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Genesis Project 1, Inc. Changing the World One Family At A Time


5104 Reagan Dr. Suite #5 Charlotte, NC 28206

(704) 596-0505


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Genesis Project 1, Inc. Changing the World One Family At A Time

Genesis Project 1, Inc. Changing the World One Family At A Time

We are comprised of mental health professionals, experienced social workers, and community advocates. Our group is diverse in age, ethnicity and cultural backgrounds. Genesis was founded by native Charlotteans, JR and Dr. Trasha Black. Genesis Project 1 is…

A community resource for assistance with breaking negative cycles… A community advocate for justice… A listening ear to the local neighborhoods… A safe haven for vulnerable populations… A linkage and coordination to services... In short, Genesis Project 1, Incorporated is a safe place to get help. "…If there is a need, ll it!”

~ Mr. and Dr. Black 5104 Reagan Drive Suite 5 Charlotte, NC 28206 (704) 596-0505


Overview We have something for everyone!

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Because we primarily work with families in crisis, we strive to promote coping, life promotion/man- agement and engagement skills that are alternatives to behaviors that are injurious and detrimen- tal to self or others; provide choices of activities that are meaningful to our consumers; and share control over decisions with the consumers or their legally responsible person and staff.Through our practice, we have found that at-risk families in the Charlotte community and the large majority of GP1 families have numerous obstacles that supersede their mental health needs and impact their ability to access treatment. It is nearly impossible to provide effective mental health treatment for families who, for example, are homeless or facing financial crisis, without assisting them in the area of their greatest current need.Therefore, we have developed the RISE Treat model that is aimed at promoting holistic health to the community and the families that we serve.

RISE Family Treatment Model Relationship: Improve Family Cohesion and Communication Identity: Increase youth’s self esteem and coping skills so that they are able to effectively navigate their various life domains. Structure: Provide parents/caregivers with the necessary knowl- edge, skills, and resources to positively and effectively parent their child(ren) throughout all Empowerment: The family is encouraged to seek healthy devel- opment in the 5 Pillars of Health

The 5 Pillars of Health I. Mental Health & Wellness II. Spiritual Health & Wellness III. Financial Health & Wellness (Academic wellness for youth) IV. Physical Health & Wellness V. Social/Relationship Health & Wellness

Professional Training &Consumer Classes Genesis Project offers professional training and development to organiza- tions, schools, and community partners who regularly encounter challeng- ing youth and their families. Trainings are designed to increase awareness and skill level of staff so that consumer needs as well as organizational needs can effectively be met. Genesis Project also provides structured groups and classes such as parenting power, marriage enhancement, conflict resolution, self esteem, anger management, etc. to consumers, throughout the year. Therapy Individual, Family, Group therapy services are offered to all consumers enrolled in Genesis Project 1, Inc program. Counseling is available for such matters as: anxiety, depression, loneliness, identity, self esteem. family violence, sexual abuse, stress and anger management, spirituality, eating dis- orders, alcohol/drug use/abuse, family and relationship concerns, grief and loss, family stress, sexual orientation, displacement, acculturation, academic and behavior problems, and developmental issues. PlayTherapy Play therapy is generally used with young children. Through selected play materials this empirically based therapeutic modality provides a way for the child to fully express and explore self (feelings, thoughts, experiences, and behaviors) through play, the child’s natural medium of communication, leading to optimal growth and development. Children’s experiences and knowledge are often communicated through play and it becomes an im- portant vehicle for them to know and accept themselves and others. Child Centered Play Therapy is effective with young children who have experienced trauma, abuse, and neglect, have witnessed domestic violence, and are struggling with mental health and/or medical disorders, who are experiencing academic problems, and for youngsters who are experiencing relational difficulties with their primary support group or peer group.

FilialTherapy & Child Parent Relationship Training (CPRT) We offer filial therapy for all parents who wish to promote attachment, development, and healing for their children. Filial therapy is an alternative method for treating children in which a parent is used as an ally in the therapeutic process. The parent becomes the child’s primary therapeutic agent. Child Parent Relationship Training (CPRT) is a ten session parent training pro- gram that is designed to help strengthen the relationship between a parent/caregiver and a child. Parents/caregivers are trained in the skills of play therapy by a therapist trained in play therapy procedures. Par- ents/caregivers learn the skills of play therapy and proceed by engaging their child in weekly 30 minute play therapy sessions.

