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Stay up-to-date with what is happening at the David Lawrence Center with our blog posts.

  • DLC Music Therapy with logo

    Music Therapy’s Unique Power to Promote Healing

    By Michael Rohrbacher, Ph.D., MT-BC, Associate Professor, Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music & the Arts

    April 28, 2017

    Therapy for mental illness is about change in the best possible way. Now think about music and you'll realize that music is rich with change. The notes of the melody change. Rhythms constantly change. Chords change. Continual change is one of many commonalities...

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  • Healthcare Network DLC Family Care

    Healthcare Network Moves In Launching a New Collaboration to Treat the Whole Person

    By Michael Ellis, Chief Executive Officer Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida

    April 24, 2017

    We are excited about the new collaboration that starts May 1st, 2017 between David Lawrence Center and Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida. This alliance of two longstanding healthcare providers will benefit the clients and patients of both organizations, as it creates a new...

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  • NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month Logo 2

    April’s Alcohol Awareness Month Provides Educational Opportunities to Help Parents Talk to Adolescents about the Impact of Alcohol Use and Offers Hope to Those Struggling

    April 06, 2017

    Each April, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. In keeping with this year’s theme -- “Connecting the Dots:...

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  • Create your own music.

    Music Therapy Enriches DLC’s Holistic Care Approach

    By Phara L. Morame, Acute Care Clinical Supervisor

    April 04, 2017

    As the clinical supervisor of our Crisis Stabilization Unit, I oversee the holistic care we provide to clients—therapies that address the full range of their psychological, emotional, spiritual and physical needs. Our new music therapy program, which we recently started in cooperation with...

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  • Lab with a pipette in a medical lab

    Pharmacogenetic Testing Can Save Lives

    By Dr. Elena Zerpa, DLC Child & Adolescent Staff Psychiatrist

    April 04, 2017

    David Lawrence Center has recently added pharmacogenetic testing for our clients, and this innovative tool is already proving extremely helpful. Let me explain a bit about what this testing is and does. Each of us has a unique genetic makeup. The genes we...

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  • Another Evidence-Based Therapy Added to Outpatient Treatment

    By Natalie Garcia, LMHC Director of Admission Services and Outpatient Therapy Services

    March 05, 2017

    David Lawrence Center has added the evidence-based treatment tool called Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR) to our arsenal of outpatient therapies. Several of our therapists are already trained in the therapy and are using this effective technique to help clients suffering a wide range...

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  • Meet Local Mental Health Heroes at our Mental Health Month Open House and Grand Opening in May

    March 01, 2017

    During National Mental Health Awareness Month, each year in May the mental health community joins together to reaffirm our commitment to building a better understanding of mental illnesses, increasing access to treatment and spreading awareness about the importance of good mental health for...

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  • Changing Lives One Step at a Time

    By By Jeanne Nealon, Laces of Love co-founder and president

    January 30, 2017

    In 1981, I was a young middle school teacher in Naples. One day, I drove a student home to a migrant camp. He was wearing the worst pair of shoes I’d ever seen. What’s more, they didn’t fit the boy. “Oh Miss, I...

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  • Help One Person – and You’ve Done a Lot

    By By Pastor Paul Foslien, Living Word Family Church in Naples

    January 30, 2017

    It all started over breakfast with Scott.  Scott Burgess, the CEO of David Lawrence Center, is a parishioner of Living Word Family Church in Naples, where I am pastor. During fellowship, Scott told me DLC needs basic items for people who come to...

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  • Mental Health Challenges Facing Teens & College Students

    By By Elena Zerpa, MD, Child and Adolescent Staff Psychiatrist

    January 27, 2017

    Did you know suicide is the second most common cause of death among today’s college students? A growing number of students have significant psychological problems, with increased levels of stress, depression, and anxiety. I believe this disturbing trend results from many factors. Today’s...

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  • DLC New Wing

    New Children’s Partial Hospitalization Program Fills a Gap in Treatment

    By Natalie Garcia, LMHC, Clinical Director for Outpatient Therapy and Admission Services

    January 24, 2017

    We are very excited about our new Children’s Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), which serves teens 13 to 17 years old. This is the age range of most minors in our Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit which is where many of the participants in the...

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  • Our Partnership with David Lawrence Center is a Win-Win

    By Kevin Rambosk, Collier County Sheriff and DLC Board Member

    January 04, 2017

    All of us are stakeholders when it comes to addressing mental illness and addiction issues in our community. This is one of the reasons I became a member of the David Lawrence Center Board of Directors. We at the Collier County Sheriff’s Office,...

