White’s Residential & Family Services — one of Indiana’s largest and oldest nonprofit social services agencies — advanced its efforts to provide quality care to troubled children, teens and families through launch of a strategically restructured independent clinical program.
At the core of White’s new clinical services is a highly talented and experienced team of professionals with a deep bench of expertise in all aspects of child and family clinical care. Staff additions include five new licensed therapists, three psychologists and a psychiatrist.
In late May, White’s added Jessica Brown, MSW, LCSW, to the residential team as clinical program director. Brown was previously the county director of an outpatient mental health center, which included eight years of progressive administrative and clinical experiences in mental health and addictions.
As a licensed clinical social worker, Brown will supervise all clinical services and clinicians, ensure trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy implementation and trauma-informed practice at all levels of care, and guide the implementation of other evidenced-based programs to develop successful youth treatment outcomes.
Matt Riggle, LMHC, LCAC, was named senior therapist, bringing over 20 years of residential treatment experience to the team. He held various positions at White’s, before settling into his current role as substance abuse recovery program therapist. Riggle has an M.A. in mental health counseling from Grace College.
Greg Hobson, LMHC, CSAYC, has more than 20 years of residential treatment experience, including various positions at White’s and eight years with the Bowen Center in Wabash, Ind. Hobson has an M.A. in counseling psychology from Ball State University.
Shea Duggins, M.A., comes to White’s with marriage and family therapy training and a passion for improving family relationships. She has worked in residential, inpatient and outpatient settings and is excited to be working in residential again. Her interests include play therapy, trauma-focused therapy, and group therapy. Shea has an M.Ed. in marriage and family therapy from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Candace Papke, M.A., brings a mental health counseling background to the program, having provided outpatient and home-based therapeutic services to youth and their families at a community mental health center. Papke has an M.A. in mental health counseling from Huntington University.
Dr. Kelly Hutner, Psy.D. HSPP, obtained her master's and her doctorate degrees in clinical psychology at The Adler School of Psychology in Chicago and is in private practice as a clinical psychologist in Fort Wayne, Ind. She has worked in mental health hospitals, schools, juvenile prisons and residential placements with children, adolescents and families in both individual and group settings for over 20 years. Dr. Kelly Hutner will provide clinical supervision and psychological testing for referred students.
Dr. Brian Hutner, Psy.D. HSPP, has a wealth of experience working with families and children. He served as a lead clinical psychologist for the Indiana Department of Correction Juvenile Division and was involved in evaluating juveniles sent to the Department of Correction over the past eight years, along with juveniles placed in the DOC for court ordered psychological evaluations. Dr. Brian Hutner is well versed in a number of psychological assessment procedures to evaluate and measure personality, inattention, impulsivity, intellectual and achievement difficulties in youth. Dr. Brian Hutner is a licensed clinical psychologist who received his doctoral degree from The Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, and a master’s degree from Indiana University in counseling psychology. He was awarded a certificate in cognitive therapy and cross cultural treatment while receiving his Psy.D. in clinical psychology. He has experience working with children, adolescents and adults. He specializes in working with emerging adults, ages 12-25, and individuals coping with various life transitions, self-harming behaviors, anxiety symptoms, self-esteem concerns and men’s issues.
Dr. Spencer Booth, Psy.D. HSPP, is a clinical psychologist, licensed in Indiana since 1997. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Anderson University, earned a Master of Science from the University of Saint Francis, and received his Psy.D. from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Booth earned the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Saint Francis in 2011. Dr. Booth has spent his professional life helping people with developmental disabilities along with adolescents and families involved with the legal system. He specializes in developing behavior support plans, individual therapy, staff training and in clinical assessment.
Dr. Umamaheswara Kalapatapu, M.D., brings decades of psychiatric experience to White’s. Dr. Kalapatapu has held positions such as staff psychiatrist, executive director and medical director at various organizations before entering into private practice with his wife in 1995. Included in his various certifications are the American Board of Adolescent Psychiatry, Fellowship of American Psychiatric Association and Addiction Psychiatry.
“These new clinicians are all examples of the professionalism and expertise at the heart of White’s. We are proud of the care team we have assembled, and look forward to seeing the positive impact of their work with teens and families” said Dee Gibson, CEO of White’s.
To learn more about White’s Residential & Family Services, visit www.WhitesKids.org or call Denae Green at 260-563-1158.