Springs Staff Scoop March 2022

If you have any tips, news, or content that you would like to see in the Springs Staff Scoop, please feel free to email Stephanie Keister.

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Calling for Nominations

It’s time to nominate your colleagues for the 3rd quarter FY2021-22 ABDC and Customer Service Superstar Awards!  Nomination forms are below, as well as the eligibility requirements for the ABDC award:

ABCD Nomination / Eligibility

Customer Service Superstar Nomination


DEADLINE for Nominations:  Wednesday, April 27

Trauma Informed Care: How do we create safety in our environment?

by Megan Baker, Clinician – Aspen 

This month, I was reflecting on the trauma-informed care topic of safety and was reminded of an instance safety was established and evaluated with a client. Recently, a client made themselves larger than myself, physically, by quickly standing up within inches of me as I sat in my office chair; they did not speak or make eye contact before or during this interaction. My initial thoughts were, “what is their intention” and “am I safe right now?” In that moment, I recalled learning tips to de-escalate situations such as these. I made sure not to stand up and encroach on their space.  I positioned my body in my chair such that I opened space in the room facing my client at more of an angle than directly on.  My hands were visible and arms not crossed, and I proceeded with a calm demeanor and tone requesting my client resume the session in the chair across from me. They then proceeded to slowly sit back down and the session was able to resume after a brief pause.

What helped me have a sense of safety prior to this encounter was knowing there were panic buttons accessible and functioning, having an office orientation that provides accessible exit routes for all parties, having co-workers in the area in the event I needed assistance, and the ability to process with my supervisor the emotions that come up in sessions. Because I was able to feel physically and emotionally safe, I was able to provide a safe space for this client in the moment, as well as proceed in a calm manner, myself. As they continued to return, session after session, I was reminded by others that they must have felt a sense of safety as well.

As we continue to discuss trauma-informed care, we ask for your reflection. If you can, take a moment to reflect on how your co-workers have assisted you in maintaining safety (via phone or in-person). What did they do for you?

Post your answer on ELoops and earn points!

NEW! Eloops Website

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For those who have requested that Eloops be available via website (versus just a phone application) – your request has been heard!  An Eloops website is now available:

  • Visit Web.eloops.com
  • Enter your invitation code: Mindsprings
  • Enter your work email and your password

This comes just in time as Peer Specialist Brian Bretton gets ready to toss a pie in the face of Circle/WRC Program Director Megan Navarro on Thursday, March 3!

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March PTO Winner

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mind Springs Health, one employee per month will be picked (via a random drawing) to receive a paid day off (to be used within 8 weeks of the date it’s awarded).  March’s winner of a paid day off is Tessa Hill, Clinician in Steamboat Springs!

April Fun Days to Celebrate 50th Anniversary!

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Thursday, April 7
World Health Day & Burrito Day

You can focus on health and enjoy your burrito, too! Share healthy habits with your co-workers via ELoops and bring in the makings for a burrito party at lunch. And wear jeans!

Click here for a handy sign up sheet for your team/office Burrito party.

Tuesday, April 12
National Grilled Cheese Day and Scrabble Day

Who doesn’t love a comforting grilled cheese sammy? Cheddar, Swiss, Gouda . . . add some bacon, turkey, or avocado. Bring in your favorites for grilled cheese today. April 13 is Scrabble Day – celebrate a day early by playing Scrabble at lunch. And wear jeans!

Click here for a handy sign up sheet for your team/office Grilled Cheese Day!

Wednesday, April 20
Look-A-Like Day and Banana Day

Pick one of your work buddies and dress alike today. And share your favorite banana recipe. Or maybe everyone should just dress up as bananas.  And yes, bananas can wear jeans.

Wednesday, April 27
Administrative Professionals Day & National Denim Day

Thank our administrative staff for the wonderful work they do! And wear jeans!

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Join the Cultural Engagement Team!

Are you interested in helping our organization become more diverse and knowledgeable about equality and equity within our communities?

Please join the next CET meeting on April 27, 2022

OR  . . .

Are you interested in sharing an experience or something you have learned? Write a DEI piece for the Springs Staff Scoop!

As an incentive, you will be awarded with Eloops Fun-Nominal Funds! If you have any questions about the CET, please outreach Dr. Amy Gallagher.  

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

By David Hayden, MBA, CHC, LPC

In 1987, President Reagan recognized March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to increase “public awareness of the needs and the potential of Americans with developmental disabilities” and to provide the “encouragement and opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.”

The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life, as well as awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live.

Recent estimates from the CDC show that in the United States, one in six children between the ages of three and seventeen have one or more developmental disabilities. Many private and public organizations, such as the CDC, work to better understand developmental disabilities by studying how common developmental disabilities are, who is more likely to have them and whether there are changes in the disability over time. Along with that, identifying the factors that put children at risk for developmental disabilities, studying the possible cause, and lastly, improving identification of developmental delays early on so children and families can get the support and services they need.

Ways in which National Disabilities Development Awareness Month can be celebrated and promoted include:

  • Wearing the official ribbon or clothing with the colors yellow and blue
  • Writing about the cause in the local newspaper or talking about it on a radio news station
  • Planning a training session to educate others about appropriate ways to interact with people with disabilities
  • Start a discussion group to have open communication with the community and family members
  • Participate in an annual walk
  • Volunteer with organizations such as People First or Best Buddies
  • Talking about it amongst different groups of people whether it’s your family, friends, colleagues, or community to encourage acceptance among people with disabilities.
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