Erin received a Master’s Degree in Counseling through the Counselor Education Program at the University of Montana in 2003. Erin has worked for the Youth Homes since 1995 and is the Clinical and Program Director. In addition, she has a significant interest and experience in providing therapy for youth and their care givers. She sees preschool aged children through adolescents and their families. With a primary focus on strengthening relationships, connection and bonding; Erin’s uses Attachment Theory to inform her work. She has been trained in the evidenced based practice model of The Circle of Security, both as a facilitator and as a therapist. Erin works with clients who have Mood Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, trauma, parenting challenges, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and ADHD. Erin uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients makes desired changes. Erin uses mindfulness and relaxation skills to help clients regulate their emotions. She also uses Motivational Interviewing skills to help all clients become active early in their therapeutic process. Erin is trained in therapy with children, adolescents, birth parents, foster and adoptive families. Erin is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Montana.
Emily was born and raised in Connecticut. She currently holds a BA in Communications from Keene State College in New Hampshire and is an Alumni of Delta Phi Epsilon International Sorority.
Emily has completed two service trips to Guatemala. Her first trip was with Habitat for Humanity where she assisted in the demolition and reconstruction of two families’ homes. Emily was eager to get back to Guatemala and took a second trip with Dentists Donating Services International. During this trip she assisted with oral surgeries and anesthetic procedures on youths and adults.
In her spare time you can find her antiquing or furniture flipping. She is very eager to find every thrifty treasure Missoula has hidden as she builds her inventory for her future in styling and planning events.
Sara Fisher has worked for youth homes for 25 years after completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology and then studying for a Masters in School Psychology. She worked in therapeutic group care for 17 years before moving to the Dan Fox Family Care Program where she specializes as a Treatment Manager and Family Support Services Specialist. Sara is married, has a teenage son and a Dorgi dog named Shorty. Sara enjoys skiing, cycling, traveling, gardening, baking and baseball.
Kelsey is a therapist and the Services Coordinator for the Dan Fox Family Care Program. In addition to gathering and processing referrals, she does in home and outpatient therapy with children and families. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Montana in 2011 and has been licensed since 2014. She has worked with individuals, children, adolescents, and families facing various challenges, including trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, physical illness, end of life, abuse, neglect, poverty, and behavior difficulties. She is trained in Circle of Security, motivational interviewing, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and parent management training. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys spending time with her dogs, skiing, hiking, riding four wheelers, and playing in the outdoors.
Zach is a doctoral student in the University of Montana’s school psychology program. Prior to coming to UM, he worked at the suicide hotline in Oxford, Ohio. His work there primarily focused on assessing risk and coordinating community resources. During his time at UM, he has worked as a school psychologist in the Missoula area, teaches undergraduate psychology courses, and provided child and family therapy at the Clinical Psychology Center on the UM campus. Currently, Zach’s research interests include: effectively treating Autism Spectrum Disorder using Evidence-Based Practices in Psychology, examining the School-to-Prison Pipeline in the state of Montana, and developing culturally responsive practices in school psychology.
Susan is a doctoral candidate in the University of Montana’s clinical psychology program. Prior to coming to UM, she worked with the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters’ Child Abuse Program, a regional Child Advocacy Center partnering with Eastern Virginia Medical School. Her work there focused on research surrounding cognitive behavioral therapy for traumatized youth, caregiver and parenting capacity evaluations, and mental health needs screening of children referred for medical and forensic evaluations. During her time at UM, she has worked with the University’s Clinical Psychology Center and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Behavioral Health Department. She teaches undergraduate psychology at the university and parent psychoeducation courses with Families First. Susan is currently conducting research for her dissertation that will evaluate the impact of the Missoula County Youth Crisis Diversion Project on Missoula’s youth and their families.
Caitlin is a Family Care Therapist with the Dan Fox Family Care Program. She has been working with children and families in many settings for nearly 15 years. Caitlin was born and raised in Montana, and then completed a B.A. in Psychology at a liberal arts college in Vermont. After some traveling throughout the U.S., she returned to her roots in the Wild West. Caitlin earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Montana. During her time at the University, Caitlin provided counseling services to teens and young adults at Willard Alternative School and Trapper Creek Job Corps. She enjoys guiding kids’ yoga, learning about cultures, playing outdoors, and being with her family.
