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Currents: April 2017


Currents is published monthly by Windhorse Integrative Mental Health of Northampton, 211 North St., Suite 1, Northampton, MA 01060. Executive Director is Victoria Yoshen. For questions, concerns and suggestions about Currents, contact us at

Upcoming Events

mark your calendarMark your calendars for community gatherings this month!

Community Events:
Community study of Recovering Sanity in the community room
Wednesday, May 10th, 10:30am-12pm

Roller Derby Community Event
Saturday, May 13th, 2:45-6pm

Community Lunch:
Tuesday, May 9th, 12:30-1:30pm in the Windhorse office kitchen.

For more information, contact us at

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Summary of the April 4th Finance Committee meeting

On April 4th, 2017 the Board and leadership staff from each site met for a Finance Committee meeting.  Annie was on vacation and missed the meeting, though she prepared the reports.

Each site now has a mortgage on the Balance Sheet:  Northampton owns the condo the office is in, SLO and Portland purchased Still Point residences.  The sites are holding steady, though the revenues are not as high as budgeted.  Neither are the expenses.   There was a conversation about how to track our sense of new clients coming into the program and clients leaving the program.  Lisa and Ken, Director and Board member associated with Portland, were going to bring a proposal about soft metrics back to the group.

An amendment to the health insurance benefit part of the employee handbook was reviewed and a few changes requested.  The wording is about helping cover the costs of health insurance for the employees who have opted into the Medicare program (retirement age).

There is a new document for accounting procedures and policies that was reviewed and changed to reflect three separate sites handling fiscal tasks and reporting.  The information still flows through a central “fiscal manager” as an ongoing auditor and point person for the Board.  The Board asked that the CPA review our changes before they adopt them.

The next meeting, which is a Board/Finance meeting is planned for Tuesday, May 2nd at noon ET for 90 minutes.  It will be Spirit Joseph’s last meeting after serving a term plus.  Let Victoria know if you have anyone who may be interested in serving on our board.

Written by Victoria Yoshen, Executive Director of Windhorse IMH Northampton.

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The New Education Director

At the All Staff meeting on April 5, 2017, Jeremy changed his title from Education Manager to Education Director.  He “took his seat” in a role that is considered a core value in the Windhorse approach. Jeremy is joining Phoebe and Victoria in making decisions about the Direction and Operations of the organization.  Since we do this in a fairly flattened hierarchical way with “all voices heard”, it could be seen as one more channel through which information may flow.  Jeremy has been instrumental in increasing training, helping with strategic planning, and bringing transparency to how our systems and decisions work at Windhorse.  At All Staff he spoke about his interest in collaborations, integrating the wisdom people are gaining from external trainings and readings, and building relationships to help other organizations understand us better.

Check out Jeremy’s bio here:

Written by Victoria Yoshen, Executive Director of Windhorse IMH Northampton.

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Feedback Loops at Windhorse

Part of the 2017 strategic plan for Windhorse is to establish better methods of evaluation and more feedback loops for all of the realms of the organization. We are constantly growing as a community and as we grow we want to make sure we continue to learn about ourselves, what we are doing well, and where we still need improvement or adjustment. If you, as a community member, have ideas about places where we could incorporate more feedback loops, or how we can add in other ways to evaluate the work done here, we welcome your thoughts. Please feel free to share your ideas with anyone on any of the steering committees. The current steering committee members are listed below:

Education: Jeremy, Phoebe, Mary, Victoria, David

Clinical: Phoebe, Stephanie, Eric, Lindsay, Mary

Admin: Victoria, Andi, Phoebe, Cynthia, Tristan, Virginia

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Springtime Recipe

The Tuesday Farmers’ Market in Northampton is held from late April until early November.  Among the many wonderful goods sold at the market there is an amazing feta cheese at the Cricket Creek Farm booth  (they also make very tasty grilled cheese sandwiches at their booth).  Feta is a wonderful addition to spring salads, often moving them from accessory to main dish category.  Here is a simple recipe to try:

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Things To Do

There is lots going on in the area this spring.  Here are some websites where you can find out what is happening, as well as a few examples of events they mention.

City website:

Ongoing event: Northampton Arts Night Out 
Second Friday of each month, 5 – 8 p.m. in downtown Northampton. Northampton Arts Night Out is an event hosted by Northampton art spaces to promote creative works and community. This monthly gallery walk offers the opportunity to enjoy a Friday night in town while experiencing diverse visual and performing arts. Galleries open, artist receptions, pottery demonstrations.

Local newspaper:!/

Set the date and see an overwhelming list of things going on from local theatre to music to marches to lectures to exhibits…  a great overview.

Local chamber:

Link to the Pride March:
This year Noho Pride has decided to coordinate our theme with Boston Pride and Worcester Pride and are working with other regional Prides to do the same. The theme is Stronger Together.  Our thought is that a coordinated regional approach will send an even more important message that our community is in fact, #StrongerTogether

Noho Pride’s Parade and Pride event May 6, 2017
Parade starts at 12:00pm
​Pride event starts at 1:30 and runs until 5pm

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New to the Windhorse Library

Contemplative Psychotherapy Essentials: Enriching Your Practice with Buddhist Psychology by Karen Kissel Wegela

“Both Western psychotherapy and the Buddhist spiritual path are journeys toward increased self-awareness, understanding, and well-being. By drawing on Buddhist psychological teachings, contemplative psychotherapy provides a deeper, richer approach to client work, one that can greatly enhance and expand a clinician’s therapeutic repertoire.

While much has been written recently about mindfulness in psychotherapy and the underlying theory of Buddhist psychology, no book has yet been written that explains to therapists how to apply these teachings in their day-to-day clinical work with clients.

This book answers that need.” – from the inside flap


Family WRAP: A Wellness Recovery Action Plan for Families by Mary Ellen Copeland, PHD

Family WRAP helps each family member contribute to plans that the family will use to improve day to day interactions, meet daily challenges, and promote mutual cooperation, as well as plans to aid in the event of a crisis for a family member or for the whole family.

This book is full of Wellness Tools, suggested by families who use WRAP to help make their family life the way they want it to be.” – from the back cover


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  • David So. has left the position of housemate.
  • Katie was hired as a Team Leader.
  • Brett was hired as Property Manager.

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