All Kinds of News for July 06, 2016
Evoke at Cascades is proud to announce that Birgit Show, M.Ed, BBS, has been awarded the NW Regional NATSAP Excellence in Service Award in the category of Direct Care.
Birgit Show is a German national, who earned her Masters degree from the University of Augsburg, in southern Germany. Her relationship with Evoke began in 2007 as a field staff, and then in 2014 she joined the clinical team as a Clinical Assistant. She often says she moved from Germany specifically to work for Evoke because of her belief in wilderness therapy and the company as a whole.
As a result of living and working in Germany, Canada and the U.S., as well as having traveled extensively to countries in Asia and Africa, she has deep respect for opportunities within cultural diversity and speaks several languages.
Birgit is truly the most consistently positive, enthusiastic, and compassionate individual. Evoke is especially proud and grateful to have Birgit as a part of their team because she goes out of her way to consistently give positive and personal feedback to all members of their program including field staff, office staff, the field department, and the clinical team. She is a champion for making sure everyone's voice is heard and honored. She helps everyone remember the importance of celebrating one another and their successes as a program even in times of high stress and challenge.
When Evoke mentioned to their staff that they would be nominating Birgit for this award and asked the question "what do you appreciate most about Birgit?", here are just a few things they shared:
"She always has foresight into the bigger picture and takes immediate action to solve any issue that comes her way. She is also the first to affirm others for their good work, and always thinks about other's experiences in work and life. She is one of the most selfless people we work with."
"Birgit sees through any mask I put on. She possesses such a high level of empathy, that it really seems as if she feels your feelings with you. That type of connection with someone is very special and hard to come by."
"She always looks for the good in others."
"Birgit is almost too good to be true. She always has a positive attitude and takes the time to connect with others no matter how much she herself is juggling. I always feel validated and supported by her."
"Birgit is one of a kind. She has two kids, works full time, and tells ME I can call anytime if I need something. She would give the shirt off her back for any of us. That's just who she is. She's a woman who is selflessly available and supportive no matter how challenging her day has been."
"Birgit is superhuman, she just had a baby and came back and covered for three groups, and she still manages to smile, ask me how I am doing, and joke about how all great things are German."
"In her clinical work with individuals, she brings a powerful balance of clinical wisdom and playful rapport building. With families she has a calm and nurturing style, and insight about navigating difficult family systems. We have had parents say "Birgit is warm and disarming. We feel at ease with her and know she genuinely cares" and "She is easy to talk to and we feel like she really understands our family. We wish we could have her work with us forever."
"She is so very humble in this world that is often too busy to take the time to recognize such a modest and giving personality. And yet she never misses an opportunity to take the time to recognize others."
Evoke at Cascades hopes Birgit feels recognized and celebrated after receiving the great honor of this award that she is so deserving of.
Evoke Therapy Programs at Cascades, in Bend, Oregon provides innovative mental health treatment solutions for struggling teens, young adults and their families. Their programs foster lasting change utilizing the power of nature and Wilderness Therapy. They also offer Personal Growth Intensive Workshops for individuals and families that are looking to create dynamic changes in their life or to simply find the balance they are seeking.