Crittenton CEO Kathy Szafran, residential therapist Laura Smith, and Dr. Nadine Burke Harris founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, at The National Crittenton Foundation Conference in Washington DC. Dr. Harris is a national leader in incorporating trauma-informed care for children and youth.
“The event was a great fit as a pre-conference session of the Handle with Care Conference,” says Crittenton President & CEO, Kathy Szafran. “Research demonstrates that many West Virginia children experience early childhood adversity which impacts their school career, transition to adulthood, and long-term health. Crittenton has been committed to trauma-informed care and research since 2010. There are now many partnerships, across a variety of systems, that are exploring and utilizing trauma-informed practice in the state. Anyone who works with young people will find the film and the presentation a good source of information on trauma-informed care and brain development.”
“Proceeds from the luncheon fund activities for girls and young moms in our residential program, such as monthly birthday parties, recreation, holiday activities, cultural events, and more. The generosity of our supporters give kids in residential care the opportunities that every kid needs to feel included and valued,” says Cathy Byers, Director of Marketing.
“I am excited to lead the Wheeling Wellspring team,” says Kristin Snyder. “Wellspring offers a unique service, by seeing clients in homes and at schools. I am proud of the work of our therapists and case managers, who are committed to make counseling services more accessible to children, adults, and families.”
Crittenton's Founding Father’s Trail Run/Walk is a unique event that offers a challenging off-road running and walking experience. The scenic 3.1 mile groomed course winds through some of WV’s most spectacular hiking trails at Grand Vue Park, beginning and ending adjacent to the Red Barn. The event takes place on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Walk-in registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Race time is 9:00 a.m.
"Crittenton was the first stage of my journey. It's where I learned that true transformation comes from within. It was the foundation of my recovery and where I began to feel comfortable in my own skin. Sharing my story is my way of giving back and saying ‘thank you Crittenton’ for never giving up on me. If my message touched just one person today, then I came here to do what I was meant to do."
April Fetty, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), has been named the new site director for the Wellspring Family Services office in Huntington, WV. Fetty brings nearly twenty years of experience in behavioral health to her new position. Her previous experience includes an emphasis on substance abuse treatment for women. Fetty earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Counseling and Rehabilitation from Marshall University. She is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC).