In its inaugural year, the program has provided over 750 hours of individual, couples, family, and group counseling to clients. The program has served over 100 clients. The counseling hours provided by this program are expected to increase by at least 50% in the second year of operation. The number of clients is expected to increase by approximately 30% in the coming year.
The program will bring mental and emotional health concerns to the forefront of importance to be dealt with along with physical health concerns in the Southern California Parkinson’s Community. The program will de-stigmatize the depression, anxiety, changes in cognition and other mental health concerns that accompany having Parkinson’s disease and/or caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s Disease. The program will reach and treat the hundreds of underreported and under recognized cases of depression and anxiety in this community and benefit the health of hundreds of Parkinsonians and their care partners. The program will provide services to underserved sections of the Parkinson’s population, including clients who are unable to leave their home easily and require home counseling and monolingual Spanish speaking persons and families.
Interns and trainees in the Counseling program use surveys to identify client’s presenting issues, track progress on those presenting issues, and to track overall client progress in therapy. These surveys are collected and statistics about program success can be compiled from responses to these surveys. These surveys provide ways to periodically review treatment goals and progress and obtain feedback about the services provided.
2. Added a clinical counseling program for people with Parkinson's and their families, providing individual, family and group sessions as the cornerstone of the new Minds and Motion Health Services program.
3. Produced the first quarterly magazine for the Parkinson's community, Parkinsonian.org, highlighting ways to live well, national research and information for caregivers.
1. Increase our counseling services to reach a greater portion of the population living with Parkinson's or other neurological conditions.
2. Expand the Minds and Motion program to include the availability of physical and occupational therapy in a non-medical setting.
PASD is the only non profit organization in San Diego County that is solely dedicated to assisting those with idiopathic Parkinson's and Parkinson Plus families. The agency serves the entire county with a variety of direct service and educational programs, in addition to a comprehensive website, quarterly magazine and email and social media communication. In 2013, we began providing clinical counseling for people with Parkinson's and their families, as well as those with other neurlogical conditions, and caregivers referred to us through our partnership with the Southern Caregiver Resource Center.
I am Dr. Rick Brydges and I currently serve as the President of the Board of Directors of the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy, I trained as an Attach Pilot and flew the A-7 Corsair during his service in Vietnam. Following the direction of the Commander and Chief, my most memorable moment was landing my plane on a carrier at night after my first combat mission, and while walking across the flight deck, I reflected, “…there by the grace of God go I.” After serving as Chief of Staff Naval Ocean Systems Command (NOSC), I served as Commander Naval Aviation Maintenance Training Group Pacific charged with the oversight of six training sites that supported the Pacific Fleet Aviation Readiness. As part of a research team, Total Quality Leadership (TQL) was implemented throughout the Navy. I earned a MS from the Naval Post Graduate School at Monterey, a MBA from the University of West Florida, and a Doctorate in Leadership Studies, from the University of San Diego.
As a second career, I consulted with organizations and taught college classes in the areas of organizational development (OD) interventions, strategic planning, collaborative leadership and leadership coaching and Total Quality Management (TQM). I presented at the International Leadership Association, the Futures Society, and the Academy of Management. As part of a team, I was instrumental in the emergence of a democratic revolution in a developing country in the South Pacific that led to their first democratic elections. I currently serves as a founder of the Institute for the Advancement of Leadership.
Nineteen years ago, reliving my days as an athlete, I was running on the beach and suddenly fell, feeling pain in my left arm. The neurologist I saw diagnosed me with Parkinson’s disease. The first reflection I had was “God has a plan for me, I have put myself in his hands before and I will do so now. I pray that He will give me the courage to live the reminder of my life with graciousness and to be blessed with the support of my loving family, there by the grace of God go I.”
The Parkinson’s Association of San Diego has provided me and my family with needed resources and support. I am proud to serve as the President of the Board of Directors to help steer the direction of the organization to ensure that other families like mine will have access to the information, programs and services that can help them face a diagnosis like Parkinson’s.
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