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NIDA ‘Future’ survey finds declining teen substance use

FORWARD MOVEMENT A recent survey of American middle and high-school students found that students’ use of most substances in 2015 continued its flat or downward trends of recent years—many dropping to the lowest levels in the history of the survey. These mostly positive results, gathered by University of Michigan for its annual Monitoring the Future survey, provide some cause for optimism about long-term trends, according to researchers. For example, fewer 12th graders than ever (17.2 percent) reported binge drinking five or more drinks on a single occasion in the past two weeks, and fewer than ever (37.7 percent) reported being drunk in the past year.The MTF has been conducted annually since 1975. Positive trends Teenage smoking has seen a downward trend year-over-year, according to the study. Among high school seniors, 5.5 percent reported daily cigarette smoking, down from 6.7 percent a year ago and 24.6 percent at its peak in 1997.This decline in cigarette use means that, for the first time, fewer seniors are daily cigarette smokers than are daily marijuana users. Use of inhalants, traditionally a concern in the youngest age groups, was at its lowest levels ever, and the drop in lifetime use of these substances since last year’s survey was significant among 8th and 10th graders (9.4 percent and 7.2 percent, respectively, down from 10.8 percent and 8.7 percent last year). Similarly, teens’ use of synthetic marijuana has

decreased in all grades surveyed since 2012, when the survey first started tracking use of these drugs. Non-medical use of prescription pain relievers was down significantly from five years ago and heroin use was at its lowest levels in the history of the survey —a positive note in the current opioid crisis that continues to strongly affect other age groups. However, non-medical use of the prescription stimulant Adderall remains high: 7.5 percent of 12th graders and 5.2 percent of 10th graders reported non-medical use of the medication. Marijuana use still remains high among teens, who may be vulnerable to the drug’s long-term, adverse effects on brain development.

A cautionary note Along with the encouraging results, the researchers also sounded a cautionary note in regard to teens’ use of marijuana and e-cigarettes.The study noted that marijuana use by teens use has remained relatively stable over the last decade, despite concern that wider availability and softening attitudes towards the drug would lead to increased use. However, marijuana use still remains high among teens, who may be vulnerable to the drug’s long-term, adverse effects on brain development. Six percent of high school seniors use marijuana daily or almost daily, which could have detrimental impacts on their current functioning and their future prospects. Also, surveys indicate increasing numbers of teens think marijuana use is not a health risk, indicating a lack of awareness of the harm it can do to the developing brain. The researchers also expressed concern that use of e-cigarettes remains high, with 9.5 percent of 8th graders, 14 percent of 10th graders, and 16.2 percent of 12th graders using these devices. While more information is needed on the health implications of e-cigarettes, the nicotine in many e-cigarette fluids can be addictive, and their vapor may contain other chemicals that might be harmful to the lungs.There is also concern that vaping may “re-normalize” smoking behavior and lead to traditional cigarette use among youth who start using e-cigarettes. Teen substance use is still a problem

In spite of the optimistic tone of the report, the researchers stress that the problems and consequences of adolescent substance use in America have not diminished. Far too many 8th, 10th and 12th graders continue to use drugs regularly or try them, possibly paving the way for substance use disorders, since adolescence is the period of greatest vulnerability for the brain changes underlying addiction. The researchers call for continued support of evidence-based prevention programs, training health care providers to identify and treat youth with substance use disorders, and empowering young people with the knowledge and resources to live healthy lives. 

Non-medical use of prescription pain relievers was down significantly from five years ago and heroin use was at its lowest levels in the history of the survey—a positive note in the current opioid crisis that continues to strongly affect other age groups.

About Us Accomplishing Mission impossible


The Genesis Project is committed to the development of pro- grams that address the factors that perpetuate poverty, addic- tion, oppression and abuse. Genesis Project services are provided in homes, schools, correc- tional facilities, homeless shelters, street locations, etc. Con- sumers participate in determining the activities that most meet their needs and interests. Our services are designed to provide a professional and confidential setting for the psychological, emotional, and developmental support of families as they pur- sue collective and individual goals and explore personal growth. We act as a resource for communities and schools to assist with their interactions with struggling families. GOALS Youth and their families will develop an increased self-identity, esteem, awareness, communication, goal setting, coping, life promotion/management and decision-making skills through their participation in therapy, psycho-educational groups, intensive case management, and community support services; as well as, advocacy and experential activities designed to deter negative life choices and generational cycles.

