The World Health Organization observes World Mental Health Day on October 10, as a day to bring attention to mental health issues around the globe. Starting in 2018, the Pro Bono Counseling Project has commemorated the day by facilitating a Question, Persuade, Refer suicide prevention training for students, faculty, and staff at the University of Maryland, Baltimore through the Interprofessional Student Learning Initiative. PBCP Executive Director, Amy Greensfelder, […]
On October 3, 2019, the Pro Bono Counseling Project was honored at the Maryland Nonprofits Annual Conference for achieving re-accreditation through the Standards for Excellence Institute. The Standards for Excellence is a national code of ethics and accountability for nonprofit organizations that originated from Maryland Nonprofits.
PBCP initially achieved Standards for Excellence Accreditation in 2007, and has since gone through the re-accreditation process twice. The Board of Directors of […]
Continuing with its mission to provide access to mental health care for Marylanders with limited resources, the Pro Bono Counseling Project (PBCP) recently provided an opportunity for volunteer clinicians to participate in a day-long training with presenter Tavi Hawn, LCSW-C, to address the needs of transgender and gender non-conforming clients seeking care. Practitioners received continuing education credits for their participation.
The training, entitled At the Intersection: Trauma Informed Care for Gender […]
In commemoration of World Suicide Prevention Day, PBCP is pleased to share information about a free support group for survivors of suicide attempts offered by EveryMind in Rockville, Maryland.
Guest Blog Post by Kirsten Robinette, Online Emotional Support Specialist at EveryMind
Have you or someone you loved struggled with suicide? For many of us, this answer is yes. We often become the support systems for those who are struggling with […]
One of Pro Bono Counseling Project’s seven special programs is CHAI (Counselors Helping [South] Asian and Indians). Founded in 2001 as an independent organization, CHAI is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of South Asian communities in Maryland and to reducing the stigma that is sometimes associated with mental illness. In 2017, CHAI joined with PBCP, and, as one of PBCP’s special programs, has continued to provide education, resources, […]
The Pro Bono Counseling Project family was saddened to learn that long-time volunteer and former board member, Joyce M. L. Harrison, LCSW-C, has passed away. Judy DeVito, a current board member who served alongside Joyce shared, “I will remember Joyce as a caring, thoughtful, and intelligent person who always brought insight and common sense to whatever issues we wrestled with on the board.”
As a volunteer, Joyce provided over 100 hours […]
Research has shown that sharing meals together can have many positive effects on one’s health—for example, increased life expectancy, improved mental health and cognitive status, decreased high blood pressure, and lower feelings of depression and loneliness, among many others. For older adults, sharing meals can be an especially important component of overall health and wellness. Older adults who frequently eat alone are at a fifty-nine percent higher risk of physical […]
On Friday, June 14, 2019, the Pro Bono Counseling Project participated in a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event at the Baltimore County Public Library in Randallstown, MD. Along with about a dozen other community and state-wide organizations present, PBCP representatives met with clinicians, human service professionals, potential clients, and community members who all share in the concern and care for Maryland seniors and their caregivers. We were honored also […]
In keeping with our mission and vision of expanding access to mental health care and resources and promoting open dialogue about mental health issues, the Pro Bono Counseling Project (PBCP) took part recently in a mental wellness fair hosted by Bollman Bridge Elementary School in Savage, Maryland.
About one hundred parents and children participated in the BBES Wellness Resource Fair on Monday, May 13, 2019. Alongside PBCP, over a dozen community […]
Pro Bono Counseling Project (PBCP) Executive Director Amy Greensfelder was recently invited to speak at NAMI Metro Baltimore‘s annual symposium for faith leaders. NAMI and PBCP both recognize that faith communities are at the frontlines of noticing the signs of mental health concerns, and that faith leaders play an important role destigmatizing mental health and connecting people to appropriate resources. Members of faith communities share with each other when […]