On Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., Preferred Behavioral Health Group will host its First Annual Gala at Navesink Country Club. This year, the organization is honoring Paul Sansone, Jr. and his wife, Chris Sansone, the owners of Sansone Jr’s 66 Automall, a Nissan, Kia and pre-owned auto franchise located in Neptune, New Jersey. Paul grew up in the auto industry, having worked for his father for over 20 years. In December 2009, Paul and Chris purchased the dealership from Paul’s father. Since then they have developed unique programs to make car buying, servicing and accessorizing easy for everyone as well as giving back to the community.
Preferred Behavioral Health Group (PBHG)’s Sandy Support and Counseling Project will be one of only 15 organizations to receive funding from the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund, a non-profit organization that raises and distributes funds to organizations that support the recovery and rebuilding efforts of New Jersey communities impacted by the storm. The Fund aims to make a sustainable, long-term impact and focuses on programs that address the unmet needs of New Jersey communities. The grant, in the amount of $150,000, will allow PBHG to continue providing behavioral health services to those affected by Superstorm Sandy until December 31, 2015. PBHG was one of 45 grant applicants in the final grant cycle and the only behavioral health provider to be awarded funding. “This is reflection of the positive reputation and success of the program in collaborating and effectively delivering services to the community” said Michael Blatt, Executive Director of Preferred Behavioral Health.
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Preferred Behavioral Health Group (PBHG) has been accepted into a program called Learning to Love Groups presented by the National Council for Behavioral Health, in partnership with New York University’s McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at the Silver School of Social Work. This exciting initiative is an opportunity for organizations like PBHG to strengthen group delivered services by improving the knowledge and skills of group facilitators and their supervisors.
Sometimes, behavioral health organizations struggle to equip staff with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to provide engaging and effective groups. Learning to Love Groups is designed to address this widespread challenge by providing group facilitators and their supervisors with the critical information, training and tools necessary for delivering engaging, effective and practical themed centered groups. A primary aim of the learning community is to strengthen and reinforce supervisors’ role in coaching and guiding their supervisees involved in facilitating groups.
PBHG was accepted to this six month learning community after a competitive application process. Over the next half year, PBHG will establish and empower a two to three person team composed of the program supervisor, group facilitator and a peer leader for participation in this learning community.
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