Grafton’s Third Annual Symposium

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Fostering Resiliency in Children, Adolescents, and Adults Friday, October 21, 2016 8:30 a.m.

- 4:00 p.m.

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

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Zero Tolerance for Bullying is a campaign spearheaded by Debbi Richardson, Education Administrator and the staff at Grafton’s Leesburg Day School.  National Bullying Prevention Month provides a great opportunity for communities to unite nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, outreach and education.

The information below appeared in a webinar broadcasted to providers across the country on the importance of an anti-bullying campaign.

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Jazz Cafe Opens at the Berryville Campus

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image-111 Grafton is proud to announce the opening of the Jazz Cafe at the Berryville campus on Thursday, September 26, 2013.  Degollado, an experimental rock duo featuring Nic McInturff and Christopher Feltner will serve as the first performers.

The cafe will feature live musical peformances for clients and astaff.  While enjoying a wide variety of musical genres, clients will also have an oppportunity to improve their cultural awareness, develop pro-social interactions and hopefully, think and feel differently about the impact of music in their day to day lives.  As one client recently shared, "Music therapy has taught me to be me.  I am ore comfortable around others and have learned to trust others more.  Most importantly, I have learned to 'go with the flow' and see mistakes differently.  It is also cool to be in group (music therapy) to get other people's perspectives on how you are coming across."For more information about Music Therapy, please read the September issue of Continuums, Grafton's quarterly E-Newsletter.

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Teens, Inc. Provides Meaningful Vocational Opportunities for Kids

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Submitted by Charles Lesman, TeacherGrafton Integrated Health Network is partnering with Teens, Inc.

to teach kids vocational skills including greenhouse production, lawn maintenance and landscape design and installation.

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Grafton Employees Support United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley

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Grafton employees donated over $14,000 to the United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley.  Thank you to all employees who supported the 2013 campaign.

Special thanks to the following employees who participated in the day of caring project on September 11, 2013:  Amanda Baltierra, Samuel Bauman,  Julie Clevenger, Katrina Ganoe, Melissa Hogan, Verda Llewellyn and Christine Potter.  The Grafton team spent the day painting the interior of the Lloyd House. The Lloyd House is a home for Evans Home children who have completed high school and need a place to stay during the transition time between dependency and independence. Many of these young adults are college students, either full time residents or home for breaks.

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Grafton Announces the Recipients of the 2013 Staff Excellence Awards

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Grafton’s staff excellence awards program provides a forum to recognize employees who have exhibited outstanding efforts and achieved exemplary results in furthering Grafton’s mission, vision and core values.

Grafton's Core Values:Quality is our foundation.  We take pride in the contributions we make to the lives of the people we serve.

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Walk Now for Autism Speaks

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Every 11 minutes a family receives the devastating news that their child has an autism spectrum disorder.

Each year, Autism Speaks hosts the signature fundraising event Walk Now for Autism Speaks.  Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a fun-filled family friendly event and a powerful force to fund vital research for Autism.

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Applied Behavior Analysis Parent Support Meeting

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Grafton has begun to provide a parent support group program for the parent's of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders served in our Applied Behavior Analysis program.  The first group met on August 14 at our Ruth Birch Center in Winchester Virginia.  The next session will be held on September 11 from 5:30 until 7:30.  For information, or if you would like to attend, please contact Shamsi Sadeghzadeh at (540)542-0200 ext.

6405, or via email at ssadeghzadeh@grafton.org.

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My Australian Experience

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The following excerpts were written by Pam Martin, Training Support Manager at Grafton.

The entries highlight Pam's experience providing consultation and training in Australia.

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Grafton is Highlighted by The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

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The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (NCCBH) honors those who inspire us to fight against mental illness and addiction.  The NCCBH Awards of Excellence highlights the innovative and inspirational efforts of those individuals and organizations who are changing the lives of children, adults and families worldwide.

Grafton is recognized as a National Council Hall of Honor Inductee for their 2013 Impact Award for Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare.

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