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It’s time to celebrate! Last year about this time we had our first Compassion Counseling Center Open House and Pampered Chef Fundraiser. It was so much fun we’re doing it again and this time we’ve added even more fun! There are lots of reasons to participate from 9 am to noon:
- Dr. Donald Lane, our Executive Director and former caterer, will be cooking up wonderful breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes in the Oakdale United Methodist Church (2675 Overhill Drive in Stephenville) Fellowship Hall. So come and taste his culinary talent for free!
- There will be door prizes given away every 30 minutes!
- Get your holiday shopping done for all those foodies on your list and have it shipped directly to them!
- Hear about the amazing achievements of Compassion Counseling Center in its first 9 months of operation!
- Take tours of the counseling rooms.
- Meet our new administrative assistant, Elizabeth Foster!
- Try Pampered Chef products for yourself (and let the kids try, too–many PC products are kid-safe!)
- 30% of all sales from the Open House will go to support the outreach of Compassion Counseling Center to our area citizens.
- $ 13 will be donated to Compassion for every Pampered Chef party booked from the Open House.
- 5% of the total sales from a Pampered Chef party (booked via the Open House) will also be donated to Compassion!
- If 3 shows are booked from the Open House, Oakdale United Methodist Church will receive a Pampered Chef gift valued at $ 100!
Can’t come on Saturday, October 24th? No problem! Order a product from the online party at the following Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/751934964934901/
While Compassion Counseling Center is pleased to offer play therapy to our younger clients, we, unfortunately, cannot entertain or otherwise supervise minor children while adults and/or parents are in a counseling session. Compassion staff members are often distracted by taking care of other client and building needs and thus, we cannot ensure the safety of our clients’ children, if left unattended.
We strongly recommend that childcare arrangements be made for children while adults are in counseling. This allows adults and parents to concentrate on pertinent counseling issues fully and ensures that children are well cared for during these times. Parents are welcome to bring a friend or family member to the Center to take care of children during this time, if necessary.
It is tempting to want to bring young children into adult sessions, but counseling is usually more successful if young children are not present in the session. This also allows parents the opportunity to discuss mature topics without “young ears” hearing such discussions.
If there is an issue regarding childcare, please let the appropriate counselor or therapist know. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in this matter.
Compassion Counseling Center is honored to train the next generation of mental health professionals. Two of our first counselors-in-training, Chris Allen and Tonya King, have completed their counseling practicums at Compassion and we are privileged to have watched them achieve this major milestone in their careers.
Chris not only helped to lead group premarital counseling this past spring, but spent a lot of time working with couples and families privately. Chris distinguished himself as a counselor who could assist his clients in developing peaceful solutions to their issues.
Likewise, Tonya distinguished herself by working with children and particularly special needs children. She also lead the group premarital counseling class with Chris and often gave her clients useful tips and strategies for positively dealing with their situations.
We wish both of these fine counselors the very best for the future and look forward to seeing how they help their clients throughout their careers.