Mission Possible Conference Acknowledges the Challenges and Honors the Champions

Mission Possible XXII: Challenges and Champions Tuesday, March 7 – Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Brought to you by Burke, the Alzheimer's Association, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, Texas AHEC East, Stephen F. Austin State University School of Social Work and DSHS Rusk State Hospital, Mission Possible will be held on March 8, 2017, from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. This conference offers contact hours for nurses, counselors, social workers, LMFTs, community health workers, activity professionals and Public School administrators, counselors and teachers. Offered are 3 hours of Ethics for LPCs, LMFTs, and…— Read more

Working with Legislators to Improve Psychiatric Inpatient Capacity

Most people I know are disappointed with how divided politics have become. But as the 85th Legislature gets underway in Austin, there is a wonderful example of bipartisan cooperation that should make every Texan proud. Over the last several legislative sessions, lawmakers from both parties have come together to support better, more accessible and more affordable mental health care. I experience this every day as CEO of Burke, the largest provider of these services in East Texas. Whether we are able to serve our clients depends in large part on how the legislature…— Read more

Nacogdoches Woman Recovers Physically and Mentally from Car Wreck

Nacogdoches woman, Jodi Richardson, recently visited with KTRE about her physical, mental, and emotional recovery from a bad car wreck in July of 2015.  Since then, she has dealt with overcoming and managing depression, having her leg amputated, adapting to a prosthetic, and committing to hours of mental health and physical therapies. Check out her story on KTRE’s website, or watch the video below. Jodi Richardson is back on the road to recovery, both physically and mentally. The Nacogdoches woman was in a bad car wreck a year and a half ago. Nerve damage…— Read more

Burke Presents: What’s in a Pronoun? A Continuing Education Opportunity

On Friday, January 20, Burke is offering a continuing education opportunity: What’s in a Pronoun? What Mental Health Professionals Need to Know About Working with Transgender Clients.  The training will be conducted by Burke Clinical Coordinator, Shannon Williams, PhD, LPC-S. The training will be held at Angelina Mental Health Services, 1522 West Frank Street, Friday, January 20, 2017.  Arrive for check-in from 8:00 - 8:30 am, the training begin at 8:30 and last until noon. This program provides overviews of transgender care and mental health professionals’ responsibilities to transgender clients who present for treatment. Attendees…— Read more

Woman survives thoughts of suicide after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder

Nacogdoches woman, Sally Ellsworth, recently visited with KTRE about her bipolar diagnosis and past thoughts of suicide. In 2012, Ellsworth was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. The symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe and differ from the normal ups and downs that everyone experiences from time to time.  Check out her story on KTRE's website, or watch the video below. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, and the rates are continuing to…— Read more