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Cheryl Hunt, MS,OTR/L - Occupational Therapist

Cheryl is an innovative Occupational Therapist with solid pediatric experience assessing and providing treatment for children with developmental issues in a family and educational context.

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Cheryl is an innovative Occupational Therapist with solid pediatric experience assessing and providing treatment for children with developmental issues in a family and educational context.

 

Cheryl has a Master’s degree in Therapeutic Science: Pediatric Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison where her Master’s project was focused on the effects of infant massage given by primary caregivers to infants with failure to thrive. 

 

Her accomplishments include:

  • Continuing education currently focused on the application of reflex integration and rhythmic movements for children with developmental issues such as Autism, learning, behavioral, & mental health issues.
  • Developed and conducted a small infant massage project & implemented it in three orphanages in China. Coordinated project with Love Without Boundaries, an orphan helps organization based in the U.S. Presented results of pilot project at a conference in Qing Dau, China.
  • Plan to continue the connection with New Day Foster Home in China as funds and time allow.

 

Her skills include:

 

  • Initiates communication with clients, their families, and co-workers
  • Team player
  • Certified provider of The Listening Program (TLP)
  • Trained in NDT, Sensory Integration, Handwriting Without Tears, Bal-A-Vis-X, Reflex Integration and Rhythmic Movements (RMTi).
  • Loves to motivate kids through play

 

  • Understands and identifies with parents of children with disabilities, adoption, & trauma issues
  • Experienced organizer of individual treatment sessions, small groups, and parent education opportunities
  • Experienced with evaluation and application of daily living skills, sensory processing, reflex integration, and rhythmic movement strategies in treatment

Cheryl is currently self-employed. She owns and operates Kids' Connection Therapy Services, LLC (KCTS), a small private practice serving home school as well as adoptive families in the Madison area.

 

Historically, Cheryl has organized and taught parent education workshops. She has also treated children in their homes and in a small home-based clinic. In addition, Cheryl organized and ran small summer O.T. treatment groups in collaboration with parents. She has also organized and carried out O.T. outreach endeavors to a few orphanages in China.  She taught nannies and foster mothers developmental and sensory strategies to enhance the children's growth and development.

 

Additionally, Cheryl worked part time in the Madison public school district where she provided individual and group O.T. as part of an educational team.

 

Cheryl’s has worked in school settings and medical centers in Michigan and Indiana since 1983. She also provided O.T. services and educated teachers, teacher aids and parents in the Leren Learning Center in Kaohsiung and at Victory Home in Ping Tung, Taiwan.

 

Cheryl has current affiliations with the following:   

National Board Certified in Occupational Therapy

Licensed as a

n O.T. in Wisconsin

DPI Certified

Member of WOTA & AOTA

HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) Special Needs Consultant

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Donna Rifken, Ph.D. - Child Psychologist

Donna A. Rifken, Ph.D. is a child clinical psychologist with over 30 years’ experience assessing and treating youth and their families. She is especially interested in the effects of developmental...

Donna A. Rifken, Ph.D. is a child clinical psychologist with over 30 years’ experience assessing and treating youth and their families. She is especially interested in the effects of developmental trauma on the wellness of children and adolescents and is trained to provide Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and other forms of psychotherapy to children, youth and families who have suffered traumatic experiences. Her mindfulness training allows her to teach/coach evidence based interventions to manage and reduce emotional distress in youth and adults. 

Donna also: 

  • Conducts timely psychological evaluations for treatment teams within Community Care Resources and Community Care Programs that include psychological testing and offer specific points of intervention to rapidly facilitate recovery and change in youth.
  • Consults with foster parents on ways to maximize individual skills in a Trauma Informed Parenting Skills model.
  • Provides assessments of a teen or adult parent’s strengths and needs with targeted treatment recommendations through her Parenting Assessments.   
  • Serves our county partners by providing court ordered evaluations and parenting assessments for youth not in our care. 
  • Regularly contributes to our educational journal and blog  
  • Facilitates a mindfulness and movement group for middle schoolers with severe emotional difficulties.

Dr. Rifken earned her doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1983 and has worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings.  She completed her internship at Mendota Mental Health Institute (Madison, WI) and her post-doctoral training at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Department of Psychiatry. She worked with Sauk County Department of Human Services for 28 years and has been with Community Care Resources for the past 7 years. In her free time, Dr. Rifken is a meditator, yoga instructor and mother of 3 young adults.

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Janette Gunn, MSSW, LCSW - Therapist

Janette is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology and a Master’s degree in Social Work. After providing crisis stabilization services to adults with...

