Coping Skills


LIVE Podcast Thursday, April 29, 2021 – 12pm ~ “The Spirituality of Sports with Vince DiPasquale”

Play ball! Join us Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 12pm for a live podcast with The Starting Point Founder, Vince DiPasquale who will discuss why he sees sports as a gift that can teach us about life. Sports have rules, require patience, hustle and skill. On any given day, anything can happen.  Even the best […]

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LIVE Podcast Thursday Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 5pm ~ “Returning to Socialization”

This past year was like no other. Join us Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 5pm for a live podcast. Executive Director Loretta Depka will talk with The Starting Point practitioner Erik Jervis, MSW, LSW about the importance of socialization (for all ages) as society, slowly, gets back to some type of normalcy. Erik will explain […]

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2021 Podcast “Being Isolated before Isolation was the Norm” Is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

Starting Point Executive Director Loretta Depka is joined by practitioner Anna Marie Hrivnak, M.Ed.  as she discusses Isolation.  During these challenging times, most of us have experienced some form of isolation.  Anna Marie discussed how times of isolation can also bring with it an inner wisdom of healing and strength we didn’t know we had.  Anna […]

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Thought Of The Month March 2021 ~ “The Power of Positive Thinking”

By: Vincent DiPasquale As we enter the month of March, let’s take the 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 us all examine our […]

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2021 Podcast “Understanding Eating Disorders” Is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

Starting Point Executive Director Loretta Depka is joined by practitioner Anne Cavaliere, MA, LPC as she discusses Eating Disorders. Eating disorders are serious and often fatal illnesses that are associated with severe disturbances in people’s eating behaviors and related thoughts and emotions. There is a commonly held misconception that eating disorders are a lifestyle choice. […]

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2021 Podcast “Myths and Misconceptions about Grief” Now Available On The Starting Point YouTube Channel!

On Thursday, January 28, 2021, our Executive Director Loretta Depka joined Starting Point practitioner, Pat Obst, MSW, LCSW, to discuss Myths and Misconceptions about Grief. The recorded podcast is now available on The Starting Point’s new YouTube channel. You can jump directly to the podcast from here.  Over the past 20 years Pat has managed […]

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UPDATE: CODA 7:30PM Monday Meeting Is Now A Virtual Meeting Via Zoom (See Below For Details)

Below are the pertinent details about how-to access the virtual meetings for the Monday evening CoDA group: Day:  Every week on Mondays at Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82495696099?pwd=ZEYyL1NFaE5JaTJtNEdjZngxYjZGQT09 Meeting ID: 824 9569 6099 Passcode: 800627    

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Thought Of The Month: August 2020 ~ Kick Back and Reflect …

By: Vince DiPasquale August is a time to kick back and reflect. We have all been through so much these past months. A friend of mine put together some quotes of mine from the lectures I do. I would like to share them with you as food for thought. Look at people the way they […]

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UPDATE: Emotions Anonymous, Monday, 7 PM : Now A Virtual Meeting (See Below For Details)

Meeting Update: Meeting has gone virtual. If interested in participating in the virtual meeting, please contact Kim at 856-341-4252. (Emotions Anonymous (EA) is a twelve-step program for recovery from mental and emotional illness.)

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UPDATE: Course in Miracles Meeting Wednesday evening @ 6:30 pm: Virtual Zoom Meeting (See Below For Details)

Topic: ACIM* Zoom Meeting (*A Course in Miracles (also referred to as ACIM or the Course) is a recovery group utilizing peer support and a 1976 book containing a curriculum which claims to assist its readers in achieving spiritual transformation.) Time: Wednesday @ 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)   Every week on Wednesday […]

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Thoughts From The Language of Letting Go: “Accepting Change” (from Vince D)

I’d like to share some thoughts from my meditation book, “The Language of Letting Go: Accepting Change“: The winds of change blow through life; sometimes gently, and, at times, like a tropical storm. Gives us a time to adjust to a new way of living, to get our balance, time to catch our breath. Sometimes […]

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Consciousness And Conscientiousness (From Tom Augustino To Vince)

Good Morning Vince, Being quarantined at home has brought up many feelings and thoughts about my life. In the beginning I felt like a caged animal. As you know, I crave direct personal contact with other people. I always would judge other people who were satisfied being alone, as if they must have a defect. […]

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Thoughts For Today (from Vince D.)

Some thoughts from my meditation book, “For Today.” Thanking God every day is as necessary for me as breathing. Though my concept of God may change, whatever my concept is, I choose to give everything to God; my worries, fears, my family, friends, the state of the nation and the world. Each day in prayer […]

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Thoughts on “Grief And Sudden Loss” (from Practitioner Pat Obst, LCSW)

We are all spiraling in raw grief right now. We have all just experienced a sudden death – the end of life as we knew it. We’re feeling shock, confusion, worry/fear, sadness, anger, hopelessness and even guilt. All of these emotions are very normal in grief. But first – “do no harm.” In other words, […]

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Thought Of The Month: November 2019

“The Recovery Prayer” By: Vince DiPasquale One of the most beautiful prayers comes from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous: “Thank you for keeping me straight yesterday. Please help me stay straight today. For the next twenty-four hours, I pray for knowledge of Your will for me only, and the power to carry that through. […]

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