LAC Events Calendar

Center for Mental Health eliminates waiting list for intake assessment

At the Center for Mental Health we offer numerous services to assist the well being of
our clients. Currently, we offer outpatient therapy, Veterans Affairs therapy and case
management, adult and youth case management, in home services, adult psychiatry,
up and coming Healthlink Psychiatric Telemedicine for youth and adults, group home
services, adult and children’s therapeutic aides, day treatment, adult foster care,
supported employment and PACT Services.

To access these services you must be assessed for proper referral which comes by
completing an intake assessment.

We are excited to announce that we no longer have a waiting list for an intake.

Anyone needing access to services can come to one of our Open Access Clinics and receive an intake and referral to

What is Open Access: Open Access is a set time that anyone can come to our office and be seen for an intake with
a therapist on a first come, first serve basis, so please arrive a few minutes before the Open Access time of your

When is Open Access: The Open Access Clinics are on Tuesday afternoons from 1-5 p.m. and Thursday mornings
from 8 a.m.- noon. It is first come, first served at the Center for Mental Health, 915 1st Ave. S.

What do I need to bring: Proof of insurance and/or proof of income if you want to be assessed for our sliding fee
scale or to be evaluated for Mental Health Services Plan coverage from the Montana Department of Health and
Human Services.

If you have any questions, call 761-2100.


For Immediate Release:

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Nominations for 24th Annual Salute to Women are now open.

Nomination Forms due: Friday, August 7, 2015

Nominations can be delivered or mailed to the YWCA, 220 Second Street North

Contact: Janet Duffy, (406) 452-1315 or

Nominations are now open for the 24th Annual Salute to Women – celebrating women of achievement in our community.
In our continuing efforts to ‘Empower Women’ by celebrating women of achievement in our community, nominations are now being accepted for the 24th Annual Salute to Women award celebration. Honorees will be recognized for their contribution to their professions, areas of interest, community or the well being of society. If you would like to nominate an outstanding woman in any of the six categories, forms are available at the YWCA – 220 Second Street North or via email The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 7, 2015, and can be delivered to the YWCA or emailed to
Awards for 2015 will be given in the following categories: **Business or Entrepreneurship – businesswomen, entrepreneurs, and those involved in professions such as law, science or finance; **Creative Arts – art, design, theater, dance, music and the spoken, written or transmitted word; **Education – early childhood providers through higher education; **Health and Human Services – doctors, nurses, allied medical professionals, social workers, counselors and ministers; **Volunteer/Community Service – unpaid workers who provide outstanding service to human or community needs; **Young Woman of Tomorrow – outstanding young women who demonstrate leadership qualities in school, church, sports or volunteerism
Save the date so you can join us on the evening of Saturday, September 26, 2015. The YWCA of Great Falls will present the Salute to Women awards ceremony honoring six outstanding women from the community and the 2015 Power of Sisterhood Mentees from East Middle School at the Meadowlark Country Club. The YWCA Board of Directors makes this event memorable for the honorees and all who attend. Tickets go on sale August 17th.


The Nomination form can be found here.


“Alliance for Youth is working hard to help our community and professionals operate from a trauma informed perspective. We have partnered with the University of Montana to bring a specialist to Great Falls to provide a FREE training to the private clinician sector. What we need to know is: 1-Is there an interest in a FREE training from an evidence based study? 2- How many private clinician’s would commit to attending this FREE training? And 3- Are there suggestions on what training the clinician’s would want? Please email me directly at” 





The Great Falls LGBTQ+ Center just got 2 CEUs approved by the board for the Safe Zone Ally class. Our first class was last Saturday for our first volunteers. We are planning to have one specifically for therapists within the next 3 weeks. Please RSVP to me at 290-7338 as seating is limited. After training, we will keep a list of LGBTQ+ friendly therapists in Great Falls. This is something that is very important to this community. Also, we provide free supervision and consultation for a therapist who is working with this community and would like some help. We are here to help each other. Please let me know if you are interested. Let me know best times and days of the week for you too


Summer Institute 2015

This year’s Summer Institute will be held in Great Falls, MT on August 6, 7, & 8.  Three different workshops, along with lodging and food add up to a fantastic opportunity for professional development and networking.  The more workshops you sign up for, the more discounted your price!