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  • GRANT AWARDED TO ENHANCE FORENSIC REINTEGRATION

    January 03, 2017

    The State of Florida Department of Children and Families awarded Collier County Housing, Human and Veteran Services a criminal justice mental health and substance abuse reinvestment grant to expand the Collier County Forensic Intensive Reintegration Support Team (FIRST) program. The three-year grant totals...

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  • “PEOPLE HAVE A HEART TO GIVE.”

    By DARCY TAYLOR, DIRECTOR OF CONSTITUENT RELATIONS

    January 03, 2017

    Each year, as we plan our "Magical Musical Tour; Dancing through the Decades" annual gala, we identify a specific area of need within David Lawrence Center and the community that would benefit from a special funding segment, in which all funds raised go...

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  • My New Year’s Resolution? I Resolve NOT to Resolve.

    By Mary R., DLC Volunteer Recovery Blogger

    January 03, 2017

    Resolutions didn’t work for me.  Not on New Year’s, not ever.  And I guess I’m not alone.  Something like 200 million Americans will make a New Year’s resolution this year.  Fewer than eight percent will keep them.  Think about all those new pieces...

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  • BEAT THE HOLIDAY BLUES: TIPS FOR COPING WITH DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY

    By MARY R.

    November 30, 2016

    Holidays are joyful, festive times. Right? So why do they feel like an overwhelming minefield of triggers and temptations to people who suffer from addiction, mood swings, depression and anxiety? Maybe we have unrealistic expectations of how we’re supposed to feel during the...

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  • New Program Helps Prevent Opioid Overdoses and Accidental Deaths

    By Free access to NARCAN® Nasal Spray now available

    November 30, 2016

    In order to combat opioid overdoses and accidental deaths which have quadrupled since 2000, David Lawrence Center now provides free access to NARCAN® Nasal Spray, the FDA-approved intranasal form of naloxone. Thanks to funding provided by the Department of Children and Families, this...

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  • “I WANT MY ARTWORK TO HELP PEOPLE CHANGE.”

    By Jayde

    November 30, 2016

    Before starting counseling services with David Lawrence Center (DLC), I was hopeless and felt nothing would ever change. I had several admissions to the Crisis Unit because I wanted to end the pain I felt inside. It seemed like no one around me...

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  • COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANT FUNDS NEW OUTDOOR FITNESS AND RECREATION AREA FOR EXPANDED CHILDREN’S CRISIS UNIT

    November 30, 2016

    The Children’s Crisis Unit outdoor space is going green… literally. Thanks to a $6,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County, we are now able to create an outdoor fitness and recreation area that promotes healing and recovery. The Children’s Crisis Unit...

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  • CIT PROGRAM TRAINS 1,000TH GRADUATE

    November 24, 2016

    David Lawrence Center, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) recently celebrated a momentous milestone when the 1,000th graduate of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training program was honored along with fellow classmates during a recent graduation...

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  • Powerful and Energetic “Decades” Show Planned at Magical Musical Tour 2017 Gala

    November 02, 2016

    Shine up your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie at the “Magical Musical Tour – Dancing Through the Decades” 2017 gala, to celebrate David Lawrence Center’s 50 years of serving the mental health and addiction services needs of our community. Being that...

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  • Feeling Good and Doing Good

    By Diana Pleeter, General Manager, Foundation of Pelican Marsh, Inc.

    November 02, 2016

    By Diana Pleeter, General Manager, Foundation of Pelican Marsh, Inc. What could be better than feeling comfortable in jeans while supporting a great cause? But let me backtrack . . . Foundation of Pelican Marsh, Inc. is a homeowners association that takes care...

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  • David Lawrence Center Achieves Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission

    October 19, 2016

    Naples, Fl – The David Lawrence Center, Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit mental health and substance abuse treatment facility serving children, adults and families, is pleased to announce it has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health...

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  • Battling the Blues? Boost Your Mood with Exercise

    October 14, 2016

    If you’re battling stress, depression, anxiety, or even just the occasional blues, exercise is a great way to help boost your mood. Additionally, incorporating exercise into your lifestyle can help strengthen your cardiovascular health and improve self esteem. The idea that exercise can...

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  • NEARLY NEW THRIFT STORE DONATIONS CAN NOW BENEFIT DAVID LAWRENCE CENTER THROUGH NEW AFFILIATION

    By Loyal Encore Resale Shop customers can now continue to support DLC

    October 06, 2016

    Our loyal Encore customers and donors can now continue to support David Lawrence Center through a new collaboration with Nearly New Thrift and Consignment of Naples. Located just down the street from our former Encore Resale Shop location which closed in July, Nearly...

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  • NEW FAMILY NIGHT OFFERS ADVICE ON HOW TO SUPPORT LOVED ONES IN CRISIS

    October 04, 2016

    David Lawrence Center believes that a strong support system can be one of the most valuable assets in the recovery journey of people with mental illness or addiction. That’s why we recently launched our free weekly Family Night to help educate adult friends...

