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August 18, 2013

Four County Counseling to transfer therapist to LHS

School, counseling center intensifying partnership.

Through a partnership with Four County Counseling and Logansport Community School Corporation, there will be a full-time counselor at the Logansport High School beginning in September.

Tim Gearhart and Elizabeth Avery, of Four County Counseling Center, gave a presentation about the counselor position as well as other programs available through the partnership at a Logansport school board meeting Monday. Two of the various programs available are a wrap-around program and a Six-to-Six program.

Beginning in September, Joe Pyke will be a full-time therapist at Logansport Community School Corporation. Pyke, a therapist at Four County, is transferring over to the school system, said Gearhart, vice president of child and adolescent services at Four County.

“As soon as he is in place, the community will see his style, how he works,“ Gearhart said. “The school, community is lucky to have him.”

Gearhart said the school seems to be more progressive and having Pyke there will provide access to immediate care, avoiding any delay.

Michele Starkey, superintendent at Logansport Community School Corporation said parents will be involved from the beginning and consent will be required. Starkey said she thinks Pyke’s presence will benefit students.

Starkey said it will bring a proactive approach to things and help a student before something gets out of hand.

One of the programs, Six-to-Six, is aimed at middle school students who would otherwise be faced with suspension, Gearhart said. The name comes from the fact kids come before and after regular school hours and are assigned ot a counselor from Four County.

Although it varies, it usually lasts three to eight days. Schools recommend students for the program and Cass County Judge Leo Burns decides whether to accept them and how many days it will last.

A wrap-around program is being offered and is intended to help “wrap care around the child.” Trauma is largely environmental and the program tries to pull in those factors, Gearhart said.

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