What’s your Crisis?

*to the tune of ghostbusters*
If there’s a crisis in your neighborhood
Who ya gonna call?
Call Crisis!!

Youth Villages Crisis Responders are available to youth and families in most counties across the state of Tennessee. We have responders that work flexible schedules to ensure the needs of those families in crisis are met when they need us most.

Today, you get to meet 3 Crisis Responders, working in 3 different locations, Memphis, Rural West and Chattanooga, TN.

First, we journey to Memphis and meet Natasha.

What do you enjoy in your free time?
When I have free time, I like to spend time with my children. We love to do arts and crafts together! When I have personal time, I enjoy getting a massage and pedicure!

Where were you born?
I was born and raised in Memphis, TN!

What do you love about living in your area? What do you do for fun?
I love living in the mid-south area because of its unique historical aspects. For fun, I try to attend small town plays to support the arts.

What’s your educational background?
I attended Central High School right here in Memphis, TN. After receiving my high school diploma, I attended Hannibal La-Grange University and completed a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. In, 2015 I completed my Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D in Human Behavior at Capella University.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? Most challenging?
One of the most rewarding parts of being a responder for the Crisis team is hearing the “thank you” from the parents and guardians whom have struggled to find someone that cares about the mental health of their child. It makes me feel as if I have lifted a small amount and stress off their shoulders and replaced it with hope and faith that everything will work out. One of the most challenging parts about being apart of the crisis team is having a “one and done” case with the youth and their family. When working with the youth who leave an imprint on my heart, I wish I could follow them throughout their mental health journey.

What drew you to Youth Villages?
Youth Villages has always inspired me to be the counselor that I am today. Growing up, I had a mentor from Youth Villages while in high school. My mentor helped me through some of the most difficult times any high school girl would go through. After graduating high school, I become a mentor for a young female mentee. I enjoyed every minute of it and knew that Youth Villages would be a place I would grow and give back to my community.

Next stop, Rural West, in our Jackson, TN office, we chat with Katie.

What do you enjoy in your free time?
My family is super important to me so I try to see them as much as possible in my free time. I also enjoy going to the katie-mcmickin-turnergym along with catching up on Netflix. I also enjoy doing missions trips!

Where were you born?
I was born in Poplar Bluff, MO. I relocated to Jackson, TN from Tupelo, MS to complete my Master’s degree and stayed after graduating.

What’s your educational background?
Bachelor is Social Work from University of Mississippi Master’s in Social Work from Union University. LMSW and LSSW.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? Most challenging?
The most rewarding part is providing hope and encouragement for families that feel that they have lost control in a crisis. The most challenging part is seeing the same kiddos over and over.

What drew you to Youth Villages?
My professor recommended me to YV crisis after she saw how I operated in a crisis situation during my internship. I was drawn to the meaning behind Youth Villages and the amazing stories I have heard about the company.

Our journey ends in Chattanooga, with Mallory. Read what he had to say.
dean-mallory

What do you enjoy in your free time?
I enjoy spending time with my family (wife and 2 kids).  I also like to read, watch movies, and play games.

Where were you born?
I was born in Atlanta, GA.  I did not relocate to work for crisis but I am very thankful to be able to live in a city that I love while doing a job that I very much enjoy!

What do you love about living in your area? What do you do for fun?
There are many fun opportunities in the Chattanooga, TN area for fun and good times.  There are many cool things to do with our family.  My favorite activities in this area are going to the different parks and outside activities.

What’s your educational background?
I received a degree in Psychology for my undergraduate degree at Covenant College and then a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Reformed Theological Seminary.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? Most challenging?
The most rewarding part of my job is seeing children and families in some of their most difficult times and being a part of helping them use their strengths and resources to get through those times. There are challenging aspects of being a crisis counselor.  I would say that one of the most challenging parts of the job is being able to quickly adjust to a range of unpredictable situations that come our way.

What drew you to Youth Villages?
I did not know too much about Youth Villages when I first started working for them.  Initially it was an opportunity to begin working in the mental health field that brought me to YV.  However, I would say that it is Youth Villages’ commitment to the children and families we serve as well as the respect of their employees that has kept me going for more than 10 years now.

As you can see, Youth Villages has Crisis Counselors in Memphis, Rural West and Chattanooga, Tennessee, in addition to other locations. If you are looking to help Mallory, Natasha and Katie avert crisis and ultimately help children and families live successfully, email your resume to Tarekia.Dentley@youthvillages.org. We would love to have you join our team!

For more information, visit www.youthvillages.org.

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