Staff Spotlight

VPH Nurse creates therapeutic garden
Susan Crawford, PMH-BC, a nurse in the Intensive Outpatient Program, created a therapeutic garden space at VPH focused on growth, rebirth, and change.  Group therapy is often held in the garden area, with dedicated time for gardening.  Patients are able to see the garden change during their treatment and connect with each other through gardening.  Click for full story:  

VPH Team creates program to combine treatment for mental health and substance use disorder
A multidisciplinary team is working to simplify care for patients through a co-occurring disorders intensive outpatient program (IOP).   Strong connections between the co-occurring disorders IOP and other programs within Vanderbilt Integrated Services for Treatment of Addiction (VISTA) make coordinated care easy for both patients and providers. Since a large majority of the IOP patients are already established in the Vanderbilt network, they feel more comfortable reaching out to the IOP for their services.  Click for full story.

VPH nurse creates trauma-informed yoga program
Julie Stavas, RN, has found a way to marry two of her passions — psychiatric nursing and yoga — at Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital (VPH). About once every week, she leads trauma-informed yoga therapy to a group of five to 10 patients for 30 to 45 minutes.  Click for full story.