Morgan County

 

Morgan County is located on the High Plains of Northeastern Colorado, 85 miles from Metro Denver on Interstate Highway 76 and within an hour's drive from the Denver International Airport. The economy of the county, with a population of 27,377 (2000) is based largely on ranching, farming and other agricultural industry. The county as a whole is now 45% to 50% Latino. The largest employers in the county include the Cargill Beef Plant, with 2112 employees, Leprino Foods, with 200 employees, Western Sugar, with 200 employees, and the Colorado Plains Medical Center with 180 employees.

The two largest communities in Morgan county are Fort Morgan and Brush. Smaller towns in the county include, Wiggins, Weldona, and Snyder. Fort Morgan is located approximately 85 miles northeast of Denver, Colorado. It is the county seat for Morgan county, has an elevation of 4330 feet, and a population of 10,632 (2007). The town is one of quiet tree-lined streets, beautiful homes and large lush yards. The Morgan County offices of Centennial Mental Health Center are located in Fort Morgan.

Centennial offers a wide range of services in Morgan County, with three different sites and 25 full and part-time clinical staff. Services are available for people of all ages. We offer assistance in our office, client's homes, schools and in the community as each individual client and family may need.


Office Locations: 
910 E. Railroad  Fort Morgan, CO 80701
Phone:  (970) 867-4924  Fax:  (970) 867-2695
Office Hours:  Monday - Friday 8 am - 7 pm

625 W. Platte Ave Fort Morgan, CO 80701
Phone:  (970) 867-3275
Office Hours:  Monday - Friday 8am - 7 pm

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Regional Operations Director

Karl Cline, MA - Click here to see more about Karl

Regional Operations Manager
Kortnie Mendoza, MBA - Click here to see more about Kortnie



Meet the Morgan County Staff


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Office Assistant
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Kathy Dalrymple
MIS Technician, Data Entry - specializing in Substance Abuse
 bio_marty.quinn.jpg Marty Quinn
Office Assistant - specializing in Mental Health/Continuity of Care
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Maintenance
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Scott Armstrong
Office Assistant

Meet the Outpatient Staff


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Arlene Weimer, Psy.D.
Psychologist
In the Mental Health field since 2000


Areas of expertise include these populations; Children, Families, Adolescents and Adults.

Treatment expertise includes; Individual, Group, Family, and Play Therapy.

Issues of expertise include; Mental Health Assessments, Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Adjustment Issues, Impulse Control Disorders, Conduct Disorders, Behavioral Disorders, Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, Trauma, Crisis Evaluation and Intervention, Sexual Abuse Victims, Personality Disorders, and Psychological Testing and Evaluations.

Dr. Weimer began working at Centennial Mental Health Center as a Master's level intern in 2000. After graduation, she continued to work at CMHC until August 2005 when she went to Mental Health Center of Denver and completed a one year pre-doctoral internship at the West Denver Child and Family Center. She provided child, adolescent and family therapy, psychological evaluations, and co-facilitated a DBT adolescent girls' group. She also provided mental health evaluations at Urban Peak Homeless Shelter for Youth. She returned to work at CMHC in August 2006. Her current duties include therapy with children, adolescents, adults, and families, clinical supervision, and psychological evaluations. She has completed EMDR training (Level 2) as well as emergency disaster training. She is a member of the Colorado Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.

She co-authored the journal article "Changing Roles: Individual and family therapy in the treatment of anorexia nervosa" in The Family Journal (2005) and a book chapter, "Child Maltreatment" in the Encyclopedia of Counseling Psychology (2008). She also published her doctoral dissertation "Perceptions of interpersonal functioning: Self reported relational schemas of women survivors of incest" (2006).

  • BA, German, University of Washington, 1975
  • MA Community Counseling, University of Northern Colorado, 2001
  • Psy.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Northern Colorado, 2006

Professional presentations include:

  • "The Neuropsychological Effects of Prenatal Exposure to Drugs" (Mental Health Center of Denver, 2006)
  • "Perceptions of Interpersonal Functioning: Self Reported Relational Schemas of Women Survivors of Incest" (University of Denver, 2006)
  • "Exploring the Meaning of Mental Health Recovery/Resiliency in Children and Adolescents: A Multi-method Approach" (Building on Family Strengths Conference, Portland, OR, 2007)
  • "Self Reported Relational Schemas of Women Survivors of Incest" (poster presentation at the 2007 APA Annual Convention)
  • "The Developmental Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse" lecture at the University of Northern Colorado (2007)

