Kristin R. Vernon, LMSW
Kristin Vernon is a Licensed Master Social Worker and has worked with individuals with exceptionalities, educators, direct care providers, and parents for approximately 16 years. She was an Independent Living Coordinator for adolescent girls, an AmeriCorps volunteer, and is a certified Teaching-Parent. As an AmeriCorps volunteer, she was a co-teacher in a regional treatment center on-site classroom for children with severe emotional, behavioral, and psychiatric disorders and a therapeutic assistant in the group home. She consulted and developed treatment plans for children in public schools, and substituted in the Social Skills Training classroom in an alternative high school. She worked as a research assistant and school liaison on major research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development and implemented several instructional programs in elementary and junior high classes during research studies. She received her Bachelor's of Social Work as a member of two honor societies, earned her Master of Social Work through the University of Kansas, and is licensed through the Behavioral Sciences Review Board. Ms. Vernon recently worked as a social work specialist providing individual therapy, group therapy and case management for adults in a 50 bed in-patient state psychiatric hospital. She has co-facilitated groups related to coping with loss, coping with change, and decision making and managing recovery. She developed and facilitated suicide prevention groups and has provided individual therapy including CBT and Solution-Focused approaches. She has volunteered for over seven years as a suicide and crisis prevention counselor and currently serves as the Director of Clinical Services for Headquarters Counseling Center. She is the Clinical Director for Social Perspective.