Darryl Kabins, M.D. serves as the Medical Director for Florence Crittenton"s Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program. Dr. Kabins took on the role of Medical Director in January 2012. In his time outside of Florence Crittenton, Dr. Kabins is a full time psychiatrist at Stormont Vail West Health Center. Education and Training: MD ’88, University of Illinois, School of Medicine at Chicago. Internship and Residency: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA; Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic, Pittsburgh, PA.
Deborah Agnew, MS, APRN is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for the residential and outpatient programs at Florence Crittenton. Deb has 35 years clinical experience in mental health; working with children, families and adults. Deb has worked in a variety of settings including both inpatient and outpatient. Deb received her Masters degree in psychiatric nursing from the University of Kansas. Deb has been with the Florence Crittenton team since 2009. In her time outside of Florence Crittenten, Deb teaches as an Assistant Professor at Baker University School of Nursing.
Gabriella Adorino, MS, ATR, CGP, is a Registered Art Therapist and Certified Group Psychotherapist with over thirty years experience working with clients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. After completing an internship, she joined the staff at the Menninger Clinic gaining extensive experience working with individuals and groups with varying diagnosis. Her areas of focus were eating disorders and trauma related diagnosis. In 2006, she joined the staff at Florence Crittenton, providing individual, group and family therapy. Gabriella now serves as Director of Residential Services. In addition, Gabriella maintains a private practice providing specialty treatment to clients and families with disordered eating and related mood issues.
Jolee V. Eckert, MA, LCP is the Director of Clinical Services for Florence Crittenton Services. She has served children, adults, and families by providing support, education and mental health treatment for the past 20 years. Jolee joined the Florence Crittenton Team in 2011, at which time she assisted with the development of our Outpatient Clinic. She received her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Washburn University and is practicing as a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist (LCP). Jolee is specialized in the areas of attachment and trauma but she also successfully treats mood, anxiety, behavioral, and personality disorders. Her clinical background includes training in Interpersonal, Cognitive–Behavioral and Brief/Solution Focused therapies; however, her most recent areas of study have been in EMDR, DBT, and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Jolee has a passion for the learning process and provides trauma informed clinical supervision to the therapists in our Inpatient and Outpatient programs, as well as to Masters Level Psychology students. She also assists with agency growth and development as a member of our Leadership Team.
Julie Herron joined the Florence Crittenton team in 2007 as a Licensed Masters Level Psychotherapist. Julie has been providing mental health services to adolescents and their families for 14 years. Although Julie specializes in the area of trauma and attachment, she also has extensive experience working with anxiety, mood, behavioral, and personality disorders. Julie enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Julie is currently working toward acquiring her clinical level licensure as a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist (LCP). Her clinical training includes Interpersonal, Cognitive–Behavioral, and Brief/Solution Focused therapies. Most recently, she has included training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Model (DDP) and EMDR. Julie also provides clinical supervision to Masters Level psychology students.
Catherine Craig, LMSW, joined the Florence Crittenton team in 2014. She received her Master in Social Welfare from the University of Kansas in 1995 and has since served a wide variety of people from individuals and families to couples and groups. Catherine is excited to work at Florence Crittenton where the emphasis is on the whole person and engagement in all kinds of creative treatment approaches is encouraged. She believes in the mind body connection and uses mindfulness, laughter, and loving–kindness to support the resilience and power of the human spirit. She has training in EMDR, DBT, Mindfulness, trauma and attachment, grief and loss, play, and solution focused therapies. She enjoys supervising social work students and being a life–long learner herself.
Mary Jennings, LMSW, is a primary clinician for the Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program. Mary joined the Florence Crittenton team in June 2012. Mary is responsible for coordinating with the treatment team, family, and community stakeholders to develop and implement an individualized treatment experience for each resident in the PRTF program. She also provides one–on–one and group skills building experiences for our residents. In addition to her clinical roles at Florence Crittenton, Mary supervises primary clinicians and social work students. During her 15 years working within the mental health field in Topeka, Mary has gained invaluable insight and experience. She is compassionate about her work and she uses a trauma informed approach with her clients.
Joan Danielson Bell, MS Special Education: Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disturbances. Formerly a psychoeducational evaluator with The Menninger Clinic, Joan brings a wide variety of teaching experience in both public and private settings to Florence Crittenton. Joan established The Florence Crittenton Academy in the fall of 2007. Designed to provide residents with an individualized educational program, the Academy is part of Topeka‘s Public School System and is able to offer residents both credit recovery and advancement classes within a therapeutic milieu.
Chelsie McGraw, LMSW, received her Masters in Social Work from Washburn University and currently participates in training to receive her next licensure as an LSCSW. She has provided a wide variety of mental health services to include case management and therapy for children (ages 6+), adults, and families for the last four years in a variety of settings. She has extensive experience working with trauma survivors, as well as, individuals struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, and adjusting to changes in life. She is a strong advocate for holistic approaches to include body, mind, and spiritual wellness. As such, she is well versed in the use of mindfulness and sensory stimulation to manage high levels of emotions. Chelsie's clinical approaches include Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT); and Solution Focused Therapy. While she uses clinical approaches in treatment, she also believes in the power and resilience of the individual and the family. In addition to individual and family work, Chelsie has experience leading specialty groups to include DBT group and modules targeted towards anxiety.
Sandra Swaim joined Florence Crittenton in 2016. She is responsible for coordinating with the treatment team, family, and community stakeholders to develop and implement an individualized treatment experience for each resident in the PRTF program. Sandra has over a decade of experience working with children and families in Topeka. Her professional interests involve education and empowerment. She is also passionate about increasing awareness of mental health resources for the Hispanic population. Sandra is bilingual and has extensive experience with translation and interpretation within the mental health field. Sandra has experience with people from birth to adulthood and enjoys connecting with all ages.
Dennis J. Schafers, RN, MSN, APRN, is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for the residential and outpatient programs at Florence Crittenton. Dennis has 38 years clinical experience in mental health; working with children, families and adults. He has extra training in individual, family and group therapy. He has been trained in the use of Psychodrama and Hypnosis. Dennis received his Masters degree in psychiatric nursing from the University of Texas at Austin. Dennis is new to the Florence Crittenton team. In his time outside of Florence Crittenton, Dennis teaches as an Lecturer at Washburn University School of Nursing.
Karla Schneider is the Shelter Coordinator for the residents in the Emergency Shelter. She came to Florence Crittenton for the first time in 1994, serving in various roles for almost ten years, including direct care staff, program coordination and case management. During that time, Karla graduated from Washburn University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Youth Services. She went on to work locally with adults and families in community mental health. She returned to Florence Crittenton in August of 2016. Karla believes the mind-body connection is fundamental to personal health. She knows that healthy relationships and working to achieve goals are essential to life-long satisfaction.
Megan Kocher is a junior at Washburn University and working on a bachelors degree in Psychology. Megan has been with us since July of 2016 as a Youth Counselor and recently accepted the position of Activities Coordinator. Her favorite pastimes are remodeling her newly purchased house, spending time with her husband and four-legged animals, reading, and roller skating.