Janette is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology and a Master’s degree in Social Work. After providing crisis stabilization services to adults with persistent and acute mental health issues in a community based residential facility she provided in-home therapy to children and families struggling with mental health issues who were at risk for out of home placement. Janette provided short term therapy to domestic violence survivors and worked with children and youth diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder using ABA therapy. Prior to her employment with Community Care Resources, she worked for a private practice clinic serving youth and adults with severe and acute mental health issues. Janette currently specializes in treating youth who have sexually acted out and she provides treatment to children who have complex trauma histories using a Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach. Janette has assisted over 80 families and youth coping with complex sexual abuse and trauma histories at Community Care Programs Inc. Janette continues to provide comprehensive mental and behavioral health services to children and their families in hopes of ending sexual assault and promoting the full potential of each child in our community. 

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Jayne Foster MSSW, LCSW - Clinical Case Manager & Supervisor

Jayne Foster has a Bachelor’s Degree in both Criminal Justice and Psychology.  Jayne earned her Master’s degree in Social Work in 1989.  Jayne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 30 years of...

Jayne Foster has a Bachelor’s Degree in both Criminal Justice and Psychology.  Jayne earned her Master’s degree in Social Work in 1989.  Jayne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 30 years of experience in variety of areas within the field of Youth and Family Services. 

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology, Jayne worked as a Child Care Staff for Southwest Group Homes, in Residential Treatment for Lutheran Social Services, and as a Protective Service Social Worker for Richland County Department of Human Services.  While employed with Richland County DHS, Jayne also worked for Tri-County Human Services with their Sexual Abuse Victim/Offender Treatment Program. 

As an M.S.S.W., Jayne earned her L.C.S.W. License while employed for 5 years as a Therapist at Lad Lake Residential Treatment Center.   While at Lad Lake, Jayne supervised the AODA program serving both the children placed in RTC as well as their families.  For the past 19 ½ years, Jayne has worked as a Clinical Case Manager for Community Care Resources.  Jayne has traveled the Southern area of Wisconsin providing direct case management and clinical services to foster parents and foster children with a wide variety of behavioral issues and mental health diagnoses.

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Jo Richter, MS, LPC - Clinical Case Manager & Therapist

Jo Richter currently holds an APSW license. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Development and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.  Jo has worked with specialized...

Jo Richter currently holds an APSW license. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Development and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.  Jo has worked with specialized populations for the past 25 years.  Prior to her employment with Community Care Resources and Community Care Programs, she worked with DD/CMI adults in group homes. She also worked for three years as a CPS worker before starting her tenure with Community Care Resources in 1996.  While with Community Care Resources, Jo has worked as a Clinical Case Manager and therapist. She currently has caseloads with both Community Care Resources and Community Care Programs. Jo has specialized in treating youth with sexual boundary problems since 2004.  In addition, Jo has been trained to provide Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and utilizes the strategies of trauma-informed treatment with all the youth she serves.

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Lora Schroeder, MSW, LCSW - Clinical Case Manager/Therapist

Lora is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work (emphasis on mental health and Solution Focused Therapy) from the...

Lora is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work (emphasis on mental health and Solution Focused Therapy) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, obtained in 1994.  Lora has over 20 years of clinical experience with both chronically mentally ill adults as well as children and families through work in county social services and private outpatient mental health settings. Lora has worked for Transitional Living Services in Milwaukee working intensely with adult mental health clientele. Lora helped develop and facilitate this program in Ozaukee County as well. Lora worked for over 3 years at Washington County Department of Social Services placing children into treatment foster care. As part of that employment, Lora also conducted family court appointed custody studies. 

During her 15 years at Community Care Resources, in addition to providing on-going case management services for youth in treatment foster homes, Lora has provided therapy services to a select number of youth. This included group and individual therapy with children in the specialized group care homes, providing STOP Therapy as well as attachment work.  Lora currently provides Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy to clients who have severe trauma histories right in their current treatment foster homes. 

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Matthew Granger, - MSSW, APSW - Group Therapist

Matt Granger has been with Community Care Resources since 2002 as a Clinical Case Manager.  Matt currently works with youth with problematic sexual behaviors in the specialized group care...

Matt Granger has been with Community Care Resources since 2002 as a Clinical Case Manager.  Matt currently works with youth with problematic sexual behaviors in the specialized group care homes licensed through Community Care Resources.  In those homes, he also helps facilitate group therapy.  Matt graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and is a licensed social worker in the State of Wisconsin.

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