Centerstone Staff Members Named Teacher/Counselors of the Year

Aaron Beaird, Karen Crouch and Heather Thomas Recognized by American Re-Education Association

Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization providing a wide range of mental health and addiction services, today announced that Aaron Beaird, MSW, Karen Crouch and Heather Thomas have been named 2010 Teachers/Counselors of the Year by the American Re-Education Association (AREA).

Beaird, Crouch and Thomas were recognized for their outstanding work at the AREA Biennial Conference held recently in Seven Springs, Pa.

“Aaron, Karen and Heather show amazing dedication to the youth and families we serve at Centerstone,” said John Page, Chief Operating Officer for Specialized Services at Centerstone. “They each exemplify a true commitment to a child-focused and family-driven approach to care. I am proud of each of them for receiving this well-deserved recognition.”

Beaird has served as a School-Based Therapist/Case Manager with Centerstone since 2008. His office is based at McMurray Middle School in Davidson County where he helps children and families overcome behavioral, emotional or social problems that interfere with success at school and at home. Centerstone’s School-Based Therapy and Case Management Services allow children and families the convenience of receiving needed behavioral health services in the school setting.

Crouch has worked for Centerstone since 2008. As an Intensive In-Home Therapist, she works with clients in their homes, helping children and families overcome serious emotional and behavioral problems. Centerstone’s Intensive In-Home Treatment Program helps keep families together while working to resolve serious mental health issues. Crouch works primarily with families in Giles, Marshall and Maury Counties.

As a Child and Youth Case Manager for Centerstone, Thomas visits clients in their home or community, teaching children and families various skill-building and coping techniques to help them overcome a wide range of behavioral and emotional problems. Additionally, she helps families locate and access additional resources within their communities. Thomas has worked for Centerstone since 2008, primarily serving clients in Davidson County.

About Centerstone
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 50 years. Through more than 60 facilities and 170 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves more than 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357 or explore our website: www.centerstone.org.