Doc Wayne Wins Sport for Health Award from Beyond Sport

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Doc Wayne is thrilled to announce our Chalk Talk® sport-based group therapy program was recently announced the winner of the 2016 Sport for Health Award from Beyond Sport at their annual Summit and Awards in London. This global award, sponsored by Comic Relief, recognizes organizations that use sport to tackle a variety of health challenges facing communities.

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“It was an amazing experience. We met some great people that we hope to collaborate with in the future.” Jonathan Baum, LICSW – VP, Clinical Services

Doc Wayne’s CEO, David Cohen commented, “Coming away from this summit, it’s even more clear that there is a tremendous need in this space of mental health and complex trauma, and Doc Wayne could be a significant component to working through some challenging situations through the power of sport. This global exposure helps Doc Wayne tell a story that enables us to find an even more robust path to impacting so many youth in need.”

Doc Wayne was shortlisted along with three other organizations for this award. Our organization’s recognition as the Sport for Health Award winner is confirmation and recognition of our team’s work and use of sport to achieve social transformation.

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(Left to Right): Clark Carlisle, David Cohen, and Khalida Popal. LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 19: Beyond Sport Awards 2016 at Here East Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on October 19, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images)

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“It was an incredible day for our organization. We are proud to join the Beyond Sport portfolio as this year’s winner of the Sport for Health Award. Congratulations to all of the shortlisted organizations and to our amazing team of game changers who make a difference every day. Thank you to all of our partners, supporters, and most of all Doc Wayne youth who inspire us each and every day.” Rebekah Roulier, LMHC – COO

ABOUT DOC WAYNE: Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Boston with a mission to fuse sport and therapy to heal and strengthen at-risk youth. Utilizing the organization’s sports-based therapeutic curriculum, which derives from DBT, Doc Wayne offers inclusive, accessible, and engaging clinical programming. Programming includes a competitive and therapeutic league as well as the award winning Chalk Talk®, a mobile insurance reimbursable outpatient sport-based group therapy program.

ABOUT BEYOND SPORT: Beyond Sport, a global organization with a mission to promote, support, and celebrate the use of sport in order to address social issues in communities around the world, considered over 2,150 entries from 145 countries for their prestigious awards in 2016.

For more information on Doc Wayne please contact us at info@docwayne.org or follow us on Twitter @DocWayneDtG.

Tips for a Successful Internship

27 Oct

At Doc Wayne Youth Services, interns play a variety of important roles on our team. Doc Wayne interns past and present put together a helpful tip sheet to share with others as they navigate their new and exciting experiences.

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In this day and age, it seems as if internships are necessary in order to secure jobs upon graduating from college. Students are moving towards entering their chosen work fields early to gain experience. In fact, many schools require students to complete at least one internship before graduation. Although this may seem daunting to young college students, here are a few tips for a successful internship.

  • Research the company or organization before you step foot in the office.  Not only will this help you transition more quickly, but your co-workers will be pleased that you are invested in your work and know what the organization is all about.
  • Be Professional. Always act in a professional manner while at your internship. Follow the dress code and always complete tasks assigned to you. By practicing professionalism during your internship, you will form strong work habits for future jobs.
  • It is okay to make a mistake. Do not be afraid to make a mistake. Always do your best, but mistakes are bound to happen while you are learning. If you make a mistake, use it as an opportunity to learn from it.  

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    Doc Wayne Clinical and Non-Profit Management Interns: Fall 2015

  • Ask questions.  If you are confused about a project, email, meeting, etc. ask someone for help. It is better to reach out and have your question answered. If there is a meeting you want to attend or a project you want to work on, speak up and ask your supervisor.  Remember you are an intern. You are there to learn and are not expected to know everything. 
  • Be willing to learn new things. Internships are learning opportunities to help you further develop skills and prepare for future jobs. If you are interested in learning about a new program on the computer or trying something new, ask your supervisor. Be proactive and see if your supervisor needs help with a project. Your supervisors are there to help you learn, so make the most of your internship.
  • Get to know your co-workers.  Even though you are only working for the length of an internship, you have plenty of time to get to know the people working around you. Eat lunch with them. Ask questions about their careers. You can learn from people’s experiences and form strong connections that will help you network going forward.
  • Record all of the work that you complete.  Chances are that you will be doing a lot of different projects throughout the internship, so make a document to keep track of everything.  That way, if a future employer asks what your internship entailed, you will be able to give them specific examples.
  • Make the most out of your internship. This is a learning experience for you to develop a better understanding of your field. Don’t be afraid to speak up in meetings if you have an idea or ask questions if you are unclear of something. Take advantage of every opportunity you are given. You never know how it could help you in the future.
  • Tim McGraw said it perfectly… Always stay humble and kind.  Treat others the way you want to be treated.  This is probably the easiest tip, but also one of the most important.

And finally, remember that this is just an internship. It is not the only job that you will have in your lifetime.  Give the internship your full effort for however long you are placed. At the end of your experience, reflect on the positives and negatives, so that the next internship/ job you have will be even more aligned with your interests.

