Starting the new year off in a joyous and appreciative way, employees of Wellspring in Bethlehem gathered on January 14 to celebrate fellow colleagues who reached service milestones in 2014. Wellspring, a nonprofit psychotherapeutic and educational center, honored 13 employees for reaching significant milestones in their years of service, some marking as many as 25 years of employment with the organization. Staff members gathered to celebrate the anniversaries and to recognize their years of dedication and commitment to Wellspring.
Employee loyalty is common at Wellspring as the majority of employees have been with the organization for significant milestones – many spanning decades. Since beginning in 1977 with fewer than 15 employees, Wellspring has grown to a staff of approximately 145, of which 70% have been with Wellspring for five years or more and over 30% have been on staff for 10 years or longer. Three employees have been with the organization for over 30 years and seven employees who have been at Wellspring for over 25 years.
Anniversaries celebrated for 2014 were:
Judy Bridge, Milieu Counselor I, Adolescent Program
Maureen McCurdy, Milieu Counselor Per Diem
Michele Murelli, MA, Art Therapist, Art Teacher and CT-Certified Professional Educator
Sarah Szeligowski, MSW, Milieu Counselor
Donna Beach, LPN, Licensed Practical Nurse
Maureen Bianchi, Administrative Assistant – Adult Residential Program
Amy Langevin, Outpatient Services Coordinator
Dawn Madigosky, Administrative Assistant and Human Resources Generalist
Cassandra Beauvais, DVM, Animal Program Coordinator
Liz Bunovsky, LMFT, Psychotherapist – Adolescent Program
Jeff Culhane, MS, Program Director – Adolescent Program
Lori Kibbe Lindenmuth, LPN, Licensed Practical Nurse
Peggy Rehkamp, CIT, Milieu Counselor II – Adolescent Program
New Women’s Group in Middlebury, CT
A Journey to Discovering Your True Self
Beginning October 7 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
WELLSPRING COUNSELING SERVICES, 850 Straits Turnpike, Middlebury, CT
A 12-week series of group workshops designed to help guide women as they explore creativity, self awareness, and inner spirit. This group will work from the book The Artists Way by Julia Cameron and will examine a different theme each week. The series encourages personal growth, empowerment, and confidence among participants.
Facilitated by Renee Alberino, LMFT.
About Renee: Renee Alberino is a licensed marriage and family therapist, who enjoys working with groups, individuals, couples and families. She sees clients at Wellspring Counseling Service’s Middlebury office and is a certified Gestalt therapist.
Registration Information: Participants must pre-register and reservations will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis. The group is limited to 10 participants. The cost will be $250 for the 12-week series, which includes a copy of the book, supplies and refreshments.
To register, please contact Wellspring Counseling Services at 203-758-2296.
More than 200 attendees found their way to the little town of Bethlehem, September 8 to celebrate Wellspring’s 35th Anniversary. The heavy rains and threat of tornadoes couldn’t keep the former staff, alum, and friends of Wellspring from joining in the celebration.
The day’s activities included music performed by former staff and residents, testimonials of “life after Wellspring” from graduates of Wellspring’s programs and a heartfelt message from co-founders Richard and Phyllis Beauvais:
“If we as founders have done anything, we have worked to create and sustain a culture of healing to which others, in turn, have responded and have added their gifts. Wellspring has always been a community effort, for there is no other way to do this work. And as a community dedicated to healing, our focus continues to be the fostering of wholeness – body, mind, heart and spirit – in the mysterious uniqueness of each individual. Individuals become persons only through relationship, and at the heart of true relationship is love.”
Wellspring CEO, Dan Murray, shared news of Wellspring’s recent awards and partnerships:
- The Arch Bridge School at Wellspring has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) as an Independent School and approved by the State of Connecticut as a Private School
- Wellspring has been approved as an out of state school by the New York State Department of Education
- Wellspring has partnered with local school districts to provide consultative services in the area of special education and behavioral health to help districts identify and work with children experiencing emotional issues
In the three-and-a-half decades of the organization’s existence, Wellspring has provided services to over 3,500 individuals and their families in their residential, outpatient, and school programs.
The Wellspring Bridge, for our alumni community, is chaired by Peggy Bier as a parent-run and Wellspring staff supported program for parent assistance and education. Its purpose is to help families deal with mental health issues through mutual support and shared resources. It is also a way for parents who care about children and families to join with Wellspring in its mission. Parents in Partnership is not a clinical group, but rather an association for mutual aid. It is in the process of establishing a website for communication and exchange, and will develop a schedule of program offerings – discussion groups, presentations and relevant publications. Its goal is to create a community of parents with common experiences who can support each other, offer help to families considering Wellspring for their child, share experience with other families in transition, and be of help to Wellspring directly in pursuit of its mission.
If you are interested in registering or learning more about these new programs please contact Lois Taylor in our External Affairs Office at 203-266-8110.