Longtime Bert Nash psychiatrist retiring after nearly five decades in mental health field

Emily Farley News & Notes

Joe Douglas likes being part of a team. That’s been one of his favorite things about working at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. Douglas, a psychiatrist in Adult Services, who has been part of the Center’s medical staff since 2001, is retiring this month after a nearly 50-year career in the mental health field. “I enjoy the collaboration …

Healing arts project will give clients the opportunity to use creative expression

Emily Farley News & Notes

John Sebelius believes in the healing power of art. He’s seen it happen. Sebelius, a Lawrence artist, has worked with veterans as part of the Stress Disorder Treatment Program at the Colmery-O’Neil VA Center in Topeka, teaching art to veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, substance use and other challenges. He currently serves as Artist-In-Residence at Cofrin-Logan Center for Addiction …

Bert Nash profile – Rhonda Stubbs

Emily Farley Child & Family Services

What do you love most about your job? I love working with people. I have always felt joy from serving others, empowering them and helping them meet their goals.   What have been some of the highlights for you during your time here? I have really enjoyed working with the children and families. I have also had the pleasure of …

Carole at the Nash

Emily Farley News & Notes

It takes a lot of people to keep things running smoothly, they deal with people of all kinds, oftentimes they’re sad or moody. An absolute favorite I always see when walking through the door, is a perky, encouraging, spitfire gal who’s been there a long time before. Professional as this woman is, she always finds time to care, people watch …

LGBT group for youth

Emily Farley Child & Family Services

Statistically, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth are at a disproportionate risk for depression, suicide and substance abuse. They also can feel isolated, alienated or bullied. A new LGBT group for youth was started in the summer of 2017 at the Bert Nash Center to provide a support system so teenagers have a safe place to talk. Bert Nash …

Group gives guys the opportunity to open up

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Men aren’t necessarily known for expressing their feelings or being vulnerable. Which is why when Julian Brown, Bert Nash Adult Outpatient Program therapist, started a client group for men he wasn’t sure how open or talkative they would be. Turns out, they had plenty to talk about. “Initially, I was thinking there would be a lot of reservation coming from …

Trauma-informed care benefits both clients and staff

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Trauma-informed care is more than just a different approach to behavioral and mental health care. It is a totally new way of doing things. “Trauma-informed care is a concept, a way of thinking that informs actions,” said Julia Gaughan, who serves as the point person for this agency-wide effort at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. “It is a …

Event planners hope event sparks dialogue about affordable housing

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Solutions to community problems have to start somewhere. Agencies that are participating in an upcoming housing event hope that starts with a conversation. The event — Housing in Lawrence and Douglas County: A Public/Private Partnership — will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania. Mathew Faulk, housing program manager for the Bert Nash Center, said …

Your Turn: Bert Nash committed to core values

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In its nearly 70-year history, the Bert Nash Center has witnessed many changes and challenges. But one thing remains constant: our commitment to our core values of compassion, integrity and equity, on a foundation of hope. Those values are at the very heart of what we do, and they always will be. Seven therapists from the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) …

Client Choice and Service Options

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At the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, we work with our community partners to ensure our clients have the best service provider for their specific needs, including those providers not directly employed by or affiliated with the Bert Nash Center. For more than 68 years, we have coordinated services to provide a seamless array of care. Per our history, …