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Volume 6, Issue 4
January/February 2015
Genevieve N. Waller, Esq.
Executive Director
Providencia Borgstadt
Office Manager
Sherry Lewis, MA, LPC ,CAC II
Director of Therapy and Outreach
Melanie Snipes, LMSW
Director of Crisis Services
Kayce Singletary, MPH, MSW
Community Education Director
Mary Dell Hayes
Development Coordinator
Emily Martin
Marketing Coordinator
Sarah Nevarez
Volunteer Services Coordinator
Lara Brockwell, LMSW
Sexual Assault Services Coordinator
Amber Hiott, M.Ed, LPC/I
Group Services Coordinator
Bahiyihh Young, Ed.S
Underserved Survivor Advocate &
Outreach Coordinator
Amy Fisher, LPC/I
Advocate Counselor
Caroline Burns
Prevention Education Coordinator
Alison Salisbury
Community Education Assistant
Baron O’Neal, VSP
Community Advocate and Prevention
Specialist
Erin Baldwin, Esq.
Abuse in Later Life Project Coordinator
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For many people, January is the month of
possibilities. It is a time to reevaluate and seek
out areas for growth and improvement. It is a
time to create an action plan and muster up the
motivation to make those plans happen.
As you think about your own plans for this
next year, I hope you will also evaluate your
time with STSM as a volunteer. In the next few
weeks I hope to sit down with each of you for
our one-on-ones so we can brainstorm your
role with our agency. I am eager to hear your
input and feedback about this program, and I
look forward to working with each of you so
we can continue to enhance
the group services program
here at STSM.
Amber Hiott
Group Services Coordinator
Message from the
Group Services
Coordinator
STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and educates the
community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
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Amy Fisher, LPC/I
Advocate Counselor
STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and educates the
community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
Amy joined the STSM staff in December 2014 as Advocate Counselor. She
received her Master's in Counseling from Columbia International Universi-
ty, Columbia, SC and her Bachelor's in Communications from the Univer-
sity of South Carolina Aiken, Aiken, SC. Amy is passionate about working
with individuals who struggle with life issues. She desires to see people’s
lives changed through education, individual and group counseling as well as
personal inner healing. Amy aspires to walk along side individuals through
their life's journey.
Through her work at LRADAC, Camille Graham Correctional Institute
Young Female Offenders Institutional Program and Christ Central The
Oaks, she had the privilege of leading a Substance Abuse Group, Healthy
Boundaries Group, and co-leading Self Esteem Group and Healthy Relationships Group as well as
individual counseling and being a part of a treatment team to access the progress within the pro-
grams. Amy is fully committed and determined to counsel and educate individuals facing life’s set-
backs as she believes every person, if given the proper tools, knowledge and resources, can find a
path to their own personal healing and success. In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with
friends and family at the lake and beach.
Emily Martin
Marketing Coordinator
Emily first joined STSM as a public relations/marketing intern in
Spring 2014, working with STSM’s "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes”. After
working with other nonprofits around the Midlands, she returned to
STSM as the Marketing Coordinator in 2015. Emily will graduate
from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in
Public Relations and a minor in Political Science in May of 2015. As
the Marketing Coordinator, Emily will work on promoting and imple-
menting STSM’s brand. One of the goals is to ensure that STSM is
recognized as the leading expert in sexual violence prevention and
serving survivors of sexual violence. She enjoys working to empower
women and educate the community on sexual assault and preven-
tion. In her free time, Emily likes to watch the Carolina Gamecocks,
jog along the riverwalk and travel to the beach.
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STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and educates the community
to identify and prevent sexual violence.
Providencia Borgstadt
Office Manager
Deana Caldwell
D
eana Caldwell began volunteering with STSM in
February of 2014. Since beginning volunteering she
has led psycho-educational groups at Killingsworth
and Morris Village.
Education:
Deana completed her undergraduate degree at Guilford College
in Greensboro, North Carolina. She then went on to receive her
M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in
June 2014. She currently is a LPC/I.
Occupation:
Deana has a private counseling practice in the Palmetto Counseling Associates, LLC office. She also
serves as a Bereavement Counselor at Agape Senior Care.
Why she volunteers:
When asked why she volunteers with STSM, Deana responded “I volunteer with STSM because I have
a passion for helping people as they are rebuilding or creating a new normal for their lives. I also love
the fact that STSM is there for those who may not have the resources to access counseling services
and psycho-educational groups.”
