FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 26, 2020

 

Patty Gibbs, Executive Director

Family Counseling Center of Central Georgia        

478 745-2811 (w)

pgibbs@fcccg.org

 

Family Counseling Center Offers FREE Workshops and Support Groups

 

Macon, GA: Family Counseling Center of Central Georgia will be offering FREE workshops and support groups for the Central Georgia community.

During these challenging times in our world taking care of yourself is vital. National headlines continue to emphasize the concerns for our societal collective mental health. It is time to focus on self-care and Family Counseling can help you begin your process.

Patty Gibbs, executive director, said, “COVID-19, racial inequity, politics, working remotely, working in high risk environments, learning virtually and so much more is causing stress, anxiety and depression. We aren’t able to do the typical activities we are used to doing and it is affecting our mental health”. Gibbs stated, “these workshops and support group are a way for us to reach out and help our community. We all need support and tips on how to cope during this period in our history”.

Family Counseling has licensed professional counselors who will conduct the workshops and support group. In addition, community members can call to make an individual counseling appointment.

All workshops and support groups are free, all you need to do is call 478 745-2811 to register. All session will be conducted virtually. After registration is completed a link to the session will be sent.

Do this for yourself and invite your co-workers, friends, and family.

 

Workshops 

Managing Anxiety

This workshop will focus on symptoms, triggers, and strategies.

Monday, November 9, 2020

1:00 p.m.

Nichola Smith, LPC

Surviving During the Pandemic and Holidays

Gain valuable survival tips for making it through the uncertainty of COVID-19 and the upcoming holidays. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Sharral Dean, LPC, MAC, CAADC, RPT, CPCS

 

Support Groups

“A Woman’s Place”

This weekly support group will focus on “self-work” for healing during traumatic times in our community. Every week explores a new topic in self-care and awareness.

Open to Women 18 years of age and older.

Every Thursday at 9:00a.m.

Sharral Dean, LPC, MAC, CAADC, RPT, CPCS

Topics to be discussed:

Oct. 29- Stress Less Thursday: 5 Tips to Manage Stress

Nov. 5- Managing the Holidays in 2020: Helpful Ways to Manage Your Mental Health

Nov. 19- 9a: Yes, You Can! 5 Helpful Tips to Overcome When You Want to Quit

Dec. 10- Goal Setting: Planning for the Future

Dec. 17- Unpacking 2020: Reflecting on the Past and Moving into 2021

 

Family Counseling Center of Central Georgia: Established in 1957 to provide affordable professional counseling in children, youth, individuals, couples, and families. For over 60 years, we have served thousands of individuals in the Central Georgia area. For more information visit www.fcccg.org

 

 

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 Family Counseling Center offering Workshops and Support Groups
 

Family Counseling Center of Central Georgia is please to invite you to participate

in our workshops and support groups.

 

All sessions are FREE to participants and will be virtual.

To register, call 478 745-2811

 

Support Groups

“What’s Next?”

This weekly support group will focus on “self-work” for healing during traumatic times in our community.

Open to Women 18 years of ag and older.

Every Thursday at 9:00a.m., beginning September 17

Sharral Dean, LPC, MAC, CAADC, RPT, CPCS

 

“Creating Healthy Boundaries”: Staying between the Lanes

This weekly support group will focus on the positive boundaries we need to create in our personal lives.

Every Wednesday at 12:00 noon, beginning September 16 – October 28, 2020

Gail Hargrove, LPC

 

Workshop

Managing Anxiety

This workshop will focus on symptoms, triggers, and strategies.

Monday, September 21, 2020

1:00 p.m.

Nichola Smith, LPC

 
 
United Way of Central Georgia assumes operational responsibility of Family Counseling Center 
 
Effective immediately, United Way of Central Georgia will assume management and operational responsibility for Family Counseling Center of Central Georgia. The relationship dates to 1957 when United Way of Central Georgia and the Junior League started FCC. Over the years, Family Counseling Center of Central Georgia grew as its own 501c3 offering professional counseling services in Central Georgia including crime victim counseling, individual, marital, and family counseling, adoption and custody evaluations, family in transition services, and more. As demand for services continued to grow, like most nonprofits, the funding did not grow along with the need and growth. At the announcing of Frank Mack’s (current FCC Executive Director) retirement, FCC’s Board of Trustees engaged an outside consultant, and their recommendation as to the best course of action was to merge with United Way.
“We don’t typically run other nonprofits, we fund other nonprofits. But there’s a reason that Family Counseling is one of the largest recipients of United Way funds. We feel that this is an agency that the community cannot afford to lose,” said George McCanless, President and CEO of United Way of Central Georgia. “Our board did not take this step lightly, but after careful analysis, they agreed this was the best path forward to FCC. This is not a permanent solution. We are looking at this as a temporary solution where we are going to step in and hopefully solidify the resources and needs of Family Counseling Center. It will remain a separate 501c3 and our hope is in a few years to be able to spin it back off so that it can operate totally independent of United Way.”
United Way of Central Georgia will assist with the leadership change from Frank Mack, who tirelessly served FCC for 14.5 years, upon his retirement on December 31st. The new Executive Director, Patty Gibbs (pictured left), will begin her role in January. Gibbs is currently the Director of Development at Ronald McDonald House Charities and is very active in the community. Gibbs will be only the 6th Director of Family Counseling Center in its 62 years.
 
“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to work with United Way, and we certainly appreciate their support,” Gibbs said. “ And also the support of the District Attorney’s office." 
United Way of Central Georgia is a leading funder of health and human service organizations that have a measurable impact in fourteen Central Georgia counties and impact the lives of one in four local people annually. The annual campaign supports 43 programs along with 29 program partners. United Way initiatives include READ UNITED, MISSION UNITED, PINK PROMISE UNITED, RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), Familywize, FIRST STEPS, myfreetaxes.com, Volunteer UNITED, and Parents as Teachers. United Way of Central Georgia also funds a free, confidential seven-days a week, 24-hours a day information and referral line serving all of Central Georgia. Dial 2-1-1 to find or give help. For more information about what United Way of Central Georgia is doing in the community, visit www.unitedwaycg.org.