Lighthouse Network Expands Team with Hiring of Therapist Network Coordinator
Lighthouse Network is proud to announce the hiring of Jennifer A. Fequiere as Therapist Network Coordinator.
Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University and is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Southeastern University.
Previously, she served as Director of Treatment at a juvenile justice program for at-risk youth. In this position, she coordinated outpatient counseling for both the youth and their families. She also facilitated daily Anger Replacement and Skills Streaming groups. Jennifer went on to work at Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Plantation, a Christ-centered residential care program, assisting children and adolescents who were removed from their families for various reasons. She coordinated counseling for the youth with the local agency Hope for Tomorrow, a community-based services center that offers child and family counseling, family support, and a transitional living program.
Jennifer’s role with Lighthouse Network will include expanding the reach of influence by enlisting counselors and therapists, and creating a broader span of services for people in need of hope, compassion and support through Christian counseling. She is called to help people get the counseling they need and works according to her life’s verse: “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” Colossians 3:23-24.
Teen’s Death Puts New Focus
on Dangers of Powdered Caffeine
The death of a teenager in Ohio is putting a renewed focus on the dangers of powdered caffeine.
Logan Stiner, 18, the prom king at an Ohio high school, died of cardiac arrhythmia and a seizure after overdosing on the substance. After his sudden death on May 27, more than 70 micrograms of caffeine per milliliter of blood were found in his system—about 23 times the amount in a typical coffee or soda. His mother found several bags of caffeine powder in the family’s home after his death and had no idea he was using the substance.
Students had been warned during prom and graduation season about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers, but no one thought to alert the teens about a substance found every day in coffee, soda and chocolate.
Dr. Karl Benzio, founder, executive director and a psychiatrist at Lighthouse Network (www.844LifeChange.org), says the brain’s circuitry is adversely affected by caffeine in general—even in small amounts—so the easy availability of these potent pure caffeine powders should be alarming to parents.
“When kids use caffeine, their brain chemistry is affected at an early age,” Benzio said. “Soon, they will psychologically need that jolt to start their day. Over the past few decades, we’ve seen a 70 percent increase in caffeine consumption among children and adolescents. Even kids in middle school are drinking coffee on a regular basis. When the need for alertness gets out of control, teens can turn to stronger, more dangerous substances, and the results can be tragic, as in Logan Stiner’s short life.”
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Truth For Women Mentor TrainingSeptember 27 | Bethlehem, PA
This event will train ladies who mentor other women who are struggling. They will be trained in counseling and in teaching decision-making skills using the SPEARS decision-making model.
Moments of Change 2014 Addictions Conference
September 29-October 2 | Palm Beach, FL
Dr. Karl Benzio, MD will present on “Addiction: Sin, Disease, or Psychological Defect?” as well as his SPEARS decision-making model, which is key to real biological-psychological-spiritual treatment by integrating science and faith. He encourages people to practically apply the Bible in daily living to truly renew the mind.
Focus on the Family Physicians Resource Council
October 1-5 | Colorado Springs, CO
This is a meeting of Christian physicians who help guide and define Focus’ position on various medical and psychiatric/psychological issues which affect individuals, families, society and public policy.
All Access ARC Conference
November 4-6 |Saddleback Church, Orange County, CA
Dr. Benzio will equip church leaders with his insights in decision-making and using science to glean transformational truths out of the Bible for practical growth and maximum fulfillment.
National Association of Christian Social Workers National Conference
November 6-9 | Annapolis, MD
Lighthouse Network’s Dr. Karl Benzio will lead a workshop on how to be a shining light through godly decision-making skills as he teaches his unique bio-psycho-spiritual model which actually rewires your brain circuits, thus renewing your mind as Romans 12:1-2 clearly states.
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Depression: Integrating Mind, Body and Spirit
Depression is a debilitating disorder that affects people of all ages, races and income levels. This video walks through a Biblical perspective on depression and helps viewers develop skills to cope.
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Lighthouse Network is a Christian-based, non-profit organization that offers an addiction and mental health counseling helpline providing treatment options and resources to equip people and organizations with the skills necessary to shine God’s glory to the world, stand strong on a solid foundation in the storms of their own lives, and provide guidance and safety to others experiencing stormy times, thus impacting their lives, their families and the world.Lighthouse Network offers help through two main service choices:
Lighthouse Life Change Helpline (1-844-LIFE-CHANGE, 1-844-543-3242), a 24-hour free, national crisis call center, where specialists (Care Guides) help callers understand and access customized treatment options.
Life Growth and self-help training resources for daily life, including online and DVD series and training events to help individuals achieve their potential.