RTC Celebrates 10th Anniversary!
Alumni, past and present staff members, family and friends all joined together on April 29, 2017 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Charter Oak Recovery Center. The celebration featured speakers from each year's "graduation class," as well as an impressive display of RTC memorabilia. Congratulations to all alumni, and a big thank you to the RTC Alumni Association for putting this event together!
We are mothers, grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers, sons and daughters. We are counselors, sponsors, therapists and healthcare workers. We are recovering addicts and alcoholics bound together by a shared bond of freedom from suffering. Recovery is finding that something that is as meaningful as the drug; finding that daily emotional intervention that is as loud as the drug. On the eve of our 10th anniversary celebration, I reflect on the many individuals and their families that have come through our doors. The transformation from hopelessness to hope is often profound. For many individuals, insecurity, fear and anxiety are replaced by self-confidence, insight and a renewed sense of hope for the future. – Robin McGeough, Program Director
24th Annual DBSA Conference September 15 & 16, 2017
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of California presents its 24th Annual Conference in Ontario, CA on September 15 and 16, 2017. In addition to several speakers and workshops, the the conference offers participants the opportunity to participate in an art show and a variety show. Click here to download the conference brochure.
Doctors Day - March 30, 2017
March 30th marks the annual observation of National Doctors Day. Aurora Charter Oak Hospital is honored to celebrate the dedication and hard work of those who come in early mornings and leave late at night. Those who are always on call no matter what holiday it is. Those who are focused on providing quality treatment with dignity. Those who are not only interested in the illness, but care for the patient living with it. These are our doctors, serving our hospital as well as our community. This is the day to honor these men and women, and to thank our physicians for their contributions.
All Charter Oak physicians were invited to enjoy breakfast treats and to pick up a special gift in the physician lounge, courtesy of Administration and the Medical Staff Department.
(Pictured left to right: Cyrus Nasserian, MD and Cesar Cruz, MD)
Breakfast Lecture Series: Motivational Interviewing January 24, 2017
The most recent Breakfast Lecture at Aurora Charter Oak took place on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. The topic was Motivational Interviewing, which is a specific form of psychotherapy intervention that facilitates an individual's intrinsic motivation to change behavior. As a therapeutic technique, it provides a goal-oriented, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients explore and resolve the ambivalence that impedes decision-making.
Our guest speaker was Dr. Monica Powers, Director of Clinical Development and Training with Sovereign Health (pictured right). Dr. Powers obtained her doctorate at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she focused her interests on the resilience of survivors of natural disasters. She spent time working with Hurricane Katrina survivors, and currently works in a small private practice in addition to her position with Sovereign Health.
Dr. Powers received excellent ratings from attendees, and due to the popularity of this topic it may be scheduled again later this year. At the conclusion of the presentation, attendees were able to:
• Describe Motivational Interviewing and identify its underlying assumptions.
• Review the components/strategies of Motivational Interviewing.
• Participate in role play activity demonstrating the use of Motivational Interviewing techniques.
The Breakfast Lecture Series is geared toward behavioral healthcare professionals, and offers Continuing Education units. Please join our mailing list to receive announcements about upcoming events.
On Saturday, October 15 hospital employees, alumni and friends welcomed Robin McGeough back from this year's Run4Recovery, celebrating with food and beverages...over $6,000 was raised, all of which goes to the Puente House Foundation to support individuals in recovery!
We are… mothers, grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers, sons and daughters. We are counselors, sponsors, therapists and healthcare workers. We are construction workers, welders, web designers and artists. We are recovering addicts and alcoholics bound together by a shared bond of freedom from suffering.
Together with our partner, the Puente House Foundation, Run4Recovery provides funds for scholarships which provide basic services (housing and food) to those recovering men and women most vulnerable to relapse.
As founder of Run4Recovery, I would like to say THANK YOU. Thank you for your love and support, year after year. Thank you for the cards, letters, and email messages that bring us to tears. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and well wishes that lift our spirits. And most of all, thank you for your financial contributions.
Director of Chemical Dependency Services
Aurora Charter Oak Hospital and Recovery Center and Board Member - Puente House Foundation
Breakfast Lecture Thursday, September 29, 2016
The final Breakfast Lecture at Aurora Charter Oak for 2016 took place on Thursday, September 29 during National Recovery Month. The topic was "Inpatient and Outpatient Options for Opiate Detox", and the presenter was Dr. Cyrus Nasserian, attending psychiatrist and Service Director at Aurora Charter Oak Hospital. Attendees at the lecture rated Dr. Nasserian's presentation quite highly, and several individuals stayed afterwards to ask questions.
Dr. Nasserian completed his Residency at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center. He is board certified in psychiatry and was nominated Physician of the Year at Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in 2015. Dr. Nasserian specializes in addiction medicine and alcohol dependency, as well as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar and anxiety disorders. His private practice locations are in Glendora and Diamond Bar.
The Breakfast Lecture Series is geared toward healthcare professionals, and offers Continuing Education units. If you would like to receive an invitation to the next event at Aurora Charter Oak Hospital, please sign up to be placed on our e-mail list.
75th Anniversary of Charter Oak
In 1941, Mary Gould opened Charter Oak Lodge as a mental health treatment facility. 2016 marked the hospital's 75th Anniversary, and to commemorate the occasion a special lunch program was held at the hospital on May 10th. Long-term and "Employee of the Month" individuals were among the attendees who received special recognition during the event.
Rita Lancefield, daughter of Mary Gould, was the guest speaker. Accompanying Rita were her husband Robert Lancefield and niece Cynthia Marsh. Rita spoke about her mother's vision and dedication to providing a positive therapeutic environment for the young women who were the first patients at Charter Oak. Rita noted how gratifying it was to see that the work her mother started continues after 75 years.
The hospital presented Rita with one of two granite engraved plaques commissioned in recognition of Mary Gould and the founding of Charter Oak. One of the plaques will remain on display at the hospital, while Charter Oak Foundation will keep the other plaque. Charter Oak Foundation is a direct continuation of the lifework of Mary Gould. The Foundation makes grants to non-profit organizations that serve high-risk populations. Cynthia Marsh, granddaughter of Mary Gould, is the President of the Foundation.
Following the event, Rita stated, "All three of us felt very gratified at the sense of continuation we felt. It is great to see that the dream lives on and is being so well nurtured. Thank you so much. I especially enjoyed experiencing the good spirit among the staff. I know that that does not come automatically, but is worked for every day. It is such an important model for those whom you are helping to move forward."
Aurora Charter Oak is dedicated to providing our community with mental health and chemical dependency education and treatment. Involvement with community health fairs, professional association events and trainings for healthcare providers are some of the ways we strive to meet this mission. We are a continuing education provider through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and The California Foundation for the Advancement of Addiction Professionals
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