Impact Counseling Services
School-based Outpatient Services
Impact Counseling Services is working in conjunction with the Northland Pines School District to provide quality confidential mental health services to children and adolescents within the school setting.
The goal of providing outpatient mental health services within the school environment is to improve access to clinical mental health services to children, adolescents and their families with respect to the child and family’s needs. The heart of Impact’s school based therapy service is in addressing the mental health symptoms of the child/adolescent that interfere with the quality and success in their daily life in a setting that is therapeutic and convenient for the client and the family. Interventions will address coping and management of concerns and symptoms of the individual with inclusion of the family to assist in goal-setting, treatment planning and stability for positive outcomes. Therapeutic intervention within the school allows children, adolescents and their families a therapeutically favorable location to address and achieve the most positive outcomes.
Northland Pines and Impact Counseling are working together to provide this service however both have guidelines with respect to student/client confidentiality. Mental health outpatient services will be provided by Impact Counseling as a separate service from the academic services provided by the school. It is important to understand that the strict guidelines that are followed in any mental health outpatient clinic concerning informed consent, rights and responsibilities and confidentiality are respected by both Northland Pines School and Impact Counseling Services. Impact Counseling Services is certified by the state of Wisconsin and adheres to the administrative rule DHS 35, governing clinical practices of outpatient clinics. Clinical information will not be shared between Northland Pines School and Impact Counseling without proper releases of information. The guardian of the child/adolescent will be responsible for granting permission for services as well as deciding if any information is shared with others, as well as what information may be shared.
The Impact team will develop an assessment and plan of treatment individualized to the client and the family that is culturally responsive and designed to meet the specific needs of the people we are serving. Impact counseling staff works with the clients and parents to address the specific needs of each client with a strength-based approach. Throughout treatment, we will work together to redefine treatment needs and adjust the plan accordingly.
Our clinical approach is strength-based, recognizing that children and families have individual and family functioning strengths and competencies. Therapists emphasize belief in the capacity for growth and change and the understanding that the axis of change is within the individual.
Children and adolescents that will benefit from outpatient services are those who are struggling with attendance, struggling with academic success, demonstrating irritability, withdrawing from others, experiencing difficulty concentrating, experiencing changes in sleeping or eating habits, changes in mood and affect, engaging in self-harmful behaviors and demonstrating challenging behaviors. Those who have experienced trauma, loss or other significant stressors, those who are in transition from another treatment facility and those who are identified by parents or teachers with concerning behavior and emotional functioning at home, school or in the community.
Mental health services are funded by third party payers such as private insurers, Badger care or medical assistance and self pay plans.
Referrals are accepted from parents, school personnel, community service providers and social service personnel.
For further information on the program and how to make referrals, please contact Renee M Millwood at (715) 296-5399 or Maggie Peterson at (715) 479-4473.