Comprehensive School and Community Treatment (CSCT)
Melissa Mitchell, LCPC CSCT Therapist
Melissa was born and raised in the beautiful state of Montana. She graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Development and received her Master of Science for Mental Health Counseling in 2012 from Montana State University. Melissa recently returned from the western part of Montana to continue her experience working in a community mental health setting. Her counseling approach and style draw from an interpersonal, client-centered, and attachment focus; and she believes that the therapeutic relationship is the foundation of promoting change and growth. Melissa has five years’ experience in this community working with children and adults in a variety of therapeutic settings. She enjoys hiking, camping, and floating the river and thinks that summer and fall seasons are just never long enough.
Shelli Griffith, LCSW CSCT Therapist
Shelli earned her BA in Psychology from Northern Arizona University and completed her MSW from Walla Walla University. Employed at GMHC since 2004, Shelli has worked in a variety of roles, consistently employing best practice care and delivering quality, compassionate service for her clients. Shelli is an integral part of GMHC, offering informed advice, witty humor and welcome support to her peers. In her spare time, Shelli enjoys reading, hiking, camping and spending time with her family.
Melaney Swenson, LCSW CSCT Therapist
Melaney Swenson, LCSW is the CSCT program therapist at Heck Quaw Elementary School in Belgrade. Melaney grew up in a small town in Montana and, as the daughter of educators, is thrilled to be able to use her clinical skills in a school environment. Melaney graduated from the University of Montana in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. From there, Melaney provided youth development services in an inner city neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. Melaney attained her MSW degree from Boise State University in 2000 and worked with Idaho Youth Ranch Family Services until joining Catholic Charities of Idaho (CCI) in 2002. While providing clinical services to children and families, Melaney assisted CCI in program development as Regional Director of CCI’s Boise Family Strengthening Center. With a desire to move home to Montana and be closer to family, Melaney joined GMHC in 2014. Melaney is consistently amazed at the wisdom and resilience of children and appreciates being a part of their healing journey. In her spare time, Melaney enjoys spending time with friends and family and exploring the natural beauty of Montana.
Taylor Wirkus, CSCT Therapist
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Ai Blakeslee, BS CSCT Behavioral Specialist
Ai (pronounced A – eye) has been a member of the GMHC team since June of 2006. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, he moved to Montana and started a career working with youth and their families in the community. Several evolutions later, he had the opportunity to assist with the development of the CSCT program in the Belgrade Middle School. Ai tends to focus on building relationships, accountability, and independence. Humor is his favorite tool and he finds it quite helpful when he is helping kids make effective choices in the moment. Ai spends his free time with his wife and son, often going for walks with their dog, Lola. He enjoys playing loud guitar, snowboarding, and anything Sci-fi.
Dawn Long, BA CSCT Behavioral Specialist
Dawn has an adventurous spirit and greatly enjoys outdoor physical activities such as hiking, hunting, fishing, cross country skiing, etc… She loves spending time with close family and friends and desires to travel the world with purpose. Dawn graduated from MSU in Health and Human Development, Family Science. After working in sales, including real estate, she returned to her love of helping people, accepting the position of Change Your Life Program Coordinator with Love INC. Dawn developed and curated the program into a fully functioning instructional and mentoring program aimed at improving fundamental adult life skills. She now thoroughly enjoys working with teens at Belgrade High School, understanding it can be a challenging time between childhood and adulthood. Dawn focuses on empowering her clients’ self esteem, attitude and vision for their life, as well as taking steps toward their highest potential. Dawn has a passion for life, God and people, is an encourager, and explores every opportunity to enjoy and celebrate the amazing world and people around her.”
Jill Schneider, CSCT Behavioral Specialist
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Elizabeth Stewart, BS CSCT Behavioral Specialist
Elizabeth is the behavior specialist at Heck Quaw Elementary School in Belgrade. She began her work with GMHC in 2014 and is proud to have assisted in the start up of Heck Quaw’s CSCT program. Elizabeth has her bachelor’s of science degree in Community Health and is excited to be working with children and their families in the school environment. Elizabeth loves spending free time with her family and can often be seen enjoying the trails around the Gallatin Valley
Logan joins Gallatin Mental Health Center as the CSCT Behavioral Specialist after completing his senior year of college at Montana State University. He graduated in the spring of 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences, after he received the 2016 Award for Excellence from MSU. Logan grew up in Butte Montana, which is why he brings to the team a sense of humor and a grin on his face. When not at work, Logan can often be found studying, hanging with friends, or enjoying numerous outdoor activities.
Kassy Gahagan, CSCT Behavioral Specialist
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Leslie Wechsel, MSW-IT
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Sarah Mckissick, CSCT Therapist
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