Provi joined the STSM staff in December 2014 as the Office Manager.
She received her Master's Degree in Business Administration from
Webster University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Admin-
istration from Southern Wesleyan University. Provi has over 20
years of experience in accounting and finance and currently teaches
accounting and finance courses at the college level. It is Provi’s de-
sire to help people that led her to STSM. In her spare time,
Provi enjoys spending time with her husband and her two children.
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STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and educates the
community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands is an
organization that believes in offering comprehen-
sive and evidence-based treatment modalities to
every survivor who accesses our services. One of
the many services we are proud to offer is our art
therapy group. This group has been offered at
STSM since 2011.
According to the American Art Therapy Associ-
ation, art therapy “is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art
therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore
their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior
and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and
increase self-esteem” (2013). The association further reports that “research supports
the use of art therapy within a professional relationship for the therapeutic benefits
gained through artistic self-expression and reflection for individuals who experience
illness, trauma, and mental health problems, and those seeking personal
growth” (2013). STSM is thrilled to be able to offer a service that many survivors
would otherwise not have access to.
Combined with individual counseling, the
art therapy group at STSM promotes heal-
ing, recovery, and growth. Our art therapy
group is led by a local therapist, Lyssa Har-
vey. Lyssa is a Licensed Professional Coun-
selor and is the owner of The Art and Play
Therapy Center of South Carolina. The
group was developed specifically for STSM
and focuses on topics such as self-esteem, communication, identifying feelings, stress
management, and increasing healthy coping skills.
Reference
What is Art Therapy. (2013, January 1). Retrieved January 13, 2015, from http://www.arttherapy.org/upload/
whatisarttherapy.pdf
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STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and educates the
community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
UPCOMING TRAININGS
Reminder: As a Group Facilitator you are responsible for 4
Continuing Education credits per grant year
(July 2014-June 2015)!
Friday, January 30th
Join STSM for a FREE presentation on Trauma and Addictions, facilitated by Sherry, our
Director of Therapy and Outreach.
WHEN : Friday, January 30th from 12:30-2:00pm
WHERE: STSM Conference Room, 3830 Forest Drive Suite 201 Columbia, SC 29204
Thursday, February 12th
Join STSM for a FREE day-long training about providing services to lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, queer and questioning survivors of sexual trauma.
WHEN : Thursday, February 12th from 9:00am—5:00pm
WHERE: Bill Rogers Community Connections Center: 4900 Broad River Rd Columbia, SC
29212
REGISTRATION: You can register for this training at:
www.stsm.org/forms/eventtraining-restigstration
Friday, February 6th
FREE In-service with staff from Richland County Investigators on Law Enforcement
Processes
WHEN : Friday, February 6th from 1-2:30pm
WHERE: STSM Conference Room, 3830 Forest Drive Suite 201 Columbia, SC 29204
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, February 9th, 10th, 11th
SCCADVASA is hosting a Victim Service Provider (VSP) Core Certification Training
WHEN : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 2/9, 2/10, 2/11
WHERE: Hampton Inn & Suites: 201 East Exchange Blvd Columbia, SC 29209
REGISTRATION: You can register for this training at www.sccadvasa.org/training-events/
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3830 Forest Drive
Suite 201
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 790-8208
Connect with us
Current Groups
 Morris Village Psycho-Ed
 Sistercare Psycho-Ed (Residential)
 Women’s TREM
Upcoming Groups
 Teen TREM
 Parent/Caregiver
 Sistercare Psycho-Ed
(Non-residential)
Important Reminders!
VOCA Volunteer Log Forms & Monthly Report Forms
 Please turn in these forms to Amber by the first day of the month. (For
example, your logs for January 2015 should be turned in no later than
February 1st, 2015).
 Bring these forms by the office or send them to us in the mail. Please do not
fax these items—we need the originals!
Group Notes/Paperwork
 Group notes and paperwork (attendance sheets, client packets, etc.) are due
three days after your group.
 While transporting forms keep them in a secure place...remember
confidentiality!
STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and educates the
community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
Comments? Questions? Concerns?
For issues regarding locations, paperwork, and/or scheduling conflicts, contact
the Group Services Coordinator—Amber!
For issues regarding clinical issues, such as clients, supervision, etc, contact the
Director of Therapy and Outreach—Sherry!
Next Clinical Group Supervision: March 16th, 2015 6:00-7:30pm.
*Please email Amber at gsc@stsm.org if you are unable to attend!

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