My name is Kellie Shawback and I began working at Rosa Parks as the Mental Health Practitioner through Fernbrook Family Center at the beginning of this school year (2018)! I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy from Winona State University with a minor in Psychology. Since then, I have spent most of my time working with adults in settings such as hospitals and IRTS (Intensive Residential Treatment Service) facilities. I recently transitioned to Fernbrook Family Center in May and have greatly enjoyed getting to spend my time working with children, teens, adults and families!
If you are wondering what a “Mental Health Practitioner” is, let me fill you in! I get to help “teach” clients “skills” that can be helpful in managing their Mental Health. So let’s say somebody struggles with Anxiety and because of this they are unable to ask a teacher for help. In sessions, we may start by talking about strategies that one can use to manage anxiety (i.e. using fidgets, role-playing, taking deep breaths, etc.) and eventually I would help this individual “practice” the skill and then utilize it in a real life situation. The great part about this job is that it is not limited to one specific office but it can take place in the community, the home, and at school!
In my short amount of time at Rosa Parks I have already learned so much about the wonderful staff & students! I look forward to getting to know more of you & if I can be of any help please just let me (& Tracy) know!