  

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Bobby Klaer, MA, LPC
Mental Health Professional II

Areas of Expertise include these populations:  Children, Adolescents, Families and Adults

Treatment Expertise includes:  Individual, Family and Group Therapy, Psycho-Education and Case Management

Issues of Expertise include:  Behavioral Disorders, Conduct Disorders, Substance Abuse, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Adjustment Disorders, Personality Disorders, Dual Diagnosis and Crisis Intervention

Bobby graduated from Colorado State University in 2005 with a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies.  He holds a Masters of Arts degree from Argosy University in Marriage and Family Therapy/Licensed Professional Counselor.  Bobby specializes in working with at-risk youth and their families, as well as substance abuse recovery across the lifespan.

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Brenda Carlsen, BA
Mental Health Professional
In the Mental Health field since 1989

Areas of expertise include: Adults with severe and persistent mental illness in recovery based programs  

Treatment expertise includes:  Case Management, Skills Training Groups, Benefits Acquisition, and Crisis Management

Brenda began working for CMHC in 1989 as a Case Manager with the Adult Program. 

  • BA, Psychology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1987
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Brett Melton, MA, LPC
Mental Health Professional III
In the Mental Health and Substance Abuse field since 1996


Areas of expertise include these populations: Children, Families, Adolescents and Adults

Treatment expertise includes: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Assessments, Individual, Group and Family Therapy, Psycho-Educational Therapy, Play Therapy, and Case Management.

Issues of expertise include: Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Adjustment Disorders, Impulse Control Disorders, Sexual Offenders, Conduct Disorders, Trauma, ADHD, Personality Disorders, Dual Diagnosis - Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Crisis Evaluation and Intervention and Emergency Services.

  • MA Community Counseling, 1996
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
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Chris Cobbley
Mentor

Chris joined the Centennial team in November 2013.  He is a graduate of Fort Morgan High School.  Chris has been helping coach high school football for 4 years.  He has coached the freshman team the last 2 years.  Chris has been working in the customer service area for the the last 4 years, he has management experience as an assistant manager at Hibbett Sports.  He is currently attending Morgan Community College and in the PTA program.

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Essie McCall, MS
Mental Health Professional II
In the Mental Health Field since 2011

Areas of expertise include these populations:  Children, Adolescents, Families and Adults 

Treatment expertise include:  Case Management, Individual, Group and Family Therapy

Essie began working in the Mental Health field in 2011 as a Marriage and Family Therapist intern through Colorado State University.  During that time she was the Lead Clinical Supervisor for the youth mentoring program, Campus Corps, that assists at-risk youth, age 10-18, with their academic, social, behavioral and mental health goals at the CSU campus and at the local juvenile probation offices.  Along with her work with adolescents, Essie worked with couples and individuals with relational issues, domestic violence, depression and anxiety at the Center for Family and Couple Therapy.  Essie continued to work with adolescents and their families, interning in Cheyenne, WY, helping families cope with grief and loss, substance abuse issues, trauma, behavioral disorders and conduct disorders.

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Gina Dardanes, MA, LPC
Mental Health Professional III
STEPS Program

Areas of expertise include these populations:  Children, Adolescents, Families and Adults

Treatment expertise include:  Intensive In-home Family Therapy, Emotional and Behavioral Regulation, Impulse Control Disorders, Depression, Trauma, Oppositional and Delinquent Behaviors, Attachment Disorders, Foster and Adoptive Family Preservation

Gina has worked in the mental health field since 1995.  She has worked in residential, outpatient and day treatment settings.  She has extensive experience with emotionally and behaviorally challenged adolescents and their families working in the STEPS day treatment program for the last 17 years.

Gina holds a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She is  a wife and mother of 3.

  • BA, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Chadron State College, 1993
  • MA, Mental Health Counseling, Chadron State College, 1995
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Jamie Farmer, MA, LPC
Mental Health Professional III
In the Mental Health field since 1996

Areas of expertise include these populations:  Children, Families, Adolescents and Adults.

Treatment expertise includes:  Case Management, Individual, Group and Family Therapy.

Issue of expertise include:  Mental Health Assessments, Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Adjustment Issues, Impulse Control Disorders, Conduct Disorders, Behavioral Disorders, Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, Trauma, Crisis Evaluation and Intervention, Sexual Abuse Victims and Personality Disorders.

