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      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 Therapists. Please contact the therapist at your student’s school if you need help completing any of these forms.

      Notice of Privacy Practices  ||  Privacy Signature Page

      Referral Form - To make a referral to the program.

      Parent/Guardian Consents for Treatment:  CentralLincoln, 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.

      • Amanda Stanek - Central :: (231) 412-6452

        Amanda Stanek

        (Amanda Stanek, LPC)

        Amanda Stanek is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and licensed K-12 Guidance Counselor. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Central Michigan University prior to continuing on to achieve her Master of Arts in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. She specializes in individual and group therapy; social skills, life changes and behavioral health in young children.

        Throughout her career, Amanda has practiced as a K-8 School Counselor, and as an AmeriCorps member in schools with Char-Em ISD; and most recently was a stay-at-home mom with her 2 children.

        Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband, and two children. She also loves summertime in Northern Michigan, and the wonderful lakes that we get to enjoy.

        • Kristin Glentz - Lincoln :: (231) 412-6453

          Kristin Glentz

          (Kristin Glentz, LMSW) 

          Kristin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University and her Bachelor's Degree in Family and Community Services from Michigan State University. She is currently completing her School Social Work Certificate through Michigan State University.

          Throughout her career, children and families have been her primary focus and passion. Prior to her work in Northern Michigan, Kristin practiced as a Child Life Specialist at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and then worked as a group therapy facilitator, specializing in cancer and grief support for children, teens and families.

          Kristin enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. She enjoys reading and experiencing the beauty and outdoor life Northern Michigan has to offer.

          • Jessica Stefanski - Ottawa :: (231) 412-6454

            Jessica Stefanski

            (Jessica Stefanski, LMSW)

            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. Jessica has been working in the social work field in a variety of settings since 2008. 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. Jessica also utilizes EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) an approach to psychotherapy that enables individuals to heal from emotional distress that is a result of disturbing life experiences, including trauma, attachment concerns, anxiety/panic disorder, grief/loss. She has also received further training in 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.

            • Cheri Larr - Sheridan :: (231) 412-6458

              (Cheri Larr, LPC, NCC, GCDF)

              Cheri is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a National Certified Counselor. She earned her
              Master’s degree in Educational Counseling from Western Michigan University, and her
              Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University. Cheri also earned a
              certification in career counseling as a GCDF, Global Career Development Facilitator. Most
              recently, she has been supporting children and families dealing with trauma in her role as a
              therapist at Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan. Her previous experience includes,
              working for the Army National Guard’s Citizen Soldier for Life program, reducing life barriers for
              new recruits and students preparing for military service. She also holds a current School
              Counselor License and completed her internship in the Petoskey Public School district. Cheri’s
              trauma-informed approach includes; Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
              and Play Therapy.

              Cheri is a native of Northern Michigan, and loves the four-season activities and beautiful lakes
              the area offers. She believes that being a life-time learner through listening, reading, laughing
              and trying new things makes life exciting and fun.

              • Christine Carpenter - Middle School :: (231) 412-6455

                Christine Carpenter

                (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.

                • Rebekah Pedersen - High School :: (231) 412-6456

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                  (Rebekah Pedersen, LPC, CAADC)

                  Rebekah is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has provided counseling services to teenagers in Northern Michigan for the past six-years, supporting individuals and families in substance abuse recovery and mental wellness. In addition to substance abuse, Rebekah’s clinical focuses include trauma treatment and ADHD, noting the high level of anxiety and depression in each of these areas. She has received additional training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

                  Before practicing in Northern Michigan, Rebekah lived in Bangkok, Thailand and worked as a mentor and curriculum advisor to North American teachers at a bilingual school, and was a mentor to expatriate teens. Rebekah’s experience working in various cultures, populations, and treatment settings has been the basis for providing Person Centered and judgement-free counseling services to each of her clients.