CAPC Marshfield

CAPC Marshfield is a revolutionary mental health clinic. We are actively engaged in the training of new therapists and nurse practitioners.  Under the supervision of therapist Jolene Nowak,  Psychiatrist Dr. Jenna Moravec, and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Shelley Strojni, we train social workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Marriage and Family therapists from several Wisconsin schools, including the University of Wisconsin system.  We also supervise Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner Students and Medical students and Residents from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Central Wisconsin Campus.  You can be assured of receiving high-quality care from clinicians practicing at the highest standards of ethics and the most current scientific evidence.

Our clinicians utilize treatment interventions that have been given the highest rating from SAMSHA,  the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, including Theraplay. We also utilize  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Family Based Therapy, Trust-Based Relationship Intervention, Modular Based Family Therapy, and the Nurtured Heart approach, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, EMDR,  Experiential and Metaphor Therapy.  Our clinicians are also in the process of becoming trained as providers of Mentalizing Based Therapy.

Youth Crime: Incarceration is too costly

The long-term cost of incarcerating the nation’s youth is between $8 and  $21 billion, according to a report out Tuesday. The Justice Policy Institute’s “Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration” says Florida’s base cost is $55,000 dollars per juvenile per year. From there, the number increases. According to the Justice Police Institute’s executive director, Marc Schindler, the total cost of detaining juveniles is about more than running juvenile detention centers. It also includes lost future earnings, tax payments from confined youth, future reliance of formerly confined youth on public assistance. Previous studies suggest that kids locked up for minor crimes might go down a worse path;  the incarceration of youth increases the likelihood that they will commit new offenses, and this Justice Policy study considers the costs of those harmed by these new offenses.

Juvenile Detention: Its costs go beyond the costs of running the detention facility.

Juvenile Detention: Its costs go beyond the costs of running the detention facility.


FACTSHEET: The tip of the iceberg: What taxpayers pay to incarcerate youth Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration

Marijuana Affects the Brain, Even with Minimal Use

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.  A new study reveals that Mariuana affects the brain, even with minimal use.

Marijuana use is  associated with problems with motivation, attention, learning, and memory. Animal studies have shown that  marijuana’s active ingredient, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol,  produces structural changes in the nucleus accumbens. However, less is known about how low to moderate marijuana use affects brain structure in people, particularly in teens and young adults.

Researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to compare the brains  people 18-25 years old who reported smoking marijuana at least once per week with those with little to no history of marijuana use. Imaging data revealed significant brain differences between non users of marijuana and minimal users of marijuana.

Persons who were dependent on marijuana were excluded from the study. The size and shape of the amygdala (which is responsible for regulation of emotions)  and the nucleus accumbens  (which is responsible for motivation and reward processing) was different in casual or minimal users of marijuana compared to those who have not used.  The scientists found that the more the marijuana users reported consuming, the greater the abnormalities in the nucleus accumbens and amygdala. The shape and density of both of these regions also differed between marijuana users and non-users. The study was published April 16 in The Journal of Neuroscience.

The findings suggest that marijuana affects the brain, even with minimal use. “This study suggests that even light to moderate recreational marijuana use can cause changes in brain anatomy,” said Carl Lupica, PhD, who studies drug addiction at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and was not involved with this study. “These observations are particularly interesting because previous studies have focused primarily on the brains of heavy marijuana smokers, and have largely ignored the brains of casual users.”


Eating Disorders 101-Managing Serious Mental Illness In Schools

Eating Disorders 101 – Managing Serious Mental Illness in Schools was presented at the 2014 Wisconsin Association of School Nurses Spring Conference
on April 10, 2014
Jenna Saul, MD, DFAACAP – Owner and Medical Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Consulting and Horses Treat

Robyn Hussa Farrell, MFA, E-RYT – Founder & CEO, Mental Fitness, Inc.

Dawn Radsek, RN–Froedert Hospital

Eating Disorders 101 – Managing Serious Mental Illness in Schools is a Train-the-Trainer program for school nurses. Participants
will be introduced to this national evidence-based program for school nurses to lead eating disorders and obesity awareness and prevention trainings in their district. The presentation will include a program overview, 15 minute documentary film, time for questions and discussion with a certified eating disorder specialist and national program director.


This program was funded by a grant from the American Academy of Child  & Adolescent Psychiatry

Parenting the Whole Child: A Holistic Child Psychiatrist Offers Practical Wisdom on Behavior, Brain Health, Nutrition, Exercise, Family Life, Peer Relationships, School Life, Trauma, Medication, and More

My rating was a 5 out of 5 stars

This book is a definitive guide for parents who want to help their children grow to be resilient, optimistic and adaptive. For children whose parents are struggling, the book can be beacon of hope, a road map to helping their children become adaptive and reach their full potential. Dr. Shannon is a voice of hope who acknowledges that while mental health problems exist the labels given no longer have to be thought of as static, restrictive or permanent constructs.  Shannon integrates knowledge of  how the brain  can change with recommendations for nurturing strengths to promote health and wholeness. Dr. Shannon applies scientific research from Neuro-development, Psychology and Nutritional Science with an understanding of Positive Psychology, research in learning, family dynamics, and social development to provide parents with a clear, integrated, and holistic understanding of how to promote a child’s healthy mental, social and emotional well-being.  While Shannon’s book emphasizes a holistic approach, it remains practical and real-life; it does not suggest that one must live their lives in a biome  to provide a nurturing, positive, healthy environment for a child to thrive. Every one of us can parent for Wholeness.

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