Give an Hour? Calls on Mental Health Professionals and Others to Honor Volunteer Month by Joining Network, Recruiting Colleagues

Give an Hour™ Calls on Mental Health Professionals and Others to Honor Volunteer Month by Joining Network, Recruiting Colleagues












Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 12, 2011

April is Volunteer Month. Give an Hour™, a national nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to members of the military, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, their loved ones, and their communities, is calling on mental health professionals to assist in the effort.

“No community is more needed to address the psychological and emotional issues faced by our military men and women and their families than the mental health community. We have the resources and, therefore, the power to save generations from potentially debilitating mental health problems,” says Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour™. “It is my hope that more mental health professionals will join our network. Furthermore, it is my hope that the work we are doing to reduce stigma and educate families and communities will result in even more of our providers being connected with clients through Give an Hour™.”

Give an Hour™, founded in 2005, has created a network of volunteer mental health professionals pledging an hour a week of their services, free of charge, to members of the military—including active duty, reserve, and guard—veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq, their families, and their communities. Give an Hour™ is also offering free services to parents, siblings, unmarried partners, grandparents—in short anyone who loves someone affected by the current conflicts. Their services range from one-on-one counseling to substance abuse treatment, addressing the many needs of the individuals and families of the armed services.

The approximately 5,400 licensed mental health professionals working with Give an Hour™ have contributed over 37,000 hours as of March 2011 to support our troops and their families. These volunteers include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, pastoral counselors, and other mental health professionals. Providers are located across the country—in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam.

Give an Hour™ is helping to capitalize on the spirit of service that so many of our military men and women embody. Although it is not required, Give an Hour™ encourages those who have received help to give back in their own communities.

“We are proud of the opportunity to bring the military and mental health communities together as we strive to provide critical services to these deserving men, women, and families,” notes Dr. Van Dahlen.

Licensed mental health professionals agree to sign on for a minimum of one year, providing one hour of service per week. Mental health professionals interested in joining Give an Hour™ can complete an easy online form at http://www.giveanhour.org.

Give an Hour™ also utilizes volunteers in non-mental health capacities such as marketing, outreach, fund development and administration. Interested volunteers can contact info(at)giveanhour(dot)org for more information.

Visitors in need of services can log on and use the provider search to locate a mental health professional in their area who meets their needs.

Give an Hour™ (http://www.giveanhour.org) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization’s mission is to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Currently, GAH is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Give an Hour™ has more than 5,400 providers across the nation—in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam—and continues to recruit volunteer mental health professionals to its network.

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ZING Design Inc. Introduces The FlashPack? Instant Heat Pack – Innovative Heat Therapy Tool Now Being Offered By Sports Therapy Professionals

ZING Design Inc. Introduces The FlashPack™ Instant Heat Pack – Innovative Heat Therapy Tool Now Being Offered By Sports Therapy Professionals











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Calgary, AB (PRWEB) February 4, 2008

ZING Design Inc., the inno-vention company, announced today the availability of the FlashPack™ instant heat therapy pack. The FlashPack™ is a completely safe, non-toxic, reusable, and instant therapeutic heat pack which can be used anytime anywhere.

The FlashPack™ provides immediate soothing heat for stiffness, tension, cramps, muscle aches, and pain. The FlashPack™ comes in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit the contour of the body to provide maximum healing potential and to ensure utmost comfort. The Flashpack™ is now recommended by Physiotherapists, Athletic Therapists, Registered Massage Therapists and Chiropractors as an important new product for heat therapy.

“The FlashPack™ is an appealing form of professional heat therapy which provides a variety of benefits making it a popular choice among my clients at my clinic or at home,” stated Dr. Michael Westaway, spinal consultant for the Calgary Flames Hockey Club. “It can be used hundreds of times to provide instant heat therapy no matter where the need. The FlashPack™ provides a safe constant and comfortable heat with ideal heat duration times.”

“The FlashPack™ self heats within seconds to provide instant relief anytime, anywhere,” stated Lars Gustafsson, owner of The Body Mind Nutrition Center. “The FlashPack™ is portable and ideal for travel making it an ideal solution for our clients as many are outdoors sports enthusiasts.”

“The FlashPack™ is non-toxic and safe making it ideal for our clients and the environment,” stated Kevin Wagner, former Head Trainer for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators. “This is a new direction amid many other professional therapeutic products on the market, and in our opinion a welcome new addition to what we offer.”