CORE VALUES We started by believing in who we are, as a whole... Compassion - People are the most important element in the work that we have been called to perform. We value, first and foremost, people. We do not judge or demean anyone. We demonstrate and communicate compassion (empathy, understanding, and support) because we understand that we, also, are imperfect works in progress. Excellence - We strive for excellence in all that we do. We desire to provide the highest level of quality, professionalism, and effective intervention possible. We consistently go above and beyond staff, consumer, and community expectations, giving and doing more than the norm. We do what’s best for those we serve, even when it means that we must work harder. Integrity - Honesty, Accountability, Dependability, and Integrity are vital. Because we strive for excellence, we are all accountable for everything that we do. We strive for compliant and ethical actions at all times. Anything less is unacceptable. Initiative - We need everyone’s best ideas and creative and innovative minds. We think we take responsibility! for our own professional and personal development. We seek re- sources and assistance when necessary. We continue to grow. We do not wait to be told everything and if we see something that needs to be done....please we just do it!

“We the unwilling, led by the unqualified, have been doing the unbelievable for so long with so little, we now attempt the impossible with nothing.” -ANONYMOUS

MISSION IMPOSIBLE Many people have written off our youth and their families in at-risk communities.The common assumption is that they are unable to learn, control their behaviors, maintain functional healthy homes, and achieve overall happiness, and prosperity. Today, the lack of goals, hope and direction contribute to youth and adult involvement in gangs, drugs, promiscuity and other destructive behaviors and rela- tionships. However, despite these problems, our communities contin- ue to survive. Genesis’ services have been developed to address the developmental, social and community needs of school-age children and their families in at-risk communities.The Genesis Project’s purpose is to introduce new skills, supports, awareness and opportunities to youth adults in order to deter negative life decisions and inspire families to prog- ress from a perpetual state of surviving to a more satisfying state of thriving!

OUR PURPOSE The Genesis Project 1 works with families, as a total unit, to provide individual and collective services such as counseling, structured groups, exposure events, and in home meetings, with the goal of empowerment, family growth and success.

Learning to Drink

Study finds alcohol changes the brain from the very first drink

“ Drugs of abuse basically hijack the normal learning and memory processes. ” - Dr. Dorit Ron University of California - San Francisco

Preventing escalation

The NIAAA-funded study did not establish a relationship between initial use and addiction, or even problematic drinking. But the hope is that further understanding of how alcohol affects the brain initially could lead to better treatment and prevention efforts down the road. “If we can control that step, we may be able to prevent further escalation,” Dr. Ron says. More research is needed to determine which other components of the brain are affected by initial alcohol exposure. Dr. Ron says she believes the changes that occur during first exposure could be reversed with prolonged abstinence from alcohol. But she said the more a person drinks, the harder it is to reverse those changes as the brain forms stronger connections to drinking.

One drink is all it takes. That’s what one research team found when studying how even the first exposure to alcohol can affect a person’s brain. A team from the University of California - San Francisco exposed mice to alcohol and then studied the synapses (connections) in their brains.The team found that even the first drink produced significant changes in the brain’s biological structure, calling the changes a “learning event.” “This is basically the first step,” says Dr. Dorit Ron, one of the chief researchers. “You are basically placing a memory trace.” Dr. Ron says the entire study was based on the idea that “addiction, and not just alcohol addiction, is thought to be a maladaptive form of learning and memory.” In essence, the study showed that first exposure to alcohol primes the brain for further use and lays the foundation for future “learning.” “Drugs of abuse basically hijack the normal learning and memory processes,” Dr. Ron says. “The behavior becomes habit.”

Predicting behavior

A new study also suggests that the earlier a person starts drinking, the stronger those connections may become. Researchers recently set out to identify which substance people use first in their lives and found the majority of people try alcohol before any other substance.The team also looked at how a person’s age when they start drinking affects substance use later in life. Researchers say the earlier someone starts drinking, the more likely they are to use more than one illicit substance, and they’re also more likely to develop an addiction. “It’s a very nice predictor for polysubstance use,” says Dr. Adam Barry, the study’s chief author. “The later you delay, the closer you are to 21, the less likely you are to be alcohol dependent or dependent on other substances.”

