C. Alec Pollard, PhD
Dr. Pollard is Founder and Director of the Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders (COARD) at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute (SLBMI) and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University. He is a member of the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF) and chairs the organization’s national training initiative, the Behavior Therapy Training Institute. He is past chair of the Clinical Advisory Board of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Canadian Institute for Obsessive Compulsive Disorders. Dr. Pollard serves as a reviewer for numerous journals and conference program committees and has authored over 90 professional publications, including two books, Dying of Embarrassment: Help for Social Anxiety and The Agoraphobia Workbook.
Compulsive hoarding can cause fires, unclean conditions, injuries from tripping on clutter, and other health and safety hazards. But persons who hoard, often have very little insight and do not recognize it as a problem. Hoarding disorder is characterized by a pattern of acquiring and keeping objects that (1) appear useless or of little value to others; (2) clutter living spaces; and (3) create distress or interfere with normal, daily activities. Hoarding can create a problem for family members, friends and entire communities, in addition to the individual who hoards.
In this workshop, Dr. Pollard will describe the symptoms and characteristics of hoarding, review various approaches to intervention with problematic hoarding and outline some resources available for hoarders, their families and the various professionals and agencies that deal with this complicated problem.
Anxiety and stress are a normal part of life. These emotions can even be useful — for example when we are alerted to danger or when apprehension affords an opportunity to avoid a difficult situation. But for some people, stress and anxiety are persistent problems that interfere with daily activities such as work, school or sleep. This type of worry can disrupt relationships and enjoyment of life, and over time it can lead to health concerns and other problems.
If you are experiencing stress, anxiety, exaggerated worry and tension, even when there is little or nothing to provoke it, it is important that you consider making some lifestyle changes. Left unattended, stress and anxiety can cause fatigue, headaches, muscle tension, difficulty swallowing, trembling, twitching, irritability, sweating and even hot flashes. With the right help and support, you can and will feel better.
Burrell offers a stress and anxiety management class that can help you regain control. Meeting in a group setting allows you the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others and to gain additional support from individuals who are experiencing many of the same things you do. Classes focus on practical strategies and everyday techniques that you can immediately use to begin feeling better.
Sessions are held weekly on Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for six (6) weeks at Burrell’s main campus location (1300 E. Bradford Parkway, Springfield). A nominal fee of $15 covers your enrollment cost for the entire series. For more information or to enroll, please call (417) 761.5210.
One out of five Americans has an anger management problem. Anger is a natural human emotion and is nature’s way of empowering us to “ward off” our perception of an attack or threat to our well being. The problem is not anger itself, but mismanagement of this powerful emotion. Mismanaged anger and rage is the major cause of conflict in our personal and professional relationships.
Domestic abuse, road rage, workplace violence, divorce and addiction are just a few examples of what happens when anger is mismanaged. More importantly, anger can get in the way of our personal happiness and success when we struggle to express it properly.
Burrell offers a six week course in anger management that can help you identify mismanaged anger, clearly understand your personal warning signs and provide you with the tools needed to appropriately cope with your frustrations. Classes are held once per week from 5:30 on and held at the Main Center, Meeting Room A; instructed by Bill Robison.
For a current evening schedule, call 417.761.5210.
Six week course tuition is $120.00 ($20.00 per class) and includes all materials. Participants paying full tuition in advance receive a 20% discount.