Coping Skills


Announcing JUNE 2022 Podcast Schedule – 4 part series – “Loss of a Loved One” with Pat Obst and Loretta Depka

“Loss of a Loved One” … Life changes forever and you change forever. Your grief journey is shaped by the special relationship that you shared. In your Afterwards Journey, embracing your grief allows you to sit with it, listen to what it’s telling you, wrestle with the hard parts, learn about yourself, let go of […]

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2022 Educational Program “Doing Grief Well – “Tool Kit” Series; Part 1 with Pat Obst and Loretta Depka is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

In the next part of the “Doing Grief Well” series, Pat Obst, LCSW, MSW and Loretta Depka, Executive Director continued their discussions on the complex process of grieving. This particular topic is Pat’s ” ‘Tool Kit’ Series; Part 1.”    You can find The Starting Point’s YouTube channel here. Pat is a therapist who specializes […]

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Thought Of The Month March 2022 ~ “The Power of Positive Thinking.”

By Vince DiPasquale As we enter the month of March, let’s take time to dedicate this month to the spirit of positive thinking. We spend too much time looking at what’s wrong. This month is a time of transition from the cold of winter to the beauty of spring. Let’s all of us examine our […]

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2022 Educational Program “Doing Grief Well – Loss Due to Life-Altering Illness or Injury” with Pat Obst and Loretta Depka is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

In the next part of the “Doing Grief Well” series, Pat Obst, LCSW, MSW and Loretta Depka, Executive Director continued their discussions on the complex process of grieving. This particular topic is “Loss Due to Life-Altering Illness or Injury.”    You can find The Starting Point’s YouTube channel here. Pat is a therapist who specializes […]

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2022 Educational Program “Unrecognized Losses We’ve Experienced Throughout Our Lives” is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

Pat Obst joined The Starting Point’s Executive Director for another episode of DOING GRIEF WELL. Pat and Loretta discussed “Unrecognized Losses We’ve Experienced Throughout Our Lives.” They spoke about how loss comes in many forms and how it can throw one’s life into emotional chaos and confusion. Pat addressed how we can heal and recognize […]

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2021 Educational Program”Doing Grief Well Part 3: Complicated Grief” with Pat Obst and Loretta Depka is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

In Part III of the “Doing Grief Well” series, Pat Obst, LCSW, MSW and Loretta Depka, Executive Director continued their discussions on the complex process of grieving. You can find The Starting Point’s YouTube channel here. As an aid to further explore this important topic, check out “64 Tips for Coping with Grief at the […]

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2021 Educational Program”Doing Grief Well Part 2: Grieving During the Holidays” with Pat Obst and Loretta Depka is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

When we learn to grieve well, we can journey through grief, find healing, purpose, and move towards re-creating our lives after loss. In this program, Pat Obst, LCSW, MSW and Loretta Depka, Executive Director discussed the process of grieving during the holidays. It can be challenging; some people think it SUCKS (Sad; Uncomfortable; Challenging; Keeps […]

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2021 Educational Program “Talking about Domestic Violence” with Executive Director Loretta Depka is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

According to The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI,) “family and domestic violence is a common problem in the United States, affecting an estimated 10 million people every year; as many as one in four women and one in nine men are victims of domestic violence. Virtually all healthcare professionals will at some point evaluate […]

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2021 Educational Program “Doing Grief Well” with Practitioner Pat Obst and Executive Director Loretta Depka is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

“When we learn to do grief well, we can journey through our grieving, find healing and move toward re-creating our lives after loss.” Executive Director Loretta Depka  was Joined by practitioner  Pat Obst, LCSW, MSW as they discussed grief, loss, and helpful methods for dealing with these life challenges. For more info regarding Pat Obst, […]

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Thought Of The Month Sept 2021 ~ “30 Daily Reminders”

By Vince DiPasquale: Stay in the present – One day at a time. Repeat the 3rd Step Prayer: God, I offer myself to You – to build with me and to do with me as You will. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Your will. Take away my difficulties, […]

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Thought Of The Month August 2021 ~ “The ABCs of a Spiritual Recovery”

Excerpt from “Until Today!” by Iyanla Vanzant I open my heart and mind to be aware…how my ABC’s will lift my spirit. Almighty Creator of the Universe; Beloved Father, Mother, God; Create in me a clean heart this day. Deliver me from the limitations of the ego. Exalt Your presence in my mind. Forgive all […]

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2021 PODCAST: “Applying the Steps to Daily Life” ~ with Founder Vince Di’Pasquale is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

The principles of the 12 Steps can apply to every aspect of life.  They are helpful tools that give us the opportunity to reflect, get to know and love ourselves, and to be able to generously share our life with others. The Starting Point’s founder Vince DiPasquale, MA discussed how to apply the steps to […]

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2021 Podcast: “Forgiveness” with Kevin Elsey, MA, LPC is Now on The Starting Point’s YpouTube Channel

To forgive, or just forget? You’ve been fired; your partner has cheated on you; someone cut you off in traffic; you were abused by someone in your past.  These situations can leave you feeling hurt, angry, and wanting nothing but revenge.  How can you forgive when you have been wronged?  Why should you?  What if […]

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2021 Podcast – “What is Mindfulness?” with Geoff Farnsworth is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

We live in a stressful, challenging time. Today, there’s more uncertainty, faster changes, more distractions and demands on us than ever before. As a result, we experience more anxiety, stress, and uncertainty. What can you do when you are unable to focus and pulled in too many directions? Geoff Farnsworth, CAC, CHT, joined us to […]

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2021 Podcast “Ambiguous Loss” with Pat Obst, MSW, LCSW is Now On The Starting Point’s Youtube Channel

Ambiguous loss is a kind of loss that occurs without closure or clear understanding, and can make the grieving process challenging. Sometimes it can be related to a person, sometimes it’s related to an experience. This past year has been unlike any other and many of us experienced a loss that felt different. Whether we […]

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