Holiday Closure

The Healing Center office will be closed from December 24th until January 2nd for the holidays. All groups during this time will be cancelled.

Adult groups will resume on January 2, 2018. Please note, our children’s programming will resume the week of January 21, 2018. Please refer to our Google calendar for a more detailed view of the cancellations.

If you have an emergency during this time, call 911 or the 24 hour crisis line at 206-461-3222.


December Newsletter

Board Update

How it moves so fast from fall to winter always baffles my mind. We are in full holiday swing at the Healing Center with the holiday party on December 6th for our group members and providing extra support during a very difficult time of year. It’s been a busy fall, just a few weeks ago the entire Board of Directors and staff came together for our first (and what will become) an annual retreat. As I mentioned last month, I want to share some of the specific goals we are working towards next year.

Our two big themes are building leadership and financial sustainability. On leadership, we will continue to add new board members and hire an Executive Director. Regarding financial sustainability, this is a priority for the board to make sure we continue to build our reserves and steward the organization for the future. These are the goals we are striving to achieve by June 2019:

• Hire an Executive Director
• Build an engaged, dynamic Board of Directors with a minimum of 12 members
• Gather feedback and implement recommendations on our programs (what we call our service delivery model)
• Over 1000 individuals receiving quality services measured by satisfaction surveys
• Establish new community partnerships to better serve our group members
• Shared core values, communication, and transparency leading to a more positive organizational culture

We have lots of work to do, but we’ve got great momentum and excellent leadership from our Board, Advisory Committee and Clinical and Operations Directors.

Since January 2018, we have served over 300 group participants. That’s 197 adults, 45 young adults, and 60 kids. We’ve seen extraordinary demand for our services. In 2017, we had 190 new people reach out to the Healing Center, January through November 2018, there have been over 375 new individuals and families seeking group support. We’ve never had this kind of demand.

If you can this holiday season, please think about The Healing Center and the support you have received. We’d love to be able to provide more group support hours. Please donate to give the gift of comfort and healing to an adult or child grieving the death of loved one.

I want to thank all of you who have helped to make this safe place possible: our donors, our volunteers, our dedicated staff and interns. Most of all I want to thank those of you who are grieving and who have trusted us to help ease your load. You are the reason we are here.

A group member shared in our recent feedback survey: “I had never been to a support group before my husband died. I was absolutely reeling, and the Healing Center gave me hope and a new perspective. It was amazing to be in the room with fellow survivors who I knew could understand my feelings and not judge me. I was safe to say anything.”

On behalf of the Board and Staff, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Aaron Reich
Board President

Holiday Party  & Potluck

Our annual holiday party and potluck was held on December 6th. The event was a chance for the Healing Center community to get together and celebrate the holidays in a safe and supportive environment. In addition to a delicious potluck, the children were paid a visit from Santa and received many gifts.

A big thank you to Toys for Kids, Rick Rizzs and Resa Moore for spreading holiday magic and providing toys for the children in our programs.

Client Spotlight: Sooz Appeal

What brought you to The Healing Center?
My life partner of 35 years died suddenly of a rip in his aorta while on a run in September of 2017. A good friend, whom The Healing Center had helped when her husband died, strongly suggested that I join the early Group. I’m glad she did.

What was helpful about coming to The Healing Center?
By far, the most helpful thing about early group is sharing what’s going on and listening to others. Especially in the early months after the loss, so many people say things which we receive as hurtful (even though that is not the intention) or insensitive or preachy or full of bad advice or downright offensive. When those events are shared, everyone feels the support and understanding, even though it is most often unspoken. There is a lot of trust that develops quickly in the group. I found I was able to share feelings and events with the early group that I hadn’t shared with even my closest friends.

Is there anything from group that is still helpful today?
When hard times arise, I can hear certain people’s words of comfort and support, reminders that there is no clear time frame or process that this grief takes. We all navigate this path in our own way, in our own time, and that’s okay. Also, I hear the laughter. Life–even in its darkest moments– can be humorous. We all have laughed a lot through our tears.

