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Currents: March 2018


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

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Community Events:
Stay tuned for the April Community Event. All details will be sent via the community email list. If you’d like to be added to the community email list please contact us at

Community Lunches:
Gary’s Goodbye Community Lunch
Tuesday, April 10th, 12:30-1:30pm in the Windhorse office kitchen.

For more information, contact us at

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Harm Reduction at Windhorse

This month’s Community Education topic was harm reduction, presented by Greg King, a Team Leader at Windhorse IMH Northampton. We thought you might appreciate learning more about this topic and its relevance to Windhorse. Below you will find short summaries/impressions of Greg’s presentation and the topic of harm reduction written by two Windhorse staff members, as well as two additional links to articles written by other Windhorse staff members that go into further detail about harm reduction.

The following piece was written by Suzanne Webber, Intern and Team Counselor at Windhorse IMH Northampton:

At the Community Education gathering for Windhorse staff this month, clinician Greg King presented the topic of harm reduction as a positive approach to substance abuse and addiction.  With its focus on the prevention of harm rather than on the prevention of drug use itself, harm reduction is distinct from Twelve Step and other programs which advocate abstinence.  Acknowledging that recovery is incremental, harm reduction supports any positive change…. Read more of Suzanne’s thoughts here.

The following was written by Hannah Tosi, Intern and Team Counselor at Windhorse IMH Northampton.

It seems so common sense, that one who is addicted to substances or behaviors is doing it because it causes some pleasure or some relief of pain. One reaches outside of oneself in search of anything to cope with life’s never ending barrage of difficulties. One seeks connection, nurturing, and peace, which is a Basically Good act. Why then, do we demonize, morally judge, and pathologize one who is acting out of loving intention, trying to love oneself in whatever way is possible at that time?… Read more of Hannah’s thoughts here.

Alcohol Awareness by Greg King

Harm Reduction with Co-occurring Diagnosis, from the Windhorse blog, written by Eric Friedland-Kays


Recipe: Brighten Things Up with Citrus

In wintertime we often gravitate towards heavy meals and starchy foods for nourishment. Perhaps it’s an evolutionary trait which helps us store energy for the long winter. Whatever the reason for our indulgent meals of winter, the closer we come to spring, the more we want to ditch those root vegetables and cheesy pasta in favor of something a little more refreshing. And what could be more refreshing than a hearty helping of citrus? These sometimes tart, sometimes sweet, and always juicy fruits will likely brighten your day and give you big dose of vitamin C at the same time. Here are a few recipes we found that look worth trying.

Orange Banana Muffins with Sour Cream Glaze

Easy Orange-Glazed Tempeh

Orange Chicken

Zesty Lemon Artichoke Hummus

Grapefruit-Poppyseed Cake

Raw Vegan Lemon Meltaway Balls

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Groups Offered at Windhorse

Did you know that there are currently eleven different groups offered at Windhorse? From yoga to writing to mindfulness skills, we cover a lot of ground during the week. Some of these groups are ongoing while others are only offered for a six or eight-week period. Some are open to the public while others are limited to Windhorse community members. See below for a link to the March Community Calendar, which gives more information about these groups including basic descriptions and the name of a person to contact if you would like more information. Please feel free to also email us at if you’re curious about one of these groups or if you have any questions.

Pioneer Valley Newsletters and Websites

We feel lucky that Windhorse is located in Northampton, one of the towns/cities in the Pioneer Valley. The Valley is a busy place, full of activities and events that cater to a multitude of different interests, hobbies, and talents. With so much going on it can be hard to stay up to date, so we thought we’d share with you some different resources for information about the people, places, and events in the Valley. Sign up for these newsletters and check out these websites and you are sure to be in the know in Noho. Please note that while these sites and newsletters lean more in the direction of the performing and fine arts, there are plenty more where these come from. Check out MeetUp, Facebook, or do a simple internet search and you will likely find plenty more sites and newsletters of interest.

Smith College Performing Arts Center

Valley Improvisational Dance and Music

Forbes Library

Northampton Center for the Arts

UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Hampshire County Calendar

Amherst College Mead Art Museum


The Roles and Realms of Windhorse

This month we are continuing with our series that explores and explains the inner workings of Windhorse, such as the different roles people hold and how decisions are made.

In this issue we’d like to share with you a document that outlines the responsibilities of each role here at Windhorse, as well as the people involved in making decisions for each realm.

Roles, Realms, and Decision Making

For more information on the individuals who fulfill these roles, please check out the staff pages of our website, which may be found here.

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The Windhorse Library

You probably know by now that the Windhorse office has a library database full of titles that we’ve acquired over the past twenty-five years, but did you also know that we subscribe to several magazines? Pop by the lobby to check out the latest issues.


  • Cynthia left her position as Assistant Clinical Director and Senior Clinician.
  • Greg D. left his position as Team Counselor.

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