Pfannenstiel Reappointed to BSRB Board

Dr.Terry Pfannenstiel

Dr. Terry Pfannenstiel

Dr. Terry Pfannenstiel, Mental Health Therapist at Pawnee Mental Health Services has been reappointed to serve a four year term on the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB).  He represents licensed marriage and family therapists on the board.

The BSRB “serves to protect the public from unlawful or unprofessional behavioral science practitioners who fall under the board’s jurisdiction.”  All board members for the BSRB are appointed by the governor and serve four year terms.

Dr. Pfannenstiel received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Fort Hays State University, and earned his doctorate in Family and Child Development from Kansas State University.  He has been employed by Pawnee Mental Health Services since 1982.

Droge joins Pawnee Mental Health Services Clinical Staff

Janet Droge, Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW)

Janet Droge, Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW)

Pawnee Mental Health Services announces the addition of Janet Droge, Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW) to its staff.  Ms. Droge will provide mental health services to children, adolescents and adults at Pawnee’s offices located in Beloit, Belleville and Concordia.

Ms. Droge earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Social Work from Washburn University.  She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas and achieved her LSCSW in 2009.

She previously worked in community mental health in Topeka and specialized in working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence and other trauma.  Ms. Droge most recently worked in the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at Fort Riley helping soldiers traumatized in combat.

Ms. Droge completed specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  EMDR is a psychotherapy technique which can be successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post-traumatic stress and many other emotional problems.

To schedule an appointment with Ms. Droge or another Pawnee Mental Health Services provider, call (785) 243-8900.

Smoking and Tobacco Related Fact – Week 4

Tobacco Free Poster 2014 FINAL

 

Within 20 minutes of last smoking a cigarette your body starts making healthy changes that will continue for years. Here are some benefits of smoking cessation:

 

 

20 minutes after a smoker quits:
Blood pressure and pulse rate drops back to normal

8-12 hours after a smoker quits:
Carbon monoxide in the blood drops to normal and the oxygen level in blood increases to normal

24 hours after a smoker quits:
Risk of a heart attack decreases

2-3 weeks after a smoker quits:
Lung function increases up to 30%

1-9 months after a smoker quits:
Coughing, sinus congestions, fatigue and shortness of breath decreases

1 year after a smoker quits:
Coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s

5-10 years after a smoker quits:
Lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker’s

15 years after a smoker quits:
Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker

Updated Course Dates for Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a public education course that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, and builds understanding of their impact. This 8-hour course teaches a five step action plan to help an individual in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate care. The course also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia. The cost of the course is $25.00. For a brochure that includes an enrollment form and updated course dates click here.

For additional information contact our office at (785) 587-4300 or by email at mhfa@pawnee.org.

Pawnee Names Recipients of Stellar Achievement Award

John Adams, Maintenance Specialist, Jelane Cook, Facilities Manager, and Michelle Naillieux, Office Supervisor

John Adams, Maintenance Specialist, Jelane Cook, Facilities Manager, and Michelle Naillieux, Office Supervisor

John Adams, Maintenance Specialist, Jelane Cook, Facilities Manager, and Michelle Naillieux, Office Supervisor recently received the 2014 Pawnee Mental Health Services Stellar Achievement Award.

The Stellar Achievement award is given to employees who display exceptional leadership, courage or extra effort when faced with adversity or to achieve a desired result.

“John, Jelane, and Michelle voluntarily gave up their weekend to respond to a significant facilities issue.” said Robbin Cole Executive Director.  “Their personal sacrifice allowed us to fulfill our mission uninterrupted. They truly are role models for the agency.”

 

 

Junction City Mental Health First Aid Class Cancelled

Cancellation graphicThe Mental Health First Aid class scheduled for Thursday, July 17 and Friday, July 18 in Junction City has been cancelled due to low enrollment.  The class is rescheduled for Thursday, September 25 and Friday, September 26 from 9:00am to 1:00pm. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Click here for information about Mental Health First Aid.

To enroll in a Mental Health First Aid course please call (785) 587-4300 or email mhfa@pawnee.org.

Smoking and Tobacco Related Fact – Week 3

Tobacco Free Poster 2014 FINALHealth reasons to consider when making the decision to quit   smoking or using tobacco:

I will have more energy

I will cough less and breathe easier

I will lower my risk of cancers, heart attack, stroke, emphysema, chronic  bronchitis, and cataracts

I will no longer expose my family and friends to secondhand smoke