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Introducing the Pro Bono Counseling Project 

25th Year Video Tribute

As we celebrate 25 years of service, we thank you for your support of the Pro Bono Counseling Project and mental health care access in Maryland.  To express our gratitude, we honor your generosity with a video tribute sharing the impact of the Pro Bono Counseling Project and your compassion on the lives of those in need in Maryland.

A very special thank you to photographer Joe Rubino for donating his professional services to create this video.


Pro Bono Counseling Project and CHAI Merge

Pictured from left:  CHAI Board President Samir Palli, Pro Bono Counseling Project Board President Eric Radz, and Swaran Dhawan, CHAI Representative to PBCP Board

We are pleased to announce that the Maryland non-profit organization Counselors Helping South Asian/Indians, Inc. (CHAI) will now become a program within the Pro Bono Counseling Project.  For 15 years, CHAI’s mission has been to reach out to South Asians throughout Maryland to educate and inform them of the benefits of mental health care and to dispel the stigma associated with it.  This mission will now be continued as one of the Pro Bono Counseling Project’s programs.

The Pro Bono Counseling Project and CHAI have always worked closely together, providing access to free mental health care for South Asian families, couples and individuals who many not otherwise be able to afford therapy.

“Through the new CHAI program, we are committed to further enhancing this valuable mental health and wellness service to the South Asian community,” states Pro Bono Counseling Project Board President Eric Radz.

“We encourage all South Asian clinical community members to join with us to further enrich our partnership as Pro Bono Counseling introduces our program,” states CHAI Board President Samir Palli.

 




Pro Bono Counseling Project's

25th Anniversary Silver Celebration

Thank you to Dr. Kay Jamison and everyone who attended and supported the Pro Bono Counseling Project's 25th Anniversary Silver Celebration.  Dr. Jamison honored us with a book signing and question and answer session, and even gave us a sneak preview of her soon to be released book!

Pictured from left:  Dr. Kay Jamison, Executive Director Barbara Anderson, and Board of Directors President Eric Radz.

A special thanks to Silver Celebration sponsors Bacchus Importers, Wegmans Hunt Valley, Giant Foods and BJs Wholesale Club for their donations in support of the event.


Upcoming Training

PBCP is pleased to announce the following workshops:

  • 3/30/17  Parenting Alone Workshop - "Single Parenting: The Breach of Trust"
  • 4/21/17  Speakers Forum - "The Dark Tetrad and Assisting Clients to Survive Its Effects"

Friday, March 31, 2017

Parenting Alone Workshop - "Single Parenting: A Breach of Trust"

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

New Hope Lutheran Church

Objectives

By the end of this workshop, clinicians will be able to:

  1. Describe the grief process as it relates to being a single parent for both children and adults.
  2. Identify the difficulties in being a single parent by circumstance and how to navigate them.
  3. Discuss the different factors that go into resiliency and coping.

Workshop Details:

  • Friday, March 31, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • 3 CE's
  • Breakfast provided
  • Location: New Hope Lutheran Church, Columbia, Maryland

Free for Participating Clinicians                                 $45 for Non-Volunteer Clinicians

                   

Register using button above or email Tina at tina@probonocounseling.org.

PRESENTERS

Julie Bindeman, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist who works with both adolescents and adults at Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington, a private practice in Rockville, Maryland. She has experience working with a variety of areas of concern including: reproductive challenges (infertility, pregnancy loss, and post-partum issues) depression, anxiety, self-image, body image, adjustments, and issues around life transitions. She views effective therapy as a collaborative effort and continually seeks out feedback as to how treatment is progressing. Since Bindeman believes that there is a strong connection between body and mind, she incorporates mind/body integration techniques, such as yoga and relaxation, which can relieve stress, anxiety and numerous other issues.  Bindeman completed her doctorate from George Washington University and interned at Loyola University’s Counseling Center.  She is a member of APA, MPA, ASRM, NFA and IAYT. 

Dahlia Topolosky, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist who works with children, adolescents, and adults at Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington, a private practice in Rockville. She provides assessment for psychological and learning disorders and integrates a variety of techniques including person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness techniques, and expressive arts to address issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, PTSD, and anger management. Dr. Topolosky runs groups for parents to teach effective parenting and implements socio-emotional curriculum in schools. She completed her doctorate from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology where she was trained as both a clinical and school psychologist and then served as the psychologist for the Horace Mann Lower School in NY. Dahlia and her family then relocated to New Orleans where she worked in a clinic and then private practice serving the post-Hurricane Katrina population.  Dahlia enjoys singing and playing guitar and most importantly, spending time with her husband and four children.


