Burke counselor uses life experiences to help children with mental illness

By Caleb Beames, Multi-Media Journalist, see the original KTRE story here. LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Everyday at Burke, employees help people who find themselves deep in depression and dealing with anxiety. One of those is Callie Hunt. Hunt not only listens to her patients, she also understands what they are going through. Twelve years ago, Hunt was getting to graduate from Lufkin High School. Hunt was one of the popular students. "I was very active," Hunt said. I was in groups and I was on the dance team," Hunt said. "I grew up…— Read more

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
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