Is there anything currently happening in your life that you are proud of/is exciting?
Because of my personal circumstances, I’ve had to take charge of a huge clean-out process at my property. After nearly 15 months, we’re almost done. It’s been a lot of work and I feel a huge sense of accomplishment. This clean-out has meant getting rid of my sweetie’s “treasures” which he spent decades collecting. But I know Bill would want me to be happy and to have a good life after he’s gone, overall it feels really good. Now that the clean up is coming to a close, I can continue to figure out what my life will be like moving forward-a daunting but also exciting challenge.

Volunteer Highlight: Linda Kemnitzer

How did you first hear about The Healing Center and how did you get involved in volunteering?
My husband John died November 9, 2013. The last week of his life he was in hospice care at our home. After he died I knew I needed help. I signed up for a six-week bereavement group with Hospice. At the last session the facilitator passed out a list of other places to go for bereavement help, The Healing Center was included on the list. I looked at the website and decided this might be a place for me to go to receive additional support.

I attended the Early Group for about a year. It was so wonderful to be in a room of people who “got” it. The facilitators and co-facilitators were so understanding and caring. Those of us in the group could share our pain and as we went along, also share some laughter and new accomplishments as we went through our struggle.

After attending the Transitions group for a few months I knew I wanted to give back so I started volunteering. Nothing too major at first. I’d help at events and do some office work. Eventually, I realized that I wanted to give to others what was given to me by the co-facilitators during my time as a client. That’s when I asked if I could train to be a co-facilitator.

How long have you volunteered with The Healing Center? What kind of volunteer work have you done for The Healing Center?
After attending the co-facilitators training, I participated in one of the client retreats. Eventually I started co-facilitating for the Adult General Loss and the Survivors of Suicide (SOS) groups. I continued volunteering at client and special events. I volunteered almost two years.

Is there any additional information you would like to share?
Five years is a long time to spend without your partner and the love of your life. John and I had many adventures. We were together for 34 years. I loved our life and our home in the Seattle area. After a while though I realized I was living our life alone and started wanting another adventure.

I have a dear friend that lives in the Houston area. I have visited her and her family many times over the years and I decided that I’d move to Crosby, TX. So far I am enjoying it. I bought a small home and I’m busily trying to get all my furnishings organized.

Without the help of all of the facilitators, co-facilitators, staff, and other volunteers, I would never have been strong enough to survive let alone make a big life decision to create a new adventure for myself. I’ve always believed the universe takes care of us and guides us if we allow it. I realize that I will never be the same person I was with John. I will always miss him and he will always be a part of the rest of my life. Being a part of The Healing Center, as a client and as a volunteer, helped me realize life goes on and I will be forever grateful.

Annual Report is Available

The Healing Center believes in transparency. We want you to know how we operate and how we spend our resources. Click here to view our newly released 2018 Annual Report.

If you have any questions about the annual report or financials, please contact us at hello@healingcenterseattle.org.

Holiday Closure

The Healing Center office will be closed from December 24th until January 2nd for the holidays. All groups during this time will be cancelled.

Adult groups will resume on January 2, 2018. Please note, our children’s programming will resume the week of January 21, 2018. Please refer to our Google calendar for a more detailed view of the cancellations.

Feel free to reach out to the office with any questions or concerns. If you have an emergency during this time, call 911 or the 24 hour crisis line at 206-461-3222.