“The FlashPack™ brings a new level of convenience and quality to sports therapy products,” stated Justin Rowe, B. Kin, CSCS, MES, vice president of ZING Design Inc. “The FlashPack™ is a medical grade heat therapy product that is non-toxic, reusable and can be used safely in both the clinic and at home.”

For a list of physiotherapy, massage therapy and chiropractic clinics and retailers offering the FlashPack™ across Canada please visit us online at http://www.TheFlashPack.com.

About Dr. Michael Westaway, BSc, BScPT, FCAMT, DSc.

Dr. Westaway has been a Physiotherapist for 20 years. He is a Fellow with the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (1994) and has an acupuncture designation with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada (1993). He was a Master’s student at the University of Calgary investigating the effect neck mobility has on certain arteries in the neck. He completed his doctorate in 2005. Dr. Westaway is the Calgary Flames Hockey Club’s spinal consultant.

Dr. Westaway has won the Silver Quill award from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association for research. He is currently involved in three research studies investigating certain areas of cervical spine (neck) dysfunction. He works closely with a neurosurgeon, neurologist and biomechanist and a PhD physiotherapist on these research projects.

About Lars Gustafsson, Founder and Owner of The BodyMind Nutrition Center

The BodyMind Nutrition Center is a nutrition program that has been developed from over 14 years of experience, thousands of hours of coaching, and with thousands of amazing clients. Lars’s unique multifaceted application of nutrition and lifestyle principles enables you to create the changes that will support your goals, activity levels and lifestyle. At the heart of their center is their people: coaches, trainers, facilitators, transformation specialists, life coaches, hypnotherapists, and massage therapists! The BodyMind Nutrition Center is located in the heart of downtown Calgary, Alberta. For more information please visit us on the web at http://www.BodyMindNutrition.com.

About Kevin Wagner BPE (ATC), BSc.PT, CAT(C), Diploma (Sports PT)

Kevin graduated from the University of Alberta with degrees in Physical Education and Physical Therapy, majoring in Athletic Therapy and sports injury management. For the past 17 years Kevin has worked with a wide range of Athletes both at the amateur and professional levels. Kevin has worked as an Assistant Trainer with Edmonton Eskimos, as well as the Head Trainer with the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs. In Calgary Kevin continues to work with elite athletes, working as an Athletic Therapist/Sport Physiotherapist with Hockey Canada, Alpine Canada and the Canadian Soccer Association. For more information please visit us on the web at http://www.Kinemedics.com.

About ZING Design Inc.

ZING Design Inc. is a design group which creates and distributes ‘inno-ventions’ across Canada, the USA and Internationally. Just what is an inno-vention? An inno-vention is a fun, useful, unique product that isn’t like anything you have ever seen before. In other words, our products bring a little ZING to your life! For more information please visit us on the web at http://www.TheFlashPack.com.

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Online-Learning announces new series of online Information Design courses for writers, designers and web professionals

Online-Learning announces new
series of online Information Design courses
for writers, designers and web professionals











(PRWEB) August 30, 2002

Ottawa, August 30, 2002: Online-Learning (OLL), a leader in the development and delivery of online courses for technical writing, information design and single-source authoring professionals, announced a new series of online Information Design courses. The courses provide students with the unique ability to receive training in multiple core Information Design skills. Courses are offered in the areas of graphic design, technical writing, single-source documentation, screen layout, web client-server scripting, human-computer interaction design and web-based training design. The courses have been approved through Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business Professional Development Division. Carleton University is Canada’s 8th ranked university.

Courses cost between $ 249 and $ 499 US and take between four and twelve weeks to complete. They are taught by industry experts using a proven mentored-learning model. The model has helped OLL achieve student completion rates of over 80%. The model combines the mentoring power of traditional classroom training with the communications convenience of the Internet.

Using the model, students work through course materials, interactive quizzes and assignments at their own pace. When they have questions, they have fast, convenient access to expert instructors via one-on-one email, scheduled chat sessions and monitored discussion boards. Depending on the length of the course, students must complete between three and five instructor-marked assignments. The assignments provide students with an opportunity to practice the new skills they are learning. To receive a certificate, students must average 70% on the assignments.

The courses address the need for ‘multi-skilled’ Information Design professionals. Today, businesses must recruit and hire teams of writers, designers, programmers and human factors specialists in order to implement online information solutions. In the future, OLL believes corporations will be looking to hire ‘multi-skilled’ Information Designers in order to reduce costs, shrink timeframes and streamline project management.

With over 25 years of past experience in distance education technologies, OLL has been delivering courses over the Internet since 1995. OLL courses couple high-quality content

with a proven mentored-learning model and university certification.


















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