Jennifer Connor-Godbey, LCSW- Board President Jennifer Connor-Godbey is an outpatient counselor at the University of Kentucky Department of Psychiatry who sees a variety of patients, adults, adolescents, and their families. Previously, she was the Program Director/Therapists for Florence Crittenton Home Residential Treatment Program. She has also worked for Bluegrass as an in-home therapist. Jennifer is certified in Eye Movement Desentization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Functional Family Therapy (FFT).
I value the opportunity to network with so many talented clinical social workers. The professional relationships I have developed by being part of this Board have helped me in so many ways be a better clinician. I enjoy the opportunity to plan and host quality trainings. I also appreciate the timely information about opportunities to advocate in the legislature individually and collectively.
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Beth Hellebusch, LCSW - Board Treasurer, Legislative Committee Member Beth Hellebusch is an outpatient counselor at the Healthfirst Bluegrass Integrated Care Clinic who sees a variety of patients; adults, adolescents, children and their families. Previously, she was the Director of Outpatient Services at the Ridge, Director of IMPACT Plus at KVC Behavioral Healthcare and TeenPOP Program Director at Bluegrass.org. She served as an At-Large Board member for 2 terms until 2013.
I am so excited to be returning to the Board; working with the dedicated Board Members and the opportunity to connect with and learn from social work professionals.
Mia Perry, LCSW - Board Secretary, Education Committee Member Lexington, Bluegrass MH/MR Board (aka Bluegrass.org and aka Bluegrass Comprehensive Services) 2012-2013 and 2014-present. Mia Perry is a child and adolescent therapist currently employed at Bluegrass Comprehensive Services/Bluegrass.org. Mia has special interests in adoption and adoptive families, foster care, attachment and loss. I appreciate the opportunity to learn more about the profession and to help promote professional development and clinical education for all Kentucky social workers.
Blake L. Jones, Ph.D., LCSW - Education Committee Chair Blake L. Jones, Ph.D., LCSW is a Lecturer in the University of Kentucky College of Social Work. After completing his undergraduate work at Berea College, he received his MSW and Ph.D. from the UK College of Social Work. His professional jobs have included coordinating Kentucky’s Citizen Review Panels for Child Protective Services and Children’s Justice Task Force, working as a clinical social worker at St. Joseph Hospital, and providing technical assistance to over thirty-five state child welfare agencies through a contract with the federal Children’s Bureau. He has authored or co-authored eleven articles in peer-reviewed journals, and maintains a private practice in Lexington, Kentucky. In his private practice, Dr. Jones works with older teens and adults, and he specializes in assisting law enforcement officers and their families. Dr. Jones is trained in Critical Incident Stress De-briefing and is a member of the Council on Social Work Education and the Kentucky Society for Clinical Social Work. He is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter. Melissa—his wife of twenty years—is an occupational therapist, and he is the father of two teenage sons.
Carla Van Hoose, LCSW - Governance Committee Chair Carla currently practices in Van Hoose & Associates. Her areas of Expertise include drug and alcohol counseling, codependency, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and phobias, and life transitions and grief.
I value my work with KSCSW because I think it helps professionals make contacts, monitor ethical behavior, learn new skills and provide better service to our clients.
Terri Powell, LCSW - Membership Committee Chair Terri received her MSW from UK in 1998 and opened her private practice in 2011. Terri has 30 years of experience helping people recover from substance use disorders and 15 years of experience helping people overcome mental health issues; especially anxiety, depression and relationship problems. Special interests include trauma focused care, mindfulness, and chronic pain management with CBT.
Josh Barnett, MSSW, LCSW - At-Large Member, Legislative Committee Co-Chair Josh is a clinician at the Center on Trauma and Children, providing in-depth assessments for at-risk families. Josh earned a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Louisville in 2011 and previously earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Kentucky. As a clinical social worker, Josh has provided community based services with at-risk youth with the Impact Plus program where he provided intensive in-home services for families at risk and therapeutic services to foster children in foster homes. In addition to working directly with individuals and families, Josh has worked as a team leader in a Behavioral Health Program, a program director of an Eastern Kentucky Family Preservation and Reunification Program and has been an instructor for the University of Kentucky College of Social Work.
