Here we go!

Here we go – my first time writing a blog and it’s about something incredibly cool and transformational!! First a little background: At age 61, I changed jobs from Essentia Health, where I had worked for 25 years, to The Miller-Dwan Foundation, where I have now been for nearly a year! I am a Child/Adolescent Licensed Psychologist by training and

Becoming a DBT Community

Here at the Miller-Dwan Foundation we LOVE Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training. The reason is simple. It works! Shortly after Miller-Dwan Foundation’s Amberwing – Center for Youth & Family Well-Being opened in 2012, the facility’s clinical supervisor, Psychologist Rick Gertsema had an idea –– create a culture of mental health wellness through DBT skills immersion. So, what is DBT?

Amberwing offers DBT

Marsha stopped smoking using DBT skills. Kerry uses them to help her remain true to herself. And lately, I’ve been using DBT to relieve stress and lighten my mood. I can’t get enough of them. When you practice your DBT skills, they really do work. I’m talking about Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills. It’s a mouthful for sure, but you

Miller-Dwan Foundation: 2022 Year in Review

Here we are! 2022 is coming to a close and as we reflect on the past year, we are grateful, and in awe, of all that has happened. It has been a rollercoaster year as we continue to navigate the pandemic, but we are thankful that you’ve been by our side. Take a look back at some highlights from 2022.

LiveWell! Northern WI – #BetterTogether

Check out this all-new website Whether you’d like to create an activity or join one, the LiveWell Northern WI’s #BetterTogether activity calendar is your chance. #BetterTogether activities are mini activities that allow people to spend time together in a way that inspires joy and wellness and builds connection. The goal is to have an activity scheduled most days of

Little Houses, Lots of Love

In celebration of National Hospice Month, and for the fifteenth consecutive year, Super One Foods and the Miller-Dwan Foundation are partnering to raise funds for Solvay Hospice House. From November 6-26, 2022, twenty regional Super One stores will be selling paper house ornaments for customers to purchase and bring home with their groceries or add to a display in the

Buy the Pants

Can Mental Health Care be as Easy as Buying a Pair of Pants? What if you could go to your favorite store and click on the mental health care package of your choice. Let’s say you’ve been feeling depressed for the last two months. Thinking about all the ways you’ve screwed up your life. Let’s say, your favorite mental health

Virtual Reality: The Future of Physical Rehabilitation

Here at the Miller-Dwan Foundation, we’re always holding our breath. Holding our breath for the day when those people with spinal cord injuries can walk again, when those who’ve lost a limb can regain feeling and mobility. Then today, I saw this headline: “For the first time in the world, researchers from Sagol Center for Regenerative Biotechnology at Tel Aviv

Welcome to the Miller-Dwan Foundation Board of Directors!

We are so pleased to announce that we recently welcomed Carl Crawford, Dr. Brad Davis and Missy Meierhoff to our existing Board of Directors. Carl Crawford was selected by Mayor Emily Larson as Duluth’s Human Rights Officer in July 2016 after serving as Lake Superior College’s Intercultural Center Coordinator since 2007. As the Human Rights Officer, Crawford is charged with

Saving the Esthers of the World

Esther died alone, in a motel room. It was a cold, murky morning. The hotel was small and cheap and located just off the freeway. It was only a few miles from home. Esther had a home, you see. The same home she grew up in with both of her parents and her brothers and sisters and always, the family

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