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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Bejeweled ~ Jewels for Success and Independence: February 6

By Sharon Dearman | Jan 20, 2016

Please join us for Bejeweled, our annual gala, on Saturday, February 6 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter Street, Houston, TX. The evening includes music, dancing, cocktails and small bites, catered by Massoud Catering. Our silent auction has over 25 pieces of stunning jewelry and accessories from local artists and retailers…

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TCSI Receives $100K Rockwell Foundation Grant

By Sharon Dearman | Oct 21, 2015

The Center for Success and Independence (TCSI) was the recipient of a $100,000 grant from Rockwell Foundation for the development of TCSI’s Recreation Alternative Program (RAP).  

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Is Exposure Therapy Alone Enough to Treat Anxiety?

Oct 17, 2017

The Advisory Board recently reported that “The American College Health Association found the rate of undergraduates reporting ‘overwhelming anxiety’ increased from 50 percent in 2011 to 62 percent in 2016.” Each year the Center for Success and Independence successfully treats many teens with anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. At the core of the Center’s…

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Prescription Drugs: A Gateway to Teen Addiction

Jul 6, 2016

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?

Apr 6, 2016

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?

Oct 19, 2015

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

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