WellStone therapists are now in every Madison County and Huntsville City school


TO ASK FOR HELP. 3 DRINKING IS JUST ONE OF THE MANY ISSUES KIDS FACE.. THAT’S WHY STUDENTS IN MADISON COUNTY WILL NOW HAVE A THERAPIST TO TALK TO IN THEIR SCHOOL. THERE IS NOW A WELLSTONE THERAPIST IN EVERY MADISON COUNTY AND HUNTSVILLE CITY SCHOOL. OUR KELLY KENNEDY LEARNED MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM TODAY. KELLY, HOW IS THIS HELPING STUDENTS? 3 CONNER… MANY STUDENTS WHO COULD BENEFIT FROM SEEING A THERAPIST DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO ONE. THIS PROGRAM IS GIVING EVERY STUDENT IN THESE SCHOOLS THE CHANCE TO GET COUNSELING. 3 ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO, WELLSTONE’S NOVA CENTER BEGAN PLACING THERAPISTS INTO LOCAL SCHOOLS.NOW, THEY’VE EXPANDED INTO EVERY MADISON COUNTY AND HUNTSVILLE CITY SCHOOL.Wade: “By being in the school, it reduces the barriers such as having to be checked out of school and come to a facility for emotional disturbance treatment as well as having the parent or caregivers take off from work.”THE PROGRAM HELPS OVER FIFTEEN HUNDRED STUDENTS A YEAR WHO STRUGGLE WITH BEHAVIORAL, EMOTIONAL, COGNITIVE OR CRISIS MANAGEMENT ISSUES.BECAUSE OF THE INCREASING NEED IN SOME SCHOOLS, THERAPISTS ARE WORKING ON CERTAIN CAMPUSES FIVE DAYS A WEEK.WELLSTONE SAYS THE NEED FOR MORE THERAPISTS IN SCHOOLS HAS INCREASED OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS.Wade: “As things happened in various school systems, school shootings and such, because that grasped so many, uh, leadership, local and national attention, then, um, funding for it became more of an eye-opener, uh, for some, and we were able to kind of fast pace growth within the last four of five years.” THERAPISTS SAY FOR MANY STUDENTS THEY SEE, THIS HELP IS ESSENTIAL. Wade: “I definitely think that it’s vital for a student to receive, um, services through a mental health professiional when the need is there, because if they don’t, um, then they continue having difficulties and struggles generally in the school system and in life in general.” 3 SCHOOL COUNSELORS TYPICALLY REFER COUNSELORS SCHOOL 3 COUNSELORS TYPICALLY REFER STUDENTS TO SEE A THERAPIST, BUT PARENTS CAN REACH OUT AND GET THEIR CHILD INTO THE PROGRAM. FOR MORE INFORMATION, DOWNLOAD THE ROCKET CITY NOW APP AND CLICK ON THIS STORY. PUTTING THE VALLEY FIRST, KELLY KENNEDY, WZDX 3 TONIGHT MADISON

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