Support for Personalized Learning & Expanded School Mental Health

Support for Personalized Learning focuses on the individual needs of the student holistically with an emphasis on the mental health needs to further support his/her educational success. Expanded School Mental Health (ESMH) is a comprehensive system of mental health services and programs that builds on core services typically provided by schools.

Meet Christina Freels, LICSW!
The Board of Education hired Chris in 2018 to be the Lead Social Worker for Morgan County Schools with her main office located at the Board of Education. Chris is a licensed clinical social worker who has a BSW from Shepherd University and an MSW from WVU. Chris has experience with Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Child Protection, and Legal Aid of West Virginia. She has taught Introduction to Social Work at Shepherd University. She currently is working toward her certification in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Chris also works with Shepherd University and WVU to place students in Internship Positions within Morgan County Schools. She provides clinical supervision to other social workers and supervises social workers in the schools.

SBIRT Program
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based program that helps to identify and increase positive health behaviors for students at-risk for substance use and/or mental health issues. 

Meet Catherine Wood, MBA, PBIS!
Catherine Wood graduated from Marshall University with a bachelor's degree in social work. She continued her education at University of Southern California where she earned her Master's Degree in Social Work. Catherine currently serves three schools in Morgan County under the SBIRT Program. She is also the softball coach at BSHS.

Meet Amanda Knepper!
Amanda Knepper is an MSW at WVU who is currently completing an internship at BSHS this year. Amanda will be administering the SBIRT grant on Tuesdays and Thursdays at BSHS. This is not Amanda’s first time in Morgan County Schools. She completed her Shepherd University social work internship in 2019 while under the supervision of Cat Wood. After graduating from Shepherd with her BSW in social work, the Morgan County Partnership hired Amanda for the MC After 3 program at WSIS. Amanda has worked in Pleasant View Elementary, Warm Springs Intermediate and Warm Springs Intermediate School. To round off Amanda’s school experience, she will be working with BSHS students this year.

Meet Ashley Griffin!
Ashley Griffin graduated from Shepherd University in 2020 with a bachelor's in social work. Upon completing this, Ashley worked with teenagers in a treatment facility struggling with Trauma and Mental Health. Ashley is no stranger to Morgan County Schools having worked 3 Summers at Camp MoCo and was a Berkeley Springs Graduate. Ashley will now be joining us at the High School under the ESMH Program!