JAMES CARR, LCSW
James Carr is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has been providing therapy to clients in different settings for over 10 years. James has an extensive background working with individuals, families, and groups. James practices an integrated trauma-informed approach, utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and present-based mindfulness skills. James has advanced training in the Comprehensive Resource Model, which supports healing from complex traumas. He also has advanced training in Mindfulness Based Self Compassion, which helps decrease secondary emotions related to trauma experiences, such as shame, disgust and self-worth.
James has helped many individuals and families use their strengths to overcome challenging situations such as trauma, divorce, issues with self-esteem, and children with severely emotionally disturbed diagnoses. James also spends time working in a hospital setting providing therapy to individuals and groups, including veterans and active duty service members who are dealing with complex trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief and loss. James received his Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Barry University in Miami, FL and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
“I believe that as people we all wish to be happy, healthy and free of suffering and the most important way to achieve this is in the presence of others. To feel safe, witnessed, heard, and accepted is the basis of human relationships. To create this solid foundation, we also need to connect to ourselves in a meaningful and authentic way.”
JULIE GRIFFIN, PsyD
Dr. Griffin is a licensed clinical psychologist and owner of Dynamic Reflections Psychology. She specializes in helping clients to integrate how past traumatic experiences contribute to current functioning, and work towards understanding and modifying instinctual reactions to relieve suffering and improve relationships. She works with a therapy dog who can further facilitate healing by providing physical comfort and affection to help clients regulate through moments of distress. Dr. Griffin is interested in helping heal relationships by providing individual and couples therapy for adults, and can support parents in reconnecting with their children through family therapy sessions. Dr. Griffins office is located in Westminster, Colorado.
Help Therapist Pyschological Pain Evaluations and Pain Management
PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS IN PAIN
Pain researchers now recognize that psychological factors interact in complex multidimensional ways with physiological factors to produce an individual’s personal
experience of pain. Assessment and treatment of these psychological factors is important for successful
resolution of pain conditions.
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENTS FOR PAIN PATIENTS
HELP professionals provide psychological assessments that:
- Screen for presurgical selection of candidates for implantable pain therapies.
- Identify factors associated with positive and negative pain treatment outcomes.
- Recommend remedies for factors associated with negative pain treatment outcomes.
- Serve as a foundation for pain management therapies.
- Assist medical staff in supporting pain treatment patients in-home.
HELP psychological assessments consider factors such as:
- Psychiatric/mood symptoms
- Cognitive abilities
- Psychosocial support
- Experience and duration of pain
- Pain medication behavior
- Pain beliefs and coping
- Impact of pain on functioning
PAIN MANAGEMENT THERAPIES
HELP clinicians provide a variety of pain management therapies incorporating:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Family systems therapy
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
- Meditation/relaxation therapy
- Biofeedback therapy
- Stress management
- Lifestyle change support
When to refer to the Vet Assist Program:
1. MILITARY SCREENING
Is he/she a veteran or the surviving spouse of a deceased wartime veteran who needs help to live safely at home?
Combat duty or overseas service is not required. Surviving spouse must have been married to the veteran at least 1 year and at time of veteran’s death. Married couples are only eligible if the veteran is disabled and meets the guidelines.
Did the veteran serve at least 1 day during wartime?
World War II: December 7, 1941 — December 31, 1946
Korean Conflict: June 27, 1950 — January 31, 1955
Vietnam Era: August 5, 1964 — May 7, 1975
Or served in the country of Vietnam February 28, 1961 — August 5, 1964
Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990 — date to be determined
Did the veteran serve:
At least 90 days on active duty, (Persian Gulf War veterans must have two years of active duty or the full period for which they were called for active duty.) With an honorable discharge?
2. MEDICAL SCREENING
Does the veteran or surviving spouse have a medical condition causing the need for assistance with activities of daily living? (i.e.— help with bathing, dressing, grooming, using the toilet, meal preparation, moving about safely.)
If under age 65, must have letter from Social Security proving disability.
Does the veteran or surviving spouse want to use their VA Pension with Aid and Attendance primarily for in-home care or adult day care?
3 . MONETARY SCREENING
Does he/she have a net worth (income + assets) at or less than $129,094?
