The traditional 2019-2020 school year seemed to end abruptly for students, teachers and school administrators, as learning, socialization and important events moved online. Syntero quickly implemented Telehealth services to continue its School-Based Programs for students in Franklin, Delaware and Morrow Counties, and also provided innovative education and support via a parent-focus podcast miniseries, virtual workshops to help youth and parents become more cybersavvy and easily accessible videos with tips from Syntero clinicians to help students, parents and school administrators cope with our new normal and thrive in the ever-changing environment.
This fall, students, parents and school administrators continue to deal with stress from merely living during the pandemic while adjusting to new learning models, as well as grieving the school year as they once envisioned it. Whether attending virtually, in person or through a hybrid model, the start of the school year looks different for most. What remains the same is the unwavering commitment by school district and Syntero staff alike in striving to meet the needs of students and families in the most effective and safe manner possible.
In July, Syntero added “inclusiveness” to its existing values of integrity, empowerment and innovation. Syntero is pleased to announce the development of a new Diversity and Inclusion Program, which will focus on programming and operational improvements on behalf of groups or individuals who have experienced trauma due to racism, racial inequity, ageism, sexism, homophobia or xenophobia. Syntero’s new Diversity and Inclusion Program Coordinator Karida Cardoso, MS, LPC, will ensure that the agency’s programs and operations are culturally sensitive and informed regarding the unique needs and issues specific to marginalized populations whose behavioral health problems are worsened due to their marginalized status in society.
Syntero’s Positive Parenting Course will resume on October 28th. The five-week course is offered free of charge for residents of Delaware and Morrow Counties. The course is intended for parents and caregivers (grandparents, other relatives, guardians, etc.) of children from birth through age 8. Participants will learn how to get more desired behaviors from their children.
Classes will cover the following information:
The power of positive parenting techniques
What causes kids’ behaviors
Setting goals for change
Tips on how to reconnect with children and build positive relationships
Giving directions kids are likely to follow
Recognizing progress and planning for the future
Each participant will also have three one-on-one phone/in-person sessions with group leaders to make the information work for their families. Click here to register or email Debbie Combs.
The Positive Parenting Course is sponsored by Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio Children’s Trust Fund and the United Way of Delaware County Strengthening Families program.
A survey team from CARF International will be evaluating Syntero on October 28 – October 30. We invited the surveyors to evaluate how well we meet international standards for quality. The survey will tell us what we are doing well and ways we might improve. As a result of this survey, we may continue accreditation. As part of the evaluation, the surveyors will interview people who receive services, their families, our staff and others.
Some questions the survey team members might ask people are as follows:
Do we provide a clean and safe setting?
Do you receive the services you need and want?
Are you treated with respect?
Do you take part in planning your services?
Are you told what you need to know about your services?
Are your questions answered in a way you understand?
Do you know where to go with questions or concerns?
If you would like to talk with one of the survey team members or want to learn more about CARF International, please let one of our staff members know or contact CARF International directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LGBTQ+ individuals are more than twice as likely as heterosexual men and women to have a mental health disorder in their lifetime. They are also 2.5 times more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and substance misuse compared with heterosexual individuals, according to the American Psychiatric Association. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this situation, as many members of LGBTQ+ community, especially LGBTQ youth, have experienced increased poor mental health outcomes due the added stress of the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest.
Syntero is pleased to announce that the Celebrate You support group, which provides support for LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-18, is accepting new clients. The free group explores and celebrates LGBTQ+ identity in its entirety, builds self-esteem, emotional knowledge and recognizes personal strengths while building solid connections with peers. This is a pro-social inclusive space for ALL and everyone is welcome! The group is currently meeting virtually and accepting new clients. For more information, please contact Jordan Allen, MSW, LSW, at 614.706.1546.
The group meets every first and third Monday from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted frontline workers in unprecedented ways. Research has shown that a considerable portion of frontline workers are experiencing increased symptoms of depression, anxiety, insomnia and distress. Syntero’s new “Backing Our Frontline” program provides four-six confidential, virtual counseling sessions free of charge for ALL frontline workers working or living in Dublin, Delaware County or Morrow County. Frontline workers include police officers, firefighters, EMS, dispatch personnel, as well as hospital staff and volunteers in Dublin and Delaware-Morrow Counties, and teachers and school support staff in Delaware-Morrow Counties. Thank you to the Dublin Community Foundation and the Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board for helping to strengthen our communities. Click here to view program details and learn how to register.