Executive Director Job Opening

The Healing Center serves the greater Puget Sound region in providing grief support to kids, adults, and families and is seeking an Executive Director to be responsible for leading revenue / fund raising efforts as well as oversee its programs and clinical staff. The Executive Director, working collaboratively with the Board of Directors and staff will develop, plan, and implement strategies for the growth, development and funding of the organization. The candidate must have a positive and supportive attitude and strong belief in the Healing Center’s mission and vision. This role currently provides personnel supervision of the Clinical Director and Operations Manager. Must have the ability to think creatively, solve problems, and have good decision-making skills and like working with donors, Board members, and a staff with diverse responsibilities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Note: The first 18 months of the job will be 75% fundraising and 25% Organizational Development

Fundraising:

• Work with the Board of Directors and staff to develop, implement, and evaluate a new funding model for the Healing Center to grow our ability to help an ever-larger number of people.
• Identify future funding directions, new opportunities, and innovative strategies to increase revenue to serve The Healing Center’s mission.
• Prepare and execute an ongoing fundraising plan with the participation and support of staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers.
• Work with the Board and staff to raise funds necessary to establish long-term viability of The Healing Center

Board Management:

• Report to and assist the Board of Directors in carrying out all governance functions.
• Work with the existing Board members to facilitate and increase their level of participation and to increase board membership.
• Assist with onboarding and stewarding additional experienced Board members

Operations, Leadership and Management:

• Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.
• Hire employees and consultants. Supports the professional development of staff.
• Manage the operations of the organization, including budget planning and fiscal responsibility.
• Ensure compliance with personnel policies and city, state and federal regulations and licenses.

Community Relations and Outreach:

• Represent The Healing Center in the larger non-profit and philanthropy communities, and with the news media.
• Establish sound working relationships and collaboration with community groups and organizations.
• Manage and create content for The Healing Center’s web site, social media, and newsletter that will create interest in our work.
• Plan and execute regular events to build awareness about the Healing Center.

Qualifications:

• Proven success in nonprofit fundraising 
• Passion for the mission of The Healing Center
• Entrepreneurial by nature; open to seizing opportunities, overcoming challenges, and thriving when dealing with complex and demanding situations
• Ability to offer visionary leadership through long-range strategic planning that builds upon The Healing Center’s existing programs and mission while adapting to new challenges and opportunities
• Outstanding writing, public speaking and media interaction skills
• An energetic disposition and ability to manage and maintain a professional yet fun work environment.
• Experience in supervising staff and knowledge of human resources practices
• Ability to work collaboratively with others
• Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
• Must possess sound judgment; prioritization and follow-through skills; attention to details; dependability; tact; and ability to maintain confidential information.
• Demonstrated ability to work within a growing non-profit environment
• Must be able to cope with family/caregiver emotional stress, cultural diversity and be non-judgmental of individual life-styles.
• Ability to work flexible hours.


Clinical Director Job Opening

7/20/18 Update: This position has now been filled. Thank you to everyone who applied.

Job Position:

Clinical Director

 

Pay:

Salary commensurate with experience (DOE); includes benefits and time off.

 

Part-time Position (25 hours week with potential to increase, includes some evening and Saturdays)

 

To apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@healingcenterseattle.org.

 

Job Description:

The Healing Center serves the greater Puget Sound region in providing grief support to kids, adults, and families and is seeking a Clinical Director to be responsible and oversee its programs and clinical staff.  The Director will develop, plan, and implement strategies for program continuation and growth while providing clinical training to clinical staff, interns, and volunteer group facilitators.  The candidate must have a positive and supportive attitude and strong belief in the Healing Center’s mission and vision.  This role provides both clinical and personnel supervision of the clinical staff.  Must have the ability to think creatively, solve problems, and have good decision-making skills and like working with small families and kids.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