Friday, April 21, 2017

21st Annual Speakers Forum

"The Dark Tetrad and Assisting Clients to Survive Its Effects"

       The Dark Side of Personality

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Sheppard Pratt Conference Center

PRESENTERS INCLUDE:

Daniel N. Jones, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, University of Texas at El Paso; "Behavioral Confirmation of Everyday Sadism," "Predatory Personalities as Behavioral Mimics and Parasites," "The Core of Darkness: Uncovering the Heart of the Dark Triad" and many additional articles. Teaches the Dark Triad and Corporate Crime.

Elsa F. Ronningstam, PhD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School; McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA; Disorders of Narcissism, Diagnostic, clinical and Empirical Implications, Ed. International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, Organizing Committee for 15 International Congress 2017.

Kathryn Seifert, PhD, Clinical practice; founded Eastern Shore Psychological Services and CARE-S Assessment: Chronic Violent Behavior and Treatment Needs (Acanthus Publishing, 2007-2012), Youth Violence: Theory, Prevention, and Intervention, 2011; How Children Become Violent, 2006, awarded the 2007 Independent Book Publishers Award.

Workshop Details:

  • Friday, April 21,2017, from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
  • 6 CE's
  • Continental breakfast and lunch provided
  • Location: Sheppard Pratt Conference Center

Registration Fee - $160


QUESTIONS:  For questions or problems regarding workshops, please contact Tina via email at tina@probonocounseling.org or phone at  410-825-1001 x103.

 


Research Study

"Improvements in Well-Being When the Underserved are Provided Mental Health Services"

The Pro Bono Counseling Project 4-year study that was designed and analyzed by graduate students of the Bloomberg School of Public Health of the Johns Hopkins University was sent to 21 legislators of the Maryland General Assembly.  Our data demonstrated that clients who met with their therapist were 10.4% more likely to be satisfied with their job and, on a Likert Scale, had 36.4% higher level of well-being.  The data shows that therapy can help Marylanders to work and feel better!  The Mental Health Association will use this study to assist in its advocacy work during this legislative session.  If you would like a copy of the study, please send your e-mail address.

 

 


In need of Clinicians!  Refer a friend!

We offer benefits exclusively for clinicians who are participating in the PBCP.  And now, more than ever, we need you to invite a colleague so that we may more equitably refer families, couples and individuals throughout Maryland. 

Requests for therapy have dramatically increased—we currently have 650 active cases.  PBCP needs your help in recruiting additional therapists to join our mission in your county.

Additionally, PBCP is always looking for bi-lingual therapists to serve the growing Latino community. 

Please assist us in referring your colleagues to PBCP & ask them to fill out the easy Enrollment Form or contact Ana Carrera at 877-323-5800 or ana@probonocounseling.org.

PS  Benefits include free CEs at inspiring workshops, networking within & outside your clinical group, free resources guide, documentation of your pro bono hours, + + +.

 



NEWS ARCHIVES


 

Affordable Care Act Info

 

We are pleased to provide a handy tool that can help navigate clients through enrolling for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

This tool is an exclusive benefit for PBCP volunteer clinicians.  To receive this information, contact Tina at tina@probonocounseling.org or 410.825.1001 x103.

 


Komen Maryland Race for the Cure

Breast cancer survivor Ava Queen, a Pro Bono Counseling Project client, was featured in one of Susan G. Komen Maryland Affiliate's Race for the Cure promotional emails for the Baltimore race in October.

 

Please Note:  The Pro Bono Counseling Project always ensures complete confidentiality of all client names and information.  Ms. Queen has signed a consent for release of confidential information so she can tell her personal story of the support provided by PBCP and Susan G. Komen for the Cure Maryland Affiliate.

 

 


Please Note:  The Pro Bono Counseling Project always ensures complete confidentiality of all client names and information.  Ms. Queen has signed a consent for release of confidential information so she can tell her personal story of the support provided by PBCP and Susan G. Komen for the Cure Maryland Affiliate.

 

 

 

 
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