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  • Clubhouse Accreditation
    Clubhouse Accreditation

    For Immediate Release    Media Contact
    Rachel Newell
    Director of Development 
    316-665-8605
    rachel.newell@breakthroughwichita.org

    BREAKTHROUGH CLUBHOUSE GARNERS THREE-YEAR ACCREDITATION

    Wichita, Kan., June 12, 2019 – Breakthrough Clubhouse, a pre-vocational program of Breakthrough/Episcopal Social Services, received a three-year accreditation in May as an affiliate of the Clubhouse International, an organization that develops Clubhouses around the world.  The recognition is significant, as it points to a clear demonstration of a Clubhouse’s commitment to excellence.  Accreditation is awarded to Clubhouses that adhere to the International Standards for Clubhouse Programs, providing opportunities for Clubhouse members to find employment, go to school, build meaningful relationships and live healthy lifestyles. 

    The process is a rigorous one - both evaluative and consultative.  It includes a clubhouse self-study, site visit, dialogs regarding Clubhouse leadership and improvement opportunities, and a written report.  

    The accreditation process is conducted by members of the Clubhouse International faculty for Clubhouse Development.  The final report noted, “Members have a strong sense of pride and ownership in the  Clubhouse, there’s a strong culture of employment and an extremely active advocacy with the Kansas State Legislature which is resulting in solid support of Clubhouses in other parts of Kansas.”  David Kapten, Program Director for Breakthrough Clubhouse added, “This is an empowering program that supports self-directed recovery. Each member of the Clubhouse is needed and wanted.”  

    Clubhouses are local community centers that provide members with opportunities to build long-term relationships that, in turn, support them in obtaining employment, education and housing, including:
    •    a work-ordered day in which the talents and abilities of members are recognized and utilized within the Clubhouse;
    •    participation in consensus-based decision making regarding all important matters relating to the running of the Clubhouse;
    •    Opportunities to obtain paid employment in the local labor market through a Clubhouse-created Transitional Employment Program. In addition, members participate in Clubhouse-supported and independent programs;
    •    assistance in accessing community-based educational resources;
    •    access to crisis intervention services when needed, and;
    •    Evening/weekend social and recreational events.

    About Breakthrough Clubhouse 
    The Clubhouse Model is a unique program serving 386 people with mental illness in 2018.  It’s one of four primary programs of Breakthrough/Episcopal Social Services. Breakthrough has been an accredited Clubhouse since 1997 and continues to be the only one in Kansas. Clubhouses are a powerful demonstration that people with mental illness can and do lead normal, productive lives.  

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  • Mental Health Funding for certified Clubhouses as identified and funded by the Lottery Vending Machine legislation that became law in 2018.

  • Drawing from our history, our new name is "Breakthrough."

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Daydream Believer: 5 Reasons to Get Dreamy

If your mind is prone to wander or you tend to get lost in your thoughts, experts say, “Dream on.”

Daydreaming tends to get a bad rap, but psychologists say it’s not necessarily a waste of time. Daydreaming can be beneficial in many ways, plus it’s something almost everyone does naturally.

So if you’re a daydreamer, take heart—here are some potential benefits to this favorite pastime.

Relaxation. Like meditation, daydreaming allows your mind to take a break—a mini-vacation in which to release tension and anxiety and return refreshed. It’s also very useful for controlling anxiety and phobias.

Healthier relationships. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, especially among daydreamers. Happy couples tend to think about one another when they’re apart, which has the effect of psychologically maintaining the relationship.

Increased productivity. If you’re trying to throw yourself into your work but find your mind wandering to other things, 15 minutes of daydreaming can give your brain time to deal with the distractions and come back more focused.

Relieve boredom. People with monotonous jobs, like factory workers and security guards, often use daydreaming to keep their minds stimulated and to get them through the day.

Inspiration to achieve goals. Daydreaming about goals you’d like to achieve can give you a glimpse of what it would be like to make your dreams a reality. Olympic athletes and performers use this same kind of visualization, which has been shown to help their performance in the same way that actual physical practice does.

Of course there are potential pitfalls to daydreaming. Obsessive thinking can interfere with day-to-day functioning. Likewise, lonely people can further isolate themselves if they spend too much time dwelling on the past.

But for the majority of people, following your daydreams can be a great mental boost.

  • 35th Anniversary
    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way