  • Supervise and oversee all aspects of the clinical programs following the mission of the Healing Center demonstrated by setting program strategy goals and objectives.
  • Provides direction to clinical staff in carrying out their individual responsibilities; applies regulations, policies, operational procedures, and objectives; reviews operations in assigned area to ensure high level of quality is consistent with organizational standards.
  • Provides strategic direction and leads the clinical team in meeting the overall objectives of the organization in support of the long term strategic plan of the Healing Center.
  • Develops and implements clinical goals and objectives within the organization and externally with all partners.
  • Demonstrates ability to manage change and organizational design.
  • Promotes effective communication interface, acts as liaison with administrative staff, and the Board to facilitate information-sharing, collaborative problem-solving and adequate provision of services.
  • Recruits and develops all team members and promotes a team effectiveness culture and environment. Delegates appropriately and holds team members accountable.
  • Participates in the organization’s quality assessment and performance improvement program for groups.
  • Provide group facilitation, conducting initial intake assessments with referrals, and potential crisis support. Assess for mental health and behavioral concerns among group members and take appropriate clinical action as needed.
  • Provide outreach to schools and other organizations in need of response to a grief event in the community as needed.
  • Provide twice yearly training to incoming volunteers.
  • Being available/plan/involved with special events throughout the year.
  • Occasional sick/vacation coverage for adult group facilitators.

 

Qualifications

 

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, or Licensed Psychologist
  • Clinical Supervisor approved for Washington State
  • Five plus years of progressively responsible experience and staff supervision, including expertise transforming clinical staff into a high-performance team
  • Minimum of two post-graduate years working with children and families in a clinical setting
  • Experience in training, recruiting, and managing volunteers
  • Ability to provide presentations in the community
  • Understanding of and dedication to the mission of the Healing Center
  • Experience with clinical interventions around behavior and mental health concerns in children
  • Experience with and working knowledge of grief and loss in children across the developmental span
  • Must possess sound judgment; prioritization and follow-through skills; attention to details; dependability; tact; and ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a growing non-profit environment
  • Must be able to cope with family/caregiver emotional stress, cultural diversity and be non-judgmental of individual life-styles.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.

 

About the Healing Center:

The Healing Center offers a safe, loving place that honors grief, helping you to move through it and heal. We serve 400+ adults, young adults, teens and children who have experienced the death of a spouse/partner, parent, sibling, child, relative or friend.

  • We provide support and guidance on the grieving and healing process.
  • We offer individual support, as well as programs and activities where you can benefit from the community of people served by The Healing Center.
  • We provide an environment – supported by our community and staff – where you decide when to come, how to grieve, or how long or how often you decide to receive services.

 

The Healing Center’s goal is to support children, adults, and families as they come to terms with the death of a loved one. We offer a variety of services and a community of people. This is a place where bereaved people, adults, and children alike can stop for a little while, rest, be comforted, meet others who understand, and begin to move through their grief so that, ultimately, they can begin to make peace with death and rebuild their lives. The long-term goal is that each person will come to a place of peace and will find new meaning as they reinvest in life. We are a community of people who support each other.


Youth Therapist Job Opening

Update October 9, 2017 — this position has been filled.  Thank you to all candidates that had applied.

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Job Position:

Youth Therapist with Supervision

Pay:

$26-$30 / hour (DOE)

Part-time Position (16-20 hours week)

To apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@healingcenterseattle.org.

Job Description:

The Youth Therapist is responsible for overseeing all children’s programs and groups held at the Healing Center.  The Healing Center holds groups for kids in pre-school through high school.  This role is initially part-time and has the potential to turn into a full-time position.  This is an outstanding opportunity to manage our existing youth programs and help shape the future of providing grief support to kids across the Seattle area.  The Youth Therapist will work with the rest of the staff at the Healing Center and interact with our other therapists and volunteers.

Duties and Responsibilities

Program Operations (approx. 50% of role)

  • Create all curriculum for all children’s groups
  • Create all curriculum for all parent groups
  • Work with administrative assistant to maintain upkeep of attic space, including cleaning and stocking of supplies for art activities, etc.
  • Coordinate planning and executing children’s program events including Holiday party, Summer BBQ, May Walk, etc.
    • Manage and oversee Healing Center Summer Camp
    • Recruit group members to camp
    • Arrange schedules and outings for each day of camp
    • Write curriculum for camp activities
    • Recruit volunteers for camp each day
    • Manage overall camp as it occurs
    • Communicate with families/caregivers/guardians about logistics of camp
  • Participate in broader Healing Center program activities including Ceremony of Remembrance, Oktoberfest, Annual Luncheon, etc.
  • Speak to media about issues of children’s grief as needed
  • Provide outreach to schools and other organizations in need of response to a grief event in the community as needed
  • Other duties as needed

