On May 2, 2017, Lawrence County Peer Leadership, a program of the Human Services Center, celebrated its annual Peer Leadership Recognition Banquet. This event marked twenty-one years of the Lawrence County Peer Leadership Program and over one thousand students that have been trained. The event was held at The Villa Banquet Center. Daniel Barnes, Director of Lawrence County Peer Leadership and Director of the Human Services Center Student Assistance Program (SAP), served as the moderator for this celebration. Seventy-three sophomore students from all of the Lawrence County schools districts were recognized for their service to their schools and community. Each of these students participated in three days of training this past school year. The training was designed to educate the students in the qualities of leadership, empathy for others, communication, and multi-cultural awareness. Students were then challenged to “make a difference” in their homes, schools, and communities. Students also learned to identify problems and pursue solutions to the issues that challenge teenagers today. At the banquet, selected students from each of the Lawrence County schools, were asked to speak about “What it means to be a Peer Leader,” an important highlight of the evening.
The Human Services Center has provided the administration and coordination of this program since 1995. A dedicated staff from Lawrence County Drug and Alcohol Commission and Cray Youth and Family Services, work with this program as well. Back in their schools, these peer leaders collaborate with others already trained, also members of a Peer Leadership Club. Each club has committed advisors who provide them guidance and help coordinate activities that benefit the Lawrence County community. Below is a list of the 2016/2017 Peer Leaders and Advisors that were recognized at this banquet.
Lawrence County Peer Leaders
|Laurel High School – Michele McClelland, Advisor|
|Juliana Cooper||*Autumn O’Neill||Jack Rogan|
|Scott Hardy||Brianna Reeher||Jesse Wright|
|Abigail McCosby|| || |
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|Lawrence Co. Career & Technical Center – Donna Pasterik, Advisors|
|Trevor Cunningham||*Riley Leonard||Skylar Schultz|
|*Rachel Duffy||Rich Nesbit||Max Strobel|
|Alexis Herald||Joey Pletz||Julia Williams|
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|Lincoln High School – Laura Adams, Advisor|
|Cami Cortez||Annie Macom||*Alex Scott|
|Tyler Cunningham||Tara Marsh||Madeline Spadafore|
|Chloe Küffer|| || |
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|Mohawk High School – Ryan Castor, Advisor|
|Tiffany Bromley||Molly Fitzsimmons||Samantha Huston|
|Frank Conti||Morgan Gleghorn||Jessica Matsukas|
|*Madyson Dailey|| || |
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|Neshannock High School – Ned Yahn, Advisor|
|Emily Allshouse||Tori Gouza||*Shenley Wish|
|Adrienne Anzalone||Hannah Lash||Ally Zarilla|
|Mia Greco|| || |
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|New Castle High School – Becky Saymansky, Advisor|
|*Evan Brown||Matthew Gibson||Nick Papa|
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|Shenango High School – Kim Rudesill & Debbie Grego, Advisors|
|Zoey Angelucci||*Sam Miloser||Hallee Sipe|
|Anna Bupp||Paige Seitam||Delaney Zarone|
|Joey Doughty|| || |
|Union High School – James Dotson, Advisor|
|*Kylee Chrastina||*Shae-Lynn Quinn||Lindsey Wheaton|
|Miguel Joseph||Mercedes Shaner||Isabella Williams|
|*Audrey Monstwil|| || |
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|Wilmington High School – Brandon Phillian, Advisor|
|Aleah Deal||Tage Kelliher||Raleigh Shimrack|
|*Grace Ferrell||Alex Ramirez||Sierra Twigg|
|Jessica Huff|| || |
Human Services Center (HSC) has begun offering Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) to families in the area. Elizabeth S. Buchanan, MA, NCC, LPC, a Child and Adolescent Outpatient Therapist at HSC, was trained in this treatment model at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh and is a member of the HSC treatment team.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a treatment practice for young children (2.5-7 years) that aids parents, or other caregivers of children experiencing behavioral challenges (aggression, oppositional and defiant behaviors, and temper outbursts), achieve effective parenting skills. It also is considered to be an excellent treatment for families that may experience high levels of anger and/or aggression within the home. These could include families that have been involved in Children and Youth Services (CYS) locally. Children at risk of losing daycare or early childhood educational placements because of problem behaviors may also benefit from PCIT.
According to Michele Kelly-Thompson, HSC’s Director of Clinical Services, “Clinical studies confirm that families who complete PCIT see lasting improvements in their child’s behavior that include less-frequent and less-intense tantrums, decreased crying and whining, and less hyperactivity and inattention. The parents experienced notably lower stress levels, enjoyed parenting more, and typically developed a closer, more fulfilling relationship with their child.”
Treatment professionals in this program possess advanced degrees and/or professional licenses in the behavioral sciences and have received specialized training in PCIT. A board certified psychiatrist is available to consult with the families as needed.
For more information on PCIT, contact the Human Services Center at 724-658-3578.
Elizabeth Buchanan, MA, NCC, LPC
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HSC has recently implemented a new streamlined process to begin services. The first step is to walk-in to our main center located at 130 W. North St. in New Castle between 8:45 and 9:30 am Monday thru Friday. Please plan on staying until 11:00 am to complete your Intake assessment and all necessary paperwork. Please bring your Insurance Card, Social Security Number, Date of Birth, and Proof of Identification. If you have no insurance that will cover the cost of your care you may still qualify for services at low or no cost. Please walk in to talk to one of our staff members about how to apply for assistance.
If you are seeking services for a child or adolescent, they must be present to complete the intake. For children under the age of 14, a legal guardian must be present. If there is a current custody, Power of Attorney, or Guardianship arrangement, supporting paperwork must also be provided at the time of intake.
The “Lawrence County Suicide Prevention Coalition” meets monthly at Human Services Center. Anyone is welcome to participate. Please R.S.V.P. to Susan Cole at 724-658-3578, ext. 105 or email@example.com so that we may plan accordingly.
2016 Meeting Schedule
December – to be announced