskans deserve better  Authored by: Joshua Arvidson, LCSW, Clinical Director, Child and Family Services, Alaska Behavioral Health Alaska needs to redirect its resources to improve home and community-based care in-state. It just makes sense that we need to provide care

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Alaska Seeds of Change provides vocational training for young people through a variety of programs -- including earning school credit! Vala created this story to share what she learned about working at

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This month, we're highlighting several clients who submitted art to our virtual art show: Exploring Mental Health Through Art. Click on the picture below to access the art

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This group is open to all caregivers and adult clients who have children. Connections is a group that provides a safe, consistent place where our parents and caregivers can discuss life-stressors, self-care strategies, build social connections, and any additional topics suggested by group members. This group will provide a space where

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On February 21, the Dean of the UAA College of the Arts & Sciences recommended elimination of the MS in Clinical Psychology program at UAA. We at ACMHS are VERY alarmed by this possible program elimination. Graduates with this degree do the most work directly with clients in the behavioral health field in Alaska. There will be a public

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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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Child & Family clinicians in our Anchorage and Fairbanks clinics recently completed three days of in-person training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Child & Family Director Joshua Arvidson says “TF-CBT is the most researched treatment for childhood trauma with over 20 randomized controlled trials proving its efficacy. The

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Many thanks to everyone who donated and cooked to support our staff and client Thanksgiving celebrations!  There was a lot of pre-feasting last Wednesday (11/27/19).  We'd also like to thank the many businesses who have supported our work over the last year, including: Microcom Anchorage Yoga and Cycle Pure Barre Anchorage Bear Tooth

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With easy access to hand-held electronics, it can be tough for caregivers to set and enforce limits with their tweens and teens. In this free introductory class, Parenting with Love & Limits Program Manager Meghan Magone will present some technological solutions, but mostly she'll spend time on the relationship aspects of limit-setting. There

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When Ken Curl packed for his trip to Alaska, he may not have expected dirt-moving to be on his itinerary.  But on the ground, he learned how digging dirt and growing food are an integral part of mental health services for transition age youth at ACMHS. Curl is a grant program officer for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

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