Sep 2017

AWARE early childhood clinicians trained by the best

During the past two decades, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) has emerged as a leading-edge method to help parents improve their children’s disruptive and oppositional behavior.

It’s one of the evidence-based modalities AWARE’s early childhood clinicians use in their practice. AWARE provides training and helps clinicians become certified for this modality.

For the past two summers, AWARE has hired PCIT expert Dr. Cheryl McNeil, PhD, to give a one-week, hands-on, intensive training. A professor at West Virginia University, McNeil is world-renowned, specializing in parent-child interaction and treating children with childhood disruptive behavior problems.

Trista Vonada, an AWARE lead clinician and certified PCIT trainer, helps direct AWARE’s PCIT professional development efforts.

AWARE’s Early Childhood team received training by PCIT expert Dr. Cheryl McNeil, PhD, (center) June 2017.

“We’re fortunate to have such unique experience come to a small town in Montana,” Vonada said. “Having a master trainer who teaches people across the world is something that doesn’t happen every day.”

AWARE’s early childhood clinicians continue professional development through monthly clinical supervision calls with McNeil and Vonada.

“To witness the parallel process and dual treatment PCIT brings to the parent-child relationship allows clinicians to feel effective and find a home in their practice,” Vonada said.

An AWARE family PCIT success story

“Changing chaos to calm became our new household mantra. After raising three children of our own and fostering seven others with varying developmental needs, my husband and I thought we were ready for this fourth and final challenge. We knew we loved this little girl who entered our lives. It wasn’t until we attended PCIT that we felt 100 percent confident in our decision to move forward with adoption.

“We found ourselves fully engrossed in the PCIT process and truly appreciated the bundle of energy who unexpectedly changed our lives. PCIT gave us a sense of admiration for our daughter’s strengths and allowed us to feel confidence in the predictability and consistency we are providing her. The growth we experienced as a family through PCIT positively impacted our relationship investment and allowed our family to reach a new, unimaginable sense of calm.

“I am grateful for AWARE brining PCIT into our lives, and I am especially grateful for our clinician, Trista Vonada, for walking with us on this journey.”   PCIT Parent Graduate 


Sep 2017

Celebrating AWARE staff (and the latest commercial below)

Our mission at AWARE is to help people live independent lives. We always find a way to ensure each adult, child and family we serve receives the exact care they need at any given moment.

The key component to our success is the kind and professional staff who work at AWARE. Each employee has their own way of showing respect to those we serve. They also have a way of keeping their work lighthearted. Truly, it makes for a workplace that’s challenging and rewarding all at the same time.

Click the graphic below to find the latest commercial, which highlights the fine example of the work our staff does at AWARE. First appearing on your local CBS station this week, it’ll definitely spark your attention!

Join us… 

If you or you know someone who’d like to become an AWARE employee, please go to Aware-inc.org/careers to apply.


Sep 2017

AWARE brand marks 40 years of success 

The idea of AWARE began with a simple, yet inspiring conversation. A few parents of children with disabilities sat around a table brainstorming ways to help their kids live complete, meaningful lives. This happened way back 1976. These ideas have guided us ever since.

We’re proud of our organization that’s made its way into the world by helping adults, children and their families live independent lives. To mark the beginning point of the next 40 years, we have taken these ideas and applied them to our new brand, which you’ve been hearing so much about lately.

While our mission remains the same, the brand is here to continue the guidance once laid upon us. It’s here to help us grow. We’re moving forward as a united group of caregivers ready to assist to each and every person who needs our support.

Yes, we will always find a way to help people feel valued, cared for and respected. Yes, we will always deliver with professionalism, kindness — and give the best care that is needed at the moment. It’s our promise!

Commercial rollout continues

This week we continue the rollout of yet another commercial. This one began running in August. The theme? Babies, babies and babies! Don’t miss it because they are too cute! Click the photo below to view:


Aug 2017

AWARE’s new logo inspired by the sun 

There’s been much excitement throughout AWARE as it continues to reveal its new brand. Most evident in AWARE’s new look is the logo. It definitely has everyone talking!

The “sun” symbol replaces the historic dancing circle logo, which references the old while bringing in the new. At first glance, you’ll notice seven Vs in a circle. The Vs represent the original dancing circle, symbolizing triumph in the joining of hands. This triumph showers a nurturing sunbeam of light, shining potential on everyone.

Below, find several different versions of the logo (in our corporate gold color), which will be seen in various places throughout AWARE. Two versions of the logo even include the new tagline, We Are AWARE:

AWARE’s new tagline revealed in commercials 

If you haven’t seen it on TV yet, click below to find the second commercial AWARE revealed as part of its new brand rollout in July. As you watch and listen, notice how AWARE’s new tagline is rolled into the commercial. It’s just so inspiring, you gotta love it!



Aug 2017

Growth Thru Art, Cold Mountain Pottery to appear in Billings gallery

Ryniker-Morrison Gallery to feature work from AWARE Growth Thru Art and Cold Mountain Pottery

BILLINGS, MONT. – Please visit this special art exhibition at the Ryniker-Morrison Gallery on display from Aug. 31 – Sept. 28, 2017. This presentation showcases the products amassed by clients affiliated with AWARE Growth Thru Art and Cold Mountain Pottery programs. Included in this show are exquisite examples of pottery, drawings and paintings. These works are testament to AWARE clients’ needs to explore their creative endeavors or to learn to produce art in a vocational setting.

The Ryniker-Morrison Gallery located in Tech Hall at Rocky Mountain College. The gallery is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The opening reception is Thursday, Aug. 31, 4 – 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend. For more information, please contact Sally McIntosh at sally.mcintosh@rocky.edu.

Since 2012, Growth Thru Art and Cold Mountain Pottery have operated under AWARE’s umbrella of programs that help families, children and adults live independent lives.

Christine's art is one of many who will appear at the Ryniker-Morrison Gallery starting August 31.

Christine’s art (Two Mountains and Lone Tree pictured above) is one of many that will appear at the Ryniker-Morrison Gallery starting Aug. 31, 2017.


Linda Mehlhaff, Growth Thru Art Coordinator
Office: 1.406.656.0928 Cell: 1.406.406.690.2463

Tana Patterson, Cold Mountain Pottery Production Manager
Office: 1.406.656.0928 Cell: 1.406.406.690.2463

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