For more information on Doc Wayne please visit www.docwayne.org or follow us @DocWayneDtG. To inquire about our internship program contact Rebekah Roulier at hr@docwayne.org.

Rodman Ride for Kids Recap: “I’m proud to represent Doc Wayne”

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On Saturday, September 24th  Doc Wayne participated in the 2016 Rodman Ride for Kids in collaboration with the Key Program, Inc. The Rodman Ride is the #1 single-day athletic event in the nation supporting at-risk kids. Doc Wayne’s team of eleven participated in the bike race held in Foxborough, MA.

The event was filled with upbeat energy and was an exciting place to be, similar to a carnival or fair. There were tables with various activities, delicious food and drink, and sponsorship tables. The event was packed with participants, fans, and volunteers. Congratulations to all of the volunteers who helped make the event run smoothly. It was a fun atmosphere to be at and had the feel of a classic New England sports event. At the end of the race, spectators received a mini cow bell, which increased the excitement and cheering as riders crossed the finish line. During the event, the hashtag #Rodman4Kids was trending on Twitter!

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Craig Gordon, Doc Wayne Board Member finishes Rodman Ride

RIDER PROFILE: Craig Gordon, Doc Wayne Board Member, was one of several Doc Wayne members registered to participate in the Rodman Ride for Kids. Craig participated in the event by riding the 25 mile course for the 4th year in a row. Every year he rides the same trail and averages about the same time, but he gets a little better at fundraising! This year, his fundraising efforts paid off, making Craig the top fundraiser for Doc Wayne! When asked how his ride went on Saturday, Craig responded, “it was fun and invigorating.” Craig noted how proud he is to represent Doc Wayne and be a part of such an incredible organization. He hopes that next year, others will follow in his footsteps and double his fundraising efforts. A true Doc Wayne game changer, Craig starts his training for the event in August. Next year, Craig plans to tackle the 25 mile race again. In response to our questions about his favorite aspect of the ride, Craig was sure to praise the post-race fuel, “What’s great about this event is as you cross the finish line all the people are cheering for you… and the chicken sandwiches!”

For more information on Doc Wayne please contact us at info@docwayne.org or follow us on twitter @DocWayneDtG. 

Doc Wayne Tees off at Key Golf Tournament

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David Cohen, Doc Wayne CEO, participating in the Golf Tournament

On Monday September 12, 2016 members from Doc Wayne Youth Services participated in the Key Program, Inc./ Rodman Ride for Kids 15th Annual Golf Tournament. The Key Program/ Rodman Ride for Kids Golf Tournament is an 18 hole charity golf event held at the Fall River Country Club in Fall River, MA. The proceeds go towards the Rodman Ride for the Kids.

There were over 100 participants taking part in this event. Doc Wayne had two teams of 4 playing in the tournament. The first team was made up of CEO David Cohen, Board Chair Chris Ernest, Development Committee member Reed Bundy and Craig Wolgast who is a friend of Doc Wayne. The second team was made up of Board Member Travis Hall and three members from his network Melissa Sommer, Brett Mirliani, and Dorothy Zahir. Development Coordinator Katie Ardrey participated by riding around in the golf cart and taking pictures of the event. The two teams had fun competing with each other despite losing a couple of golf balls in the water. David Cohen’s team finished 3 over par while Travis Hall’s team finished 2 under par. Hall’s team also finished 4th in the entire event. Melissa Sommer won a prize for the longest shot of the day by a female golfer!

The Golf Tournament was a successful event filled with fun, laughter, and fundraising for the Rodman Ride for Kids. After the golf tournament a luncheon took place, which included a raffle and auction.

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Reed Bundy, Doc Wayne Development Committee, member takes a swing.

Unfortunately the members from Doc Wayne were outbid in the auction. However, Katie won a $50 Chili’s gift card from the raffle! All fees that were paid for our Doc Wayne members to participate in this event are going directly towards Doc Wayne’s fundraising goal for the Rodman Ride for the Kids. Members from Doc Wayne are participating in the Rodman Ride for Kids which is taking place on September 24th, 2016. There is no overhead charge at the Rodman Ride for the Kids so Doc Wayne will keep an additional 5% of the funds we raise from this event to support our mission. 

If you would like to further support Doc Wayne’s efforts in the Rodman Ride for Kids please click here: CEO David Cohen’s page

For more information on Doc Wayne please contact us at info@docwayne.org or follow us @DocWayneDtG.

Chalk Talk® Group Therapy: From an Intern’s Perspective

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IMG_1436Written by Sarah Ramsey, a non-profit management intern at Doc Wayne.

When you think of therapy, what do you picture?

Most of us imagine a therapist or clinician seated at their desk, directly across from a patient. Maybe some would even think of Freud and imagine the client lying on a couch, spilling their childhood troubles. Doc Wayne provides a unique form of therapy that utilizes the power of sport.

Picture a small grassy field in Framingham, MA. There is a group of seven kids playing soccer and flag football. Laughter, encouragement, and sometimes competitive jousting are heard. Three coaches are also present, playing alongside the kids. This is Doc Wayne’s version of therapy, and it works.