Willie Thomas Boddie, Jr., MSW, LCSW - At-Large Member, Membership Committee Willie's professional career has included practice in outpatient clinic and in-home settings since 1997 with the Bluegrass MH/MR Board (currently known as Bluegrass.org) and more than 10 years with KVC Behavioral HealthCare of Kentucky (formerly Croney and Clark, LLC). He previously worked in the KIPDA Rural Region as a Diversion Specialist. Currently, Willie is in private practice at the newly founded Griffin-Lyons Counseling, LLC, in Frankfort, Kentucky. His areas of expertise are centered in Cognitive-Behavioral approaches for Anxiety and Depression related mental illnesses, Trauma Systems Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Nurturing Parenting strategies, and problem-solving. As a private practitioner, his primary focus area is on adults, 18 years of age or older, welcoming persons in the LBGTQ* community.
I most value the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with others in the clinical social work field.
Pat Peacock, PhD, LCSW- At-Large Member, Education Committee Pat has both a Masters and Doctorate in Social Work. She joined the Veterans Administration Medical Center in 2012. Prior to that, she had conducted research into Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence, had taught both full-time and as adjunct for Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky, and worked as a clinician for Bluegrass in the out-patient setting, as Clinical Coordinator of the Central Triage Center at Eastern State Hospital, and as Coordinator for the Crisis Stabilization Unit. At the VA Pat is the Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator and a clinical Social Worker on the PTSD Clinical Team where she provides individual and group therapy for veterans diagnosed with PTSD. Pat also has a private practice where she works with adults with substance use disorders, mood disorders, and trauma histories. I am thrilled to be a part of this dedicated group of Social Work professionals. It is such a joy to be a part of an organization whose members are dedicated to improving the skill and knowledge base of clinical social workers, improving the public perception of the Clinical Social Work profession, and being a voice for those professionals in the Commonwealth of Kentucky legislature.
Lynn Joyce Hunter, LCSW - At-Large Member, Membership Committee Member Lynn Joyce Hunter, MA, LCSW, is Clinical Field Coordinator for the UK College of Social Work. Lynn teaches classes as well as provides on-site mentoring and practicum supervision of MSW students in the Clinical Social Work Integrated Behavioral Health Track. Prior to her position at UK College of Social Work, Lynn worked at KVC Behavioral Healthcare Kentucky as a clinician, clinical supervisor, and Treatment Director for Foster Care. I appreciate KSCSW's success in developing a unique sense of professional community for clinical social workers in Kentucky. I value the rich educational and training offerings provided by KSCSW and serving on the Education Committee.
Jeff Yocom, LCSW - At-Large Member, Membership Committee Jeff works with adult clients in his Louisville-based private practice and at Centerstone Kentucky (previously known as Seven Counties Services). In both settings, he provides trauma-informed care for clients experiencing depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, and complex trauma. He is dedicated to helping clients find treatment methods that fit their unique needs, backgrounds and values. Before becoming a clinical social worker, Jeff enjoyed a 23-year career as a technology writer and Internet-publishing entrepreneur. After transitioning to his behavioral health career, he gained experience in an inpatient setting at Wellstone Regional Hospital in Jeffersonville, Indiana, before moving to outpatient care at Centerstone, where he served as a therapist and clinical unit manager.
I love the KSCSW’s specific focus on clinical social work and am excited about expanding the presence and awareness of KSCSW across the state.
Jodie Koch, MSW, CSW - At-Large Member, Governance Committee Jodie is a clinician at the UK Center on Trauma and Children where she provides trauma-informed mental health services through the Child and Adolescent Trauma Training and Treatment Institute (CATTTI). She graduated with her MSW from the University of Kentucky in 2016 and prior to jumping into the field of social work, Jodie spent many years creating and facilitating programs for underserved youth in Lexington. She and her husband Ryan have lived in Lexington for over 14 years and have two young children.
Janet Doss, MSSW, LCSW - At-Large Member Janet Doss graduated from the UK with a bachelor in social work and a bachelor in education/recreational and leisure studies. After working 2 years in the field, she decided to return to school to further her education. She graduated from the University Of Louisville Kent School Of Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health in 1986. In 1992 while working at Bluegrass.org, Janet obtained her LCSW. Janet had practiced social work in a variety of setting including CPS, Juvenile Court, mental health and school social work. Currently Janet works part time in her private practice serving child, adolescents and adults with mental health issues. Janet also works part time at the University Of Kentucky College Of Social Work as the School Social Work certification coordinator and as an adjunct professor.