The purpose of this program is to enhance the well-being of physicians/students as human beings. The Society has established free support and confidential counseling in a private setting. The increasing stresses of medical practice and medical school has made this program an essential addition to our support services.
A myriad of pressures difficult to resolve alone can end up making doctors/students feel demoralized and emotionally exhausted. Through the PCMS Healing the Healer foundation, a professional counselor can help them cope and tap back into their natural resilience. We understand that sometimes unintended consequences arise when seeking help.
The foundation offers this solution as completely private, does not involve any employer or employer program, has no paper trail back to the physician/student, and is completely self-referred. The foundation will pay for up to 6 visits for a member physician/student. This differs from other organizations that act on complaints from patients or colleagues, and deal primarily with substance abuse.
This service requires funding to operate. Since we developed the program to assist physicians/students in the community, our hope is that fellow doctors/students will help by providing financial support.
Your contribution to this 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, PCMS Healing the Healer Foundation, is tax-deductible as allowed by law. We believe that there is a deeper, longer lasting benefit in knowing that you have invested in the health of your colleagues, and thereby their current and future patients.
While we urge doctors/students to donate generously, we also encourage them to take advantage of the program. Your Society has endeavored to create this for you, and as the best program in the world does no good if left unused, let us make full use of ours. The program is here for us now and will be in perpetuity – provided we fund it! Please do your part today and donate generously today.
Dr. James Moneypenny served as director of student services for two years at ottumwa heights college in ottumwa, iowa. He then was accepted to the University of Missouri-Columbia doctoral program in Psychology graduating with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 1982. He also completed clinical psychology internships at the VA Hospital in Coral Gables, Florida and the Arkansas State Hospital in Little Rock, AR.
Dr. Moneypenny worked briefly at the East Arkansas Regional Mental Health Center in West Memphis before returning to Little Rock in late 1982 where he established and continues to maintain a private psychology practice. In addition to a therapy practice, he also performs pre-employment screening and fitness for duty examinations for many law enforcement agencies in the state. He conducts neuropsychological evaluations, provides consultation for criminal defense attorneys and offers forensic evaluations and expert witness testimony for courts. He served as a consultant for the Arkansas Department of Correction for ten years.
His practice includes evaluating patients referred by physicians and surgeons for various conditions, such as ADHD, pre-surgical consults for bariatric surgery patients, and cognitive assessment for head injury and neurological conditions (e.g., dementia).
Dr. Becky Porter is a clinical psychologist who has been in private practice over 20 years. She works with individuals of all ages and provides comprehensive assessments and therapeutic services. She works primarily in her outpatient clinic, but is also on staff at Baptist Hospital as an independent allied health professional. She primarily uses a cognitive behavioral approach to treatment, incorporating other family members if necessary.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hendrix College in 1975, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1983. She completed her clinical internship at Arkansas Mental Health Services. She has been a member of the Arkansas Psychological Association and American Psychological Services since 1983, and is on the National Register of Health Service Providers in psychology, and is a clinical associate of the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists.