Hello Turning Point’s supporters and friends! September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Turning Point offers mental health services, such as therapy, that can help!
Call 970-221-0999 to make a referral!
If you, or someone you know, is in crisis, call the NAMI crisis line at 988 or text NAMI at 741741
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We have hired a team for our new Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in Larimer County! Christy Malara, Tomi Castillon, Angelica Smith, and Kayla Davis. Meet Christy and Tomi below, and we will introduce the other two in next month’s newsletter. If you know of a youth who would benefit from this program, make a referral by calling 970-221-0999 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to visit our website and learn more about the Adolescent IOP program (you can also make a referral through the website!).
How You Can Help
Are you, or someone you know, interested in joining our team, and being a part of our new Weld CountyAdolescent IOP program? We are hiring! Check out our website, LinkedIn, or Indeed, for details on the open positions for therapists, case manager, coaches and lead coach, and addictions specialist. Find out more ››
Meet Christy and Tomi, two of our IOP team members!
My name is Tomi Castillon, and I am an outpatient therapist and a licensed professional counselor candidate. I received a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in psychology from the University of Wyoming in 2019 and a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Wyoming in 2022. Before my work as a therapist, I taught preschool and worked as a care professional at a residential facility. Upon graduating, I chose to work at Turning Point because I am passionate about helping adolescents. Having been considered an “at-risk teen” myself, I understand that adolescence is a critical developmental period that is as exciting as it is challenging. In addition to enjoying working with youth, I am driven to create a safe and equitable environment for my clients. My goal as a counselor is to help my clients achieve social and emotional well-being and to restore peace in their relationships with their loved ones. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, snowboarding, and spending time with family.
I am Christy Malara, and I am the addiction specialist for IOP groups. I also am one of the facilitators for the DUI/DWAI education and therapy classes. I have my BA, Certification in Impaired Driver Education, and am a CAC II. I am a straightforward, down-to-earth person, and that is how I teach. I use different techniques in my groups, such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I have been a substance use counselor since 2008 and have been with the DUI/DWAI program at Turning Point since 2016.
Fort Collins Community Centered Services:
1644 S. College Ave.,
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Youth, families, and adults helped in the last year:
Greeley Community Centered Services:
913 11th Ave, Greeley, CO 80631
Shout-Out from the Point!
This month’s shout out goes to The Weld Trust. They provide Rapid Response Grants for one time needs, and were gracious in giving us $25,000 to help make necessary repairs to the flood damaged downstairs of our Greeley facility.
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