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  • BARNES & NOBLE BRIGHTENS CHILDREN’S DAYS AT DLC

    By JESSICA OLSON, COMMUNITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, BARNES & NOBLE, INC.

    October 04, 2016

    It all started with my tour of David Lawrence Center.  As we walked through the Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit, I learned that the center is enlarging the space. I was amazed at the great need in our community for mental health services for...

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  • NEW ONSITE PHARMACY SERVICES WILL ADVANCE INTEGRATED CARE

    October 04, 2016

    David Lawrence Center has partnered with Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company (Genoa), the sixth largest drug chain in the United States with over 325 pharmacies located on the campuses of community mental health centers, to provide integrated, full service pharmacy services on-site for...

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  • Increased State Funding Expands Children’s Services

    September 01, 2016

    Thanks to the advocacy efforts of Senator Garrett Richter and State Representative Matt Hudson with final approval by Governor Rick Scott, the David Lawrence Center received a $187,000 increase in state funding this fiscal year (beginning July 2016). The funding will expand and...

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  • SCIENCE PROVES IT: GIVING MAKES YOU HAPPY AND HEALTHY!

    August 30, 2016

    Research shows that charitable giving makes you feel happy and optimistic. What’s more, acting generously even helps you live longer! Plus, when you give, others will too. 5 Ways Giving to the David Lawrence Center is Good for YOU Giving to David Lawrence...

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  • From Troublemaker to Dean’s List; How Donor Dollars Can Help

    August 30, 2016

    Charlie loved playing with his best friend, his god sister. Family marveled at their closeness. But when Charlie was four years old, his god sister died – and a storm took hold of Charlie and wouldn’t let him go. It wasn’t a physical...

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  • MATCHING GRANT KICK STARTS CRISIS UNIT EXPANSION FUNDING

    August 29, 2016

    Thanks to a $100,000 matching grant provided by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and two lead gifts from local philanthropists Jodi Bertholdt and Jerry Nichols, the Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit Expansion has been fully funded. The funds will cover the $250,000 construction...

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  • Harmon-Meek Gallery Funds Kids Art Therapy

    August 25, 2016

    The Meek Family, owners and operators of Naples’ oldest art gallery the Harmon-Meek Gallery, believe in supporting organizations in the community through their love of art. They raise money for at-risk youth and local children's art programs through the Harmon-Meek Gallery Fund at...

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  • State of Florida Funding Expands Collier County Veterans Treatment Court

    August 24, 2016

    Thanks to the advocacy efforts of Senator Garrett Richter and Representative Kathleen Passidomo, along with the approval of Governor Rick Scott, David Lawrence Center in conjunction with the 20th Judicial Circuit Court received a legislative appropriation for $105,000 to formally establish and expand...

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  • Therapy: Starting a Therapeutic Garden

    August 23, 2016

    Did you know that an excellent way to ease mental stress, anxiety, PTSD, and depression is right in your backyard? Simply by planting and taking care of a garden, you could benefit from reduced symptoms and improve your mental health. How Reliable Is...

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  • How Long Should Children Sleep Every Day?

    August 12, 2016

    You may have heard that children need more sleep than adults — after all, they’re still growing. For children, getting enough sleep is critical for brain development and academic success. But how much sleep do they really need? And more importantly, do the...

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  • Explaining the Answer to “What Is Depression?” and “What Is Anxiety?” to Others

    August 10, 2016

    You’ve felt it coming on, and you know it’s there, but explaining what chronic anxiety is to someone who has never experienced it can be a daunting task. And even though you know you have it, even you might even be wondering what...

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  • David Lawrence Center Residential and Inpatient Clients Get Physical and Inspired During Recent Visit from NFL Players

    July 26, 2016

    Four NFL draft picks representing the Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills took time out of their busy training schedules to stop by David Lawrence Center in July. While on campus, they inspired, motivated and trained alongside children in the Crisis Stabilization...

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  • Teen Drug and Alcohol Abuse

    By Trends, dangers and tips for best defense

    July 25, 2016

    Published in the July 2016 "Teen Issue" of eBella Magazine. By: Nancy Dauphinais, David Lawrence Center Chief Operating Officer As parents, grandparents, teachers or mentors who have a positive, influential role in the lives of children and adolescents, we often worry if they...

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  • Battling Peer Pressure

    By How to help youth in the face of coersion

    July 25, 2016

    Published in the July 2016 "Teen Issue" of eBella Magazine. By Nancy Dauphinais, David Lawrence Center Chief Operating Officer A national research study demonstrated that that kids who played a driving video game while their friends were watching took more than twice the...

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