ARCHIVE: THE CENTENNIAL YEAR

2013 marked 100 years since Clifford Whittingham Beers first developed outpatient mental health services.  At the time the idea was cutting-edge, yet Beers’ thinking would ultimately transform mental health treatment and serve as a model of care still used today.

While every 2013 event celebrated our past, each also served to usher forth our future vision for caring for children and families.  We are thankful for the friends, donors, funders, partners and sponsors who joined in our celebration.  For a listing of our sponsors, click here.

Below, a review of the year and specific things we did to applaud Beers’ pioneering efforts:

CENTENNIAL HONORARY CIRCLE

Innovators.  Advocates.  Philanthropists.  Community champions.  Reformers.  Visionaries.

These are but a few of the words and phrases that describe the distinguished men and women who comprise the Centennial Honorary Circle.  All are progressive, civic-minded individuals whose inclusion in the Centennial Honorary Circle paid tribute to their shared common purpose: ensuring that children and families who have suffered trauma receive the best possible care.  To see a listing of the 2013 Centennial Honorary Circle, click here.

Birthday Parties

To celebrate 100 years of service, Clinic friends threw “birthday parties” both in their homes and businesses in honor of the last 100 years – and to kick off the next 100! Thank you Meredith Abel at ACI Catering Group in Woodbridge, CT for donating her delicious cake creations to the festivities!

Centennial Gala

On April 27, 2013, friends of Clifford Beers Clinic gathered in Yale Commons for an extraordinary evening. The black-tie event culminated with an address from actress and mental health advocate Glenn Close, and Clifford W. Beers Centennial Awards were presented to former U.S. Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy and Brandon Staglin in recognition of their efforts in the fight for mental health reform.  Additionally, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven received the Legacy Award in acknowledgement of its longtime and unwavering support of CBC and its mission.  Thank you to all who attended.  Click here to view photos from the full Gala event by Judy Sirota Rosenthal Photography. Click here to view Sponsors’ Reception, photos courtesy Kathy Emons Photography.

Builders of Hope Breakfast

On November 14, 2013, Clinic friends who gathered at the Omni Hotel at Yale in New Haven, CT were riveted to their seats as featured speaker Tonier “Neen” Cain shared her personal trauma history that spans nearly two full decades and includes 66 criminal convictions.  Ms. Cain spoke of surviving a childhood of unspeakable abuse, violence, hunger, and life on the streets.  Rejected by the very systems designed to protect her, Tonier recalled being lost in a world of addiction and a cycle of pain and sadness until someone finally asked her: what happened to you?  Today, Ms. Cain’s life is very different because, as she says, “Where there’s breath, there’s hope.”  You can learn more about Tonier Cain by visiting her website: www.healingneen.com.  To see photos from the event, click here.

Healing the Generations

The 5th Annual Healing the Generations Child and Family Trauma Conference was held October 3-4, 2013 at the Mystic Marriott in Groton, Connecticut and included a special preconference of full-day workshops on Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

The theme this year was “Integrated Care and Trauma: Healing Mind and Body” with the goal of creating a learning community focused on treating the effects of adverse childhood experiences on children. Every year the Conference continues to focus the conversation on the lifetime effects of trauma. This year, the focus was on the connection between mind and body, and on the importance of holistic, family-centered, and integrated care in the treatment of families with chronic stress.

A community of providers, parents, foster parents, members of the medical community, child welfare workers, case workers, and mental health experts who are working with thousands of children and their families gathered with the intention of creating healthier, more resilient communities.  For more information about the event, click this link: www.childtraumacon.com.

Questions?  For more information please contact Kitty Champlin, Development Director, at 203-777-8648 x.246.

Centennial Honorary Circle