PANTHER PRESS - New Behavioral Health Specialist assigned to Baldwin Elementary

Jodie Phillips joined the Teen Health Center as the Elementary Behavioral Health Therapist in February. She has worked in this area since the late 1990’s and has had the opportunity through previous employment to work with many great individuals. She is very familiar with the Lake County area. Her degree in behavioral sciences is allowing her to continue with her passion of directly impacting the students at Baldwin Community Schools.

Jodie enjoys spending time raising her four children in the northern Michigan area. She spends a lot of time exploring communities around us; letterboxing and hiking in the warmer months.

Her position at the elementary is very unique. Through collaborative efforts of Baldwin Schools and Baldwin Family Health Care, Behavioral Health services were expanded to the elementary students ages 5-10 in September 2010.

Students and parents in the elementary have been very receptive to behavioral/mental health services for their children. The preventive and intervention programs offered through Teen Health in the area of behavioral health will impact attitudes toward learning, behavior in the classroom and help our students socially; skills that they need and sometimes struggle with.

Jodie will provide individual, group and family counseling services as well as group educational services that teach about peer relationships, managing anger and other strong emotions effectively. There are other areas of concern that she may also assist with. Ms. Phillips is available to meet with students all year (including the summer.)

Baldwin Elementary is proud to be able to provide services to help our students be successful at school and be better prepared to face the challenges of everyday life.

Jodie can be reached at Baldwin Elementary (231) 745-3261 or the Teen Health office at (231) 745-3116 and is available to speak to any concerned parents or community members.