In mental health therapy, great life moments can look big and small. Kelly Betsworth, Behavioral Health Manager has seen many unforgettable moments in her four years at ChildServe. One that stands out to her is a child who was able to overcome separation anxiety.
“I worked with a child who was very anxious and timid with extreme separation anxiety. He would cling to his mother and cry whenever she needed to leave him somewhere, including in therapy sessions. Eventually, he was able to take his therapists’ hand happily and walk away, playing and chatting through a whole 45-minute session without his mom, and happily wave as he boarded the bus alone to ride to school.”
She’s also seen children successfully use their breathing coping skills to calm down, decrease aggressive outbursts, and some who can stop taking the medicine they previously needed to manage their mental health.
Growing up, Kelly Betsworth wanted to be a counselor, but she also dreamed of being a lawyer. As a social worker at ChildServe, Kelly gets the best of both worlds, helping families as a therapist and advocating for them in healthcare and social issues. Her favorite part of her job is the combination of working with children and families and new therapists.
“I enjoy my direct contact with children and families immensely, particularly meeting and welcoming new families into treatment and assessing needs and treatment recommendations from a trauma-informed lens,” said Kelly.” I also love my role as a clinical supervisor and manager; working with new therapists, watching them grow and hone their therapeutic skills and seeing them realize their goals is very rewarding.”
Additionally, Kelly loves working at ChildServe because it is so unique.
“ChildServe is not just a Behavioral Health organization; we are a whole healthcare organization aspiring to meet as many of the needs of the children we serve as we can. I can collaborate easily with an occupational therapist, psychologist, developmental nurse practitioner, child life specialist, medical social worker or other experts to better inform and enrich the care services that we all provide.”
If you’re interested in working with amazing team members like Kelly and experiencing great life moments with kids who have special healthcare needs, view our current openings.
ChildServe improves the health and well-being of more than 4,600 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We serve children with developmental delays, disabilities, acquired injuries, and other special healthcare needs.