Monday, October 20, 2014

Guys, Be Strong...Like Beyonce.

There has been a lot of silence on the ole blog this past month...Katie and I have been busy with our group starting back up and myself starting into grad school...but, the biggest change is what I am here to talk about today....

 But first, let us listen to this throwback....


....Wait,'s NOT right in the end, Green Day! Whaa! 

Guys, we have some bummer news....

A few weeks ago we learned our jobs are coming to an end.

We are sad too, small child

Optum took over last year and with it...we took a hit. To say we are unhappy about this outcome and the impacts it has had on our clients and the mental health community of Idaho, is an understatement.  Smaller and Non-Profit agencies who support smaller CBRS/PSR programs, have been hit the hardest. Ours being one of those. Thankfully Warm Springs Counseling its self will still remain and with that continuing in providing an array of services to children and adolescents in the Treasure Valley.

 The blog will still be around but, activity will be slow (just a heads up) as we as graduating clients and moving out of this job as our 9-5 (Ha! PSR humor, we never work just 9-5). We still have a few posts to get through so, be on the lookout!

And now...some songs to get you through.....

Whats that Boys II Men? I know, it IS hard to say goodbye!

We love you all and thank you for your support on this silly little website!

Sing it Whitney! 

See you guys in the funny pages, 
Katie and Stacey

Monday, September 29, 2014


A many a posts ago, I shared this awesome book pictured above (have you bought them all yet?!)
In this wonderfully helpful book there is an activity called the
Unfair Game. Or as I tell my clients, the candy game. 

The rules are simple, you need a pair of dice and a deck of cards. When it is your turn you can chose, roll the dice, or pick a card from the deck. 

Now the fun happens! I won't spoil all the details but, let's just say--it's sided for the adults to win lots of candy and kiddos...not so much. 

There are great question prompts in the book as well, so if you are looking for a great reference tool, check out this great book! 

Problem Solve It!


I feel like, I use this term a lot....but, guys...this was super simply! Katie and I made this flow chart (which we laminated for repeated use) to help clients when they are stuck outside of PSR/CBRS with a problem. 
The picture explains it all (Much like my favorite childhood TV show--Clarissa Explains It All)! The easier it is for you the easier it will be for your client and with ease will come utilization! 

Breathing choices

Have you noticed we like a few things? Those being, laminated items, coping skills and choices. :) 
Here's a simple and interactive visual for a client who needs help deciding how they will cope. Taking the time to make a choice can in itself be a coping skill.

Don't forget adults, we also need to stop and take time to breath every now and again! So, time to STOP and make a choice! 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Camp Erin!

Katie and I clearly cannot get enough hangout time, we decided to spend a weekend this summer at Camp Wooten as Cabin Big Buddies for Camp Erin!

What is Camp Erin you say?

This link will tell you!

"Camp Erin, created and funded by the Moyer Foundation is the largest nationwide network of free bereavement camps for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them"

Here is some pics from our time there:

I have no idea what's going on with my face in this one BUT Katie and Brock look good! Ha!

Katie and I had never been a part of Camp Erin before and had no idea what to expect from our time there was certainly a jam packed weekend! We came home late Sunday night dirty, possibly a little (a lot) stinky but most definitely excited to come back next year!

You see, Katie and I are co-administrators for a bereavement group through Warm Springs Counseling Center. Touchstone; The Center for Grieving Children and Adolescents {More Info}. Which was founded here in Idaho in 1989. In 2008 it was moved to Warm Springs, which is actually how I (Stacey) got started working with the organization! Through our work with TS we got in touch with persons at Camp Erin and it was a great fit!

If you are working with a client and are interested in referring them to Touchstone OR if you are interested in volunteering, please feel free to email us!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Ah, brings me back!

A big high five to anyone who knows or remembers what these are called! 

Even without the name of these, it still brings back some memories.  This guy has some self-control triggers, and coping skills on them.

1. If you can't recall how to make these guys, start by making sure you have a perfectly square sheet of paper.

2. Next fold corners into the center. 

3. Flip it over and do the same.

4. Label the outside with numbers, then include triggers, emotions, etc.

5.  Open it and on the inside of the corners, label with coping skills.

6. Move and flip through according to the number chosen, then open up to see which coping skill to use.

Hidden STAR

Yes, another STAR reminder (some need more practice with this than others:)!  This one we made for the purpose of being able to hang in my client's room as a reminder, while keeping it discreet.  We also made examples of the steps for STAR (stop, think, act, review), including stop your body, think through choices, act on the best choice, and review whether this was the best choice. These steps will be there as a cheat sheet, but looks like a cute little mobile from the other side! Easy peazy!