A primary residence and auto are not counted as part of net worth. Ongoing non-reimbursable medical expenses may reduce the
annual countable income.
If you answered yes to every question above, then this person may be eligible for the VetAssist Program and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Pension with Aid and Attendance. Please refer this senior to us.
How You Can Find a New Lease on Life in Assisted Living
Life is full of changes: some we look forward to, some that are unexpected, and others that we may not have chosen. We don’t want to think about moving on from the lives we’ve created, but when you move to assisted living, the best way to make this transition is to face it head on. If you’re going into this next chapter thinking you’ll just accept it, try following these tips to change your mindset. Try setting a new goal — not just to get by in assisted living but to make the most of this opportunity and live your best life!
Finding Your Fit
Regardless of where you live, boredom and isolation are two of the biggest risks to a senior’s mental health. You may grieve the loss of moving from your family home, but by moving to assisted living, you’re in a much better position to fight off both of these problems. Most assisted living centers are set up where you have your own apartment, but they also offer community activities so you can stay engaged and enjoy the company of friends.
If you’re still searching for the right assisted living center, look for a place that offers a wide variety of activities, social events, and fitness opportunities you can take advantage of. Besides getting help with everyday life, a good assisted living center also provides services that would be harder to access living on your own. Think about your current hobbies, and new ones you may want to try, and search for a center that will support your interests. Sometimes it can also help to connect with a senior advisor through this process. A Place for Mom notes there are more than 50 facilities in the San Diego area alone, so you’re sure to find the right community that fits your lifestyle.
Settling Into Your New Home
The quickest way to start settling in is to make your new space look and feel like you. If there’s a furniture piece that you have a strong attachment to, consider how a compromise may make it work. For example, we love Southern Living’s idea to find a new use for big furniture items, like using a treasured china cabinet as a pantry that’s easy to access. Little things make a big difference in how your space feels, too. Take the time to hang your favorite artwork and indulge in lots of physical comforts like soft pillows and throw blankets.
Along with creating the comforts of home, incorporating technology is another way to brighten up your space. You don’t have to be a tech wiz to enjoy its benefits, either. Simply getting a tablet or smartphone opens up a whole world of activities, with games, puzzles, and the opportunity to have video chats with loved ones.
Handling the Emotional Adjustment
Even when you make your apartment feel like home, this new environment can still be a constant reminder that life is different now and that you’re getting older. Dealing with this reality is tough, and it’s one reason why many seniors experience mental health concerns like anxiety and depression. According to Good Therapy, the best way to combat these issues is to seek new ways of finding meaning in life, simple pleasures, and a good support system. Your support system can include family, friends, and staff members where you live, but it’s just as important to know when to seek help from a therapist.
Along with these other actions you can take, one simple key to better mental health is to establish a routine. Most of us have routines when we’re in the busiest times of life, but keeping a regular routine now is an easy way to establish a consistency that is comforting.
Moving into assisted living is a major life change that many people don’t really prepare for, so it’s understandable that you may have a sense of uneasiness. Despite these feelings, today’s senior living options are full of opportunities. And when you take advantage of those opportunities, this transition can be a way to find a new lease on life.
Critical Issues in Child Adolescent Mental Health Conference
The intent of the 2020 CICAMH Conference is to increase the awareness and understanding of critical issues and offer attendees ideas, skills and resources to work together to be better able to assist youth, their families, and communities in engaging and supporting each other in order to promote bright and fruitful futures. The conference seeks to provide healthcare providers across all disciplines with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to keep pace with the demands of our changing world and the opportunities of our evolving systems of care.
This two-part conference continues CICAMH’s focus on the theme of “Managing Change in a Changing World” with attention to today’s current stressors and best practices for evaluating and intervening for health.
Thursday evening’s dinner conference will focus on the clinical and pragmatic opportunities of integrating and coordinating care across discipline boundary lines, with a specific focus on the need to advance trauma-focused inquiry, most especially in the primary care setting.
Friday’s session addresses many of the most important changes and challenges currently faced by youth and families with highly experienced speakers in keynote addresses and breakout sessions.
CME & CE’s:
3 Credits will be provided for Thursday 6 Credits will be provided for Friday.
For complete information and registration go to: CICAMH.COM