Places for People provides innovative and effective mental health services to people with the greatest and most complex needs but the fewest resources. Each year, our evidence-based and award-winning programs serve nearly 5,400 people in the St. Louis area. Our mission is to “Provide caring, effective services to help those with the greatest challenges recover from mental illness and associated chronic illnesses.”
Places for People combines the rich histories of two leading mental health providers. In 2011, Places for People merged with Community Alternatives. Places for People was founded in 1972 to serve patients discharged from long-term institutionalization at state psychiatric hospitals. Community Alternatives was founded in 1995 when Missouri moved to privatize outpatient mental health care.
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As a host site for practicum students, Places for People is proud to provide students interested in social work and social services a real-world opportunity to gain experience. As the summer 2014 winds down, we would like to introduce you to the students who served a vital role at PfP this summer, and let them tell you in their own words what they learned from their experiences at Places for People.
Erica graduated from the Saint Louis University Master of Social Work program in August 2014. She split her time as a practicum student between Places for People's Healthcare Home team and the Faith Team. Erica will return to Places for People's Recovery Center Campus after graduation after being hired as a Community Support Staff member for our HOPE Team, with a focus on helping the people we serve find and maintain employment through our Individual Placement and Support employment program.
How did you choose Places for People as your practicum site?
I chose Places for People because I wanted to learn more about administrative roles and research within social work, specifically in the field of mental health. I wanted to see mental from the framework of a variety of disciplines, including health care and law, which I absolutely did!
What did you know about PfP before you arrived?
I knew that PfP provided a wide variety of services to the people they serve, and that those services provide innovative, evidence-based treatment to very unique people.
What will you tell people about PfP after your time here?
I will (and already do!) tell people that PfP has allowed me to develop my skill set as a social worker in the most encouraging and gracious way. I was given freedom to explore my interests while developing new competencies to take with me throughout my practice.
What will some of your memories be of your time at PfP?
My first semester with PfP, I did a presentation for the Healthcare Home where I researched mortality reviews and lessons learned from clients who have passed away. It was a really humbling experience, and I felt like I really got to know the people I learned about, even though they are no longer here.
What was the biggest lesson you learned from your time here?
I learned a great deal about the many factors and circumstances that play into mental illness and either promote or hinder recovery.
What did you learn about the people we serve?
I learned that the folks that Places for People serve are incredibly resourceful, resiliant, and talented people who deserve to have their voices heard. Everyone could learn from the people served by PfP.
What was one memorable moment you would like to share?
I recently had the honor of sitting in the Family Support office for 6 hours with a lovely Sudanese woman who made me laugh incessantly throughout the whole day together, and even taught me some Arabic!
Did your time here change your perspective on mental illness?
So much! I learned about the inherent strengths of people with mental health challenges and how each person is truly capable of recovery.
Theresa will graduate this fall with a Master of Social Work from the Saint Louis University Master of Social Work program. She worked with Places for People's 3700 Team. After graduation, she plans to work for Adapt of Missouri on its 3700 Team.
How did you choose Places for People as your practicum site?This year I completed a year long practicum at the SLU Legal Clinic. My time at the SLU Legal Clinic solidified my passion for working with individuals with severe mental illness and introduced me to Places for People. Being in the field and seeing the passion and hard work Places for People staff dedicate to their clients spurred me to seek out PfP as my next practicum site.
What did you know about PfP before you arrived?Before arriving at PfP I knew that the organization offered long term case management to persons with severe mental illness.
What will you tell people about PfP after your time here?I will tell people that being a part of the PfP 3700 Team allowed me to work in an environment where individuals are guided toward recovery. PfP offers so much more than just routine case management. I love that the PfP staff really care about the individuals they serve. I also love that the 3700 Team is able to be professional while incorporating humor and laughter into their work (such a necessary skill for social workers!).
What did you learn about the people we serve?I learned so much through observation! I saw how individuals can still have hope even after life has been extraordinarily difficult. I also learned how to meet people where they are at (physically and mentally) and to help them build upon the success they are currently experiencing.
When do you graduate? What will your degree be in? What are your future plans?I will be graduating with my MSW this August from Saint Louis University. Becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker is a long term goal of mine. I also would like to eventually shift from direct practice to advocacy and teaching.
A student in the Washington University in St. Louis Brown School Master of Social Work program, Ja Won spent the summer with the Places for People Faith Team.
How did you choose Places for People as your practicum site?Mental health and helping immigrants/refugees were two of my interests when I decided to study social work. Places for People was the perfect place to experience both areas and I found the Faith team would be a fantastic place to work.
What did you know about PfP before you arrived?I learned about PfP from the website. I knew PfP supported persons with mental illnesses, but I barely knew what services and programs were provided and how they worked in the field.
What will you tell people about PfP after your time here?I will definitely recommend PfP to my classmates as their potential practicum sites. I met great people at PfP and learned a lot from them and our clients.
What will some of your memories be of your time at PfP?Every day was dynamic and adventurous!
What was the biggest lesson you learned from your time here?I learned a lot about strengths based approach in the real field. It was difficult to apply but it was worth!What did you learn about the people we serve?They were amazing persons who overcame a lot of difficulties. I was so impressed and learned a lot from them.
What was one memorable moment you would like to share?I was so happy to hear that our client got a job. That was the most memorable moment at PfP.
Did your time here change your perspective on mental illness?Yes. I felt more empathy than before.
