October 2, 2012

Health Notes: Oct. 2, 2012


---- — College offering certificate in counseling

PLATTSBURGH — SUNY Plattsburgh is offering a new certificate of advanced study in clinical mental-health counseling.

The program is a 24-credit-hour program that prepares students for work in a range of positions calling for counseling expertise in private and public agencies.

“It’s meant for people who have a counseling-related degree but not a mental-health counseling degree,” Marguerite Adelman, director of graduate admissions, said in a news release. “For instance, a counselor may have a master’s in school counseling or substance-abuse counseling. This gives them the chance to be eligible for licensure as a clinical mental-health counselor in New York state.”

SUNY Plattsburgh students already in the master’s programs in student affairs or school counseling can add on the mental-health counseling certificate program, Adelman said.

Additionally, students in this 24-credit-hour program are eligible for financial aid, she said.

The program is available for students at either SUNY Plattsburgh’s main campus or the branch campus in Queensbury. For more information, contact Adelman at 564-4723 or visit

Community wellness lecture at NCCC

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College is hosting a community wellness lecture from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at S-19 Petty Lecture Hall on the Saranac Lake campus.

Visiting from Germany, massage therapist, adventurer and author German M. Schelinkofer and his wife, Sissi, will present “Walking the 48th Parallel & Kneipp Hydrotherapy for Lifelong Wellness.” Topics will include German’s quest to walk the 48th latitudinal parallel around the world and an introduction of Kneipp Hydrotherapy water cure practices for body and soul. With abundant natural water bodies, the couple find the Adirondacks to be an ideal place to practice the art.

The program is sponsored by NCCC’s Massage Therapy and Wilderness Recreation Leadership departments.

For questions, contact Johnna MacDougall at 891-2915, ext. 1297 or

ECH auxiliary hosting new member night

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Community Hospital auxiliary is hosting a new member night at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the hospital boardroom.

Anyone interested in becoming a member is welcome to attend.

The auxiliary participates in fundraising efforts throughout the year, with all proceeds supporting the hospital. The group donates clothing and snacks to those who need emergency-room care, offers care packages to chemotherapy patients and gives gifts and flowers to patients in the hospital during the holidays. It also provides scholarship funding and purchases equipment for the hospital’s various departments.

Contact Jane Hooper at 873-3003 for additional information.

Suicide prevention walk Sunday

LAKE PLACID — The Out of Darkness walk to prevent suicide is Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Olympic Oval on Main Street here.

Registration opens at 11:30 a.m., with the opening ceremony at 1 p.m.

There will be refreshments, music, a clown, a performance by SUNY Plattsburgh Kickline, a dove release, awards for top participants and fundraisers, and more.

For more information, call Deb at (559) 335-3736 or visit

Living Healthy workshops set

MORRISONVILLE — A Living Healthy workshop is planned from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 2 to Nov. 6, in the Community Room at the Arthur LeFevre Apartments, 173 Rand Hill Road.

The free six-session education program for people with any type of ongoing health condition helps enhance one’s skills and ability to manage their health and maintain an active and fulfilling lifestyle. Participants must attend week one or two to complete weeks three through six.

For more information, call 314-3682.

The workshop is sponsored by Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network and Northern Adirondack Medical Home.

Blood drives set for October

PLATTSBURGH — There are many opportunities to give blood in October through the North Country Regional Blood Donor Program.

Here’s the schedule: noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, Massena Memorial Hospital; 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, Blood Donor Center, sponsored by Adirondack Young Professionals; noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, Mountain Lake Academy; 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, Saranac Lake Senior Center, sponsored by Whiteface Mountain Masonic Lodge; noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, Champlain Centre;7 to 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, New York State Police Plattsburgh Barracks; and 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, Cadyville Wesleyan Church.

The Blood Donor Center, 85 Plaza Blvd., is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walk-in donors are encouraged. To learn how to host a drive, call 562-7406.