Dickinson Center, Incorporated, is celebrating its 60th anniversary as a leader in the provision of behavioral health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and children's prevention services in rural northwestern Pennsylvania.Read More
The eighth annual “5K Run/Walk for Wellness” sponsored by the Wellness Committee at Dickinson Center, Inc. was held Saturday at Clarion-Little Toby Creek Trail in Ridgway, with perfectly cool conditions for the 29 runners and 12 walkers.Read More
Dickinson Center is pleased to welcome Dr. Craig Richman. Dr. Richman will be providing psychiatric services for the St. Marys Outpatient Clinic, Elk County Intensive Outpatient Program, and Crossroads Partial Hospitalization Program.Read More
Clearfield Jefferson Wellness and Recovery Center hosted an open house on April 10, 2018.Read More
Insomnia, or trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, is largely thought of as an adult problem. But children can suffer from insomnia as well, and that can prove disruptive for the entire family.Read More
Though many people are quick to associate exercise with its physical benefits, those hours spent on the treadmill also can boost brain power.Read More
What is Trauma-Informed Care?
- An appreciation for the high prevalence of traumatic experience in persons who receive mental health, physical health, and substance abuse services.
- A thorough understanding of the profound neurological, biological, psychological, and social effects of trauma and violence on the individual.
We need to presume the clients we serve have a history of traumatic stress and
exercise “universal precautions” by creating systems of care that are trauma-informed.
What is trauma?
Trauma is the experience of violence and victimization including sexual abuse,
physical abuse, severe neglect, loss, domestic violence, and/or the witnessing of
violence, terrorism or disasters. ~ (NASMHPD, 2006)
Dickinson Center, Inc. embraces the trauma-informed care model.
Trauma-Informed Care is all about “changing the culture of an organization.”
Principles of a Trauma-Informed Care Organization:
- Secure environment with supportive care
- Consumer voice, choice, and advocacy
- Cultural competence
- Trusting relationships
- System-wide understanding of trauma prevalance, impact, and trauma-informed care
- Recovery, consumer-driven and trauma-specific services
The Decision Support Center (DSC) will start is 1-15-18. This Center will be an addition to the Ridgway Outpatient Med Clinic. The DSC is a Peer run center that helps consumers prepare prior to the medication appointment.Read More
Be aware of SAD. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is defined by the Mayo Clinic as a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons, beginning and ending at about the same times each year. Borrowing some of the coping mechanisms relied on in northern latitudes can help many people to see the dark in a different light.Read More