In the wrap-around program, children would be worked with in their environment. A focus of the program is also being informed about trauma.
“The more support we can wrap around children, the better,” Gearhart said. “Supporting schools and finding ways to partner is important.”
The counseling center provides services to schools in and throughout the surrounding areas of Cass, Fulton, Miami and Pulaski Counties There are clinicians who would respond to a crisis at a school.
“Logansport is the place we are the most integrated,” Gearhart said. “Logansport schools are very innovative and they’re becoming a model.”
Two buzz words used during the presentation were integration and continuum. Because there is still some stigma with mental illness, people seem to be more receptive to meeting outside of a mental health center, Gearhart said. That’s kept in mind when they have programs at school or homes, he said.
Gearhart noted that having Pyke in place won’t replace work existing guidance counselors are doing.
“We see it as an extension to the guidance counselors because there are a lot of needs,” Gearhart said.
Starkey said the first year will be a learning experience for everyone, but it’s a welcome addition. She also noted the goal is to help students succeed in school and then become proactive in life.
“Anything we can do to help students be successful, we’ll try,” Starkey said. “If a parent feels it’s a good fit, maybe there are other opportunities. There are a wide variety of people who see issues and come together and look at how we can help.”
Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.