Kristin R. Vernon, LSCSW
Kristin Vernon is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW) and has worked with individuals with exceptionalities, educators, direct care providers, and parents for approximately 20 years. She graduated from the University of Kansas with the honors (Social Work PRN Scholar, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization) while pursuing her Bachelor's of Social Work and Master of Social Work and is licensed through the Behavioral Sciences Review Board. She was an Independent Living Coordinator for adolescent girls, an AmeriCorps volunteer, and 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. Ms. Vernon 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.
Ms. Vernon is the Clinical Director for Social Perspective, LLC. She provides individual, couples, family, group therapy counseling, equine-assisted psychotherapy, and educational workshops. She facilitates groups related to coping with loss, coping with change, anxiety, anger, and managing recovery and has conducted workshops for foster parents and school personal related to youth suicide prevention and social skill development. She has advanced training in working with individuals on the autism spectrum and their families and is a specialist in the areas of trauma, depression and anxiety, and social skills. Ms. Vernon is considered an expert in the field of suicidology. She volunteered as a crisis counselor for Headquarters Counseling Center for eight years before accepting her current position as Director of Counseling Services for the Center. She has trained and supervised over 200 volunteer counselors to answer the suicide hotline and manages volunteer counselors. She holds several certifications related to suicide awareness and prevention including Applied Suicide Intervention Skill Training (ASIST trainer); Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM) Trainer; Yellow Ribbon Trainer; and Teaching-Parent Certification. She trains professionals in Kansas and Missouri on suicide awareness, prevention and counseling and is a University of Kansas field instructor providing clinic supervision and training to practicum students. She has been a speaker at national conferences and workshops and represents Headquarters
Counseling Center on the Douglas County Suicide Prevention Coalition, the Douglas County Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Board of Directors, the Douglas County Emergency Management Board of Directors, and the University Mental Health Collaborative.