Behavioral Health Providers
The Petoskey Wellness Program provides access to behavioral health therapy in all of the Petoskey Public Schools and is a collaboration between Alcona Health Center, the Health Department and the Petoskey Schools.
Click below to view/download the paperwork necessary to begin working with Petoskey Wellness Program Providers. Please contact the provider at your student’s school if you need help completing any of these forms.
Referral Form - To make a referral to the program.
Parent/Guardian Consents for Treatment: Central & Lincoln, Ottawa & Sheridan, Middle School, High School - For parents/guardians to complete. This form needs to be completed before we can see your child.
Minor Consent to Treatment - For teens 14 years and older who are requesting to see a therapist without a parent’s/guardian’s consent. Teens 14 years and older are allowed 14 visits or 4 months of therapy without parental consent.
Rights and Responsibilities - Important information regarding your participation in therapy services.
Release of Information - Please complete this form to allow us to communicate with other providers, agencies or individuals that are involved in your student’s care.
(Joelle Drader, MD, MA, LPC)
Joelle brings a comprehensive knowledge base to her counseling profession. She studied biology and psychology at Albion College, and then completed medical school at Wayne State University followed by an internship in obstetrics and gynecology in Grand Rapids, MI. Her medical experiences included working in women's health and family planning, along with experience as assistant medical director of a hospice care team. She decided to focus on serving the mental and behavioral health needs of individuals and families by pursuing an MA in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. She has interest in counseling individuals (children, adolescents, and adults), couples, and families. She became endorsed as a Level II Infant Family Specialist to serve pre-natal women and families with young children. She also has a passion for supporting parents to learn nurturing skills through parenting education and support. She has completed post-graduate training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Theraplay, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Joelle and her husband and three children have lived in Petoskey for 15 years. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, playing tennis and yoga.
(Christine Carpenter LMSW, LCSW, ACSW)
Christine is a licensed clinical worker who has specialized in working with teenagers, children, and their families for over 25 years. Christine earned her BA in Psychology from The Colorado College then completed her MSW from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work. She has extensive post graduate training in family therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Christine has enjoyed working as a clinical social worker in a variety of settings including schools, community agencies, and private practice. She has experience running groups, developing programs for children with ADHD, anxiety and other life challenges, and providing consultation and education to schools and community groups on issues related to behavioral health and development of children.
Christine loves the outdoors and travel. She spends her free time swimming, hiking, biking and exploring northern Michigan and beyond with her family.
(Paula Wilson, MA, LPC)
Paula obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Family Life Education in 2000 and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling in 2008 from Spring Arbor University. She has over 12 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults who were in need of emotional support and encouragement as they encountered obstacles and set goals for their futures. She has worked with individuals/families who have struggled with depression/anxiety, domestic violence, terminal illness, grief/loss, Trauma, PTSD, Sexual Abuse, Compromised Attachment/Reactive Attachment Disorder, Weight Loss/Bariatric Surgery, Communication/Social/Coping Skills, and Anger Management Issues. Paula primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in her practice. Ms. Wilson has previous experience working in a school-based setting. She also has experience planning and implementing Cancer Support Groups, Teen Sexual Abuse Support Groups, Divorce Support Groups as well as Educational Groups. Paula’s past work experience ranges from bedside therapy with patients at Northern Michigan Hospital to teaching more effective coping skills to students who suffer with anxiety symptoms. Paula has a passion for working with adolescents and believes the key to connecting with teenagers, or any client, is genuineness.
Paula loves reading, listening to music and watching football and baseball. She is eager to get to know the Petoskey High School students and their families.
(Jessica Stefanski MSW, LCSW)
Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Central Michigan University. She has eight years of experience working in the field in a variety of settings. Her primary focus is in clinical social work providing mental health therapy to adults, children and adolescents who are presenting with a wide range of life stressors or adjustment concerns to individuals who are managing more long term or chronic mental health symptoms.
Jessica has a strong focus on client advocacy and empowerment. She is trained in providing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to children and their families who have been impacted by trauma. She has also received further training in evidenced-based treatment including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Play Therapy. Jessica is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children. She is an avid concert goer and loves calling northern Michigan her home and experiencing all that it has to offer.