Client as Captain: Nondirective Play Therapy Theories & Techniques

Thursday, August 6 9:00a-4:30p

6.5 CE Hours (APT & MT approved)

Crystal Amundson, MS, LCPC, RPT-S

Despite its profound therapeutic value, nondirective play therapy is widely misunderstood by the public and often an intimidating endeavor for play therapists. This workshop will provide a foundation on common theories that drive nondirective play therapy, along with interventions that empower your client to be the “captain of the ship.” Play therapists will leave this workshop with a renewed confidence in their “1st mate” abilities along the play therapy voyage. Graduation or concurrent enrollment in a Master’s level psychology program is a pre-requisite for this workshop.

All Hands on Deck: Using Sand Tray in Group Play Therapy

Friday, August 7, 8:30a-5:30p

8 CE Hours (APT & MT approved)

Su Major, MA, NCC, CSTTS

Observation, Interaction, Expression – the fantastic benefits of playing within a group for therapeutic growth! This workshop provides the participants with the opportunity to synthesize Sand Tray Therapy with Group Dynamics. Self-expression is magnified by observing others, assessing information, and adjusting behavior. Interacting with others through play enhances self-awareness. Group-based play therapy interventions add breadth and depth to therapeutic growth. Participants will have opportunities to work with partners, small groups, and the large group to enhance group applications and process using Sand Tray Therapy techniques. Prior learning of both Group Dynamics/Process and the Basic Methods and Theory of Sand Tray Therapy are highly recommended and will greatly increase the participant’s ability to apply the content of this workshop.

Navigating Choppy Waters: Divorce in the Play Room

Saturday, August 8, 8:30a-4:00p

6.5 CE Hours (APT & MT approved)

Crystal Amundson, MS, LCPC, RPT-S

While divorce is a cultural norm, it has clear psychological impact on children. Play therapy is a valuable way to help children process divorce. The emotional intensity of caregivers (litigation, high conflict, etc) can create obstacles to treatment. This workshop will teach play-based interventions to use with the child, review the play therapist’s role, and explore how to “stay on course” in response to high caregiver conflict.

On-site lodging is available for purchase on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday night.  Accommodations include a private room and dorm-style restroom/shower facilities.  On-site breakfast & lunch is available Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Dietary requests cannot be accommodated after July 23rd.  Fees (registration, lodging, and food) are refundable up to 1 month prior. They are transferrable, but non-refundable after that date. A multi-workshop discount will be applied for participants that register for two (5% off) or three (10% off) workshops. Prices are as follows:

  Professional Student
Section 1 (Nondirective) $130 $80
Section 2 (Group Sand Tray) $160 $100
Section 3 (Divorce) $130 $80
Lodging                   $36/night
Breakfast                   $8
Lunch                   $11


Dancing Mindfulness class about movement.

In collaboration with Miss Linda’s School of Dance, volunteers trained in Mindful Dancing from Mhagf will facilitate a movement class that blends mindfulness & free dance for greater health & personal awareness.Dancing Mindfulness classes are open to everyone regardless of previous experience with dance. Since Dancing Mindfulness focuses on “coming as you are,” self-discovery, and appreciation of movement. Dancing Mindfulness classes last for 55 minutes and various forms of music are incorporated to create a welcoming, integrated container. In a typical Dancing Mindfulness class, participants will be able to realize the rhythmic qualities of their breathing and heartbeats, to discover the healing, lyrical properties in even the most simple movements, and quite literally, to be able to express their own, personal story on the dance floor. If you are the kind of person who likes to dance like no one is watching, or at least would like to try, the Dancing Mindfulness experience is for you.’Go Figure’ clients can purchase their punch cards from Miss Linda’s


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