Chelsea joined Youth Homes in 2009 at the Shirley Miller Attention Home, where she worked as a Senior Staff member until 2013. From there she went on to pursue her Master’s Degree in Social Work. Throughout Graduate school Chelsea fulfilled her practicum with The Shirley Miller Attention Home and the Missoula County Youth Crisis Diversion Project studying public policy development and implementation. She is currently a Family Care Therapist with the Dan Fox Family Care Program. Chelsea has a passion for working with Children and Families and hopes to one day work to improve public policies that dictate the social services families in need receive. In her free time, Chelsea can be found in her tiny garden, crafting and sipping tea with her cat Margot.
Melissa recently returned to work for Youth Homes as a Transitional Living Services Manager. She graduated from Purdue University in 1993, majoring in Psychology, and previously worked for Youth Homes as a Treatment Manager for children in therapeutic foster care. She is passionate about helping young people find their own worth, respect the diversity of others, succeed to the best of their abilities, develop connections, and build a support system of people that will strengthen and sustain them as they become adults. In her current capacity, she works with youth between the ages of 14 and 21 who are aging out of the foster care system and need to develop independent living skills.
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Lori was hired as a Therapeutic Youth Care Worker at the Flathead Youth Home in August 2003, and remained there until November 2011. In this capacity, Lori provided guidance, structure and security to at risk youth struggling with issues such as chemical dependency, familial relations and academics. She also provided case management for youth coming out of Correctional facilities and placed with foster families called Guide Homes. In November 2011, Lori was hired full-time at the Dan Fox Family Care Program. She wears several different hats, continuing to provide case management for the Guide Home Program, Family Support Services for struggling families in the community and Transitional Living Services for youth aging out of foster care. Lori’s office is located in Kalispell, MT and when she’s not at work, you will find her spending time with family, friends and her dog in the great outdoors.
Linda was born in Great Falls and graduated from Montana State University. She worked as a State Child Protection Services worker in several counties and as a nursing home social worker for a number of years before starting her Youth Homes/Dan Fox Family Care career 14 years ago. Linda and her family enjoy outdoor activities and traveling. She is a supporter of community activities within the Polson area, including the Mission Valley Aquatics program.
Leigh received his Master’s Degree in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He has extensive experience providing therapy to youth pre-school age through adolescence and their families. His focus has been to help youth and families overcome significant life challenges that include, trauma, anxiety, mood dysregulation, social problems, family conflict, grief and loss. He has maintained a clinical interest in Play Therapy, The Collaborative and Proactive Solutions Model, and Family Systems Therapy. He has extended his clinical interest to trauma informed therapies and attachment theory. Leigh has been licensed as Clinical Professional Counselor in Montana since 2003. Leigh has over 20-years’ experience working with youth and families within the human services field. In his spare time Leigh enjoys spending time with his family, camping, and hanging out with his three Pug’s, Oscar, Zoey, and Barley.
In 1990 David completed the Rehabilitation Services Worker course at Clover Park Tech College. In 2005 he finished his BA in Human Services from Almeda University and in 2008 completed his MA in Social Services. David has been employed at Youth Homes since 2008 as a Treatment Manager and Family Support worker. David works with children ages 4 to 18. David is a trained facilitator of the Circle of Security parenting model. He is also trained in the Wraparound model. David has been working with adults and children in various social work capacities since 1990. Before coming to Youth Homes, David worked in the school system, mental health system, developmental disabilities system and vocational rehabilitation system.
Synda has worked for Dan Fox Family Care Program since January of 2016. Synda graduated from the University of Great Falls in 2002 and has worked in Mental Health/Social services since. She has been trained in many areas including the Circle of Security. She has worked with people of all ages and different cultures and enjoys giving back to the community. When she isn’t at work she is having family time which includes many outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, etc.
In 2012 Amber Harrness and her service dog, Shadow, graduated from the University of Montana with a BA in Elementary Education. Since 2008 she has been working with adults and youths ages 3-24, helping them manage their needs in a healthy and positive way so that they may go on to live successfully in the community. In her free time she enjoys 4-wheeling, maintaining her saltwater reef aquarium, and spending time with her growing family. Recently Amber and her husband became licensed foster parents in order to further help youth in need.
Becky has worked with the Dan Fox Family Care Program since 2012 as an office assistant. She performs background checks for prospective foster care and adoptive parents. Becky also does general office assistant work such as mailings and ordering supplies. In her off time, she enjoys volunteering for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and is on the board for Rocky Mountain Development Council. Becky also spends time camping and hiking with her family .