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An Artist and a Coach

When you visit CooperRiis, there are three large sculptures you should spot. And one man you should meet. He’s Jim Weitzel, a Forest City artist who has worked at CooperRiis since it opened in 2003. Jim is one of the first staffers to meet residents and their families. He’s given more than 2,000 tours and …Continue

With immense gratitude…

Dear Friends, Thirteen years ago we started CooperRiis Healing Community because of our personal experience with the challenging mental health system.  We envisioned a place where an individual isn’t defined by their diagnosis, but by their personality and their potential.  We wanted to create a community where people could heal and pursue their dreams. Over …Continue

CooperRiis Names New Executive Director

CooperRiis Names New Executive Director, Highly Acclaimed Psychologist Michael Groat Michael Groat, PhD, a clinical leader at the Menninger Clinic in Houston for 9 years, will be the next Executive Director and President of the CooperRiis Healing Community starting Jan. 2. He will succeed Virgil Stucker, who last year announced his intention to step down …Continue

New Training Teaches ‘Compassionate Communication’

A prominent trainer in Compassionate Communication (also known internationally as NVC or Nonviolent Communication) has been working with CooperRiis, and she says the effort is some of the most exciting work she has done in the U.S. Roberta Wall, who is certified by the Center for Nonviolent Communication, has coached thousands of trainees on five …Continue

A Way Forward for College Students with Mental Illness

Dear Samantha, Dear Johnny, As I write, I’m imagining you in a dark space. You began college with hopes and dreams for the future, with an understanding about what you were going to study and you were going to accomplish as you moved into adulthood. Amidst the stress of your freshman year in college you …Continue

Meet Pat Dockendorf – a CooperRiis Community legend

  Twenty years ago, Pat Dockendorf moved 7 miles from what would become CooperRiis’ farm campus. At 70, she and her husband were ready to transition into a Life Care Community. But Pat was far from kicking up her feet and resting. “Living at Tryon Estates has been great. The support allows me the freedom …Continue

The Amazing Dr. Charles Krebs Visits CooperRiis

To say that the story of Dr. Charles Krebs’ life is unusual is an understatement. Awe-inspiring comes closer. Paralyzed, supposedly for life, in a diving accident, Dr. Krebs used his powers of visualization and his detailed knowledge of the body’s nervous system, combined with his experience with martial arts, to systematically send “ch’i” (often translated …Continue

Bridging the Divide: Shifting to Collaborations Between Traditional Psychiatry and Holistic Approaches

A wonderful New York Times article illustrates something our country has never seen. A growing push that expands the range of options for mental health treatments and improves the ways to maximize recovery. Rather than relying on diagnostic labels, overmedication and involuntary restraint, the article highlights how mental health treatment should include nonmedical, holistic recovery …Continue

CooperRiis Hosts Harvard’s Dr. Michael Rohan

On July 18th, the CooperRiis community was proud to host Dr. Michael Rohan from Harvard, who presented fascinating research about the technology his lab is developing called “Low-Field Magnetic Stimulation (LFMS).”  Using very low intensity magnetic fields, this technique uses a tiny fraction of the strength that approaches such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) or electroconvulsive …Continue

Fanning the Flickers of Hope – The Murphy Bill

You may have heard about the so-called ‘Murphy Bill’ that Congress is considering. It helps highlight our nation’s mental health challenge. And it helps illustrate how to find solutions. Quick update: the bill is named for Pennsylvania Representative Tim Murphy, the only practicing clinical psychologist in Congress. He says on his website the legislation is …Continue

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