Clinical (approx. 30% of role)

  • Conduct briefing meetings before each group
  • Conduct debriefing meetings after each group
  • Remain on site (and in group if needed) to respond to clinical emergencies and volunteer/group member concerns
  • Maintain consistent contact with group member guardians/caregivers as needed
  • Assess for mental health and behavioral concerns among group members and take appropriate clinical action as needed
  • Provide information to family/guardians/caregivers about group curriculum and suggestions for discussion questions with group members
  • Participate in staff and clinical staff meetings
  • Occasional sick/vacation coverage for adult group facilitators

Volunteers (approx. 20% of role)

  • Recruit volunteers for children’s programs
  • Interview and screen each volunteer candidate
  • Provide 3 day intensive training 2x/year to incoming volunteers
  • Provide ongoing support and guidance to all volunteers
  • Provide clinical supervision to intern and post-graduate volunteers
  • Comply with various graduate program requirements for interns
  • Communicate with various graduate programs regularly for interns
  • Schedule all volunteers in children’s groups
  • Promote volunteer optimism via volunteer kick-off meetings, social opportunities, and annual Volunteer Appreciation Event

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or other related field
  • Clinical Supervisor approved for Washington State, or ability to become approved within 6 months of employment
  • Licensure, or ability to gain licensure within 6 months of employment
  • Minimum of two post-graduate years working with children and families in a clinical setting
  • Experience with program coordination and program development desired
  • One-year experience in training, recruiting, and managing volunteers
  • Ability to provide presentations in the community
  • Understanding of and dedication to the mission of the Healing Center
  • Experience with clinical interventions around behavior and mental health concerns in children
  • Two years post-graduate experience facilitating psycho-social/support groups, ideally with children or families
  • Experience with and working knowledge of grief and loss in children across the developmental span
  • Must possess sound judgment; prioritization and follow-through skills; attention to details; dependability; tact; and ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a growing non-profit environment
  • Must be able to cope with family/caregiver emotional stress, cultural diversity and be non-judgmental of individual life-styles.

About the Healing Center:

The Healing Center offers a safe, loving place that honors grief, helping you to move through it and heal. We serve 400+ adults, young adults, teens and children who have experienced the death of a spouse/partner, parent, sibling, relative or friend.

  • We provide support and guidance on the grieving and healing process.
  • We offer individual support, as well as programs and activities where you can benefit from the community of people served by The Healing Center.
  • We provide an environment – supported by our community and staff – where you decide when to come, how to grieve, or how long or how often you decide to receive services.

The Healing Center’s goal is to support children, adults, and families as they come to terms with the death of a loved one. We offer a variety of services and a community of people. This is a place where bereaved people, adults, and children alike can stop for a little while, rest, be comforted, meet others who understand, and begin to move through their grief so that, ultimately, they can begin to make peace with death and rebuild their lives. The long-term goal is that each person will come to a place of peace and will find new meaning as they reinvest in life. We are a community of people who support each other.


Healing Center Update

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May 25, 2017                                                             

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Jen McCormick, Clinical Director for The Healing Center Seattle, will be leaving the organization during the 2017 Summer, after four years where she helped bring community-wide awareness and provided support for families in grief.

Jen has had a direct hand in helping over 400 individuals and families navigate their grief journey, bringing strength and guidance to those in the greater Seattle area.  Through her work leading kids’ groups at The Healing Center and outreach in the community at local schools, Jen has made The Healing Center a safe, comfortable environment for those in need.  She has had direct responsibility for growing the number of groups and programs and for establishing The Healing Center as a gathering place. “The main philosophy of the center idea is to get people in a room together that understand what they are all going through,” Jen says. “Outside of here, they may not be able to talk about it.”

