School-based Therapy Makes Sense for Kids Struggling with Mental Illness

Mobile, AL (PRWEB) January 03, 2014

Time is of the essence when it comes to treating children with mental health issues. A new program will make it easier for children who live a great distance from AltaPointe’s offices to be seen more frequently.

AltaPointe therapists Stephanie Pope and Vickie Charpie, LPC, are filling new positions as school-based counselors who will work onsite at several area schools during office hours.

“With an increased collaboration between school counselors and teachers, our patients should experience a reduction in symptoms and an improvement in coping skills and other strengths in a shorter period of time,” Stephanie Gatlin, children’s outpatient coordinator, said.

Pope, a marriage and family therapist with seven years of experience working with families, is working with children and teens in Saraland City Schools and Satsuma School System.

“School-based therapy makes sense,” Pope said. “It puts school staff, parents, and therapists on the same page. Communication and compliance are two of the most important things for success in therapy; these are increased in school-based therapy.”

Charpie, who has eight years of experience and is a certified trainer in Parenting with Love and Logic, will work with children and teens at Leinkauf Elementary and the Continuous Learning Center in Mobile, as well as McDavid-Jones Elementary, Lott Middle and Citronelle High schools in Citronelle.

AltaPointe plans to place more therapists in schools in 2014.