Hiring in Columbia and Charleston!!

Please see the announcement below and contact Belinda Pearson-Barber at belinda.pearson@fedfamsc.org or 866-779-0402.

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Job Opening at Federation of Families of SC

Part time position available for parents raising (or having raised) a child with behavioral health needs.

The Federation of Families of SC is seeking a parent who has had the primary caregiver experience in raising a child with behavioral health needs. Please see the description below, if you meet the criteria and are interested please contact me via e-mail regarding your interest and background. jenah.cason@fedfamsc.org.

Position requirements: This position is based in the Columbia office. Individual must be (or have been) the primary caregiver of a child with behavioral health needs. Proficiency with Word and social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is needed as at least 50% of the position will consist of maintaining the website and connecting through electronic methods, and social media. Must work from the Columbia office and have flexibility in schedule due to evening and weekend meetings with parents, and reliable transportation as some travel will be necessary.

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We Need to Hear from All Parents and Caregivers on Mental Health Treatments


The most important people in the life of children are the parents. Parents play an important role in securing the safety and welfare of their children. This often includes seeking good medical treatment. In the world of medicine, parents are given countless treatment options to combat illnesses ranging from the common cold to severe chronic illnesses. We want to know  if this holds true in the mental health treatment field. 


The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (FFCMH), together with the REACH Institute, would like to know more about your experience as the parent of a child who has received mental health services. We want to know if you are given a full range of treatment options and if you know what type of treatment your child is receiving.


Please take 10 minutes to complete this anonymous survey. We will use the information we gather to develop strategies for helping families get the best mental health treatment for their children. We believe that parents need to be fully informed about the type of treatment their child is receiving so that they can make informed decisions on the effectiveness of that treatment.


To complete the survey, just click on the link below:




Thank you for your feedback.


National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

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A Resource for Parents

What You Should Know About Mental Health in Youth With Epilepsy

The purpose of this tool kit from the Cleveland Clinic is to help parents understand some of the mental health issues that youth with epilepsy can face at some point in their lives.

  • Section I: Children
  • Section II: Epilepsy and Mental Health
  • Section III: Treatment/Intervention for Children With Epilepsy and Mental Health Issues
  • Section IV: Medical Home and Resources


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NIH awards initial $46 million for BRAIN Initiative research

Projects lay the groundwork for visualizing the brain in action

The National Institutes of Health announced today its first wave of investments totaling $46 million in fiscal year 14 funds to support the goals of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. More than 100 investigators in 15 states and several countries will work to develop new tools and technologies to understand neural circuit function and capture a dynamic view of the brain in action. These new tools and this deeper understanding will ultimately catalyze new treatments and cures for devastating brain disorders and diseases that are estimated by the World Health Organization to affect more than one billion people worldwide.

“The human brain is the most complicated biological structure in the known universe. We’ve only just scratched the surface in understanding how it works — or, unfortunately, doesn’t quite work when disorders and disease occur,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “There’s a big gap between what we want to do in brain research and the technologies available to make exploration possible. These initial awards are part of a 12-year scientific plan focused on developing the tools and technologies needed to make the next leap in understanding the brain. This is just the beginning of an ambitious journey and we’re excited about the possibilities.”

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