The effects of COVID-19 are impacting us all in different, yet similar ways- individuals, couples, children, and families, employers/ employees, groups, organizations, communities, and businesses have all been affected. Everyone has needed to make changes. Change, while not an easy process for some, is a part of life. COVID-19 has demonstrated our capacity for change, and yet people cope with these changes in different ways. Our physical, mental- behavioral, and spiritual health and wellness require care. Since the conditions brought about by COVID-19 have been impacting many children, families, and stakeholders at all levels of influence in mixed and varied ways, many treatable conditions are reportedly on the rise again. So many primary and secondary health conditions can place individuals at an even greater risk for contracting other forms of “dis-ease”. Coming together with like-minded and hearted people for fellowship, communion, connection can provide healing. Loving others is a part of what we are called to do. We also need to be focusing more on our personal relationships with Jesus/ God. Taking more time to Worship as we turn towards Him during times of crisis, as well as during times of victory. Living the life God would like us to live requires careful study of the original Word, The Bible. The most widely published "script" in more languages than any other since the beginning of time. Still available in court rooms, hotel rooms, and hospitals. God is needed forever and always. We need to be following His Laws, His Ways, and Honoring Him First.
The effects of various “coping” strategies people may choose to use, for better or worse, consciously, or unconsciously, can also affect us all. When we come to realize these are issues in God deficits, in terms of a lack of spiritual connection, or bad reception, turning to others, things, people, places instead of and before God, we can really start to truly see things from a higher plane or perspective and do our parts to help others and ourselves in the process of fully understanding the roots of so many common and preventable "problems". God needs to come first in our lives. Change is not easy. Change can be messy. It can be a very painful and difficult process. Counselors can help people who have more difficulty accepting and coping with changes, attaching and detaching, connecting and disconnecting, move through the stages of change process faster. Christian Counselors can offer spiritual / biblical insights that also bridge the unseen with the seen. Dr. Kim LIVE is still a faith-based Counselor whose beliefs inform each and everyone of her practices. Counselors can help individuals who need to learn skills and tools to better protect their own health and wellness, as well as the health and wellness of those around them/ who they say they care for, while simultaneously learning more ways to better mitigate the effects of how others, including non-believers, may choose to cope or not cope so well with changes, transitions, and hardships. When individuals who need support do not enlist the proper mental-behavioral health care support professionals/ God / Jesus (the almighty Counselor), when they are needed, and/or refuse to receive treatment when treatment is needed, everyone involved may pay a price. Jesus already paid the ultimate price for our sins. But we need to turn to Him and follow His ways. When we confess our sins to Him directly, repent, and turn away, we are truly "Free To Be". It will be easier for us to Love and worship Him, Others, and Ourselves. What a weight and heavy burden lifted from our souls. What a mighty and awesome God who would do that for us!
Denial that a problem exists is one of the most dangerous ways of coping and yet, is an all too common and natural part of the process of change. Jesus understands this, too. This is why He calls us to confess our sins, to admit that a problem even exists. Then and only then are we able to ask His forgiveness, seek repentance, and turn away from our sins, thus learning new ways of relating to God, others, and ourselves. Recognition that a problem exists is indeed still the first step to “recovery”. Taking our problems to a counselor on earth is a step in the right direction, but not going to save us long-term, for all eternity.
While we have all needed to navigate through so many changes not only in the ways we are working, communicating, learning, and relating to one another, many of us are now also experiencing the effects of decreased access to those events, people, places, and/or things that are correlated with more joy. If we instead saw this as an opportunity to take more time to commune directly with God, to worship HIM, and to prepare for HIS RETURN, we would feel less anxiety and worry, and realize this world is such a fleeting experience. The glory of God will last forever and ever.
With more limited contact and access to doing the types of things in the world we have enjoyed doing, seeing the types of people we might have appreciated and enjoyed seeing, it is not unusual or unexpected that depression, anxiety, and other so-called symptoms of "conditions" could set in (based on the changing conditions). God is the Great Physician. He can heal all of these ailments. Pray To Him, directly. Talk to Him. Listen to songs about Him. Read His Word, and find comfort in Him.
“Conditions caused by conditions.” “Behaviors Selected Through Environments”. Creating and engineering healthier and happier learning environments and ways of doing things was one of Dr. Rehak's specialty areas for many years. And yet, God is in control. She gives all of. the credit for her former work to her greatest mentor, the most High. Sometimes even with the best laid plans, best mentors, supervisors, friends, colleagues, partners, and systems of support, we may still come to find that God has other plans for our lives. We need to wait on Him and align our will with His. We need to follow His plans.
