All Kinds of News for March 06, 2019
Auldern is pleased to introduce their new clinical director, Shannon Draper, M.A., LPC.
Shannon is new to North Carolina, having moved from Boston in early 2017. She has been working with children, adolescents and families for over fifteen years and received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in trauma in children and adolescents from Lesley University. Shannon has a multitude of experience providing outpatient therapy, in home services and community outreach. Her most recent clinical position (as lead clinician on the Trauma Recovery Team of an integrated behavioral health department) enabled her to work with the Boston Public Health Commission to support survivors of trauma, crime and loss.
Although she has enjoyed all of her clinical positions, Shannon's true passion has always been in residential settings. She has worked as a family advocate with young mothers in a homeless teen living program and as a clinician with adjudicated young men in incarceration. Through these settings she has learned that the best clinical work can be done in the moment, while appropriate healthy coping skills can begin to replace destructive thoughts and behaviors immediately. She has been trained in TF-CBT, ARC, DBT, play therapy, triple P and somatic/expressive therapy. The therapeutic approach that she finds most beneficial is a strength-based, person centered approach and believes that the language we use with each other and ourselves is a critical component to positive results. She is excited to join the Auldern team.
In her free time she has been enjoying taking day trips around North Carolina; loves the outdoors, staying active and spending time with her new husband.
In addition, Auldern said so long (not goodbye) to Eileen Antalek, Ed.D., CEP. While it has been difficult to see Eileen leave, her reasons for leaving are personal and the expection is that she will still come around and visit with all the folks at Auldern, staff and student alike.
In her email to Auldern staff prior to her retirement, Eileen wrote, ‘I have enjoyed my time with Auldern, especially with the girls - that is the hardest part about leaving here! I have made some good friends, and I really appreciate the dedication to care that I have seen from staff members.’
Finally, Beth Ragland will take over admissions, in addition to her current role. As many of you know, Beth has worked in admissions and outreach for years and looks forward to speaking to our referral sources about families, and to the families to discuss their daughters. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Beth (firstname.lastname@example.org) or our Executive Director, Angie Fusco (email@example.com) and they will do their best to answer any questions you have and assist you with your families. Auldern hopes you will all take the time to come down and visit Auldern Academy, meet Shannon and see all the exciting things that are happening on campus. Please contact Beth if you’d like to schedule a visit.
About Auldern Academy
Auldern Academy is a college preparatory, therapeutic boarding school for young women ages 14 to 18. We provide a positive platform that helps transform the lives of young women academically, emotionally, and socially.