This week, I was lucky enough to leave the Boston office of Doc Wayne and participate in two of our Chalk Talk® Sport-Based Group Therapy sessions. Doc Wayne fuses sport and therapy to heal and strengthen at risk youth. Chalk Talk® Sport-Based Therapy groups are clinician led groups, which are assembled by age and location, and held weekly. The group I observed was playing soccer, but groups also play flag football, basketball, and participate in indoor rowing. The groups teach principles of do the good®, Doc Wayne’s curriculum, using both didactic and interactive approaches.

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Upon arriving, the children gathered into a “Circle Up.” We went around the circle stating a “Kick” (a current positive point in our life) and a “Miss (a low point). Then it was time for a warm up. We played freeze tag with soccer balls. Once you were tagged and frozen, the only way to become unfrozen was to have a teammate pass you a soccer ball. Most of the kids were eager to get out there and move. They volunteered to be “it,” and played hard despite the heat. There were a few kids who did not participate fully, but the coaches encouraged them to engage at their own level and met them where they were at. This choice by the coaches really created a safe atmosphere for the participants.

Next up was a scrimmage. Two participants were selected as captains and they each chose their team made up of Doc Wayne coaches and kids. It was so much fun playing with the participants and it made me realize why Doc Wayne is so special. Doc Wayne allows these kids to be kids. It sounds simple enough, but so many of these participants are carrying burdens that no child should have to carry, whether it is mental illness, abuse, etc. Doc Wayne programs give them an hour out of their day to kick the soccer ball, joke with coaches, show off their skills, and encourage each other.

My favorite part of the visit, was the “Circle Up” after we had finished the scrimmage. Kids gave each other “Shout Outs” for playing hard, giving encouragement, etc. Not only is Doc Wayne a safe and fun environment for the kids, but it also teaches them important social skills such as being respectful of others, and gives them confidence and affirmation.

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I am so proud to be a member of Doc Wayne for the summer and can’t wait to see how Doc Wayne keeps changing the game for at risk youth.

For more information on Doc Wayne please visit http://www.docwayne.org or follow us on twitter @DocWayneDtG.

Doc Wayne Youth Take In New England Revolution Game

11 Jul

Balmy summer nights were made for soccer under the lights. And that’s exactly what Doc Wayne youth got on Wednesday evening as they took in their first professional soccer game, courtesy of the New England Revolution. Th2df4211a-3425-4bde-9c38-eee3bca632ece team was generous enough to donate a small section of tickets to Doc Wayne to give participating youth an extraordinary soccer experience. Youth from the Italian Home for Children and the Wayside Youth & Family Support Network travelled to Gillette Stadium and met up with Doc Wayne staff to watch the Revs take on New York City FC.

The game was low on goals but the boys and girls remained glued to the action even as the clock wound down. The group’s curiosity was evident, asking questions about each team’s colors, the meaning of a yellow card, and how much time the Revs had left to score. 

It was a magical night out for Doc Wayne youth. They deepened their soccer knowledge, spent time with mentors, and felt the excitement of attending a pro sporting event. Thank you to the New England Revolution for their generosity and look forward to partnering in the future.

For more information on Doc Wayne please visit http://www.docwayne.org or follow us on twitter @DocWayneDtG.

Doc Wayne Youth Visit with Olympian & Learn to Row

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In partnership with Community Rowing and the Joseph M. Tierney Learning CenterDoc Wayne provides an indoor rowing program for Chalk Talk® sport-based group therapy participants. The program is a valuable opportunity for youth to learn about the sport of rowing while receiving accessible and engaging outpatient group therapy in their community.

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Doc Wayne’s COO Rebekah Roulier, LMHC explains, “Along with teaching core skills that assist in emotional and behavioral regulation, Doc Wayne’s indoor rowing program aims to highlight and strengthen youth participants’ sense of self-worth, resilience, and empower them to flourish as individuals and accomplish their goals through collaboration with others in the sport of rowing.”

After 7-weeks on the ergs, Chalk Talk® participants put their skills to the test on the Charles River.

On the water, Chalk Talk®  youth and coaches worked as a team to successfully move the boat while enjoying a beautiful cruise around the river.

After putting forth great effort in what was the first experience rowing on the water for most, youth were visited by Dr. Gevvie Stone, a US Olympic Rower. Gevvie shared her story of setting and completing various goals both on and off the water, her successes, setbacks, as well as the obstacles that she IMG_4993encountered along the way. Gevvie emphasized the importance of doing what you love, being passionate about what you choose to pursue in life, and building your support team.

Youth refueled with lunch while receiving their certificates acknowledging the hard work they had put in throughout the program.

Aymee Suarez, a Clinical Game Changer at Doc Wayne reflected on how “wonderful it was to see our youth experience a new sport, learn self-compassion, and appreciate how far they have come individually and as a group in 7 weeks. I am proud of each and every participant and grateful that I had the opportunity to share with them a sport I love.”

Doc Wayne is appreciative of our collaborative partners, Community Rowing and the Joseph M. Tierney Learning Center and look forward to upcoming trips to the boat house!

Additional photos of the event can be viewed here.

For more information on Doc Wayne please visit us at http://www.docwayne.org or follow us on twitter @DocWayneDtG.