Jamie began working for Centennial in June 2013.  She started her work in the mental health field in 1996, as a youth counselor at Hogares, Inc. in Albuquerque, NM.  During this time she worked with youth, aged 12-18 in residential treatment who struggled with substance abuse and behavioaral and emotional problems.  Jamie continued to work with at risk youth in residential treatment until she started Graduate School for her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology in 2000.

Jamie completed her counseling intership at New Vistas Crisis Center in San Diego, CO.  Throughout her internship she conducted mental health assessments, individual, family, and group therapy.  She also worked with clients to develop support networks and resources as they transitioned from the program back into their community.

Jamie has previously worked for the Department of Human Services in San Diego County, CA; and El Paso County, LaPlata County and Larimer County in Colorado.  She worked with families in crisis to assess safety, develop safety and support plans, improved crisis managment skills and coordinate client services with collateral agencies. 

When not working for the Department of Human Services, Jamie has worked as a clinical therapist at Therapeutic Residential Child Care Facilities in Colorado.  Se has provided individual, group and family therapy to adolescents and their families struggling with substance abuse, behavioral and emotional problems and trauma.

  • BS, Psychology, University of New mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 1998
  • MA, Counseling Psychology, National University, La Jolla, CA, 2002
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Jean Collins MS, MFT
Early Childhood Specialist
Serving Morgan, Washington and Yuma Counties

Jean is one of three Early Childhood Specialists for Centennial, she is based out of the Fort Morgan office.  She has worked with children and families for over 15 years.  Jean's positions have vaired from childcare center aide, preschool teach, assistant director, director, and Para for children with special needs in an elementary school.

  • MA, Marriage, Family and Child Counseling
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JJ Pursley
Mentor

My name is JJ Pursley and I graduated from Brush High School in 2005.  I graduated with my BA from Western State Colorado University in Exercise and Sport Science with an emphasis in Health/Sport Fitness.  I am currently working on my Master's in Human Services in Community and Public Health (MHS) from Concordia University Nebraska.  Also, I have wrestled for 24 years and know what it takes to tackle obstacles that are put in front of me head on.  I coach for all age groups in Bursh's metro and pee-wee wrestling programs.

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Jody Strouse
Senate Bill 94 Case Manager
In the Mental Health Field since 2006

Jody began her employment with Centennial Mental Health Center in January, 2006.  She was a Case Manager in the Community Support Program.  Jody worked with adults diagnosed with chronic mental illness and truly enjoyed that position.  She worked with wonderful people making positive changes in their lifestyles.

In April, 2010 Jody was offered the opportunity to attend Parenting with Love and Limits training with its founder Dr. Scott Sells.  Jody currently serves as a co-facilitator for PLL program along with Brett Melton in the Fort Morgan office.

In July 2010, Jody began a different position through Centennial as a Case Manager for Senate Bill 94 in the 13th Judicial District.  She works with youth in Morgan County who have been charged with a crime, that might otherwise be in Platte Valley Youth Services Center.  Senate Bill 94 is the Alternative to Detention Program in Colorado.  As a Case Manager, Jody supervises youth before their case is adjudicated to ensure the safety of the teen and the public.  She enjoys working with youth and has faith that everyone she meets she can create a brighter future for themselves.

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Peer Specialist 
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John Stinebaugh, MA
Mental Health Professional II

John joined Centennial Mental Health Center in May of 2013.  Prior to his work at Centennial, John has worked in public education and community mental health in rural Kansas, providing an array of services to children and their families.  John also completed his clinical internship in this setting, expanding his practice into couple's counseling, addiction counseling and conducting groups for families.  Additioanlly John provided "Strengthening Families" trainings to at-risk youth and their families for St. Francis Community Services.  John completed his Bachelor's degree in Human Development in 2009 and his Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2012.  John was honorably discharged from the United States Marines in 2007.  He and his wife (a middle school teacher and coach) reside in the Fort Morgan area.  John looks forward to becoming a part of the Fort Morgan community and using his wide array of skills and expereinces to help individuals and families achieve a positive change.

John has treatment expertise in treating Children, Adolescents, Families, Group Treatment, Military Lifestyle and assisting others in access to available resources.

He has received additional training in Trauma Based Interventions, Strength Based Treatment, Solution Focused Interventions, NMT, Love and Logic, Second Steps, Strengthening Families, and Motivational Interviewing. 