The Healing Center is incredibly grateful for her tremendous support and we know our programs and families are stronger because of her leadership.  The Healing Center is excited for Jen’s next chapter as she will continue to work within the community with children in grief and trauma as well as starting her own private practice.

The Board and Executive Director are working closely with Jen during the transition to hire and train a new Clinical Director, so it will be seamless for all our individuals and families.  Please do not hesitate to contact us (info@healingcenterseattle.org) with comments or concerns.

About The Healing Center

The Healing Center offers a safe, loving place that honors grief, helping individuals and families to move through it and heal. They serve adults, young adults, and children who have experienced the premature death of a spouse/partner, parent, or sibling.  The Healing Center provides an environment – supported by their community and staff – where individuals and families decide when to come, how to grieve, or how long or how often to receive services.


Grief and the Changing Seasons

With Spring just around the corner, Jen McCormick talked with Q13 Fox about how the changing seasons impacts grief. As the days get longer and the sun comes out it can be challenging for people who are grieving to see those around them feel better, more energized, and active. Jen also emphasizes that with each new season brings new memories of the person who died. Entering a season that usually brought special activities with the person who died and realizing that person is gone and you can’t do those things can bring intense emotions.

To watch the video and learn more about the ways grief impacts us, click here.


Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief

Safe Crossings Foundation is proud to present the 2017 Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief. We hope you will join us for this one-day symposium of deep learning, sharing of best practices, and networking with colleagues.

The cost to attend is $125, and we have a limited number of student tickets available at $100 each.

WHEN
Friday, February 24th, 2017

7:30am – 8:00am     Registration and continental breakfast
8:00am – 5:15pm     Symposium programs (including lunch)
5:15pm – 6:30pm     Networking reception

WHERE
Pacific Tower
1200 12th Avenue South
Seattle, WA  98144

For more information and to register click here.


Join us for Oktoberfest!

2016 Invite for Web

Please Join Us for our Annual Fall Celebration to Benefit our Grief Community @ The Healing Center

When: Friday, October 14th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Caffe Vita Bean Room – 1005 E Pike St Seattle, WA 98122

We’re so excited to present our 2016 Oktoberfest!

  • We’ll have fine beer and wine
  • Fred Northup will lead us through a lively auction and special appeal – he’s worth the price of the ticket!
  • Most important of all will be stories and moments of gratitude from our clients

We only have 200 tickets to sell, so please register today to guarantee your spot.

Tickets are $100 per person and $1000 per table of 10.

If you would like us to register you or any of your guests, we are happy to help. For this, or any other assistance, please contact Cindy Burdell at 206-523-1206, or cindyb@healingcenterseattle.org

If you cannot attend Oktoberfest because you are in Bora Bora or Biarritz and you would like to support our services, or if you would like to submit a Memorial Sponsorship please donate online here.

If you prefer, a check made payable to The Healing Center can be sent to 6409 1/2 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115.


GiveBig 2016

300x600_GIVEBIG-PROMOGive Big! – WE HAVE A $10,000 MATCH!  

Thanks to one of our generous and long-time supporters, The Healing Center has the opportunity to leverage your GiveBig gifts with a $10,000 match. We encourage new and larger donations to bolster our contributions this year so we can MEET THE MATCH! Please join us to take advantage of this incredible opportunity, donate here!
 
THIS YEAR, THE SEATTLE FOUNDATION’S GIVEBIG INITIATIVE WILL BE HELD ON MAY 3RD, WITH A NEW TWIST!
YOU CAN LOG YOUR CONTRIBUTION STARTING APRIL 18 – YOUR CARD WILL BE 
CHARGED ON MAY 3.
THE MORE WE TAKE IN, THE BETTER OUR STRETCH FROM THE SEATTLE FOUNDATION.
  
We’re planning a festive Open House at The Healing Center on GiveBig Day – May 3. Please drop in from 11 – 3 for tea, cookies and a tour! We’d love to see you.