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BHIS Specialists

 

KAREN DEW, BS

BHIS SUPERVISOR

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INTERVENTION SPECIALIST

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

 

Over the past 11 years, Karen a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration with emphasis on Juvenile Delinquency and has worked with children and adults, both male and female, in remedial and BHIS helping with decisions making, anger management, substance abuse, social skills, problem solving, trauma, parenting, criminal thinking/behavior, communication skills, self-esteem, trauma and abuse issues, family, Parent/child relationships, and peer relationship.  Karen is passionate about helping a child and their family to be successful and have healthy relationships.

 

Education:

Bachelor of Science from Missouri Western State University Major in Criminal Justice

 

 

Susan Tridle, BA

Behavioral Health Intervention Specialist

Mental Health Intern

“We can only see with open eyes, We can only listen with open ears, We can only thing with open minds”  (Author unknown)

Susan has had extensive experience over the past 22 years with individuals of all ages and genders in educational settings, home settings, and facility settings. She has worked with individuals having many diagnoses (singular or multiple) including but not limited to: Intellectual Disabilities, Behavior Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Angelman’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Behavior, Conduct Disorder, Anger Management, and Schizophrenia.  She is currently working toward completion of her Masters degree in Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Substance Abuse.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is her specialization along with skill building to replace maladaptive behaviors with socially acceptable behaviors, and using coping skills for anger management.

Education:

BA: Community Recreation, Emphasis: Aquatics, BA: Elementary Education, BA: Psychology

MA in Teaching: Special Education

Graduate Student in Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counseling, expected date of graduation: May, 2019

Professional Activities/Memberships:

Graduate Student Member of American Counseling Association

Autism Society of Iowa, member

National Education Association, member

Nodaway Valley Education Association, membership committee co-chairperson

Orient Women’s Club, President, Fundraiser chairperson

Dee Hudson, BA

Behavioral Health Intervention Specialist

Her professional motto: “My path and passion has never been about people not being able to learn or change but being able to help them discover how they learn”.

Dee has a diverse background in skill development and assisting individuals in reaching their potential. Dee is a graduate of Iowa State University working with individuals for many years to fulfill their dreams. She worked as a Liaison between William Penn University and 55 companies helping adults re-enter college. She has experience in presenting and teaching in this capacity through lunch and learns and implementing on site classes for companies.

Dee has a strong desire to help those around her and has an impressive volunteer background as well. She worked with women for 8 years at Iowa Correctional Institute for Women (ICIW) at Mitchellville as a volunteer, teacher, mentor, and advocate.

Dee is certified to teach a variety of classes such as: Nami Peer to Peer and Connections, Seeking Safety, Primed for Life, Thinking for a Change, Changing Places, Healthy Relationship, and IACA.

Education:

Graduate of Iowa State University, Bachelor of Arts

 

Jenny March, BS

Behavior Health Intervention Specialist

"Often we live our life in chains, never realizing we hold the key"...unknown

"Our past does not define our future-we do"...unknown

Jenny has over 6 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. She has worked with youth in a variety of settings such as: residential/PMIC, schools in IEP and 504 planning, in home, and throughout the community. Jenny has experience working with Children's Mental Health Waivers, Intellectual Disability Waivers, and Brain Injury Waivers. She is currently working on her masters degree in Mental Health Counseling at Drake University with areas of interest including: strength-based practices, empowerment, positive psychology, trauma, Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, approaches of teamwork and problem solving, and The Hero's Journey. Jenny strives to help others live and lead a healthy and happy life and states that "People are her passion".

Jenny brings her outlook in life and desire to assist others into her sessions with individuals and families she works with. She believes in the power of positivity, the power of choice, living an authentic life, embracing individuality, the importance of developing and chasing dreams, and that laughter is key. 

Education:

Jenny obtained her AA degree from DMACC and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Iowa State University. She is currently in the Drake Mental Health Counseling Program with an anticipated graduation date of Winter 2019. 

Professional Activities/Memberships:

Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association Member

Mentor for Community Mental Health

Advocate in support of Mental Health Awareness in Des Moines Register

 

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