Amanda Katchur, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist who has been providing individual and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults at MAPS Behavioral Health since 2013. She holds a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Marywood University and has participated in specialized training to provide Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Her previous professional experience includes working with all ages in community-based, inpatient, partial hospital, and outpatient programs. Additionally, she has worked with students in a college counseling center.
Groundbreaking Strides in Coal Township
CSG is proud to announce the groundbreaking of a new personal care home in Coal Township, Northumberland County. The 16-bed facility will be opening on June 30th and will serve individuals coming from state hospitals, striving to relocate in the community.
The county is equally excited about the expansion as CSG plans to begin hiring in May, a process that will create about 25 new jobs in the area.
From left to right: Julie Weaver, VP of MH, Judy David, Northumberland County Administrator, Jen McLaughlin, Sr. Program Director
CONCEPTS of Lehigh Valley Announces Expansion and Upgrade Plans
New Facility and New Technology Increase Adult Habilitation and Support Services Offering
Mountville, Pa. (May 04, 2015) – Community Services Group’s (CSG) Lehigh Valley CONCEPTS program moved to a new permanent location on April 20, 2015, announced CSG President, Susan Blue. The new facility will allow the program to increase the number of individuals it serves by nearly 30%.
The CONCEPTS program provides opportunities for young adults aged 21-25 that have intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate in activities that are both supportive and educational.
“The most exciting enhancement of the new site is its modern technology,” said Brooke Holton, Program Director for the CONCEPTS Program. “We’re eager to begin use of a wide variety of technological tools including tablets, televisions, laptops and other advanced devices to help meet the needs of our individuals.”
The new facility, located at 4155 Independence Drive, in Schnecksville will also offer a recently renovated space that will allow the program to provide services to approximately 39 individuals, a significant increase from the 27 who currently participate in the CONCEPTS program.
CONCEPTS will require additional staff to accommodate new individuals and maintain its quality of service. A job fair is planned for May to support the expansion.
Susan Blue Named “Woman of Influence” by Business Journal
Award Program Recognizes Women’s Extraordinary Contributions to the Central Pennsylvania Region
Mountville, Pa. (April 14, 2015) – Community Services Group (CSG) President, Susan Blue, has been recognized by the Central Penn Business Journal as a 2015 Woman of Influence for her contributions to mental health throughout the region.
The Women of Influence awards, created in 2010, are an effort to recognize female leaders who make significant impacts in their companies, industries and communities.
“It’s an honor to be recognized alongside so many successful and influential women,” said Blue. “I’m extremely proud of the work that Community Services Group has done as a team to fill an important need for mental health services in our community.”
In her tenure of more than 35 years, Blue has lead a remarkable expansion from one single group home to offering multiple service lines in 19 counties across the state. CSG currently employs nearly 1,800 human service professionals who work to provide quality, community-based mental health and intellectual and developmental disability services throughout central and northeastern Pennsylvania.
The 25 Women of Influence award recipients will be recognized for their outstanding leadership, integrity and accomplishments at an awards ceremony at the Hilton Harrisburg. The honorees will also be profiled in a special publication inserted in the June 19, 2015 issue of the Central Penn Business Journal.
Commerce Park Clubhouse Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Williamsport, Pa. (July 21, 2015) – Community Services Group’s (CSG) Commerce Park Clubhouse will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with an open house on July 23 from 10am to 2pm.Community supporters, local legislators and commissioners are invited to join Clubhouse members and staff to recognize this milestone with a special celebration.
Since 2005, the Commerce Park Clubhouse has served Williamsport area residents and their families, offering a supportive environment for individuals in mental health recovery. By focusing on an individual’s strengths instead of their illness, Clubhouse programs provide opportunities to help members achieve their full potential.
The Commerce Park Clubhouse’s mission is to encourage recovery through supportive relationships, meaningful work and acceptance regardless of ability. By focusing on inclusion in all activities, members of the Commerce Park Clubhouse become comfortable with work environment, helping them transition to employment when they’re ready.
