Greene County Learning Center Program

360 East Enon Road
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
937.767.1303

Serving students in Greene County.

              

 Services are aimed at reducing students’ non-academic barriers to education by providing a full range of student-focused services including assessment, individual counseling, consultation, and group and family therapies.  Services are provided to students in the natural school environment, enabling them to achieve their greatest potential. The Learning Center’s objective is to help students solve social, emotional, and/or academic problems which seriously interfere with their progress in school or in their personal development. Some of the services provided are:

•Diagnostic assessment

•Individual, family & group therapy

•Community support

•Consultation

•Education

 

Students are referred to the Learning Center by the student’s home school district, primarily for emotional disturbance. Persons served by the Learning Center Mental Health Program present with a variety of concerns, including:

•Emotional distress

•Social skill problems

•Academic failure

•Family difficulties

•Attendance problems

•Disciplinary action

•Experience of a loss or trauma

 

For more information please contact:

Dr. Timothy Callahan

Director of Mental Health

(937) 767-1303 ext. 127

tcallahan@greeneESC.org

 

 

 Learning Center Staff Include:

 

Jeff Conrad

Jeff is a Professional Counselor in the State of Ohio. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Fairmont State University in 1995, and received his Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from the University of Dayton in 2007. Jeff has worked at the Greene County ESC since 2001 both as Family Advocate/Community Liaison and School Based Mental Health Therapist in the Learning Center Program. Jeff also works with youth as a local high school football coach at Cedarville HS. Jeff has worked with children and adolescents since 1995 beginning his career at Greene County Juvenile Court.

Dawn Gruber

Dawn is a Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisor endorsement in the State of Ohio. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Wright State University in 1990 and then completed her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Wright State University in 1992. Dawn has been working at the Greene ESC since 1999, primarily at the Greene County Learning Center. She is currently working with 2 Transition Classrooms, as well as 4th thru 8th graders in the Fairborn City Schools. Dawn has been a therapist in the mental health field since 1993. Her experiences have all been school-based services including crisis intervention, outpatient for children & adolescents and supervision. Locally she has worked at South Community, Inc. prior to joining the staff at the GCESC. She specializes in psychosocial assessment & diagnosis, individual, family & group psychotherapy, consultation and crisis intervention. Dawn utilizes various therapeutic techniques in her practice and is passionate about the people she serves.

 

Julie Mitchell

Julie is a Licensed Social Worker and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a Supervisor endorsement in the State of Ohio. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Wright State University in 1992, and received her Master’s Degree in Social Agency Counseling from the University of Dayton in 1997. Julie has been working in the mental health field for over twenty years. She specializes in psychosocial assessment & diagnosis, individual, family & group psychotherapy, consultation and crisis intervention. Julie has been with the ESC serving students in the Learning Center & their transition units since 1999.

 

Steve Reffner

Steve Reffner is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervision Credential (LPCC-S) and a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in the State of Ohio. He attended Wright State University for his Undergraduate Degree and The University of Dayton for his Masters in Mental Health Counseling. Steve has over twenty-five years experience in the field of Mental Health and has specific expertise in Individual and Family Therapy, Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. He has worked as a CARF Surveyor since 2002. Steve has also provided workshops and taught classes in the areas of mental health counseling and other social services topics.

Steve has been with the Greene County Learning Center as a School Based Mental Health Therapist since 1999. Using Person-Centered Therapy, he works with high school students to help them work on current concerns to help them become more successful in all areas of their lives. Students in the 12th grade work with Steve to prepare for their graduation from high school and start setting goals for life as an independent high school graduate.

 

Bethany Finkbeiner

Bethany is the Billing Manager and Administrative Assistant for the ESC’s Mental Health Services. She has been with the ESC since 2004 and takes an active role in the everyday running of the Mental Health program, Electronic Medical Record support, and the Learning Center staff needs.

 

Dawn Tharp

Dawn is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisor endorsement in the State of Ohio. She received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Family Studies from Ohio University in 1997, and received her Master’s of Science Degree in Counseling of Exceptional Children from Wright State University in 2001. Dawn has worked in residential treatment, outpatient and home-based settings. She served as the team leader for a partial hospitalization program for 8 years and during that time received the 2011 Carol Wichman Award for Greene County Mental Health Worker of the Year. Dawn joined the ESC in August 2014. She is currently the therapist for the elementary age classrooms at the Greene County Learning Center. She specializes in psychosocial assessment & diagnosis, individual, family & group psychotherapy, consultation and crisis intervention. Dawn is extremely dedicated to her clients and their families and uses a variety of therapeutic techniques to meet their individual treatment needs.