When do you graduate? What will your degree be in? What are your future plans?I will graduate in May 2015. I hope to work for persons with intellectual disabilities and found an organization for the population in the future.
Marian finished her practicum experience at Places for People the day before earning her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. During her time at Places for People, Marian served as an Occupational Therapist with our Healthcare Home team. She is pictured with Lisa after a morning of riding MetroLink to work on getting to know different routes and stations.
How did you choose Places for People as your practicum site?I chose Places for People as my practicum site because I knew I wanted a community-based practicum and I felt it was important for me to gain experience working with people with mental illness.
What did you know about PfP before you arrived?I live in the neighborhood and never realized PfP was located so close, all I knew was that they provided community-based services to individuals with mental illness.
What will you tell people about PfP after your time here?I will tell people that being at PfP was an invaluable learning experience for me; I had the opportunity to work with people in all levels of recovery, which provided me with important insights and skills that I will carry throughout my career.
What will some of your memories be of your time at PfP?Learning to use the public transportation system, getting to know all of the wonderful and dedicated staff, and being surprised by clients every week.
What was the biggest lesson you learned from your time here?The biggest lesson I learned from my time here is the ability to be flexible, I often found the need to completely change the time, plan, or goals of a session to better accommodate the needs of the clients.
What did you learn about the people we serve?I learned that everyone at PfP has an interesting and unique life story to share.
What was one memorable moment you would like to share?A client and I went to the Botanical Gardens and happened to be there on the day that the corpse flower was blooming, it was beautiful and stinky, and after weeks of working with that client, the first time that I saw her smile.
Did your time here change your perspective on mental illness?My time at PfP has expanded my view of mental illness, the road to recovery, and life challenges people with severe mental illness face. I expect that any setting I am in I will work with individuals with mental illness
When do you graduate? What will your degree be in? What are your future plans?I graduated August 16, 2014, with a Doctor of Occupational Therapy. My plans for the future are to practice for at least a year to gain clinical experience and then work towards a career in community-based research.
ARCO Construction Company donated a truckload of household items to Places for People on Tuesday, August 5. The household items will be used in move-in boxes for people served by PfP who move from homelessness. ARCO collected items the past two weeks. ARCO interns who helped pack the truck are pictured with Places for People Community Coordinator Julia Day. We are grateful to ARCO's employees for their support of our mission and the people we serve.
Learn more how your donations of household goods can help the people we serve at http://www.placesforpeople.org/partner-with-pfp/wish-list.
The unique work performed by Dr. Kelly Gable, Psychiatric Clinical Pharmacist at Places for People, was recently highlighted by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.
Dr. Gable is the first psychiatric pharmacist to be granted provider and prescriber status by the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
Read the full ASHP article on the ASHP website.
Places for People is proud to introduce Advanced Resources as the Presenting Sponsor of Places for People's 12th Annual Charity Golf Tournament.
Advanced Resources, a Certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise, is a leading national consulting firm providing Information Technology and Engineering professionals to organizations, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to local start-ups. Advanced Resources is a longtime supporter of Places for People and its annual golf tournament, which has raised more than $500,000 to support the organization's mission since the tournament first teed off in 2003. With the support of sponsors like Advanced Resources, Places for People is able to reach 5,000 people annually in our community who are living with severe mental illness.
This year's tournament will be held Friday, September 12, at Missouri Bluffs Golf Club in St. Charles. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the four-person scramble. Please contact the Places for People Development Department at 314-535-2310 or
Learn more about Advanced Resources on the company's Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook pages.
Thank you to Robin Adkins and Bridget Boehler of Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., who spent Monday morning volunteering at Places for People. Robin and Bridget helped organize silverware and hygiene products that will be included in move-in boxes that are provided when a person served by Places for People moves from homelessness into permanent housing.
Robin and Bridget volunteered as part of Janssen’s “Days of Caring.” The day of service allows employees of Janssen to uphold the company’s credo, which includes the sentiment, “We are responsible to the communities in which we live and work.”
Robin is a longtime Places for People supporter, and is currently Vice President of the Board of Directors.
Learn more about volunteering at Places for People.
(Edwardsville, IL - Saturday, May 10, 2014) — Congratulations to Dr. Kelly Gable, Places for People Psychiatric Clinical Pharmacist. Dr. Gable, who is is an associate professor at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville in the Department of Pharmacy Practice in the School of Pharmacy, received the SIUE 2014 Teaching Excellence Award.
The award is the most prestigious teaching award that a faculty member can receive at SIUE.
Gable also serves as adjunct assistant professor with the Saint Louis University School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology and Psychiatry.
To learn more about the honor, please read this article from the Edwardsville Intelligencer.
(Photo credit: SIUE Marketing and Communications)
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If you would like to learn more about Places for People's intake services, please call our Welcome Center at (314) 615-2111.Individuals seeking services at Places for People do not need an appointment. The Places for People Welcome Center, 4130 Lindell Blvd, 63108, has walk-in hours Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. All walk-ins will meet with an intake clinician for screening, information about PfP services, and/or community resources.
At Places for People, we are looking for caring, talented individuals who would like to help us achieve our mission.
See our current job opportunities.
Places for People's web video series, "Changing Perspectives: Stories of Hope, Health and Recovery," provides a look into the lives of people living with mental illness and the people who have dedicated their careers to help.
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