Traverse City Record-Eagle

Body & Soul

November 17, 2012

Body and Soul Newsmakers: 11/17/2012

Dr. Barbara McIntyre is teaching a master of counseling course titled "The Psychology of Death and Dying" for Spring Arbor University fall semester. She used the text "The Last Dance; encountering death and dying" by DeSpelder and Strickland, in which McIntyre's work with grieving youth is quoted.

McIntyre is a consultant to hospice programs around the world including St. Christopher's Hospice in Sydenham, England. She is a part-time faculty member for Spring Arbor and Wayne State University. Her private practice will open in January 2013 and will provide services to the community for loss, grief, trauma and illness. For details, call McIntyre, 360-5594.

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Mary Raymer has been invited to be a key speaker at the International Grief and Bereavement Conference in Hong Kong in 2013. She will address psychosocial issues, treatment techniques and current research in bereavement.

Raymer is a therapist practicing in the Traverse City area. She specializes in complicated grief and trauma.

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In September, Brandy Wheeler, creator of the Traverse Traveler app, purchased 13 iPads with proceeds from the first annual Traverse Traveler Scavenger Hunt for Autism. The iPads have been donated to Traverse City Area Public Schools for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The scavenger hunt drew 337 participants and generated donations from sponsors, team registrations and private donors totaling more than $14,700 for the iPads for Autism Program. More than $9,000 was donated directly to TCAPS through the Partner in Education program. Over the summer, TCAPS added six iPads and purchased app packages designed to meet the specific needs of students with autism. The iPads purchased will help grow a lending library to expedite student assessment, trial different applications and assign devices more quickly.

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