Susan Blue Elected New Board Chair for the National Council for Behavioral Health
Mountville, Pa. (July 24, 2015) – Community Services Group (CSG) President and CEO, Susan Blue, has been elected as the new board chair for the National Council for Behavioral Health, succeeding Jeff Walter of the Connecticut Community Providers Association.
“I am honored by my election as the new chair of the National Council board of directors. It has been exciting to have served on the board during a time of profound change and opportunity for the National Council,” said Blue. “The National Council has truly become the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations, and I look forward to working with a noteworthy group of new board members.”
Blue has also held leadership roles with the Pennsylvania Community Providers Association, the Community Behavioral Healthcare Network of Pennsylvania, and the Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare.
The National Council of Behavioral Health board of directors is committed to diversity, leadership, and promoting excellence in mental health and addictions treatment. All board terms begin July 1, 2015.
About the National Council for Behavioral Health
The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations. Together with our 2,300 member organizations, we serve our nation’s most vulnerable citizens — more than eight million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We are committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life. The National Council, with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Missouri Department of Mental Health, pioneered Mental Health First Aid in the U.S. and has trained nearly 400,000 individuals to connect youth and adults in need to mental health and addictions care in their communities. Learn more at www.TheNationalCouncil.org.
CSG Participates in Refugee Simulation
Recently, 35 CSG employees in Lancaster participated in a refugee simulation to better understand what refugees experience and how CSG can better serve this community. The staff pretended to be refugees, working their way through an informative simulation where they experienced persecution, were assigned to crowded “refugee camps,” carried rice on their heads and ran into reams of red tape. By understanding what all refugees go though, CSG can better meet the growing need to respond and support the refugee community.
Read the full story here: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/unpleasant-experience-simulation-helps-prepare-people-to-work-with-refugees/article_b65628cc-6138-11e5-bbf8-53096c490fc8.html
Aimee Tsikitas, LCSW, is Director of Mental Health Treatment Services for Community Services Group (CSG). Aimee is a graduate of Catholic University of America, where she received an MSW. Aimee became a Licensed Social Worker in 2001 and earned her Clinical Social Work license in 2003.
Following graduation, Aimee returned to Pennsylvania and began her career with CSG in March of 2001. After several years providing clinical care, Aimee was promoted to Assistant Program Director for Behavioral Health and Rehabilitative Services in 2004, Program Director of Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Programs in 2007, and Director or Mental Health Treatment Services in 2015. Aimee has been involved in pioneering several services within CSG’s Outpatient program such as Telepsychiatry, Integration of behavioral healthcare into physical healthcare, and implementation of the Decision Support Center.
Misty Palmatier, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who began working as an outpatient mental health professional with Community Services Group in 2015. Prior to working at CSG Misty worked in multiple mental health programs including behavioral health services for children, family based, school based, and outpatient therapy services. She has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Lock Haven University and her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Massachusetts. Along with traditional therapy with individuals Misty specializes in Family Based Therapy, Couples Therapy, and therapy with children and adolescents in the school setting. Misty also serves on the executive board for the Pennsylvania Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Valerie Noel, MS, NCC, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been providing Mental Health Services for the past 13 years at CSG. She has worked with all ages across the continuum of care including Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services, Family Based, Partial Hospitalization Program, and Outpatient. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University in 2002 and her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University of West Alabama in 2006. In August 2014, she completed her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. Valerie has extensive training in family systems therapy, behavioral therapy, certified in applied behavior analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology and is a certified clinical trauma professional. Valerie has experience working with individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, abuse, family therapy, couples, bipolar, adjustment disorders, ADHD, IDD, self-regulation challenges, anger management, and short term counseling (EAP services). Valerie has a strength based approach, continuity of care, meeting individuals where they are presently functioning. Valerie utilizes CBT, IFS, ACT, relaxation, mindfulness, play therapy techniques, family systems, behavioral, psychoeducation and crisis intervention.