Worker Story

The MST Duo

Mutisystemic Therapy (MST) is a family and community-based treatment program designed to help at-risk youth make better decisions. After 30 years in the food and beverage industry, Ron Jackson decided he needed a new challenge. He attended night classes to continue his education, and became one of the first therapists to be hired for Highfields’

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New Shoes to Fill During COVID-19

Only six months in the role of Multisystemic Therapy (MST) Supervisor, Morgan was blindsided by the worldwide quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’m being pushed to be more creative with problem solving,” said Morgan. “I’ve learned how to stay true to the MST model while remaining considerate and empathetic to every client’s unique situation.”

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More to Give

After 39 years of teaching government to high school students, Greg Clevenger felt he still had more to give. He chose to continue his journey by earning his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Spring Arbor University. Greg believed he needed to seize the moment and continue helping others through counselling. As part of his

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Breathe and Be: Mindfulness Matters

Many clients involved  in Highfields’ programs  struggle with stress and anxiety. Highfields’ Multisystemic Therapy Supervisor, Becky Womboldt has seen positive changes in her clients using mindfulness techniques.  She recently embarked on a new adventure to become a certified mindfulness teacher  to enhance her skills to better serve clients. In July, Becky attended a weekend mindfulness mediation

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Kelly Supports Families in Critical Moments

 “Hearing from clients that I influenced them or was there for them in big moments helps reassure me that I am in the right position.” – Kelly    When Kelly Fox graduated with her Master’s in Social Work, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do, or who she wanted to work with. She just

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Russell Davis Empowers Kids Through Music

“Any form of music can be used as therapy,” – Russell    Russell Davis grew up in a musical household. He remembers first getting into music in the fourth grade when he got a journal and started writing down song lyrics for fun.      Now Russell is an accomplished songwriter and producer. He has

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A Champion for Change

35 years and hundreds of kids later, his passion continues.    Gary Turner has the natural-born talent of a social worker. He grew up in Lansing with five siblings, and his home was always open to friends and neighbors. His mother was a home-maker and took care of everyone. Gary was inspired by the way

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Breaking the Cycle

Mike came from a very poor family. He was raised by his grandmother because his parents were unable to take care of him. Although he struggled, he found his place working at Highfields and empowering kids to break the cycle.    When Mike was growing up he felt disadvantaged.    “I didn’t have the greatest

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Cheryl Embraces Change

Cheryl says goodbye to Highfields after 31 years of teaching. Although she never thought she would teach teenagers, working at Highfields changed her mind.    Cheryl Wichman never in a million years thought that she would be teaching teenagers.    “I’ve always liked working with children,” said Cheryl. “I emphasize ‘children’ because I never wanted

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An Unbreakable Bond

   Sherri has a heart for children who are suffering. For fourteen years she has dedicated her life to providing foster care, and has cared for over 60 children in her home.    Sherri adopted two of her foster children: Kara, age 10, and Nolan, age 5. Both of them are diagnosed with autism spectrum

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