Bernadette May

I have been at FSA for a little over 5 years. This is the best place that I have ever worked. FSA has a strong mission and values that resonate with me. FSA is true to the social work values that I embrace also. We embrace a strong family approach to treatment and [...]

Belinda Adame

I chose to work at FSA for many reasons. I had an amazing internship experience where I felt supported by my colleagues and supervisor. Also during internship, I was fortunate enough to work as a Screening Assessment and Support Services (SASS) crisis worker. Although sometimes stressful, [...]

Mental Health Awareness Month

Welcome to the month of May! As we welcome in the Spring season and all the refreshing beauty that it brings, we often find the motivation to do some freshening up around us. We clean out our closets, we dust and air out our homes, opening the windows after a long, snowy… well rainy… winter. Many of us [...]


Self-care is something that I often talk about with my clients but seems to be a topic that is ignored outside of the mental health community. I first want to clear up a common misconception. Living in [...]

Jennette Siebens

Learn more about our director of the school-based mental health program. [...]

Green Ribbon Campaign

Unfortunately, there is a lot of stigma when it comes to mental illness. Help us fight it in May by participating in this campaign [...]

Amanda Hinthorne

In this blog post one of our school-based therapist, Amanda Hinthorne, talks about some of her experiences here at FSA [...]

You Are What You Eat

“You are what you eat,” true or false? While you aren’t going to turn into a French fry if that is all you eat, what you eat does affect you. Diet can have a substantial impact on mental health. March is National Nutrition Month, making this the [...]

Fundraising Update

We want to thank all those who attended our "Chase Away The Winter Blues" event. [...]

Candina Crane

Meet Candina, our Individual Care Grant (ICG) Coordinator. [...]

Empathy: The Way We Connect

One of the main reasons people seek help from therapists is to mend their relationships. When loved ones are in conflict, the tension can trigger depression and anxiety, and when we feel rejected and disconnected, our self-esteem suffers. The need to belong and [...]

Remaining Positive When It Feels Like Negativity Surrounds You Everywhere

We are living in a tumultuous time. Some days it feels that you are constantly confronted with someone’s negative attitudes, beliefs, and feelings. News channels talk about growing murder rates and protests. Workplaces often are filled with people who feel trapped in jobs that are not meeting their expectations. Students at school experience bullying and mounting pressure for success. [...]

Chase Away The Winter Blues 2017

Personally I am not a winter person and this winter has had some odd weather. Living in the Midwest I have come to acknowledge that I need to keep an ice scraper, an umbrella, and my sunglasses and [...]

Alejandra Cortez

In this post Alejandra Cortez describes some of her experiences working at Family Service Association of Greater Elgin.

Tameron Keeffe

Tameron, our crisis supervisor, describes her experience working at FSA, her interests in the mental health field, and much more.

Terri Griswold

Meet another of our SASS therapists, Terri. Learn about the things she enjoys, the superpower she whishes she had, and discover who the most important person in her career has been [...]

What is #GivingTuesday? What is #ILGive?

You have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday but have you heard about Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. This year it falls on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016. Hopefully you will [...]

Juan Escutia

Juan Escutia, one of our bilingual counselors, describes some of his professional and personal experiences while working at Family Service Association [...]

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