“ Alcohol consumption among youth doesn’t occur in a vacuum. ” - Dr. Adam Barry, Texas A&M University

 strategies that prevent drug use and then applying those in an alcohol setting.” Curbing use Researchers acknowledge there’s a difference between a first sip and a first binge drinking event. But they say age at first use of any kind is still a good predictor of behavior later in life. To combat problematic drinking, Dr. Barry says educators need to address all factors of a child’s life, not just the substance itself. In keeping with new guidelines from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Barry and his team recommend beginning substance education as early as third grade. “Alcohol consumption among youth doesn’t occur in a vacuum,” Dr. Barry says. “It’s really just trying to find evidence-based

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The Family Wellness Center Genesis Project Family Wellness Center (501C3) is a component of Genesi Project 1 Inc. Genesis Project Family Wellness Center originated out of a need to provide neighborhood programs and added services and supports for families in the local Charlotte community.The Wellness Center continues to provide financial, housing, educational, and social exposure assistance to families in need.

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Bringing good people and good causes together. Genesis Project Family Wellness Center, has provided various activities and events for Genesis Project 1Inc., consumers and families in the com- munity. Private support, no matter how large or small, can have a lasting impact on the lives of the people in your community and beyond. With a small donation you are helping to improve the world, with a direct impact on the lives of real people. We would like to introduce a new season of giving and change perceptions of what it means to give to charity. We want to encourage the act of giving by expressing the fact that it is enjoyable. Giving is a wonderful thing! It’s not sad or uncomfortable. It’s excellent and it makes you feel good. Our approach positions giving as a product that “makes life better.” As a product, giving can explain all its benefits in ways that are familiar to a consumer minded culture. It can adapt to numerous placements and executions. Plus, it’s light hearted, vibrant and fun, it just makes you feel good!

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Treating addiction with vaccines is a relatively new idea with many unanswered questions


that arise out of a lack of research. But a new study suggests vaccinating against illicit drugs is not only possible, it could be extremely effective. At the Scripps Research Institute in California, researchers were looking for a way to guard against the lethal and addictive effects of synthetic opioid “designer drugs.” A potentially deadly opioid, fentanyl, is often used as a heroin substitute or mix-in by drug dealers, so researchers developed a vaccine to try to mitigate its effects. Researchers injected mice with three rounds of the vaccine and then exposed them to doses of fentanyl. They found the vaccinated mice did not display any “high” behaviors even months after the last series of vaccine injections. Researchers say the immune systems of the mice developed antibodies that successfully blocked the drug from reaching the brain. “The results were the best we’ve ever seen for any drug vaccine,” says Paul Bremer, a graduate student at Scripps Research Institute who worked on the study.

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The results were the best we’ve ever seen for any drug vaccine. - Paul Bremer, Scripps Research Institute


SAFE AND POWERFUL Not only was the vaccine able to stop intoxication (something researchers suggest could aid in opioid addiction treatment), the vaccine also proved extremely effective in blocking the potentially lethal effects of fentanyl as well. While the chemical is not necessarily toxic in itself, it does produce psychoactive effects that can shut down breathing and stop a person’s heart. Researchers say mice injected with the vaccine could withstand doses of fentanyl up to 30 times the normal rate. “It was just a rst generation vaccine, but it did prove to be very potent,” Bremer says. “We were able to block extremely large doses of fentanyl to protect against overdoses.” A SINGLE PURPOSE Researchers say the vaccine would not protect against heroin or oxycodone, and a mixture of vaccines would be needed to protect against all opioids. But that was somewhat by design. To make sure the vaccine would not interfere with any medications a person may take responsibly later in life, researchers targeted specic molecules so the vaccine would only block fentanyl and its derivatives.

“For unrelated drugs that you would be taking, there would be no effect from the vaccine,” Bremer says. LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE Although still in the early stages of development, researchers say the vaccine represents an exciting step forward in drug vaccine research. The lab is beginning more advanced trials on a similar heroin vaccine which should give them a better idea of how successful the fentanyl vaccine could become. But until more testing can be completed, researchers say they were pleased with the progress and excited for the future of vaccines in the treatment of addiction. “This concept of using a vaccine for addiction isn’t just an academic pursuit, it could really be used in practice,” Bremer says. “I think it’s really promising.”

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Genesis Project 1, Inc. Changing the World One Family At A Time

5104 Reagan Drive Suite 5 Charlotte, NC 28206 (704) 596-0505

Genesis Project 1, Inc. Changing the World One Family At A Time

The Genesis Project 1 works with families, as a total unit, to provide individual and collective services such as counseling, structured groups, exposure events, and in home meetings, with the goal of empowerment, family growth and success.

Genesis Project Family Wellness Center, Inc. is now accepting donated school supplies year round!!

Genesis Project 1, Inc. Changing the World One Family At A Time 5104 Reagan Drive Suite 5 Charlotte, NC 28206 (704) 596-0505

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