Taking time to “REVIEW”, “REFLECT”, & “REVISE” requires us all to take more personal responsibility for the choices we choose to make and the effects these choices may have on not only our own lives, but on the lives of the people around us, past, present, and future. Most importantly is our relationship with God. God First. Counseling and Consulting Services can help and will continue to be available to those in need. These are not a replacement for God. Jesus was a carpenter, a healer, a prophet, a teacher, and then became the almighty counselor and the most high priest, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Holy Spirit lives in us all, if we only have the "eyes to see" and "ears to listen". It can be easier to hear the Holy Spirit when we "disconnect" so we can "reconnect". We need to accept Jesus and follow Him. God is a continual source of strength, renewal, and healing. He is always there. Remember to not only include God, but to ask HIM for help, to thank HIM for all we have to be grateful for, and to use HIS strength for it is all that you need to make the changes that are needed. Call out to HIM. He will answer 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, whatever you need, whenever, and wherever you need it. Ask HIM. He is Dr. Kim LIVE's main go-to and source of strength, support, and refuge, and always has been, during times of difficulty and during times of great joy.
Dr. Rehak completed her graduate school and degree programming in both Clinical & Counseling Psychology in 2005 from La Salle University. She went on to obtain additional advanced degrees and training in Education, Special Education, Behavior Analysis, Behavioral Health & Medicine. She has attended and helped develop a number of other advanced and integrative behavioral health treatment and healing/ wellness modalities and training programs. She possesses a Doctoral Degree in Education from Arcadia University, and she still maintains active licensures and certifications in several other discipline areas as well. Her Undergraduate Degree Programming included Dual Certifications in both Regular Education & Special Education, with a Bachelor’s in Science Degree from a local university, Gwynedd-Mercy University. Dr. Rehak remains a huge fan of #Loco4Local Practices.
IIBD was officially incorporated in 2005.
Treating individuals and families affected by excessive substance use (addictions) and other treatable conditions was one of her speciality areas. This was her primary area of concentration in her graduate training and advanced degree programming at La Salle University.
In addition to working with other diverse clients and groups over the years, Dr. Rehak taught and worked with many different university degree programs and helped develop content leading to course-sequence approvals. She also assisted with internships and practicum placements, job placements, staffing, and many research projects as well.
Healings and Meditations, as well as other relaxation techniques, including massage therapy, are also now available through the IIBD Service Center and can be scheduled privately, through the site, @TheIIBD.com. Amanda Howard will be the primary properly credentialed provider, professionally delivering these services through her organization @The IIBD Service Center.
To contact Dr. Rehak directly to schedule an intake appointment for the types of coaching, counseling, or consulting services she is currently able to provide, please use the site, TheIIBD.com, or KimberlyRehak.com to make your initial point of contact. You can also call 445.200.7423.
Dr. Kim Rehak has experience working in the applied, experimental, and conceptual realms of Private Practice for 20 + years and through IIBD (International Institute For Behavioral Development, DBA Education Designers), specifically, for 15 years. She worked in many different settings and with many different teams, representing the full continuum of educational services available (in homes, communities, schools, center-based programs, in-patient and out-patient treatment facilities), as well as across the full continuum of mental-behavioral health care, providing educational, psychological, and behavioral health services using clinical approaches as well before retiring from these roles. She helped develop the types of effective treatment and programming available to meet the increasingly diverse needs of many different populations, groups, individuals and organizations, both individually and collectively.
In the more recent past, She created the Model and Model Site location for Clinical Counseling Pediatrics, part of Pediatric Behavioral Health Care. She is currently working with Scarlett Mendoza on another Model and Model Site location For Education by Education Designers.