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Kyria Chrisp, MA
Mental Health Professional III
In the Mental Health field since 2010

Kyria joined Centennial Mental Health Center as a Mental Health Professional in October 2013.  She has worked in several different settings including a psychiatric hospital dealing with detox and addictions.  Kyria is based in the Fort Morgan office.  Kyria has worked in the mental health field since 2010.  She began her career in Dallas, TX working with victims of violent crimes.  Since moving to Colorado to pursue her Master's degree in Counseling in 2011, she has worked with shelters across the Denver metro area working with addictions, homelessness, domestic violence and women leaving prostitution.  Kyria graduated with her Master's in Counseling in 2013 from Colorado Christian University.  Kyria completed her internship at Still Waters Housing in Denver, CO.  Through her intership Kyria conducted mental health assessments, individual group therpy and crisis intervention.  She also worked with clients to build their support systems and find resources if they needed them.  Kyria's work experience includes working at a domestic violence shelter where she provided clients individual case management.  She also answered the crisis lines, helped clients create safety plans, and find resources they needed while in crisis.  Kyria also has worked at Centennial Peaks Hospital in the detox unit, working with individuals detoxing from various substances.  She facilitated groups and monitored client vigilantly.

  • BS, Psychology, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX 2010
  • MA, Counseling, Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO 2013
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Laura Brum, BS
Mental Health Professional I

Laura began working for Centennial in February 2014.  She started working in the  mental health field when she took on the role of Host Home Provider for Eastern Colorado Services for the Developmentally Disabled.  Laura assisted with individual care including behavioral and emotional support until she began her graduate studies in 2013.  Laura continues to work towards her credentials as a licensed professional counselor.

Laura previously worked in human resources as a speciality clinic coordinator for 22 doctors and as a legal assistant.  She enjoyed helping people with their needs.  She looks forward to working with the clients of Centennial while she pursues her Master's Degree.

  • BS, Applied Psychology, Regis University, Denver, CO 2013
  • Master's Degree LPC in progress, Adams State University, CO 2014 
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Lexi Ververs, BA
Interagency Oversight Group Coordinator (IOG) 

Lexi Ververs is a recent graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Family Studies, she also has both a minor in Women's Studies and Business Adminstration.  Lexi was born and raised in Greeley, CO where she continues to reside.  Lexi joined the Centennial Mental Health Team as the Morgan County Interagency Oversight Group Coordinator and FACT Conference Facilitator in March of 2012.  Lexi is new to the field but has a strong passion for working with youth and families in unfortunate circumstances as is evident by the community service she has performed in that capacity.  Lexi's main job as the IOG Coordinator is to oversee the board of community agencies that have come together under House Bill 1451-Collaborative Management Program to help provide additional collaborative services and treatments for youth in the community by:

  • Reducing duplication and eliminate the fragmentation of services provided;
  • Increasing the quality, appropriateness and effectiveness of services provided;
  • Encouraging cost-sharing among service providers;
  • Leading to better outcomes and cost reduction services provided to children and families.

Lexi looks forward to working with all the families and youth in the community and making Morgan County a better place to live and work!

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Lora Kopp-Mahluza, LPC, LAC
Mental Health Professional III

Lora has worked in the education and mental health fields for eleven years.  She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families.  Lora has worked for private school and social service agencies, she also maintained a private practice.  Lora's experience and interest include working with youth with behavioral challenges, trauma, substance use and abuse issues, parenting challenging children, cultural transitions and adjustments, foster and adoptive families, depression, anxiety and chronic illness.

Lora holds a Master's degree in Clinical Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and also a Licensed Addiction Counselor in Colorado.  Lora is a wife and mother.

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Mental Health Professional 
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Rebecca "Becky" Greenwood, LPC
Mental Health Professional III

Areas of expertise include these populations:  Children, Families, Adolescents and Adults.

Treatment expertise includes:  Mental Health Assessments, In-Home and Family Preservation Therapy, Depression, Anxiety, Adjustment Disorders, Impulse Control Disorders, Conduct Disorders, Trauma, ADHD, Personality Disorders, Dual Diagnosis

Becky has worked in the Human Services and Mental Health Fields for over 20 years.  Becky joined Morgan County Department of Human Services in 1991 as a Caseworker in the PAC program, she was promoted to Manager and headed the intake unit for the next 12 years.  Becky was a member of many community boards and state boards during her time with the Department.  She served on the Child Fatality State Review team for seven years.  In 2003, Becky accepted the position of Child Welfare Manager for Gunnison/Hinsdale Counties until 2008.  Upon completion of her Master's Degree she accepted the position of child and family therapist for Mohave Mental Health in Kingman, AZ.

