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Beacon

Counties Served:

Brown County

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The Beacon program is a collaboration between Howard-Suamico, Pulaski, West De Pere School Districts and Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin to bridge the gap between school and mental health treatment and services.

The program serves as a transition for youth coming out of an inpatient hospitalization, in severe mental health crisis or likely in need of higher-level care supports, and/or those with a history of individualized mental health needs that have significantly impacted their academic success.

The program serves youth from 8th grade through 10th grade.

Beacon services are provided at our satellite office in the Howard-Suamico School District.

Therapy

Beacon has two therapists on staff who specialize in student mental health. Our therapists provide:

  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy

Our therapists utilize techniques and/or strategies to best serve the students’ needs. These may include:

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
    • Explores how a student’s thoughts, feelings, and actions are all connected.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
    • Mindfulness and developing skills to regulate emotions.
  • Client/Person-Centered Therapy
    • Utilizes a non-directive form of talk therapy where the therapist and client act as an equal partner in the therapy process.

Academics

A teacher from the Howard-Suamico School District also supports students during the day in various academic areas so that the student can progress and earn credits towards graduation. In addition, students receive case management services to support them and set them up for success as they transition back to school full time.

Enrollment

Students can be enrolled in Beacon on half days for 8-12 weeks on average.

The Beacon program is open to students grades 8-10 from the Howard-Suamico, West De Pere, and Pulaski school districts who have various levels of mental health needs. Students who are struggling with their mental health and academics are referred by their school social worker. Each student must participate in a clinical screening to determine if Beacon is an appropriate fit.

Family Services will bill for individual and family therapy sessions. These sessions occur on a one- to two-time weekly basis, based on the needs of the student. Family Services will also bill group therapy five times a week.

Meet the Therapists

Amber Siebold, LPC

Current Position: Therapist

Joined Family Services: 2021

Degrees/Licenses:

  • Master of Arts in Counseling from Lakeland University
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • Licensed Professional Counselor In-Training (LPC-IT)

 Experience:

Experience working with children, adolescents, adults and their families in various settings since 2014.

Specialties:

Works with adolescents and their families managing overall mental health, self-esteem, communication, and emotional regulation.

Rachel Miller, MSW, CAPSW

Current Position: Therapist

Joined Family Services: 2023

Degrees/Licenses:

  • Master of Social Work from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • School Social Work Post-Graduate Certification from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Bachelor of Social Work, Minor of Human Development with Child Welfare Emphasis from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • Certified Advanced Practice Social Worker (CAPSW)

Experience:

Has worked with children, adolescents, adults and their families since 2004 with experience in a variety of settings including group homes, foster care, school settings, homes, community-based settings and other treatment centers.

 

Specialties:

Working collaboratively with younger students and adolescents and their families managing overall mental health, self-esteem, communication, emotional regulation and boundary setting.  Background includes working with youth and adults on family/relationship issues, parenting challenges, anger management, abuse and trauma, stress, coping skills, grief & loss, wellness & self-empowerment, crisis intervention, suicidal ideation, behavioral challenges and homelessness efforts. Focus and utilize a strengths-based approach to help clients achieve goals and care plan. Trained in Trauma-Informed Care, Restorative Practices, Compassion Resilience, and several other therapeutic-based interventions.