Dr. Kim taught over 150 graduate courses in Education, Special Education, Parenting, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Public Safety, Behavior Analysis, Autism, and Psychology at Arcadia University, St. Joseph's University, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Ball State University, and Lehigh University. She worked with hundreds of other university degree programs throughout her tenure and assisted with supervision and internship placements, practicum assignments, and in other roles, helping to provide supervision and experience hours and opportunities for enrolled students in need of hands-on experience. Dr. Kim is a BIG, HUGE fan of real-world learning experiences. Dr. Kim created content leading to the development of approved coursework series and degree programs (delivered online, in-person, & using hybrid/ blended options). Contributing to the development of additional research, directly and indirectly, legislation, curricula, and assessments, while simultaneously helping to bridge the gaps between what the research says, legislative mandates say, and the conceptual / experimental realms of actual practice actually show remains a real passion of hers. Creating more synergy and consistency between these “worlds” might help bring more balance to the world. Bringing knowledge of new and not so new, yet enhanced techniques, approaches, and ways of doing things can actually interact and work together to improve people's daily lives and access to quality of life experiences remains a part of her life's work and legacy. Education and drug prevention in the form of increasing not only awareness about unnecessary, preventable suffering cannot be anymore important than right now. Dr. Rehak always hi-lighted these ideas in her practices. Moving this important work from labs and journals to more homes, classrooms, communities, health care entities, legislators, judges, attorneys, and police departments as well as government officials, agencies, organizations, and other forms of law enforcement is so desperately needed). People leading everyday lives, in everyday situations, can also access the types of treatment and services that can be used to help support their needs, in REAL and OBSERVABLE ways. Over the course of her professional careers, Dr. Kim contributed to the development of various institutes leading to not only certifications, task forces, initiatives, and other organizational groups, but helped achieve her sincere goal of increasing the capacity of these entities to establish criterion and competencies that worked together to help ensure professionals and parents were receiving the support and training they needed to help the most vulnerable make progress, advocating for not only designs, models, and services, but more access, in all its forms. No person or group has the right to block that kind of access. With increasing access to technology, the safety of children and families is at risk. Currently there are no licensing or certification requirements in technology and with increasing access to technology comes increasing “oversight” and “monitoring” responsibilities. Technology specialists need to be working directly with entities much more closely since so many professionals and groups are not used to working with technology in these ways. Licensing boards and certification boards were designed to protect the public, increase the capacity of professionals in their areas of expertise and roles to not only create higher standards for care and practice, but to ensure more ethical codes of conduct were in place and accountability for the professionals bound by the codes for that particular license and/or certification. Helping to protect the public and “Do No Harm” is not an option. It is absolutely necessary when working with human lives. Dr. Kim is looking forward to more technologists and specialists in these areas continuing to work more closely together to help devise more regulatory practices that will help to ensure the health, safety, welfare, and security of children and families everywhere.
Currently, Dr. Kim is available Tuesdays and Wednesdays, on a limited, part-time basis to continue to provide some of the professional services she once provided nationally and internationally through her part-time, local Private Practice @ The IIBD Service Center, by appointment only, and on a case-by-case basis, following an intake appointment with her, directly.
Some continued focus areas will include:
Dr. Kimberly Rehak is a Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider. The BC-TMH credential identifies those Professionals who are uniquely trained in best practices for delivering traditional behavioral healthcare through technological means. She was formerly a Distance Credentialed Counselor, and she maintains her Telehealth Practitioner Certification. She used technology for many years to meet the needs of her clients and contracted providers and groups and advocated strongly for the inclusion of these platforms not only to increase access to the technology but more importantly to facilitate increased access to the services people needed but might not have been able to access otherwise. She used technology to facilitate coaching, counseling, and consulting services far and wide, prior to COVID-19. Dr. Rehak completed advanced training and programming in Clinical Telepractice Issues (Handling online emergencies) and Non-Violent Crisis Prevention Intervention. She was formerly a Certified Instructor in this area also, providing staff trainings, oversight, and support to various groups and providers. While Dr. Rehak is currently not actively providing additional professional services she formerly once provided, she maintains her Board Certification in Behavior Analysis at the Doctoral level, with the supervisory capability, and she continues to possess Licensures and Certifications in multiple discipline areas. She is licensed by the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Licensed Professional Counselors, and The State Board of Medicine. She continues to also maintain an active certification as a Clinical Trauma Treatment Professional and Certified Assertiveness Coach. She is an active member of The International Association of Trauma Professionals as well as the American Counseling Association. She is an affiliate member of Applied Behavior Analysis International, The American Psychological Association, The Association for Counselor Education & Supervision, The American Mental Health Counselor's Association, The American Counseling Association Foundation, NARACES, and she continues to contribute in more limited ways to the following SIGS (special interest groups, committees, and sub-committees): SUD, Integrated BH, MH Parity, Child & Adolescent BH, Suicidality and Suicide Prevention, MH Education, CMHC Professional Identity and Practice Rights (SOP). She is a retired teacher of the National Educator's Association (retiring from the only school district with which she was ever employed) in SE PA in 2019. She worked as a classroom teacher before becoming a consultant in this district prior to retiring. She is proud to be a new member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees. The group she will continue to be focusing on will include followers of Christ.
"Living It" requires us to also follow the ways of Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior. She hopes more and more people come to know His saving grace and follow who she follows:).