Becky returned to Fort Morgan to be close to her family in 2010.  She accepted the position of Mental Health Professional II for Centennial in September 2010, as one of the on-site therapists for the STEPS program.

Becky has experience working with children, adolescents and families.  Becky's experience and interests include at-risk adolescents who struggle with behavioral and emotional problems and their families, children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, substance abuse treatment and dual diagnosis adolescents.

Becky is currently pursuing her PsyD. in Clinical Psychology through Walden University.

Becky and her husband Charlie live in rural Fort Morgan along with one daughter, Nacole, her son Matthew and two spoiled boxers, Maggie and Hank.

  • National Certified Counselor
  • Member of ACA and APA
  • Psi Chi Member
  • Bachelor of Arts, BA Psychology and Sociology, Hastings College, Hastings, NE
  • Masters of Science, Human Services, Mental Health Counseling Specialization, Capella University
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Rosie Bowey, CAC III
Certified Interpreter
Jail Based Behavioral Health Clinican

Areas of expertise include these populations:  Adolescents, Adults and Spanish speaking population.

Treatment expertise includes:  Providing DUI treatment programs, Intensive Outpatient Treatment programs including SSIC, Substance Use Disorder treatment, Anger Management and Relapse Prevention.  Rosie also provides Specialized Women's Treatment services, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Substance Use Disorder testing and evaluations.

Rosie provides services to incarcerated individuals in the criminal justice system.  She is currently represents Centennial in Morgan County's Drug Court.  Since, 1997, Rosie has provided group therapy for those that are required to treatment by the criminal justice system as well as Health and Human Services, DMV and self-referrals.  Rosie's goal is to fully support the lcient and help them to be successful in getting out, and staying out of the legal system.

 

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Shawna Wahlert
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) Specialist

Shawna began working the Fund 7 pilot program in February 2011 and has watched it grow to become a very successful program spanning Centennial's 10 counties.

CMHC/DVR is commited to bridging the gap between employers and potential employees.  Shawna has enjoyed working with clients to help them realize their abilities.  She finds it rewarding to see clients discover that they have the ability to make it on their own and be a successful participant in the competitive workforce.  Individuals who become employed often exceed their goals in both work and their personal lives.

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Tamara K. Stainbrook, MS
Mental Health Professional II

Areas of expertise include these populations:  Children, Adolescents, Adults and Families

Treatment Expertise includes:  Case Management, individual and Group Therapy

Issues of expertise include:  Mental Health Assessment, Treatment Planning, Mood Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, Behavioral Disorders, Crisis Evaluation and Intervention, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Trauma and PTSD/ASD and Homelessness

Tamara began working for Centennial in March 2013.  Prior to joining Centennial, Tamara worked as a Mental Health Clinician with homeless families in Denver for 3 years, with an emphasis on deomestic violence.  Before moving to Colorado in 2010, Tamara worked with a variety of populations in Iowa including homeless families, homeless youth and children in residential psychiatric treatment.

Tamara has been a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) since 2008.

  • BA, Psychology & Criminal Justice, Simpson College, Indianola, IA, 2001
  • MS, Community Mental Health & K-12 Guidance, Drake University, Des Moines, IA, 2009 
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Tracy Kumke, BA
Mental Health Professional
In the Mental Health Field since 2008

Areas of expertise include these populations:  Adults and the Chronically Mentally Ill

Treatment expertise includes:  Case Management and Psycho-educational groups

Issues of expertise include:  Depression, Anxiety, Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, Crisis Management/Emergency Services, Homeless Case Management Services, Health and Wellness Services, Medication Management,   Benefit Acquisition, Referrals to Housing and other Community Resources.

Tracy began working with CMHC in 2008.  She has worked as a Case Manager for the Community Support Program (CSP), helping individuals work towards recovery and live independently in the community.  Tracy will soon be starting a new position of Intensive Case Manager for the Emergency Response Team while continuing to work in CSP as well.  Tracy has attended a number of different trainings including Emergency Disaster Training Level I and II, 27-65 Emergency Training, Mental Health First Aid, QMAP Training and certification, in addition to several trainings aimed at specific mental health disorders including Mood and Anxiety Disorders.  Tracy plans to continue in the Mental Health field and  hopes to work towards obtaining a Master's degree in the future.

  • BA, Psychology, University of Northern Colorado, 2007
 
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