Nacogdoches special needs teacher overcame extreme shyness, depression

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - At one time or another, even the most outgoing person has experienced some degree of shyness. Fewer people are so shy it prevents them from functioning at all. One Nacogdoches woman overcame her shyness and the depression it created following mental health counseling from Burke. Violet Porter is tonight's Survivor. It's difficult keeping up with Violet Porter, a certified teacher of elementary children. "Oh I love it,” Violet said. Violet barely comes up for breath while on her way to the classroom. "Usually I work in this portable,” Violet…— Read more

Burke Presents: The Traumatic Stress Response. A Continuing Education Opportunity

On Friday, April 21, Burke is offering a continuing education opportunity: The Traumatic Response – A Basic Understanding of Trauma and Treatment.  The training will be conducted by Jose I. Carbajal, PhD, LCSW, Assistant Professor of Stephen F. Austin State University’s School of Social Work. 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. Program Description: This program provides a review of trauma theory, the underpinning of…— Read more
Zeagler presented with Spirit Award at 22nd Annual Mission Possible conference.

Zeagler presented with Spirit Award at 22nd Annual Mission Possible conference.

On March 8th, at the Mission Possible Conference in Nacogdoches, Buddy Zeagler, retired executive director of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, was presented with the Spirit Award by the SFA School of Social Work. The intent of the award is to identify and honor individuals who may not be social workers, yet they embody the spirit of social work practice.  Zeagler was recognized because of his undying commitment to helping the community. His recent involvement with the School of Social Work and their projects with Impact Lufkin and the San Augustine community service center…— Read more

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