Licensed Independent Social Worker
Supervising Social Worker
Master of Science in Social Administration, Case Western Reserve University, September 2018
Bachelor of Social Work, Youngstown State University, August 2012
Kristen began working for PsyCare as a Psychiatric Case Manager in 2012, after she received her Bachelor of Social Work degree. Receiving her LSW in early 2013, Kristen began supervising case management staff. In 2015, she began coordinating the School and Family Solutions Program through PsyCare. This position allows her to work directly with schools to ensure that children, schools, and families are being serviced effectively and efficiently. Kristen obtained her MSSA in 2018 from Case Western Reserve University, specializing in children, youth, and families. Kristen provides mental health counseling at PsyCare’s Struthers Clinic, where she completes diagnostic assessments for several local schools, and coordinates and supervises School and Family case management staff. Kristen received the 2020 Region IV NASW Social Worker of the Year Award for her accomplishments through her work and her dedication to her community.
“My goal as a social worker is to provide my clients with the utmost respect from non-judgmental stance. I want to begin treatment where you are emotionally, and work at your own unique pace. I strive to ensure that you are comfortable and confident while working towards your own specific goals.”
“My Theoretical Framework generally falls under a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Modality and Solution Focused approach. I like to work hand-in-hand with clients and parents to find tangible and effective solutions to everyday struggles. The focus of treatment tends to be connecting thoughts to feelings and actions. I work with clients to challenge their negative thoughts, reframing them to a more positive self-talk. While working with children, I teach healthier coping strategies through incorporating various forms of art and play within our work.”
Kristen has presented to several Community Health Classes at Youngstown State University about mental health challenges facing college students, prevention, and treatment options.
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