TCSI Harvey Recovery Fund

By Sharon Dearman | Sep 5, 2017

Even if you and your family were not directly impacted by Harvey, you likely know someone who was. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and your neighbors. The Center itself was fortunate. The buildings did not flood. We never lost power. We had plenty of food for the kids and staff…

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Everyone is Safe

By Sharon Dearman | Aug 27, 2017

The Center has staff, food and electricity. There is some street flooding but there is none in the building. Everyone is safe. We will keep you updated if anything changes. Stay safe.

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Wade Phillips Book Signing – June 20

By Sharon Dearman | Jun 5, 2017

Join Wade Phillips, the Ram’s new defensive coordinator, at a signing of his new book, Son of Bum: Lessons My Dad Taught Me About Football and Life, benefitting the Center for Success and Independence. The signing will take place the evening of June 20th at the home of Bill Baldwin, 205 Bayland in Houston.  Like his…

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TCSI in the News: PREP Program Helps Counter Sex Trafficking in Houston

By Sharon Dearman | Mar 15, 2017

February 15, 2017 Federal News   Recognizing the high incidence of human trafficking in Houston, two and a half years ago, a nonprofit organization, The Center for Success and Independence (TCSI), partnered with the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department (HCJPD) on a program to counter the trafficking of adolescent girls and young women. Starting with…

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Bejeweled 2017 – A Tremendous Success

By Sharon Dearman | Feb 13, 2017

Thanks to our generous sponsors, donors, and planning committee, Bejeweled 2017 was a tremendous success, raising over $45,000 – and we aren’t finished counting. It was a wonderful night of dancing, shopping, and festivities!  We can now establish a treatment scholarship fund for teens who cannot afford treatment at the Center. Thank you! Pictures from…

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Tickets available now for Bejeweled 2017

By Marylou Erbland | Jan 6, 2017

Bejeweled 2017 tickets are now available for purchase. Last year you helped us raise enough funds to purchase the vans for the Center. Thank you! Let’s celebrate! Join us for this year’s Bejeweled gala on Saturday, February 11th. It will be an evening of music, dancing and local fare along with a silent and live…

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Save the Date: Bejeweled 2017 – February 11th

By Sharon Dearman | Nov 2, 2016

Join us for an evening of music and local fare along with a silent and live auction, all benefiting the teens at the Center for Success and Independence. Saturday, February 11, 2017 7 pm Winter Street Studios, Second Floor Gallery 2101 Winter Street Houston, TX 77007

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From Prescription to Addiction: The Teen Drug Abuse Crisis

By Sharon Dearman | Oct 18, 2016

Thank you to all the healthcare professionals, community members and generous supporters who joined us for “Prescription to Addiction,” an eye-opening educational presentation on the prescription drug abuse crisis endangering today’s teens. Guest speaker Annette Santamaria, PhD, MPH, DABT, a board-certified toxicologist, offered lifesaving insight into the causes of teen addiction, behaviors to watch for,…

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Join us October 12 for “From Prescription to Addiction: An Educational Talk”

By Sharon Dearman | Sep 2, 2016

Prescription drug abuse among teenagers has become a national health concern, placing our youth at an alarming risk of addiction, dependence on more dangerous drugs like heroin, and potential overdose. To learn more, join us as Annette B. Santamaria, PhD, MPH, DABT, presents an overview of this critical topic and the public health concerns associated…

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Bejeweled 2016: A Rousing Success

By Sharon Dearman | Feb 18, 2016

The Center for Success and Independence exceeded our fundraising goal for Bejeweled 2016 thanks to you – our generous patrons, sponsors, artists, retailers and volunteers. We are now able to pay for more than just one van for the kids at the Center. Thank you for your support!

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Prescription Drugs: A Gateway to Teen Addiction

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Where once marijuana was deemed to be “the gateway drug,” now another is taking its place: prescription drugs. Without doubt, the supply and use of prescription drugs has risen in the United States. For example, The Economist notes that, in less than a decade in the twenty-first century, the number of Americans using antidepressants soared…

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Trauma Informed Care – A Collaborative Approach

Jun 27, 2016

What is Trauma Informed Care (TIC)? Trauma Informed Care seeks to incorporate existing, evidence-based knowledge of trauma into all aspects of treatment in order to offer sensitive care and minimize re-victimization. Trauma’s effects can be pervasive and touch on multiple domains in one’s life. The effects run deep and are often self-perpetuating—trauma leads to more trauma…

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – What Is It?

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of mental health counseling or psychotherapy in which clients work with a counselor or therapist in a limited number of structured sessions in order to become more self-aware of one’s thoughts and feelings. [1] By becoming more aware of one’s negative thoughts, one is able to relate to…

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Therapy with the Hispanic population – Is it any different?

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Not all therapy is the same. Differences in culture, language, and background call for different therapeutic approaches.

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