RCYS hosts lunch and learn to teach community about their services

Representatives from Salvation Army, the Department of Human Services and the Rogers County court system met for a free lunch and to learn about he services Rogers County Youth Services provides for the community.

Rogers County Youth Services held there first of many monthly “Lunch and Learn” events, informing the community about the services they provide.

“Some people think since we closed our shelter we cease to exist,” RCYS Executive Director Herb McSpadden said.

In reality, RCYS is serving more children and families in the community than ever before.

Issues RCYS deal with on a daily basis include substance abuse in the home, early childhood developmental concerns, delinquency, abuse and neglect, problems at school, family issues, anxiety and depression.

All of these are related to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

“We’re putting a lot of training into dealing with trauma,” McSpadden said, introducing a staff of multiple licensed professional counselors and people with Master’s level training in family therapy and social work.

All services provided by RCYS are free.

Services include rapid resolution therapy, family academy for youth who have committed law violations, daily classes for students with long term suspensions from school, parenting and co-parenting classes, and free counseling services.

“Additionally, we are putting so much more focus on prevention than we ever have before,” McSpadden said.

Preventative measures include life skills training courses at Rogers County schools, teaching students self-esteem, problem-solving, stress and anger management, overcoming shyness, communicating clearly, building relationships, avoiding violence and making healthy decisions.

They are also teaching students about safe social media use to prevent emotional and sexual abuse of minors online.

The next Lunch and Learn will take place Oct. 11. If you would like to attend a future event contact Herb McSpadden at rcysclaremore@sbcglobal.net.

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